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He contents the people wher he goys best that ever did prince; for many a poor man that hath suffred wrong many days have be relevyd and helpyd by hym and his commands in his progresse.
And in many grete citeis and townis wer grete summis of mony gif hym which he hath refusyd. On my trouth I lykyd never the condicions of ony prince so wel as his; God hathe sent hym to us for the wele of us al …' John Rous of Warwick recorded in the Rous Roll: A Year Book reports one of his most famous acts, when he called together all his justices and posed three questions concerning specific cases.
This record provides an idea of Richard's comprehension of and commitment to his coronation oath to uphold the law and its proper procedures. The second question was this. If some justice of the Peace had taken a bill of indictment which had not been found by the jury, and enrolled it among other indictments 'well and truly found' etc.
And this question was carefully argued among the justices separately and among themselves, … And all being agreed, the justices gave the King in his Council in the Star Chamber their answer to his question in this wise: Original artwork by Gerry Hitch This accolade for Richard comes from an unexpected source.
Dacre seemed to feel intimidated by the reputations of Richard and the earl of Northumberland resulting from a raid they had made into Tevydale in the s, which Dacre was expected to repeat.
Nine years later, he is still concerned at their exploits in a letter to Wolsey who responds that, as they took effectual measures to punish and repress offenders, he hopes Dacre will obey his wholesome and friendly admonition and acquire, 'as good a character as they did'.
First, you need to know … … where he was buried! There are five different fifteenth-century accounts of where he had been buried: But which account - if any - was true? Although Rous' account was backed up a few years later by Polydore Vergil's History, until it was not certain that Richard was buried at the Leicester Greyfriars.
Prominent historians had questioned this, therefore more evidence was needed. In I discovered a previously unpublished key sentence in a source at The National Archives. A widely-believed Ricardian story reported that his body had later been moved … Bow Bridge, Leicester Even on the day the dig started in Augustpeople in Leicester told me 'You won't find him - he was dug up in and thrown into the River Soar'.
Was this story true? Back inthe BBC commissioned me to research it. I discovered The earliest written version of the story was by map maker John Speede and only dated from ; Speede's version said he could not find any trace of Richard's grave at the Greyfriars, only 'weeds and nettles'; He then produced a story that the body had been dug up in and reburied under Bow Bridge; Only in the 18th century did this story develop into the better-known and more lurid version in which Richard's body was thrown into the river; Old Bow Bridge was very low.
Pictures of it show low arches, all filled with water. It would have been difficult to bury anything under it; But the most important point was that Speede's map of Leicester showed he had looked in the wrong place for Richard's grave.
What he thought was the Greyfriars was really the Blackfriars. Strangely, in years, no-one else had ever noticed this! Thanks to a publication by David Baldwin inwe already knew that if Speede had gone to the right priory site, he would have found a grave marker still existing.
A letter written in records that in Alderman Herrick's garden — which covered the real grave site — there stood a 3 foot high column inscribed 'Here lies the body of Richard III, some time King of England'.
I concluded from all this evidence that Richard III's body had never been moved, and it therefore still lay at the Greyfriars site. Where should we look for the lost church and would it be possible to find it? Leicester archaeologists published a reconstruction inshowing the church on the south side of the Greyfriars site.
But my knowledge of medieval friaries which all generally followed very similar plans told me that this reconstruction must be incorrect. Because it would have made the church inaccessible — located as far as possible from an important medieval road, and right next to the town wall!
My conclusion was that the missing Greyfriars church was on the northern side of the site — near a medieval main road to allow easy public access to the nave. It therefore probably lay under the northern side of the tarmac of the modern Leicester Social Services car park.+ free ebooks online.
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