Even in death, this 'personification of war and peace' remains shrouded in secrecy
No political career in Northern Ireland has been as intriguing as Martin McGuinness's. Portrayed as a 'hawk' 'to Gerry Adams's 'dove', the former IRA leader was worshipped by republican grassroots, and loathed in equal measure by unionists.
But that was in the early days before Mr McGuinness's remarkable journey from revolutionary republican to someone who made peace with the British establishment.
Yesterday, prime ministers and presidents paid tribute to him. Footage of the former deputy first minister, statesmanlike shaking hands with the UK queen, flashed across our screens.