Richard III is one of History's villains, portrayed as a hunchback monster by Shakespeare. He was the last Yorkist king prior to the Tudor dynasty, and many historians feel he was unjustly treated. History is written by the winners, and it was unthinkable that Shakespeare should portray the man deposed by the current monarch's grandfather as anything other than a monster. There is a society still in existence dedicated to clearing his name.
Now bones have been found in an archeological dig under a car park, and if they are confirmed to be Richard's he will be buried in Leicester cathedral. Is this justice, or a pointless exercise considering he died over 500 years ago?
The government has confirmed a skeleton that could be that of Richard III will be interred in Leicester if it is confirmed as the 15th Century king.
The bones were found in September by archaeologists digging beneath a car park in Leicester.
Leicester, Nottinghamshire and York MPs discussed a permanent grave on Friday.
In a written answer, justice minister Helen Grant said the skeleton would be interred at Leicester Cathedral if tests proved it was Richard III.
In response to a question posed by Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley, Ms Grant wrote: "My Department issued a licence to exhume human remains which could be those of Richard III.
"Remains have now been exhumed and archaeologists are currently carrying out tests to determine the identity of the remains.
"Should they be found to be those of Richard III, the current plan is for them to be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral."