Historical accuracy please!

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I very much agree with Alan Carcas that Yorkshire’s King should be buried in York.

However, Mr Carcas’ argument is rather spoiled by historical inaccuracy. My degree, by the way, is in history with special subject Richard III.

Richard III was never Duke of York although both his father and his nephew were called Richard Duke of York. Richard was Duke of Gloucester (Shakespeare got that right in his glorious piece of Tudor propaganda) and there is a plaque to him in Gloucester, unveiled by the current Duke of Gloucester who is also called Richard and who should be guest of honour at a state funeral at York Minster. Our king was of course not born in Yorkshire but grew up at Middleham and is an honorary Tyke.

 

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