First of all, before I start with news about King Richard III and actor Richard Armitage again in the new year 2014,
I hope you reached the year 2014 in good health and will have a wonderful and successful year!!!
My own beginning of the year 2014 was a bit sub-optimal in various aspects and so the year ahead has a very wide bandwidth of opportunity to get better ;o)
Hopefully your start into 2014 was better than mine and the year advances to a fantastic outcome, maybe even the hotly anticipated announcement of the King Richard Armitage – film.
♛ King Richard Armitage ♛
- The Sag Harbor Express: The Hobbit’s Hunks, Part II: Lee Pace and Richard Armitage, by Danny Peary (02.01.2014) – Interview where Richard Armitage once again mentions King Richard III as his inspiration for Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”:
[SPOILER ALERT, as ending of "The Hobbit" trilogy/book is mentioned in the following quote!]
Danny Peary: Would you play your character any differently if you didn’t know that at the end of Tolkien’s book he dies?
Richard Armitage: No, probably not. His death scene was left until quite late in the shoot. We didn’t shoot it until pick-ups, which I think was a good thing because I’d almost forgotten about that moment coming. I think that part of the creation of this character is offering the audience and other characters in the movie a potential future. He had to be someone who was going to be king, he was going to sit on that throne and return the dwarves to their former glory. And in a way, his death has to come by surprise to him. Having said that, I think one of the things – talking about Shakespeare again – that I admire about Richard the III is that he rides across the battlefield to fight, single-handedly, for his kingdom, for his crown. In the Battle of the Five Armies, Thorin is going to do something like that. It’s fatalistic. It’s fatalistic. It’s almost an act of suicide. Playing it, it’s good I forgot I needed to die!
But now to the late news and, you will almost expect it already, a new petition about King Richard III:
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New Petition about King Richard III’s remains and their interim resting place:
Justice Review panel on the subject of Richard III, London,England.: Remove the remains of King Richard III to a neutral site
The current treatment of King Richard III’s bones reveals much about our modern attitude and lax treatment of death and the dead.
While such a treatment would have been seen as denigrating and demeaning to a person of King Richard III’s time, when the body was seen as a sacred unity given by God. Even medical research into the inner parts and structure of the body was met with great aversion and even banned by the church as it was destroying the God given ‘body’. Though it could be argued that King Richard III with his connections to scholars of the university of Padua might have had a more pro-active approach. Only a time-traveler might find out the truth and I hope he will then let us know …
Please take part in the petition(s) as you see fit and your belief dictates you.
- Saint Louis University (Event): Richard III Archaeologists to Visit Campus (08.02.2014) – At Saint Louis University, Missouri, U.S.A.
Livestream of the event at the St. Louis University will be accessible 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM EST) under the following link:
- Gloucester Citizen: Richard III Exhibition in the City Proves Popular, by nwilder (06.02.2014) – The exhibition regarding Richard III in Gloucester will be in the City Council’s City Museum and Art Gallery (Brunswick Road) from 19th – 30th March 2014. Read more about the anticipated experts and exhibits joining the exhibition in the article.
- BBC News: Richard III: Call for holy place for bones before reburial (05.02.2014) – Video with background and interview with Philippa Langley.
- White Rose: Sincere and Simple Thoughts (Blog): Richard III: Equal Time for Leicester and York, by Fabolaktuko (05.02.2014) – With a video and song to advertise each town’s claim to King Richard III.
- Leicester Mercury: Mercury opinion: Leicester will prevail on Richard III (05.02.2014) – Delay of burial anticipated for another year at least.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Digging up king in Leicester car park was easier than reburial! (04.02.2014) – Looking back at a year with King Richard III found and identified in Leicester.
- St. Louis Public Radio: Reflection: What Is The Allure Of Richard III? By Jonathan Sawday, St. Louis University Colloquium (04.02.2014) – Article about finding King Richard III and what people anticipated to find because of an image of the king created by William Shakespeare. (With an announcement of the live stream of the St. Louis University on Saturday 8th of February 2014.)
- BBC News: The battle for King Richard III’s bones (03.02.2014) – Interview video with Richard Buckley from the University of Leicester.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Website details history of king found under Leicester car park, by Peter Warzynski (03.02.2014) – Article with video about Leicester and King Richard III “Dignity and Honour” by Leicester Cofe.
- Nerdalicious (Blog): City of Leicester Forges Ahead with Richard III Plans, by Olga Hughes (31.01.2014)
- Galway Advertiser: Galway’s Quincentennial, 1984, by Tom Kenny (30.01.2014) – The connection between King Richard III and the freedom of Galway.
- BBC News: Richard III: New £4m visitor centre plans unveiled (28.01.2014) – With a replication of King Richard III’s skeleton on display. Sometimes I think ‘dignity’ allows quite a lot of different interpretations.
- Leicester Mercury: £75,000 Richard III sculpture is chosen to stand outside Leicester Cathedral, by Peter Warzynski (28.01.2014) – Modern art for King Richard III or was Medieval tapestry more modern than we think?
