“For in the thick of the fight, and not in the act of flight, King Richard fell in the field, struck by many mortal wounds, as a bold and most valiant prince”. – Croyland Chronicle Continuator, 1486
“King Richard at the first brunt killyd certaine, overthrew Henryes standerd, together with William Brandon the standerd bearer, and matched also with John Cheney a man of much fortytude, far exceeding the common sort, who encountered him as he cam, but the king with great force drove him to the ground, making way with weapon on every side”. – John Rous
And this will be his tomb:
This for a knight who died, pick in hand, armor splattered with the blood of his enemies?
This for a warrior whose battle plan comprised personally seeking out his enemy and cutting him down, and nearly succeeded in making the work.
This for a leader who led from the front, put his body where his mouth was?
It is hard to express my contempt for this ‘design’, the designers, the people who picked it, or the thinking behind it.
What does this say about our society’s attitude to the doers, the risk takers, the people who don’t mind getting sweaty, dirty, dead, in pursuit of their duty?
This block of cheese is the equivalent of patting Richard on the head, muttering some platitude about the futility of war and inviting him to come to the Church Youth Group to talk about his disability.
Burying a medieval warrior monarch who died in battle is not an opportunity to get a nice modernist accent art work for your prayer space.