Richard III to be reburied with medieval pomp and ceremony

Reburial of nobles was common practice in the 15th century, so the spirit of Richard III should feel right at home when he is soon reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. Experts have discovered a medieval ceremony of reburial, parts of which will be used in the upcoming service.

Medieval music and liturgical specialist Alexandra Buckle of St Anne's and St Hilda's colleges, has reconstructed an authentic medieval reburial service, complete with due period pomp and piety. The main source used by Buckle "was rich in ritual and elaborate prayers, filled with the language of purgatory and damnation, calling upon God to rescue the reburied person from the 'the filthy whirlpool of this world' and to spare them the 'savagely burning fire of hell.'"