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The King’s Not Dead …



Wait! – Well, a few others and King Richard III admittedly are,



but not ‘our’ king!



Long live King Richard Armitage!



So it is a real pleasure for the King Richard Armitage Blog to take part in the RA Blog Reunion Day (29th of May 2020).



The event was initiated by Natazukii on Twitter to show that ‘our’ king and his followers are not dead or sleeping or defected to enemy territories. You can follow the event and contributions under #RABlogReunion and see for yourself, how lively and vivid the RA-blogging community still is and how creative and diverse this wonderful blogging family is.



Natazukii wanted to know what became of the silent blogs and where everyone did go. So here, in more details than I am normally comfortable to reveal, come the reasons, why KRA is so silent lately:



The reason for that is, that work, life and health issues aplenty get in the way. I for the last years need to watch what I eat to an extent that can’t be healthy ;o) I began to blog about my issues here, but though I find more and more of my acquaintances having similar issues, most have a very individual form of what goes and what not and most are not as severely hit as I am. So what might work for me, might not work for others or mostly the other way around. And I already got so many tips which achingly did not work for me, the most hurtful coming from my doctors. So my blog so far did not make it beyond the initial posts, though I am continuously self-testing and experimenting with ingredients and recipes, as nothing pre-made works for me.



The other reason why I rarely post lately is, that I do want to keep the blog out of financially motivated, local or other propaganda and away from news that only uses King Richard III to gather interest for something else.



I still closely follow all news and scientific research about Richard III, but washed up and watered down research re-publications rather bore me and I don’t want to post here just to fill the blog and bore you in the process.



That does not mean, that I can’t overlook something interesting about RA and RIII, far from it.



Please keep up with letting me know about things you stumble upon and find interesting !!! Thank you very much for all your help so far !!!



Those are the reasons, why I rarely have updates here. But I hope you enjoy the lively participation on Blog Reunion Day initiated by Natazukii and enjoy and get great inspiration from all the participating blogs.



To show you how big and lively the blogging community around the Richard Armitage fandom is and was, the Fanstravaganza event of 2012 combined the most ever (at least to my knowledge) participants in one single event, though even then not all could participate due to time and work pressure.


Have a great RA Blog Reunion Day !

#RABlogReunion (Twitter-link to the event hashtag)

Fundraiser Event in York for King Richard’s Voice

 

For all near and in available distance to York, the project “A Voice For Richard” has a special fundraising event in the Friargate Theatre on Saturday, 27th April 2019.

 

Time: 10:00 – 16:30 (9:30 a.m. registration)

 

We already informed you about this fascinating endeavor to reconstrue King Richard III’s voice in our last article: To Hear the Dead King Speak

 

But with the fascinating participants to the program for this event, we wanted to go into more detail and let you know about the contributors of this event and project:

 

  • Philippa Langley, one of the main initiators of the search for King Richard III in Leicester and well known on our website, will give an overview of “Playing Richard – How Richard III has been played on stage and on screen“.

  • Yvonne Morley-Chrisholm, Voice & Text coach and specialising in vocal profiling, as well as initiator of the “A Voice for Richard” project, together with Tim Charrington, Accent and Dialect specialist, will explain “Pronunciation and personality” and give an introduction into building King Richard III vocal profile.

 

More details and the full program of the day here in this pdf-file. A registration form can be downloaded here.

 

Date: 27th April 2019

Time: 10:00 – 16:00 (9:30 a.m. for registration)

Location: Friargate Theatre
Lower Friargate
York
YO1 9SL
U.K.

Costs: £ 25 per Person (includes teas and coffees).
Additional £ 7 for picnic lunch if required.

Tickets & Enquiries: A Voice for Richard
28, Hanworth Road
Hampton
Middlesex.
TW12 3DL

E-mail: yvonne@yourvoicebox.co.uk

Tel.: +44 (0) 77 14 66 19 39

 

100 Days Till King Richard III’s Reburial

 
From today on there are only 100 days left till the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.
If you want to join the cermony, Leicester Cathedral starts a ballot procedure, to select participants for the ceremony. The procedure of ‘ballot’ was selected to find a fair way to chose among the many interested in the ceremony worldwide.
 
The ballot procedure starts at 8 a.m. [GMT] and is open till 31st December 2014 (12 a.m./noon).
The online access can be reached via this form provided by Leicester Cathedral on their website:
 
leicestercathedral.org/ballot
 
The places offered via the ballot are for the

  • Reception service on Sunday 22 March
  • the Reinterment service on Thursday 26 March and
  • the Tomb Reveal service on Friday 27 March.