- Johnny Hewes (on SoundCloud): Let Him Come Home (28.01.2014) – Song by Johnny Hewes to promote the town of York’s claim to King Richard III. Though once again he mentions him as ‘Richard of York’, which was King Richard’s father, not Richard of Gloucester, the later King Richard III. Territorial claims as well as loyalties are a difficult thing in the late Medieval time.
I think, King Richard III would have liked such strong support in his time as he gets now. That in itself is a quite lovely help for King Richard III, whatever the outcome of the struggle for the king’s burial.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Manuscript from 15th century will help reinter king, by Peter Warzynski (27.01.2014)
- TheHistoryBlog.com: Richard III team members alight in the US (24.01.2014) – Dr. Turi King and Matthew Morris will represent the research in Leicester in lectures in the U.S.A. on the 5th of February (Folger Shakespeare Theatre – as part of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” tragedy performance) and in a full day lecture on the 8th of February at the St. Louis University. More details and booking links and options are mentioned in the blog article.
Livestream of the event at the St. Louis University will be accessible 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM EST) under the following link:
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Knighton artist Brad creating stained glass window of king for visitor centre, by Peter Warzynski (24.01.2014)
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: New row over interim resting place for king found under Leicester car park, by Peter Warzynski (21.01.2014)
- Oxford Mail: Document draws up burial ceremony fit for Richard III (20.01.2014) – Read how the musical research of Dr. Alexandra Buckle possibly can help in determining what King Richard III himself might have wanted for his re-burrial.
- The York Press: 600-year-old book tells of the death of King Richard III (20.01.2014)
- BBC News: Richard III Visitor Centre to get life-sized window of King (18.01.2014)
- Bookshelf Bombshells (Blog): REVIEW: The King’s Grave by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones (17.01.2014) – Lara Little comes to the following result:
[...] even history-haters will enjoy it! And history-lovers, of course, will love it, too.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: King’s coffin to be adorned with gold, garnet and sapphire crown, by Peter Warzynski (15.01.2014)
- Nerdalicious.com.au (Blog): Just Who is the Custodian of King Richard III’s Bones? By Olga Hughes (13.01.2014) – You thought the New Wars of the Roses are over or coming to an end? No way, the battle just began and scirmishes arise on various fronts. Like in King Richard’s time, some try to define history and try to change the interpretation of events.
This article is a very important background information about the situation in Leicester, about King Richard III’s remains and the reason for either the new petition and the disagreements and discontent. So a real reading recommendation to understand the ‘why’ behind the different movements!
- Leicester Mercury: Michael Portillo visits Richard III grave site for his TV programme Great British Railway Journeys, by Peter Warzynski (13.01.2014)
- Daily Gazette: Leading historian says Richard III’s bones should be given a proper burial (10.01.2014) Dr. John Ashdown-Hill funds his own valuable contribution for a proper burial of King Richard III.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Dig team to launch new centre (10.01.2014)
- In Loughborough: ‘True story’ of Richard III’s rise and fall to be told at landmark conference, by University of Leicester (09.01.2014) –
Event-Announcement for King Richard III Conference (21. – 23. Feburary 2014 in Leicester, College Court)
- English Heritage: Behind the scenes in the search for Richard III (07.01.2014) – Video by English Heritage about King Richard III and the historical importance of the search for him.
- Mike Pitts – Digging Deeper (Blog): What’s in store for Richard III in 2014? (04.01.2014) – An inside view into King Richard’s Leicester and the previous and to anticipate developments.
Mike Pitts also announces his new book about King Richard III coming out in May 2014:
Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King (Thames and Hudson)
The content certainly interests me, as I am rather not of the opinion that archaeology per se ‘found’ the king, but rather ‘unearthed’ him at a location specified by other disciplines. So I am quite curious to see what this new publication about the search for King Richard III will reveal.
- BBC News: Bishop of Leicester: ‘Richard III will be buried in Leicester’ (01.01.2014) – One of few men who dares a prognosis right now.
Merry Christmas, seasonal greetings
and happy and enjoyable festivities
to all our supporters, interview partners, article-authors and signers of the petition. A big Thank You and all the best wishes !
Now to a real Christmas treat for all Richard III and Richard Armitage ‘well-wishers‘:
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Richard Armitage in a late interview with Helen of Empire magazine (podcast of about 13.12.2013 – Richard III part begins at about 1:36:00)
speaking about his connection and interest in King Richard III:
Transcript of the part about King Richard III:
Is it true that you were named after Richard III?
RA: That is true. Yes.
My father was really into the history of the Plantagenets and I was born on 22nd of August which is the Battle of Bosworth Field when Richard died on the battlefield.
I was always a bit mad at my dad, because – for naming me after what was perceived to be a hunchbacked child-murderer. But then in later years I just developed a similar interest in the story, because we used to visit there every year on my birthday. Thanks, dad.
That was my birthday treat to go and look at an empty field, but – in recent months his remains had been found so it is all kind of coming to the surface again.
Helen: Quite literally.
Helen: When you said you began to share his interest I was worried you meant the child murdering and hunchback.
RA: No, no. No, definitely not that. Although, but the fascination with the sort of unsolved crime, I did become kind of interested in not necessarily resurrecting his heroicism, but just looking at the story again.
