Not in a fit of anger, but in a documentary about his life and human remains.
♛ King Richard III ♛
It is not further astonishing that Channel 4 in a Saturday night special on the 2nd of February, 2013 can’t resist to bring up the topic of King Richard III potentially killing his nephews (though without new source, what revelations do they expect?). [Links below.]
Finally on Monday, 4th of February, 2013 at 9 p.m. the results of the search and research by the University of Leicester, initiated by Philippa Langley, will be revealed.
- Reuters U.K.: England’s lost king: is Richard III buried under a car park? – Announcement of the TV-documentary on Monday 04.02.2013, 9 p.m. (Channel 4) and good overview article about King Richard III and his bad image created by William Shakespeare. (31.01.2013)
- Channel 4: Richard III: Richard III. The King in the Car Park
Channel 4 – Preview / Announcement of the documentary next Monday (04.02.2013 at 9 p.m. [U.K.]):
- Channel 4: Richard III night at Channel 4 (02.02.2013) – Consisting of
– Fact or Fiction: Richard III – Tony Robinson tries to come to a conclusion if King Richard III killed his nephews.
– Princes in the Tower
♛ King Richard III ♛
- Decoded Science: The Secrets of the Bones: DNA Analysis and the Search for Richard III, by Natasha Sheldon (27.01.2013) – Article about details and procedure of the DNA research and a fascinating new trace of descendants to eventually verify King Richard III with mtDNA from two different relatives.
- Channel 4: Richard III. The King in the Car Park – Schedule for the TV-documentary produced by Channel 4 showing the archaeological and laboratorial researches by the University of Leicester and interviewing participants and the initiator of the research, Philippa Langley.
Block the date and time:
Monday, 4th of February, 2013
Channel4: 21:00 = 9 p.m. [GMT]
Tuesday, 5th of February, 2013
4Seven: 0:05 and 21:00 [GMT]
My sister just came back from an exhibition about the 30 Years War in Germany. Though 1 1/2 centuries later than King Richard III, the times and hardships had not so significantly changed, yet.
What mostly stayed in her memory of the exhibition, were bodily deformities, bone-changing illnesses, e.g. flee bites (I did not even know, their infections could be so severe as to affect the bones), and bone shattering fights and battle-wounds.
One skull with a head-wound about two weeks old, especially held here interest. How could this man with such a severe wound possibly get onto a battlefield again to finally get his deadly head-wound which partially cut his skull away?
But one thing she clearly took away from this exhibition was, that it was a wonder to survive longer than about 30 years.
Your teeth were gone. Not because one lost them, but because they were ‘shrubbed’ down to aching stumps of teeth, which must have hurt abominably and might explain the high alcohol consumption of the time.
A lot of illnesses of the time could have been avoided or cured by nothing more than dry and warm living quarters, but often enough caused death. Considering that open fire in military tents and the usual lit fires in open fireplaces were not able to really heat a room, but mostly the only available or maintained fire in a house or tent was used for cooking.
But why do I mention this all, when I primarily want to talk about King Richard III and his possibly visible bodily deformity?
With this information about the first half of the 17th century as a background, I did not want to let the press release of the Richard III Society about the deformity of King Richard III go unmentioned.
Not so much the modern attitude towards deformity there got my attention, but more the attempt, to give King Richard III a new chance to be evaluated anew from a modern perspective.
But does King Richard III need to be seen anew?
From his lifetime, no reports about a deformed and devilish king are reported or survived till in our days. The bedevilment of King Richard III started well after his death to legitimise his successors.
Nicholas von Poppelau, who personally met King Richard III, does not even mention his deformity, though he in general was an observant reporter of his journeys. Foreign correspondents and ambassadors did not report this bodily impairment.
Could it have been that King Richard III well hid it beneath clothes and specially stuffed and adjusted layers of fabric?
What always made me wonder in the reports about King Richard III is that he after his death was exhibited in Leicester – without clothes. The cruelty of the new Tudor King Henry VII to expose him naked to the crowds must have had a reason.
– To show the cruelty of the battle?
That would not have been necessary, as surely the battlefield and other wounded were proof enough for that.
– To show the cruelty of the new king?
Might have been a by-point to frighten possible opponents.
– To show that the ‘old’ king was dead?
This only works, when the subjects exactly know how the king looks like up close. That is not too likely, because the king would have passed them in a distance, the battle wounds would have scarred and marked him and death, especially after severe battle wounds, can make a face unrecognizable. So hair colour, even blood stained, would have had to suffice as approximate indicator that it really was the king.
The heavy head wounds of the king also make it rather unlikely that the face was especially recognizable.
Also it is said and especially now in the battle between towns for the human remains of King Richard III proclaimed, that King Richard III had no closer connection to the town of Leicester. So citizens might not have recognized him, except if he had a clear sign to recognize him by.
