A range of communities across Leicester have spoken about what King Richard means to them…

An Ahmadi Muslim reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

It has been my privilege to be an integral part of the story of King Richard III. As Director of News at the University of Leicester, it was my role to bring to the world’s attention the remarkable discovery made by our archaeologists and to recount the powerful narratives that have emerged thereafter as our scientists identified the remains of the King. … read more

A Bahá’í reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

Some people say Richard was arguably the worst king who ever ruled England. Others say he was a decent, god-fearing servant of the people, brought down too soon. The discovery of Richard’s remains – and the knowledge about his life and death gleaned from them – serves one of the central Bahá’í principles: the independent investigation of truth. … read more

A Buddhist reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

The story of Richard III provides an opportunity to think about aspects of the Buddha’s teaching.

First, judging whether Richard was a good king or bad by present day standards is dangerous, especially as the historical record is incomplete and possibly inaccurate.  Richard was denigrated in Tudor times, hence the bad press from Shakespeare.  …read more

A Roman Catholic reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

The death of Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 was a decisive moment in English history. Vanquished in battle, his mortal remains were brought to Leicester and buried in Greyfriars Church, where they were to lie until they were rediscovered in 2012. They were undisturbed by everything that went on above them, including the unfortunate destruction of the church during the turbulent years of the Reformation, for over five hundred years. … read more

A person with disabilities reflects on King Richard III and his legacy

Like many people, Shakespeare’s play introduced me to Richard III. For many more, it has also been the most significant way they’ve seen disability represented on stage or screen. Here is the definitive tale of one of history’s greatest bad guys. Shakespeare makes Richard say, “I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks … I am determined to prove a villain”. It has long been agreed that Shakespeare was no historian; neither was he an advocate for people with disabilities. … read more

A Druid reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

The discovery of the remains of King Richard III, this legendary character sheltered by the earth for over 500 years, brings history to life. Richard has long been an imaginative presence for many people around the world. Now he has an unexpected physical presence too. … read more

A Hindu reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

It is virtually impossible to think of Richard III without recalling his depiction in Shakespeare’s play. Shakespeare has long been a major influence on Indian popular culture. Many more people in India know Richard from the play than they do from any other source. … read more

A Jain reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

Our Leicester Centre was the first Jain Deraser (temple) in Europe. Indeed it is the centre of the Jain Samaj (community) for the whole continent. Established in 1989, it has proved extremely popular, attracting visitors from all over the UK – and the rest of the world. Located a few minutes’ walk from Leicester Cathedral and the King Richard III Visitor Centre, we expect the Jan Centre to be discovered by many new admirers following the reinterment of King Richard III. …read more

A Jewish reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

Leicester has worked hard to remember King Richard lll, honour him with a dignified burial and enable people to learn about his life and remember his legacy (positive and negative).

Looking at history is an important part of Jewish life, understanding how the past helps shape our identity. Jews honour and respect people who have died by remembering them, saying the special Kaddish prayer at the graveside and on the anniversary of the death of a close family member. … read more

A Muslim reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

Who was King Richard III? For many generations he was portrayed in overwhelmingly negative terms. More recent accounts show him in a more favourable light, as a god-fearing man who introduced significant reforms and bettered the lives and liberties of the common people during his short reign. Richard’s life and legacy remain enigmatic. … read more

A Non-Conformist Christian reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

Richard III is a king and a dead king. By some he was thought of as a hero and by others as a villain, no doubt influenced by his portrayal in Shakespeare’s play. From a Christian point of view, that makes him equal to the rest of us: a person whose earthly life undoubtedly included both good and evil aspects, whose remains deserve respect, and whose eternal soul is in the hands of God. … read more

A Pagan reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

The White Boar was the personal device or badge of King Richard III. Livery badges were potent symbols of political affiliation in the Wars of the Roses. Richard distributed these in large numbers at his coronation and at the installation of his son Edward as Prince of Wales. …read more

A Quaker reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

For over 500 years Leicester was the resting place of a ruler and warrior. This man, who died a violent death, was taken into protective and prayerful custody by the grey friars to prevent further humiliation of the battered corpse by an excited mob, and buried with reverence according to the rites of the church. Richard Plantagenet was a man of his time, wielding authority and holding onto power as did other rulers. History decreed that he met his early end nearby and had a hasty burial in Leicester. … read more

A Secular Humanist reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

When I first read the Richard III events brief, my heart sank. Of what minutest relevance is the prominent promotion of the faiths of modern day Leicestarians to what Richard III did in his lifetime or with what is proposed with his remains? Many Secularists want nothing to do with religious ceremonies nor monarchy with its assumed divine rights at the best of times. So this was a significant turn off.

But then I began to think of what was actually involved. … read more

A Sikh reflection on King Richard III and his legacy

Much of King Richard’s life is filled with political intrigue, from an early age to his ascension to the English throne, culminating in his demise in battle. He remains a controversial figure with opposing narratives of his life. It is fair to say that history is influenced by those in power, which often has a distorting effect on the truth. This is well known by Sikhs who have seen history written by tyrant regimes and foreign invaders for their own political ends. … read more