Because he was our last monarch that died on a battlefield and it’s interesting how I am sort of playing a character that is not dissimilar to him in Thorin. So I was using a bit of that – you know – character in Thorin. Yea.
♛ King Richard III ♛
- The Guardian: Richard III: the dead king who brought the world’s gaze to a Leicester car park, by Maev Kennedy (23.12.2013) – The article shows the perspective of archaeologist Mathew Morris, who unearthed the remains of King Richard III in the car park in Leicester.
- SNAP Judgment: How One Woman’s Secret Discovery Under A Parking Lot Changed 500 Years of History, Produced by Stephanie Foo (21.12.2013)
To celebrate there is a new music album about King Richard III, “Loyaulte Me Lie” by Guitarist Ian Churchward.
- Herald Express: Richard III album is chart hit for Ian (19.12.2013) – The album is in the folk top ten on Amazon, where it is available as MP3 download:
Loyaulte me lie (Amazon.com)
Loyaulté Me Lie (Amazon.co.uk)
- Leicester Mercury: Work starts on £4m Richard III visitor centre, Dan Martin (13.12.2013)
♛ King Richard & Books ♛
Christmas is coming up and as books still are one of the most favourite presents, I collect some reading tips here for you.
Not that I get through the multitude of new publications about King Richard right now – and some books still await me at Christmas – but there are new books I especially wanted to bring to your attention and recommend here, as I enjoyed reading them myself.
If you have books you would like to add to this recommendation, please feel free to either post them in the comment section of this post or send me a mail (contact form) to write and explain more about your recommendation and why you like the book(s).
Victoria Smith let us know her favourite King Richard III novel “The Murders of Richard III” by Elizabeth Peters and especially wrote a review for us.
(As usual here on KRA, earnings from embedded affiliate links on this site go to the charities recommended by actor Richard Armitage on his JustGiving page.)
♛ King Richard & Jane Shore ♛
Isolde Martyn – “Mistress to the Crown”
“Mistress to the Crown” follows the life and struggle for freedom of Jane Shore, the famous and influential mistress of King Richard III’s oldest brother, King Endward IV.
Her life never appeared to me as an especially romantic one, so a novel about Jane Shore coming out in a publishing house known for its extensive romantic novels instantly got my full interest.
From my previous comments about other works of the author Isolde Martyn, you already know that I adore her writing style.
Isolde Martyn also does not disappoint in this novel:
- Her writing is fluent and gripping that once I began reading, I could not put the book down. Though I already know the story of Jane Shore, I still needed to know how her life and fate unfolds in the story.
- The historical research which went into this novel is extensive and far beyond what I would normally expect from a historical novel. So for me, Isolde Martyn’s novels clearly are in a ‘historical novel’ class of their own.
But the astonishing part of this for me is, that the books do not appear like a historical lecture, but unobtrusively and fluently the fate of Jane Shore unfolds in a way where I begin to care for her, while I never felt very ‘understanding’ for her and her fate before.
- For all King Richard interested readers, of course King Richard plays his role in the book as well, though more as a background figure, but still actively influencing the fate of Jane Shore.
At the time of the first English publication (03/2013), we published an
interview with author Isolde Martyn (14.03.2013).
Now, the book is also available in a German edition:
(The print edition was not available via Amazon.de at the time of the post, but should be shortly. If you want to order it for Christmas, here is the direct link to the publisher.)
Links to the English version:
♛ King Richard & Art ♛
Author Matthew Lewis (interview of 27th of August 2013, with book links) in his novel “Loyalty” follows Jack Leslau’s (http://www.holbeinartworks.org/) research and picture analysis and brings King Richard III in connection with the Holbein household.
♛ King Richard & Research ♛
University of Leicester: ‘Beyond reasonable doubt’: archaeologists give first-hand account of Richard III discovery in new book, by Peter Thorley (04.11.2013)
From the intense research done to find and identify King Richard III, I must admit, I had expected a big volume of a book. The publication is a rather slim one, but so much filled with detail and information, that I am not the least bit disappointed.
Though much of the information and material had been published in the press already, the explanations and collection of image material and details known about King Richard III is unique and I am very glad to have this book as a valuable reference about the last days of King Richard III as well as his discovery in Leicester.
So though the book is not a detailed description about how King Richard III was found in Leicester – go to the publication by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones for that – I really can recommend this book for the invaluable collection of research results.
Philippa Langley/Michael Jones: The King’s Grave
Dr. John Ashdown-Hill did the essential research to enable the following work by the University of Leicester to find King Richard III.
His publications show the fascinating search for details so far missing or overlooked, but which proved to be exceedingly necessary to the final search:
More details about Dr. John Ashdown-Hill.
Just recently published:
Dr. John Ashdown-Hill also works on a new publication about King Richard III’s brother, George Plantagenet, the Duke of Clarence – you know the always irritating one where legend has it that he ended in a butt of Malmsey wine.
Announced for March 2014:
More book and author recommendations.
Elizabeth Peters “The Murders of Richard III”
♛ Review by Victoria Smith ♛
I love a good story. History is so often presented as a dry collection of names and dates, when in reality history is a retelling off the lives of people. And people are very rarely as dry as a list of their names and dates and would suggest.
