While the argument is raging over where to re-bury Richard III (likely to be Leicester Cathedral despite calls for it to be York) another academic has discovered a copy of a reburial service dating from close to the time of Richard’s death. Reburial was apparently common at that time, particularly if one’s family came up in the world!
Find this really interesting article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24643787
John Knox is buried under a car park off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh – just as Richard III was in Leicester, and now a medieval knight has also been found under another car park in Edinburgh – will digging up car parks become the new national pastime? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9926377/Knights-grave-and-monastery-discovered-under-car-park.html
Following the excitement of the confirmation that the ‘Skeleton in the Car Park’ was indeed Richard III I wondered (somewhat idly)how many other missing monarchs there might be. The answer wasn’t long in coming – or part of an answer at least.
There are SEVEN English monarchs without known graves – for a list of them see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-19487335 A surprisingly large number, in my opinion anyway. But perhaps it isn’t so surprising, when so many kings lost their lives on a battlefield.
As for Scotland – apparently James I lies somewhere unknown in the Perth area and, moving away from royals, John Knox also lies under a car park off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. (# 23 if you’re interested.)
I’m sufficiently intrigued about all of these to want to investigate further: who else of note has no known grave, who would you like to ‘find’ and will searching for them become the new national pastime?
Hugely excited by the discovery of Richard III’s skeleton in Leicester, I was keen to see the documentary relating how the skeleton was verified. And although i didn’t find the programme particularly satisfying, some of the facts were. It was interesting, for example to see that he did have a significantly deformed spine, but no withered arm.
At the same time I saw a post regarding Mary Ingalls’ blindness (Little House on the Prairie) – fascinating stuff.
So what ‘facts’ presented in historical fiction would you like to have examined / verified?