♛ King Richard III ♛
- 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”
♛ King Richard III ♛
- 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…
♛ King Richard III ♛
- ITV.com: Richard III book launched in Leicester (05.10.2013) – Booklaunch by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, co-authors of the book about “The Search for Richard III. The Kings Grave”.
- ReadFulThingsBlog.com: The King’s Grave: by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, by IoniaMartin (05.10.2013) – Detailed review about the book publication by Philppa Langley and Michael Jones.
- Express: Book Review: The search for Richard III by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, by Nigel Jones (06.10.2013) – The author of this review perhaps best describes his own review:
The review is – as far as I can tell – solely based on the reading of the index and appendix of the book, which does not highly recommend its accuracy or significance to me, especially as it is in complete disagreement with the previous review by IoniaMartin. As the reviewer also has written a book about the Tower and the Princes in the Tower, it seems his review is more in his own defence, rather than an objective critique of the new publication.
I will hold back my final judgement till I get my version of “The King’s Grave. The Search for Richard III”, but so far this review only reached to confirm my opinion that historians don’t like to re-research comfortably settled and accepted ‘truths’, even when new aspects arise.
- GranthamJournal.co.uk: Richard III archaeologist to give talk in Grantham (06.10.2013) – Richard Buckley will give a talk about King Richard III and his discovery in Grantham, Harrowby Methodist Church on Saturday, 19 October 2013.
- BBC News: Richard III Towton chapel remains are ‘found’ (07.10.2013) – To commemorate the many fallen in the Battle of Towton (1461), King Richard III began to build a chapel at the site, which at the time of his death was not yet completed and never was finished at a later time. (For more details about the battle and its significance, see: Towton Battlefield society
- The Northern Echo: Cabinet Minister insists remains of Richard III must be buried in Leicester – not York, by Robert Merrick, Parliamentary Correspondent (08.10.2013) – Parliamentary debate in the Commons about final resting place for King Richard III and an independent panel to determine it.
- Helen Rae Rants (Blog): The Wars of the Roses refought over Richard III’s Re-burial, by Helen Rae Rants! (09.10.2013) – A quote I just need to share, especially after the strange review mentioned above…
Helen Rae about Philippa Langley:
Me, I think she [Philippa Langley] deserves a medal for her efforts and the contribution she’s made to Ricardian history.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Justice secretary insists Richard III be buried in Leicester, by David Owen (09.10.2013) – Justice secretary Chris Grayling speaks in the Commons.
- InLoughborough.com: A year of discoveries showcased at the University of Leicester (10.10.2013) – Open Day at the University of Leicester on the 12th October 2013 will showcase King Richard III!
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III: What do the people of York think? By Peter Warzynski (11.10.2013) – A brave journalist on his way to York to search for the truth. Is the new ‘War of the Cities’ that easy – York for York and Leicester for Leicester? Frontiers never were that easy during King Richard III’s days and never were clear and defined for him. Enemies became friends and friends easily and without prior notice became traitors. Otherwise the devastation of Bosworth never would have happened…
Find out, if our frontiers are any different today from those 500 years back, here in this research by Peter Warzynski.
[Should have known that Peter Warzynski was brave enough to find the truth. After all he was not frightened to come into contact with fans of an actor and wonderfully presented Leicester and his work and archaeological digging for King Richard III here on our website (24.08.2013).]
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.