So, when it comes to history I have learned more from well researched historical fiction than any academic tome.
Such was the case with The Murders of Richard the III written by Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz).
She has a PhD in Egyptology and Ms. Peter’s scholastic aptitude is apparent in her historically detailed mysteries.
This book is set at a weekend retreat of Ricardians, who have gathered to reveal new evidence that they believe will finally exonerate Richard III of the murders of his nephews. With the media descending someone begins to recreate the murders attributed to Richard III. Debates about the legitimacy of Edward IV’s marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, the political machinations of the Duke of Buckingham, and the fates of the princes are peppered throughout the novel as the Ricardians are torn between solving the mysterious fate of the princes or identifying who is trying to discredit them or silence them forever.
I read the book because Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors.
But, while the book is entertaining, it caused me to question my assumptions about Richard III. Most of what I thought about Richard III seems to have been based on Shakespeare’s’ interpretation of his character. As I read, I found myself chuckling over a character’s passionate disparaging of Sir Thomas More’s biography of Richard III as Tudor propaganda and wondering about the man who, in his short reign, was the center of so much conflict both during his lifetime and ours.
Not what I expected when I picked up Ms. Peters book for a few hours of entertainment!
For those of you who are well versed in Ricardian lore this book will not be a source of education as it was for me but you just might enjoy the humorous and engaging read.
I am most certainly behind with reporting about the King Richard news.
Real life intervenes quite heavily right now. Sorry. I will try my best to keep up with the news.
But now here comes the news collected in the meantime since I fell off the plateau of the earth:
(Due to its length, the articles are arranged in a changed order – from new to old news.)
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Our king, Richard Armitage, will visit Berlin, the German capital, for the European premiere of the second “Hobbit” film “The Desolation of Smaug” on Monday, 9th of December 2013.
For this event a Bavarian FanClub banner was created to welcome Richard Armitage in Germany and celebrate ‘our king’:
- Leicester Mercury: Hollywood star Richard Armitage donates signed art for Loros hospice auction (07.12.2013) – The auction takes place at the Old Library, in Belvoir Street, Leicester on Sunday, 8th of December 2013.
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- The Observer: Philippa Langley: I just felt I was walking on Richard III’s grave. I can’t explain it’, by Elizabeth Day (08.12.2013) – A long overdue article trying to set the perception of the events leading to the discovery of King Richard III and the energy put into it by Philippa Langley right.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III exhibition welcomes 150,000th visitor at the weekend, by Peter Warzynski (03.12.2013)
- Belfast Telegraph: Belfast-based academic’s radiocarbon work to improve accuracy for archaeologists, environmental scientists and climate researchers, by Anna Maguire (03.12.2013) – Contrary to this article, I had been of the opinion that the find of King Richard III is the unique opportunity in history to adjust and calibrate the scientific methods and not the other way around, as rarely a case occurs where the exact date of burial is so well known as with King Richard III.
- Professional Jeweller: Steffans and Theo Fennell team for tribute to king, by Kathryn Bishop (02.12.2013) – Some morbid jewellery in a King Richard III line created by British jewellers.
- InLoughborough: University of Leicester wins Research Project of the Year for Dig for Richard III (01.12.2013)
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: University of Leicester and city council meet to discuss custodian issues, by Peter Warzynski (30.11.2013)
- ITV.com: Car-park King dig earns Leicester Uni top prize (29.11.2013) – King Richard III patronising universities again – first Cambridge, now Leicester?
- University of Leicester: University of Leicester wins Research Project of the Year for Dig for Richard III (29.11.2013)
- Leicester Mercury: Leicester City Council and university at odds over who owns Richard III’s bones, by Peter Warzynski (28.11.2013) – Leicester against York and now Leicester against Leicester? It really seems like a revival of the Wars of the Roses.
- Metro.co.uk: Here’s a solution to the Richard III standoff: Share his remains, by Alex Stevenson (27.11.2013) – Now, the idea is not so farfetched for someone who went to school in a town, where all the hearts of the Bavarian kings are buried – or rather should I say, (did) ‘hang around’. Though for a late medieval king with religious beliefs of the untouchable sanctity of the human body, that is not the best of choices. Why else do you think they cut off limbs to prevent criminals from getting into heaven? I hope, wherever they bury him, they bury at least a bit of his ashes together with his bones – you know, the heart…
- TheDailyBeast (Blog): Times Leader Writers Can’t Decide Where Richard III Should Be Buried, by Tom Sykes (27.11.2013) – Now it is clearly decided where King Richard III should be buried. We follow The Times’ suggestion(s).
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: High Court legal battle adjourned until 2014 (27.11.2013)
- United Press International (UPI): British High Court delays legal fight over burial place of Richard III (27.11.2013)
- BBC History Extra: Richard III reburial battle ‘could drag on until August’, by Emma McFarnon (27.11.2013)
- Mirror.co.uk: Richard III: 10 things you need to know as battle over his final resting place hits court, by Andy Rudd (26.11.2013) – Your essential starting point for looking deeper into the story of King Richard III.