(Winners will be notified about 30 days after the ballot closes, so at the end of January 2015.)
 
Good luck and all the best wishes !
CDoart
 

Happy Birthday & Quiz Winners Revealed !

 
 

Happy Birthday, King Richard III !

 
To be exact, happy 562. birthday !
 
KRA has no real birthday present for King Richard III, but we have three wonderful presents for our three
 

KRA-Champions 2014,

 
who won the KRA Quiz 2014:
 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2014
 

The prices for our winners are:

  • Finding Richard III: The Official Account“, by Annette Carson, Philippa Langley, Dr. Ashdown-Hill (Pb)
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  • Richard III: A Small Guide to the Great Debate” by Annette Carson (Pb)
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  • The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III“, by Philippa Langley, Michael Jones (Pb)

 
Our three winners and this year’s King Richard Armitage – Champions are:
 

  • Iwona
  •  

  • Janet Slocombe
  •  

  • Andrea Castano

Congratulations
 
 
And they really are champions.
I admit, the quiz was hard this year, really hard.
So again this year, the selection of the winners was a point decision.
Still, I hope you all had fun answering the trick- and not so tricky questions.
 
 
The solution-page unfortunately was accumulated in a bit of a rush, as I had an overly hectic month of September, but I will try to extend it with more details and background information.
 
 

Happy Birthday RA & Commemorating Richard III – The Quiz is Open !

 
 
Many of you know, that on this day, now already two years ago, a for my life important person died. So this day, with its joy about Richard Armitage’s birthday, always holds the vivid image of loss for me as well.
 
What must it have been for Richard Armitage, growing up and always being reminded on his birthday, that King Richard III lost his life on exactly that day?
 
We nonetheless hope, Richard Armitage celebrates a wonderful birthday and has an exceptional performance of “The Crucible” at the Old Vic.
 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Armitage!

 
To celebrate both, the joy and the commemoration, KingRichardArmitage is doing a new Quiz.
 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2014
 
All participants till 30 September 2014 (in all time zones around the world) will take part in the drawing.
The winners will be announced here on King Richard III’s birthday, the 2 October 2014.
 
As last year, the KingRichardArmitage-Champions will be drawn by chance among the most complete and correct Quiz entries.
 
Prices for the winners are three recently published books about King Richard III and the search in Leicester published by the restlessly and confidently pursuing team of the ‘Looking for King Richard Team’:
 

  • Finding Richard III: The Official Account“, by Annette Carson, Philippa Langley, Dr. Ashdown-Hill (Pb)
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  • Richard III: A Small Guide to the Great Debate” by Annette Carson (Pb)
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  • The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III“, by Philippa Langley, Michael Jones (Pb)

 
So it is worth to win and try your luck. Take your time, browse around and have a look around the KingRichardArmitage website, as for most of the questions the answers can directly be found on the KRA website.
 

The Quiz is Opened ! – Good Luck !

 
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The Date is Set – 26 March 2015

 
The date for the intended reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral is set:
 

Thursday, 26th of March 2015

 

Planned Schedule:

  • 22 March 2015 (Sunday)
    University of Leicester will transfer King Richard III’s remains into a lead-lined coffin,
    and will travel from Leicester to Bosworth on a remembrance journey.
    In the evening, King Richard III’s remains will be given into the care of Leicester Cathedral,
    and a church service of reception will be held.
  •  

  • 23 – 25 March 2015
    King Richard III’s remains will lie in repose in Leicester Cathedral.
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  • 26 March 2015
    King Richard III will be re-buried in the morning.
  •  

  • 27 – 28 March 2014
    Revealing of the tomb and service to mark the completion of the reinterment.

 
Attendance at the Cathedral services will be by invitation of the Dean of Leicester, David Monteith.
The reinterment service will be broadcasted live on TV by Channel 4 (Editor John Hays), and will also cover the week’s events, with interviews and presentations of the leading participants in the search and discovery.
 
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, current successor of King Richard III in the title as Duke of Gloucester, is to be the Patron of the Leicester Cathedral’s King Richard III Appeal, trying to cover the financial requirements of this ceremony and accompanying events.
 

More information on the website of Leicester Cathedral:

(Soon will be updated with planned schedule.)
www.kingrichardinleicester.com
 
 

Theatre & History & Richard III

 
First of all, congratulations to Mark Selby, the ‘Jester from Leicester’.
I know, he has nothing to do with King Richard III’s court, though a good jester surely could have been of value there. But I am quite sure King Richard III might have enjoyed the dramatic finale in the Snooker World Championship as well. When two of my favourite Snooker players are in the final competition, unfortunately only one of them can win. Great match, great players, worthy finale!
 
