'This service provides an evocative picture of the medieval world, full of pomp and piety, with prayers that the dry bones being re interred would be spared the wrathful judgement of God.'
Richard III would have been respectfully reburied this way if there was anyone left to recover him following his death at Bosworth. But his family were all gone and anyone left who respected him would, quite rightly, be frightened for their own lives under the new Tudor regime to attempt anything, and as we now know Richards body was tossed into a hastily dug grave, covered and forgotten.
We can see what to expect from a medieval reburial ceremony from the reburial of Richards own father, Richard of York, who died in Battle at Wakefield in 1460. York was buried at Pontifract and his head placed on a spike over Micklegate Bar in York with his remains later taken for reburial at Fotheringhay. This reburial would have involved many people, three masses were known to have been sung for his soul and prayers were read, York's body would have been sprinkled with holy water before he was laid to rest, followed by a banquet were meats of capon, heron and swan were served.
The mortal remains of King Richard III lie with the University of Leicester until Sunday 22nd March when his last journey for reburial begins.