The Burial of a King (I want to go!)

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(Photo credit: OZinOH via photopin cc via Royal Central.)

It just hit the news today that King Richard III (whose famously “whereabouts unknown” bones were discovered last year during the building of a parking lot in Leicester, England two years ago) will be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral in March of 2015.

All I can say is – who wants to go with me?

In case you never got around to reading my Histories of Britain reading list, this is the infamous King of England who was the last king of the House of York, and the last royal of the Plantagenet dynasty. His death in the Battle of Bosworth Field marked the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, and also effectively initiated the beginning of the Tudor dynasty.

He was also the villain of several Shakespeare plays, and the real-life villain in the never-yet-solved mystery of the (supposed) deaths of the two Princes in the Tower.

Two years ago that they found the bones, confirmed with various testing that they were in fact his. (In case you missed it, you can read all about it on Wikipedia).

The most interesting part of this event is that a third of the tickets will be available to the public online. It will be one of the only times in current history that the general public will have the opportunity to sit in the burial services for a King of England.

Is anyone else freaking out? Only me?

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