To exhibit King Richard III’s body, king Henry VII must have had a clear reason to present him in this certain way to proof that the ‘old’ king was dead.
This sign furthermore must have been in a way, that it could be hidden beneath clothes. Though certainly the blood stains on the clothes from the severe battle wounds of the king must have been a further incentive to remove them.
This all are suggestions, conclusions from circumstantial evidence and documented happenings around King Richard III’s death. Those can be interpreted in one way or another, depending of what the researcher finds likely to have been the motive or the likely intention of the actors in a certain event.
With King Richard III’s human remains found and therefore a certain prove for his actual bodily strength and agility as well as a clear medical indicator for the extent of his bodily impairment, the legend and truth can be separated far further than it was possible so far.
It will necessitate a great amount of new research and a renewed looking at old sources with a new perspective and attention to so far dismissed details.
So in my view, whatever the laboratorial research will reveal, the circumstantial evidence of the human remains will necessitate a new research into the life of King Richard III and a new perspective on later propaganda.
King Richard III deserves a new chance !
Philippa Langley, originator of the digging in Leicester, well summarises this necessity for a new perspective and new research about King Richard III:
It seems that despite Thomas More, Richard did not have a withered arm, that despite William Shakespeare, Richard did not have a hunchback. And despite John Speede, Richard’s remains were not exhumed and taken to the river Soar.
If the remains are identified as being those of King Richard these are just some of the myths that have already been busted. And, having watched the exhumation, I believe there may be more myths to follow.
Let’s give King Richard III a new chance!
Let’s show his life in a film!
Let’s support Mr. Armitage in giving King Richard a new life on screen!
Thank you for all your kind help with the film-petition!
♛ KRA in the Media ♛
One of our leading supporters and technical brain behind the website, Roswitha, did an interview with Gemma Peplow from the Leicester Mercury about our petition efforts for the film project “Richard III” by Mr. Armitage and our website:
- ThisIsLeicestershire.com: Fans in clamour for actor to become king, by Gemma Peplow (23.01.2013)
The interview contains a nice image of King Richard as well as of ‘our’ King Richard, Mr. Armitage.
♛ King Richard III ♛
- The Telegraph: Richard III: Visions of a villain?, by Alastair Smart (20.01.2013)
Mentioning the earliest remaining portrait of King Richard III, which is in the posession of the Society of Antiquaries in London, and compares it to later portraits, which slightly alter his appearance, to fit into the propaganda about an evil King Richard III.
- Decoded Science: Rediscovering Greyfriars Church: A Historical Detective Story, by Natasha Sheldon (20.01.2013) – Very knowledgeable article about the historical research by Dr. Ashdown-Hill, which lead to the excavations in Leicester.
- Herald Sun, Australia: Remains of Richard III appear to have been found in Leicester, by Charles Miranda, News Limited Network (19.01.2013) – The author of this article takes quite some liberties with historical detail, so don’t take this article all too seriously in that regard. Still, I wanted to list it, as it for once is an Australian article about King Richard III and the digging in Leicester.
- The Wall Street Journal: Bones of Contention: If the Skeleton Is Richard III, Where to Bury It? – Article by Jenny Gross (18.01.2013) – I was really impressed that King Richard III was mentioned in this business newspaper, but not his economy improving measures in time of crisis are the topic here, but the modern implications of his last resting place and the ‘Battle of the Cities‘.
- 16×9 (Global News Canada): Old Bones: Possible Richard III remains and DNA link found (01.12.2012) – Video on YouTube about the search for King Richard III in Leicester, with short interview with Dr. Ashdown-Hill and Dr. Turi King – Embedding now is possible, so I just had to repeat this news from our article of the 12.12.12 and include the video which is well worth to watch in its detailed review about the research methods:
Full article about “Old Bones” (Global News, Canada – Sean Mallen, Claude Adams, Megan Rowney, 16×9: November 26, 2012)
♛ King Richard Armitage ♛
- Khaosod (Thailand daily newspaper): Ali from RichardArmitageNet.com kindly alerted us to Richard Armitage mentioning “Richard III” as his intended ‘next project’ in the Thailand daily newspaper Khaosod. Here is the automatically translated passage (Google translator):
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- BBC News: Richard III dig: Conclusions to be revealed in weeks (09.01.2013)
Currently, many more articles are published about King Richard III and speculations about the results of the research done by the Universtity of Leicester’s research team. Though as they don’t add any more knowledge than already published and listed here on this blog, I spare you the list of those articles.
The one central thing of interest is:
The official results of the search and laboratorial examinations are announced for the
1st week of February 2013 !
(We will keep you updated.)
Concert to tell story of King Richard III’s life:
The concert with music of King Richard III’s lifetime is today in Leicester, Fraser Noble Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
(We published the announcement and more details here.)
♛ Collective Reading of TSiS ♛
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Collective Reading of “The Sunne in Splendour” by Sharon Kay Penman
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