Without the context, the 21st century burial of a Medieval king must seem like a quirky, but nevertheless meaningless item on the news.
After all, Richard III has been dead since 1485, so his skeletal re-emergence now can hardly be relevant in the modern world. His sphere of influence died with him at Bosworth. Or did it?
For the movers and shakers in Britain today, the discovery of King Richard's remains may be viewed as an inconvenience at best. Powerful people might smile and go through the motions, but you can bet that many wish him firmly back in the ground with the car-park tarmac undisturbed above him.
This fuss is an embarrassment with the potential to erupt in unwelcome debates, which may shift the status quo in unforetold ways.
Medieval Richard III's modern day funeral brings two wildly distinct ages clashing discordantly together. It's perhaps as close as we'll ever get to witnessing a time warp televised live to the nation.
Polite smiles upon the faces of the Powers That Be will mask their hope, that it's all spectacle enough to make it all just go away without a hitch. The sooner he's buried, and his grave reduced to the status of yet another British historical attraction, the better.
With all the context, historians are watching in utter fascination. Richard III's funeral has plenty of relevance in the 21st century.