- The Independent: Wars of the Roses Part 2: High Court battle over burial of Richard III set to continue as case is adjourned, by Adam Withnall (26.11.2013)
- The Guardian: Battle for Richard III reburial site on hold as high court case is adjourned, by James Meikle (26.11.2013)
- BBC History Extra: Richard III judicial review adjourned, by Emma McFarnon (26.11.2013)
- The Lawyer: Richard III judicial review postponed, by Joanne Harris (26.11.2013)
- The Lawyer: Richard III JR hits court before three-judge panel, by Joanne Harris (26.11.2013)
- BBC History Extra: Richard III: Leicester reburial to be judicially reviewed tomorrow, by Emma McFarnon (25.11.2013)
- BBC News: Court battle for King Richard III’s remains to be buried in Leicester (25.11.2013) – With video and opinions of citizens of York and Leicester.
- University of Leicester: University of Leicester offers free course on Richard III’s England (25.11.2013) – The course was so successful that all available 10.000 places are full this time. If you did not get on the course this time, you have a new chance to attend the next course some time midsummer 2014.
- Express: £30,000 down and now taxpayers are to fork out more for King Richard III’s grave, by Matt Gibson (24.11.2013)
- University of Leicester: Queen’s Anniversary Prize to University of Leicester for Discovery of Richard III (22.11.2013) – Royal recognition for the exceptional find of King Richard III by the University of Leicester. Well deserved! Congratulations !
- RoyalCentral (Blog): University of Oxford academic suggests how Richard III could be reburied, by Jessica Hope (22.11.2013) – Research into the way Medieval kings used to be buried by Alexandra Buckle could give essential hints what to do now with King Richard III.
- BBC News: Giving Richard III a reburial fit for a medieval king, by Sean Coughlan (22.11.2013) – Interesting presentation of the research by Dr. Alexandra Buckle, from St Anne’s and St Hilda’s colleges into Medieval burial practices.
- STV.tv: Forensic team that helped reconstruct face of Richard III honoured (22.11.2013) – Prestigious award for the forensic team that helped to re-construe King Richard III’s face.
- The Guardian: Why Chris Grayling should bury his appeal against Richard III ruling, by Joshua Rozenberg (15.11.2013) – The old battle between moral and money – true in King Richard’s time, true now. Who will have the longer breath in the legal battle, whoever has the moral right? Who knows, who will ever know, now that it is the matter of a legal battle?
- University of Leicester: ‘Beyond reasonable doubt’: archaeologists give first-hand account of Richard III discovery in new book, by Peter Thorley (04.11.2013)
- AnimeNewsNetwork.com: Otomen’s Kanno Adapts Shakespeare’s Richard III as Manga Series (03.11.2013) – Shakespeare’s King Richard III lives on in manga now.
- University of Leicester: Greyfriars Fine Foods launches range that’s fit for a king (01.11.2013) – Though I am rather doubtful that King Richard III himself came anywhere near such kind of food, here is the direct link to the delicacies: Greyfriars Fine Foods
- Dorset Echo: King Richard III stayed at Bridport (01.11.2013) – Arthur Woodgate discovered Bridport’s connections with Richard III. To celebrate this connection, Philippa Langley and Michael Jones will visit Bridport on Thursday November 14 (The Bull at 2.30pm) as part of the Bridport Literary Festival.
- Lambeth Palace Library: Books and their Owners II: The Hours of Richard III (11.10.2013)
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- UK Human Rights Blog: Richard III on the move again – pitched into the current judicial review debate, by David Hart QC (23.10.2013)
- Lancashire Evening Post: Book review: The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, by Pam Norfolk (24.10.2013)
- The Times: A weekend in … Richard III’s Leicester, by Stephen McClarence (24.10.2013) – A journey through King Richard III’s Leicester and Bosworth, with good tips and recommendations, if you plan a trip yourself!
- The Hinckley Times: Vote on Richard III art to mark Bosworth connection, by Rachel Parish (28.10.2013)
- The Yorkshire Times: Philippa Langley, Michael Jones And Richard III, by Paul Morrison (28.10.2013)
- The Guardian: The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III by Philippa Langley and Michael Jomes – review, by Thomas Penn (30.10.2013) – Quite detailed review about “The King’s Grave” by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones.
Though, I must say, as one with a sibling having a similar condition as King Richard III had, just lower on the back, but almost as severe, I vehemently insist (!) on calling it a ‘condition’ and not a ‘disability’.
The reviewer Mr. Penn should do some more medical research in this aspect, then he perhaps would recognize that this ‘condition’ not necessarily disables the afflicted from doing anything.
In the case of King Richard III, the way and position his skeleton was found in could also have added to the severeness of the ‘condition’. So to really judge how much ‘disabled’ he was because of this ‘condition’ would necessitate a time-travel jump to see him alive.
Seeing my sibling and comparing their ‘conditions’, I would even go so far as to think that the ‘condition’ only became known because of the exposure of his naked body after his death and posed a great opportunity to ‘bedevil’ the dead predecessor on the throne. This also would answer, why no contemporary source exists which mentions King Richard III’s ‘condition’ before his death.
