Stranger than fiction – and we felt part of it!
It was undoubtedly one of the great stories of our age: the 500 year old remains of an English king found by ground-penetrating radar under a car park in Leicester.
And, after a DNA match with a descendant, the last English King to die in battle was unearthed and reinterred in a new tomb.
The remarkable tale of King Richard III; his lost grave; and the car park captured worldwide public imagination and climaxed with a week of reinterment activities in March 2016.
We found it particularly interesting because, only a short time earlier, we’d visited the village of Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, where the future King Richard had been born in a castle near the River Nene.
We’d stopped to see a a mausoleum in memory of the family – leading members of the Yorkist dynasty – in the local church of St Mary and All Saints. The church and its distinctive tall tower, are part of what was once a magnificent 15th Century structure – largely demolished in the Dissolution of the Monastries.
When we visited it wasn’t certain that the remains under the car park were actually those of King Richard III, who had died in 1485. But, as the story progressed to the king’s reinterment in a tomb at Leicester Cathedral, we followed with more than the usual interest.
And it’s exactly those type of experiences that make travel for us such a wonderful and mind-expanding thing.
Photos courtesy Leicester Cathedral