So it turns out that “King Richard III” last seen alive in 1485 is ….dead. This qualifies as News.
I am a Republican and I dont understand Monarchy.
Clearly, the body found buried in a car park in the city of Leicester is that of Richard. Contemporary History states that after being brutally killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, his body was stripped of all clothing and thrown over a horse and led into Leicester by a Yorkist herald.
Accounts say that his head banged off the castle walls and that it was subject to some indignity.
Well, a Channel Four documentary last night followed the story of the post-mortem and the DNA shows it to be Richard. As it turns out, he had multiple wounds but killed by a blow to the head. The post-death wounds included a stab wound in his arse….which is perhaps one of the indignities that the history references.
But…..the whole “burial of a king” thing….the gun carriage, the military going thru Leicester and Bosworth. …was it all necessary?
Well yes and no. Richard was a king or a usurper. They all were kings or usurpers. And for the purposes of English tradition and continuity, it is important that “official” English History records him as a Usurper.
Thats how English History works. The “continuity” of Monarchy does not actually exist. It changes to suit the needs of the time. Thus Williamof Orange is NOT a Usurper and neither is George I and the Hanoverian Dynasty. But Usurpers who become Legitimate need Legitimate monarchs to become “Pretenders”…..Old and Young, James II, his son James and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
But what was today all about? However absurd, Monarchy needs a narrative. And it needs an involement of the Terminally Gullible….the crowds that lined the route.
Once again, the Establishment needs something….whether its James Bond meeting Elizabeth Windsor and saving the Olympic Games in London….and “royal” marriages, “royal” births, “royal” funerals.
If there isnt one…..make one up.