A British High Court Judge on Friday gave permission to relatives of King Richard III to challenge the reburial arrangements of the deceased monarch.
The relatives of Richard III, known as the Plantagenet Alliance, have been at odds with the University of Leicester over the reburial of the remains of their relative after his bones were discovered underneath a parking lot in that town.
The Plantagenet Alliance wants Richard's bones reburied in the city of York, claiming that was his wish. The High Court Judge just hopes the whole mess can be settled out of court, and maybe then, Richard III can be laid to rest.
Richard III lost his life in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and was the last English King to die in battle, as well as the last Monarch of the House of York. This fact lends credence to an argument to have the remains of Richard reburied in York.
The monarch's bones were found recently in Leicester, under a parking lot, once the site of a church, Greyfriars Friary. The good people of this city argue that Richard should stay in Leicester, in their Cathedral.
The ongoing verbal battle for the right to bury King Richard has the two cities at odds with each other. York Council Archaeologist John Oxley claims the closeness of the monarch with the people of Yorkshire is well documented, and the King certainly had a deep affection for them, and would not have wanted to be buried in Leicester.
Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby, on the other hand, has a piece of parchment, a license, if you will, granted by the Ministry of Justice to the experts who dug up the remains of Richard. The mayor says the team of experts worked under the assumption the bones would be reinterred in Leicester, based on the wording of the license.