Polly Toynbee – “Britain mourns a monster – because he was a king. Richard III’s burial was absurd” | Comment is free | The Guardian

“It’s comical, but tragic too, as a reminder of the indignity the British accept in their accustomed role as subjects, not citizens. Here are church, royalty and army revering a child-killing, wife-slaughtering tyrant who would be on trial if he weren’t 500 years dead. This is the madness of monarchy, where these bones are honoured for their divine royalty, whether by accident of birth or by brutal seizure of the crown. Richard, whose death ended the tribal Wars of the Roses, is a good symbol of the “bloodline” fantasy. Our island story is one of royal usurpage and regicide, with imported French, Dutch and German monarchs who didn’t speak English. The puzzle is that this fantasy of anointed genes persists, even unto Kate’s unborn babe.”

via Britain mourns a monster – because he was a king. Richard III’s burial was absurd | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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Polly Toynbee – “Britain mourns a monster – because he was a king. Richard III’s burial was absurd” | Comment is free | The Guardian

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