Happy Birthday, King Richard !!!


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.

  • Matt Lewis (AuthorBlog): Happy Birthday King Richard III! (02.10.2013) – And with King Richard III we can well say in all controversy and while celebrating the freedom of controversy:

    Stand strong and true for that which you believe in. Do not be silenced.


  • Karen Lewis on Facebook shared a wonderful Birthday announcement for King Richard III. (As I did not ask for permission to re-post in time, I only include the link to the picture and do not embed it here, but the wonderful picture should be visible even if you do not have a Facebook account.)
    Now, how best to celebrate a king?

  • Of course with song and music, one especially created and composed for King Richard III, like the song “Douce Dame” by The Orpheus Project (see our interview with composer team MaryAnn & Michael Tedstone):

    Or would you like to celebrate with an audio play?

  • Try the BBC production of “The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey, where a modern day inspector researches the crimes of King Richard III and in the end finds him …
    Upcoming broadcasts begin on Monday, 7 Oct 2013 on BBC Radio 4. (See BBC page for the play and schedule here.)

  • Leicester Mercury: British Bake-Off contestant creates Richard III birthday cake, by Peter Warzynski (02.10.2013) – With this cake, I almost wish King Richard III could come into our time. Considering he never ever ate a piece of chocolate or ever tasted chocolate cake? How I would like to send him one piece of that lovely cake to try. (I certainly must try the recipe myself.)
    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.

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    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.


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