THE mystery of just where King Harold II is buried continues to baffle experts.
Just weeks after a local group of history enthusiasts claimed there was ‘overwhelming’ evidence his remains lie at a church in Bosham, two people claiming to be descendents of the last Anglo-Saxon king of England insist he was actually laid to rest in Hertfordshire.
Cousins Terry Muff and Kevin McKenzie, a retired police detective and lawyer respectively, say years of research have revealed King Harold II is actually buried beneath the floor of St Michael’s Church in Bishop’s Stortford.
They claim he lies in a stone coffin which has not been seen for more than 100 years.
Mr Muff said his research found a number of reliable sources supported their bold theory.
“King Harold II, his long-term wife/lover Edith the Fair and his two brothers, Leofwine and Gyrth, all, in fact, lie in a long-forgotten vault at St Michael’s Church, where there are four surviving, intact Norman stone coffins which have not even been seen since the 19th century,” he told the Herts and Essex Observer.
“It is our firm belief that once an archaeological investigation is undertaken ... at the very least, we will find King Harold’s wife, Edith the Fair, who was venerated as a medieval saint, and very probably also King Harold and his two brothers.”
The pair are convinced they have solved on of history’s great mysteries, though not everyone is convinced.
Just like the English Liberty Foundation’s demands that remains found at Holy Trinity Church in Bosham be exhumed, the pair’s calls for the archaeological investigation have been rejected by the diocese.
For years it was believed King Harold II died in the Battle of Hastings after being shot through the eye with an arrow, but it is now widely believed he was beheaded.
The king’s family once owned Bosham, and there is an image of him feasting in the village in the Bayeux Tapestry.
Many though believe he is buried at Waltham Abbey in Essex, where an underground scan is currently being carried out to prove a new theory that he survived the Battle of Hastings.
See our previous story here: Body of King Harold II could be in Bosham.