King stayed at inn as safer alternative
Nigel Mutimer asks why Richard III stayed overnight in 1485 at the old Blue Boar Inn, ("Why did Richard stay at this inn?" Mailbox, February 7) before setting out on his fateful journey to near Market Bosworth.
Actually, it wasn't the Blue Boar at the time. It was the White Boar – the name was changed after the death of the king.
A white boar was Richard's emblem and, as is widely realised now, the new regime set about a campaign of vilification.
In those circumstances, it would be foolish to carry his emblem, so a quick change was made to Blue Boar.
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Richard was a popular king but of course he wasn't universally popular.
A revolution was afoot and he was in danger of assassination.
Rather than staying in the obvious place – his castle at Leicester – it would have been much safer to stay in an unexpected place and the White Boar was eminently suitable.
I explain this on various guided walks, including of course my long-established Richard III walk, which I have been leading for close on 20 years.
The next will be taking place on Monday.
Colin Crosby, Leicester.