UNDATED (CNN) -- Researchers who discovered the remains of King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle, unearthed more about the king Wednesday: he was fighting another battle at the time of his death: an infection of parasitic worms. Today, a battle wages over his bones.
Every year crowds gather to recreate the Battle of Bosworth, the famous fight that killed King Richard III. Now, over 500 years later, not far from those famed grounds a battle is going on of a very different sort. Mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby said, "Responding to his known wishes would slightly even things up. We want to do him honor, to rebury him properly."
The legal fight for the skeletal remains of Richard III centers on two cities. On the one side is the picturesque northern city of York, known to historians as one of his favorite cities. And the other is the more industrial midlands city of Leicester where his body was found. Soulsby says, "Leicester is where he has been buried for 500 years and Leicester is where he deserves to be reburied with proper ceremony fit for a king."
Paul Toy with the Richard III Museum York said, "As far as we can tell, as far as we have any idea of where he wanted to be buried, it seems to be in York."
It was one of the most remarkable archeological discoveries in recent history. The skeleton had all the hallmarks of Richard such as the curved spine, the obvious signs of battle trauma, he was found buried in a shallow, hastily dug grave that in more recent times was unwittingly covered with a carpark. The area has since been completely excavated.
The city of Leicester has plans for a multimillion dollar visitor center and an elaborate tomb in the city's cathedral. All sounds great, unless you're from York.
In fact, a group saying it's among Richard's descendants, called the Plantagenet Alliance, are so upset they have brought a legal case in an effort to stop his burial in Leicester. Toy said, "While the actual burial place is up for debate, we've installed a temporary monument here."
Paul Toy, though not a Plantagenet himself, is clear where his loyalties lie. He said, "Finally the chance comes to actually respond to what we know of his wishes and there's a very great danger that that will be ignored again. people think this is just another instance of Richard being trashed by people in authority."
Strangely, when it comes to the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle, his fate rests not on the battlefield, but instead in a courtroom in London.