Video: Battle royal as York celebrates Richard III

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The last of the Plantagenet kings, Richard III, is the focus of a dispute over his remains after they were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester and now visitors to York are to be given a chance to learn more about the much maligned monarch.

The new exhibition at Monk Bar will tell the story of how the king was linked to York and a second attraction will focus on his nemesis and successor, Henry VII, just around the city walls at Micklegate Bar. Yesterday a clash between the two was re-enacted outside the Richard III experience at Monk Bar at an event to mark the opening of the attractions on Saturday.

Two knights wearing suits of armour representing the Richard III and Henry VII periods, battle in the shadow of Monk Bar in York

Two knights wearing suits of armour representing the Richard III and Henry VII periods, battle in the shadow of Monk Bar in York

Both look at the lives of the two monarchs, particularly focusing on their visits to York and their wider links to Yorkshire as a whole.

Peter Hammond, president of the Richard III Society, said of Richard: “He certainly seems to have loved York.”

There was formally a museum at Monk Bar but it is now being run by the Jorvik Group.

Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for the Jorvik Group said both attractions would give a flavour of “a fascinating time in history, marking the end of the medieval era and the beginning of the Tudor period”.

The Yorkshire Post is running its Bring Home King Richard campaign to return the monarch to his home county.

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