Though this is no total proof, as Henry Tudor and his minions were quite meticulous with destroying all evidence of his predecessor. So we for once might thank Henry Tudor for this cleaned up picture of King Richard III or this eternal riddle.
Perhaps Thomas Penn, who also is the author of the book “The Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England” about the reign of King Henry VII and the foundation of the Tudor dynasty, reveals more about the Tudor king’s way of transforming the perception and creating the story for history there. Though the topic of his book alone show, where his favours in the Battle of Bosworth lie.
♛ Philippa Langley ♛
Interesting video with the full interview in the article!
History Extra Interview – Philippa Langley and Michael Jones
About the search for King Richard III and his grave
Where should King Richard III be buried?
Philippa Langley and the Channel4 documentary
About the Princes in the Tower
About “The White Queen”
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- Medievalists.net: When Richard III invaded Scotland (09.10.2013) – Review about an article by Sean Cunningham “The Yorkists at War: Military Leadership in the English War with Scotland, 1480 – 82″ (Published in: “The Yorkist Age: Proceedings of the 2011 Harlaxton Symposium“, 2013)
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: More than 39,000 signatures to keep king’s remains in Leicester, by Peter Warzynski (12.10.2013)
- BBC News: Richard III burial petition for Leicester hits 34,000 signatures (12.10.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: King campaign taken to No 10, by Staff Reporter, Leicester Mercury (14.10.2013) – Peter Warzynski takes petition signatures for Leicester as burial place to London, No. 10.
- Leicester Mercury: First Person: ‘The King is dead. Leave him in Leicester, where he was buried’, by Richard Gill (15.10.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Leicester’s 40,000-signature Richard III petition handed over in Downing Street, by Staff Reporter, Leicester Mercury (15.10.2013)
- Leicester Mercury: King’s last drink – and it wasn’t a pint at the pub! (15.10.2013)
- Royal Central (Blog): Petition shows support for Richard III burial in Leicester, by Jessica Hope (16.10.2013)
- Leicester Mercury: Bury king in same spot he was found, by Peter Bunney, Leicester (16.10.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: New twist in mystery of lead coffin found near Richard III’s grave, by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (17.10.2013) – May King Richard III have had a female companion all these years under a car park?
- Northern Echo: 15th-century manuscript sheds light on Richard III’s relationship with York, by Mark Foster (17.10.2013)
- BBC News: Richard III judicial review: Plantagenet Alliance wins costs order (18.10.2013)
- Yorkshire Post: New chapter on Richard III’s life in York (18.10.2013) – York city council document exhibited as main source for King Richard III’s time in York.
- NBC News: Centuries-old manuscript reveals love for Richard III, by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science (18.10.2013)
- The Guardian: Richard III relatives will have legal costs of judicial review protected (18.10.2013)
- Medievalists.net: Ricardians gather in York to commemorate England’s Last Plantagenet King (21.10.2013) – Article about the Richard III Foundation and their latest meeting at Market Bosworth earlier this October.
- Leicester Mercury: Shortlist for King Richard III artwork is revealed, by Tim Healy (22.10.2013) – King Richard III inspires modern art…
Is the film about King Richard III with Richard Armitage in the role of the king finally on its way?
Hear Philippa Langley, the screenwriter working on a project about King Richard III, talking about her progress and about Richard Armitage as her ideal King Richard III:
- ITV.com: Screenwriter wants Richard Armitage as Richard III in film (04.10.2013)
♛ King Richard III ♛
- HistoryExtra.com: Richard III’s lost chapel ‘has been found’ (03.10.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: 30,000 people sign petition to keep king in Leicester, by Peter Warzynski (03.10.2013)
- The York Press: Richard III walking tour created (03.10.2013) – Free guided tour through King Richard III’s York.
- Nerdalicious.com.au (Blog): The Search for Richard III’s DNA: Looking for Richard with John Ashdown-Hill, by Olga (03.10.2013) – More about Dr. Ashdown-Hill and his fascinating research here on KRA.
- ITV.com: Leicester petition on Richard III overtakes York (04.10.2013) – Leicester versus York. Who is the real winner in this battle, or can there be a winner?
Happy 561st birthday, King Richard III !
King Richard III’s first birthday after being found !
Let’s celebrate a king, who, after over 500 years can activate a fierce followership and easily start a – no, what am I talking about – numerous burning controversies.
Who else from history can say that about himself after all that time.
Stand strong and true for that which you believe in. Do not be silenced.
Now, how best to celebrate a king?
Or would you like to celebrate with an audio play?
Upcoming broadcasts begin on Monday, 7 Oct 2013 on BBC Radio 4. (See BBC page for the play and schedule here.)
King Richard III must feel right at home in modern times and we have a strange way of making him feel welcome.
But he certainly must see the parallels to his time. Skirmishes everywhere and all ready to do battle.
What a perfect continuation of the Wars of the Roses in its modern form.
I even feel compelled to say that he might be glad, that his duty as king is over and he now can continue as a spectator.
But the whole movements are perfect to finally give King Richard III the attention he deserves and even if you don’t agree with the one or other argument, at least they are a perfect marketing way to draw interest to his wishes, which nobody considered (during his life and especially) at and after his death 500 years ago.