Now to another delicacy for all readers from and visiting London…
 
 


♛ Richard III in London ♛


 
Custom Practice
is an ambitious theatre company from London, founded in 2010.
Their newest production, Shakespeare’s Richard III, by director Rae McKen uses authentic historical costume, designed by Fraz Roughton.
The pictures from the production already shared on Facebook give an interesting glimps of the time and how King Richard III and his comtemporaries might have looked like.
 
Facebook Foto-Album (Also visible without Facebook account.)
 

 
Richard III
Till 18th of May 2014: in The Cockpit, London
From Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd of June 2014: in the Greenwich Theatre, London
 
 
Custom Practice (on Facebook)
 
Custom Practice (Richard III – website)
 
 

KRA-Week 2013: Thank You

 
 


! Congratulations !

 

to our KingRichardArmitage Champions

 

We have the winners of this year’s quiz!
The quiz remains open so that you can further try your knowledge,
but the book prizes will go to:
 
Fabi & Kathryn Barnes
 
To my great surprise, it was a point decision and not by random number selected from all the correct answers.
 
And I had thought, I had made the quiz much too easy.
Sorry! Solutions are available here now.
 
Quiz prizes are: Two books by
Isolde Martyn “The Devil in Ermine”

 
 
 


 

Thank You !!!

 
 

to all interview partners

 

and all our helpers and contributors
of the King Richard Armitage Week 2013.
 
It was a fantastic experience for me
and I hope you enjoyed the celebrations!

 
Thank you 53970mb6govkgan
 

KRA-Week 2013-8: Historical Music – The Orpheus Project

 
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Links: King Richard Week 2013 & Quiz

 
 
 


! Attention !

 

The winners of the quiz are final and will be announced in a separate post today, where also the link to the quiz solutions will be revealed.

 


 
 
 


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King Richard III & Music

 

An interview with MaryAnn & Michael Tedstone

 

The Orpheus Project

 


 
 
Peter Warzynski in his interview (25.08.2013) gave us so insightful background information about Leicester and the euphoria about finding King Richard III there.
 
What better method is there to express happiness and joy than in music?
So I am very happy to present a Leicester based team of composers, MaryAnn & Michael Tedstone, with their group
 

The Orpheus Project

 
The two composers, MaryAnn & Michael Tedstone, brother and sister, are famous for their film music and their successful effort to combine old traditions with new musical elements.
They embrace the history and time of King Richard III and present musical elements and lyrics he might have known or heard himself in their new recording:
 

“The Last Plantagenet”

 
 
To tease you a bit with the wonderful music, here is a sample of “The Last Plantagenet”.
 

 
And I can assure you, it is worth having a look around the websites of the composer team, as their diverse music really is a joy and has a wide bandwidth of styles. I already spent quite a while on their websites and listened to their wonderful music:

 
But now, I let them tell you themselves about their music and creative ideas behind “The Last Plantagenet”:
 
 


 
 
How did the group “The Orpheus Project” come into existence and when?

The Orpheus Project came into existence in 2011, when we recorded an Album of Ancient Greco Roman music. We wanted to create an ensemble made up of musicians who are experts in their fields but do not have traditional early music training. I think that early music can be over stylised and I wanted the music to have a natural feel. I felt that by making a new ensemble and having a new look at how music is written and created, we could provide a refreshingly new sound to different periods of music.

 
Who composes / arranges / selects music / chooses, researches and finds texts / trains the group / records the music?

MaryAnn does most of the composition/arranging music selection and trains the group.
Michael records and produces the music. One of the things that makes The Orpheus Project unique is that we have our own industry standard studio. we are used to writing music and recording it for projects all over the world so it’s easy for us to make albums. We don’t have to worry about studio time and finding a good producer. We have one of the best music producers right here with us.

 
What is the background of your group and your individual musicians?

MaryAnn Tedstone studied Early music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Philip Pickett.
Michael Tedstone studied music production at Alchemea College of music.
Glenn Sharp is a world music musician who play with the Jadid ensemble and is signed to Universal Music.
We use a variety of other musicians and vocalists who are experts in their fields. Each period calls for different instruments so it’s hard to give further information

 
Are your musicians only perform in this group or also individually or in other groups or ensembles?

Our musicians regularly play in other ensembles. Its what keeps us fresh and excited about what we do.

 
Why was this name chosen for the group? What connection does your group have to the Greek mythology?

