The problems of Richard III’s Y chromosome

The problems of Richard III’s Y chromosome; the problems relating to the burials at Clare Priory, and the problems of working with Historic England

In 2004, following the request of colleagues in Belgium, I discovered the mtDNA sequence of King Richard III and his siblings. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited only in the all-female line. In that same year I was commissioned by the BBC to research the ‘body in the river’ story which was then widely recounted in Leicester regarding the fate of Richard III’s remains. As a result of my research on that story, in 2005, with the help of the Richard III Society East Midland (Leicester) Branch, I persuaded Leicester City Council to allow the erection of a new plaque next to the Victorian plaque near Bow Bridge, which commemorates the ‘body in the river’ myth. My new plaque stated that the nineteenth-century inscription of the Victorian memorial was untrue.

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Article on Richard III by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill

The last member of the house of York to sit upon the throne of England, in his lifetime Richard III seems to have been chiefly famous for his loyalty and good service to his elder brother, King Edward IV. However, after his own government was overthrown by a usurper with French support, but no valid claim to the English crown, Richard became famous chiefly for his heavily blackened reputation. This was by no means a unique event. Rewriting of history has occurred on other occasions in the wake of a violent change of regime.

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Office for the Dead, with explanatory notes

Click here to download the text

Click here to download the text

For those who would like to pray for Richard III in full:

I've prepared usable English versions of the Office (matins, lauds, and vespers) for the dead, which Philippa and I intend to use - the first two during the hour we have to sit waiting for the reburial service in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March, and the third one during the hour we have to sit waiting on Sunday 22 March. Of course, we shall say the offices in silence, then, because the cathedral will be full of people.

For those who aren't used to them, these have instructions / explanations in red ('rubrics'). When you see a cross, you make the sign of the cross. 

Where alternative readings, prayers &c are possible I've simply chosen the one that seemed most fitting to me. I've also added at the end of each office, in dark blue, the collect (prayer) that Richard III requested.