Want to know more about King Richard III?
If you want to learn more about King Richard III and his time and life, the University of Leicester will hold a free online course (distance learning) on the platform FutureLearn.
See the announcement for it on Medievalists.net.
The course will be held by Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient History, Deirdre O’Sullivan from the University of Leicester
and will start on 25th of November 2013.
Duration: 6 weeks
Approx. time: 2 hours per week
No previous experiences necessary, so, if interested, join the online course here.
♛ King Richard III ♛
- HistoryExtra.com: Richard III tomb design unveiled by Leicester Cathedral, by Emma McFarnon (20.09.2013)
- TheTablet.co.uk: Finally, the judical review raises hopes of a Catholic burial for Richard III, by Angela Searles, guest contributor (20.09.2013) – With an ePetition for a Catholic church service for King Richard III.
- Daily Mail: The caricatured King and I: Why PHILIPPA LANGLEY, the author who located the remains of Richard III, wants to restore his reputation, by Marylin Swan (21.09.2013) – Interesting background article about Philippa Langley and her relentless search for King Richard III.
- Las Vegas Review Journal: Admirer of Richard III joins argument over burial site, by Jane Ann Morrison (22.09.2013) – Joe Ann Ricca, a very knowledgeable supporter of King Richard III and contributor to the KRA-website.
- LivingWithKingRichard (Blog): Changing Tombs, by Serpentine Black (22.09.2013) – I don’t really agree with that argument against the Richard III Society’s design, but I am certain the historian in me speaks here. As their design tried to get a contemporary sign language onto the tomb for King Richard III, which would be recognizable and honorable for the king himself, while already reducing it to a minimum to please a modern generation used to scarce and minimal designs. This bridging of the time and pleasing two sets of expectations, was really done well and thoughtfully, so I am not astonished about the great support the design by the Richard III Society got. But read the wider argument and see illustrations accompanying it here in this post by new blogger Serpentine Black.
- HistoryExtra.com: Richard III Society members withhold donations for king’s tomb in design row, by Emma McFarnon (23.09.2013)
- The York Press: Richard III tomb ‘looks like it was designed by Ikea’ (23.09.2013) – From the argument of Vanessa Roe – Richard’s 16th great-niece and part of the Plantagenet Alliance – it seems the design is more for our times and especially an Ikea clientele than for a king of 500 years back.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Leicester City urges fans to back Richard III campaign, by Peter Warzynski (23.09.2013)
- ThisIsGloucestershire.co.uk: ‘Raiding party’ may bring Richard III home to Gloucester, by The Citizen (23.09.2013)
- BBC News: Funds withdrawn in Richard III Leicester tomb row (23.09.2013)
- The Independent: Richard III tomb donors withdraw money over design, by Nick Clark (23.09.2013)
- Daily Mail: Funds for Richard III’s tomb are pulled because the proposed modern design ‘doesn’t befit a warrior king’, Sarah Griffiths (23.09.2013)
- BBC News: Richard III parliamentary petition misses target (24.09.2013) – There will be no Parliamentary Debate about King Richard III, as the petition has failed to gaine the required 100.000 signatures. But over 36.000 signatures is a success in itself.
There are some further petitions going on, though I lately have the impression that they appear much too liberally. Regarding some, I have sent messages to the initiators to confirm the intent and issuers of King Richard III related petitions, but did not get feedback, so I won’t mention those here.
- The Telegraph: A sordid song and dance over Richard III’s bones. The furious arguments about where and how to bury old Crook Back are ultimately pointless. By Christopher Howse (24.09.2013) – Very knowledgeable and informative article about kings burial locations and the dispute about King Richard III.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Bosworth flag set to sell for thousands, by David W. Owen (24.09.2013) – Original relic of a defeat or a victory over time?
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Hundreds have their say on tomb designs (25.09.2013) – Feedback to the new tomb design revealed by Leicester Cathedral. (Feedback to tomb was: 78% No / 22% Yes)
- AccessHollywood.com: The White Queen Q&A: Aneurin Barnard Talks Taking On Richard III (28.09.2013)
- Leicester Mercury: Leicester’s Chinese twin city backing Richard III campaign, by Peter Warzynski (28.09.2013) – King Richard III does not only cause controversy, but also strong international support.
- BBC News: ‘Battle of Bosworth relic’ sells at Derbyshire auction (28.09.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Runners backing campaign to keep Richard III in Leicester, by David Owen (30.09.2013) – Wide enthusiasm for the petition for Leicester. A few more days to sign, while the York petition already closed.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Kasabian: Richard III’s a Leicester boy and should be buried here, by Leicester Mercury (01.10.2013) – For whom is the publicity? For Leicester, for Kasabian or – eventually – really for King Richard III?
- ITV.com: Flag to fly for Richard III (02.10.2013) – On his birthday, King Richard III’s standard is raised over Middleham Castle in his honor.
- Twitter.com: Aneourin Barnard Birthday tweet for King Richard III (02.10.2013)
Huge Happy Birthday to Richard The Third!!! pic.twitter.com/k6iIBt63j9
— aneurin barnard (@aneurinBarnard) October 2, 2013
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: 30,000 people sign petition to keep king in Leicester, by Peter Warzynski (02.10.2013)
- Leicester Mercury: Bury the king in the city, says Leicester City’s King (02.10.2013) – Now what have foxes, football and a Mr. King to do with King Richard III? Find out in Leicester…
Due to strange internet connectivity problems, this post unfortunately is very late. Still I hope, King Richard III has/had great 561st birthday celebrations.
My internet connection gets a complete technical check by the provider next Monday and hopefully the source of all the problems will finally be found and eliminated.
for the Film-Petition
King Richard Armitage
Your support made this possible!
Not everything in life is about numbers, but everything is about quality.
And so I especially want to thank you for the high quality of discussions, feedback and your ongoing and encouraging support !
Thank You !
It would not be me, if I would not take this opportunity to give the about 200 signers who did not confirm their signature via the confirmation e-mail a further chance to do so.
So please watch out for confirmation mails, if you did not confirm already.
You will have recognized the little break in posts and news-updates.
Work intervened and prevented faster updates and better feedback to your request.
If you are waiting for mails or feedback, please keep patient and give me a bit more time to answer.
Right now, I am working hard to get through to see the surface of my desk again. As there is a picture of Richard Armitage there, it is really a pity to be completely covered up with work.
But now to the in the meantime accumulated news.
The “War of the Cities” continues in full force:
♛ King Richard III ♛
- CNN: Richard III’s last battle: New ‘War of the Roses’ over royal remains? By Bryony Jones, CNN (05.09.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Council ‘invests in Richard III’s legacy’, by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (06.09.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III Society remains neutral on final resting place, by Dr Phil Stone, Chairman, Richard III Society, in Leicester Mercury (09.09.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Row stirs Plantagenet passions, by Peter Warzynski (09.09.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: ‘Leicester must fight tooth and nail to keep the king”, by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (09.09.2013)
- ThisIsStaffordshire.co.uk: Tristram Hunt: Why Leicester should keep hold of King’s remains, (09.09.2013)
- The Times: Rebel found with the badge of Richard III, by Jack Malvern (10.09.2013)
- The Independent: Was the downfall of Richard III caused by a strawberry? By John Rentoul (11.09.2013)
- Travelbite.co.uk: Leicester Travelodge marks role in Richard lll story (11.09.2013)
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: More than 20,000 sign king bid (12.09.2013)
- Telegraph & Argus: ‘King Richard III belongs in Yorkshire’, says Keighley Author (12.09.2013) – Author Carol Fellingham Webb supports the petition for a Yorkshire burial.
- BBC News: The Plantagenet Alliance: Who do they think they are? By Greig Watson (13.09.2013) – Detailed and informative article about the Plantagenet Alliance, their goals and opponents.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: MoJ to challenge Richard III review, by Peter Warzynski (14.09.2013) – The ‘War of the Roses’ continues in its modern, legal form in full force. The Ministry of Justice intends to defend the decision for Leicester.
- Royal Central (Blog): The Defence of King Richard III Part 5 – Brotherly Love, by Matt Lewis (15.09.2013) – A series of articles skillfully defending King Richard III and his actions from a well researched historical perspective.
The whole series is a real reading tip!
Also see our interview with author Matt Lewis during our King Richard Week 2013.
- Royal Central (Blog): Dame Judi Dench supports a York burial for Richard III, by Cindy Stockman (16.09.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Site of king’s last night given special plaque, by Peter Warzynski (16.09.2013) – The Blue Boar Inn, where King Richard III spent his last night before departing to the battle field and where he left his bed (indicating his need for special sleeping accommodation regarding his spine ailment).
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: ‘Wobbly’ bones should stay in Leicester, by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (17.09.2013) – Pupils for King Richard III.
- The Telegraph: Chris Grayling to ‘vigorously defend’ Leicester burial for Richard III, Nic Collins (18.09.2013) – I wonder how King Richard III’s life could have looked like, if he would have had lawyers too fight his battle.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Roy goes round and round for Richard III, by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (18.09.2013) – The man behind the petition for Leicester, Roy Shakespeare, collects signatures.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: Eyes of world could focus on king’s reburial, by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (19.09.2013)
- Daily Mail: Richard III will receive a burial fit for a king under a raised tomb made of Yorkshire limestone positioned on a large white rose, by Sarah Griffiths (19.09.2013)
- Yorkshire Post: University ‘hijacked’ Richard III bones discovery, by Paul Jeeves (19.09.2013) – Article about the interview with Philippa Langley’s supporters Dr David and Wendy Johnson from York.
- BBC News: Richard III tomb new design revealed by Leicester cathedral (19.09.2013) – With video news report.
- Leicester Mercury: Final Richard III tomb designs revealed, by Peter Warzynski (19.09.2013)
- Haaretz: This day in Jewish history / Richard I is crowned and London’s Jews are massacred, by Ruth Schuster (05.09.2013) – King Richard III protected the Jews in his country. Does he get praise for it? No. He still remains the most dubious king on England’s throne, potentially deserving his bad reputation as much as others do their good reputation or eventually not…