When Orpheus called to his father Apollo, he did so on a golden lyre. I have always wondered what the music was that called the God Apollo down to Earth to help his son Orpheus. The Orpheus Project seemed like a good name. Our first Album was of Greco Roman music too. It also combines old and new which is what The Orpheus Project is all about.

 
Is your group mainly doing recordings or performing life?

The group does both live recordings and performs live.
Our next performance is for Leicester City Council where we are playing at a banquet.

 
I saw in the information, that you Ms Tedstone, are mainly composing film music and soundtracks for movie and film productions and advertisements. Is this also the direction of “The Orpheus Project” or to what purpose was this group created?

The Orpheus Project was intended to write music for historic documentaries and tv programmes but has become so much more due to the level of interest that we have received.

 
Why the title “The Last Plantagenet” for your CD? It gives already an interpretation of the events surrounding King Richard III’s demise in the Battle of Bosworth as well as the legitimacy of his royal succession. Is that intended or a reference to the last Plantagenet King on the throne of England or not an exact reference to King Richard III at all?

The album the Last Plantagenet is a reference to King Richard III. This album is music that he either might have heard, or music that has been specially composed in the style of the period.

 
What connection does the music have with King Richard III and are the music pieces new arrangements of old music or new arrangements ‘in-the-style-of’?

The Orpheus Project albums are intended to be a soundscape of what someone living in the period might have heard. For example our album SPQR is a representation of what Nero might have listened to.

 
Where do the texts / lyrics come from? E.g. the French text of the piece “Douce Dame”.

The Texts are all original. There are two by Dufay and One from Machaut.

 
If they are historic texts, would they be something Richard III could have had access to?

Yes we think King Richard III might have heard Douce Dame.

 
What image of King Richard III does the music promote?
(e.g. Richard III as courtier, as religious person of his time, as entertainment and music loving noble of his time,…)

I hope that the music makes you think that if King Richard III was riding through the streets of Leicester he might have heard something like our music playing in the street or in a pub.

 
What is your / your group’s connection to King Richard III?

We became interested in King Richard III when his body was found in a car park in Leicester and we started researching the music straight away.

 
What determined your choice of instruments in your group?

Not every travelling troupe of musicians would have had every instrument available to them. I felt that the lute and the hurdy gurdy were expensive instruments and so we should have only one. We chose lute. We have thought about what would happen to instruments when musicians of the period slept in fields or woods in between towns and we think that would have been really bad for all the instruments. Hopefully they put them in wooden cases.

 
Will your group get any official involvement in the ceremonies around King Richard III’s reburial next year?

We are officially involved with Leicester council. They are selling our CD in the museum and promoting us as much as they can. The re-burial is a church event and I have no idea at this stage how much involvement we will have.

 
What are your / your groups next plans for recordings? Is there more in store for all Richard III and late 15th century music fans?

We are thinking of looking at Robin Hood next which is not too far away from King Richard III. Stay tuned on our website www.orpheusproject.co.uk for more details.

 
Now that is good news for all Richard Armitage fans. Hopefully Sir Guy of Gisborne gets an extra place and special representation in the new music-project.
 
 
We will also keep you informed when the music of “The Last Plantagenet” will become available on iTunes in September 2013.
 
So far, you can order the CD version – £ 9,99 (PayPal payments accepted) – via alex@manikemusic.com.
(Please get in contact for delivery rates, though they are very decent and partially free of charge and the CD is sent out worldwide.)
 
 
 

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KRA-Week 2013-7: Finding Richard III as a Result of Historical Research – Dr. Ashdown-Hill

 
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Links: King Richard Week 2013 & Quiz

 
 


! Attention !

 

Last day of quiz-entries taking part in the drawing!
(Today till midnight [GMT] !)
Quiz prizes are: Two books by
Isolde Martyn “The Devil in Ermine”


 
 
 


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History’s new potential

 

in the discoveries of Dr. John Ashdown-Hill

 


 
 
Why a special article about Historian Dr. Ashdown-Hill here, during the KRA week, when we already had interviews and present his research work here on the website?
 

 
And other articles already covered the topic of ‘airbrushing’ Dr. Ashdown-Hill out of the story of finding King Richard III:

 
There was something I needed to figure out and I want to present some of my thoughts and results to you here.
 
 

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill


Dr. Ashdown-Hill is an open-minded researcher, who searched for facts, where others readily followed legend – over centuries.
 
As the dissection of legend in the case of King Richard III was so very important, to even allow the beginning of the search, I cannot readily understand, why the one man, doing all the work mostly singlehandedly, strongly believing in the validity of his finds, does not get the praise he deserves.
 
It required already great effort together with Philippa Langley, to even raise sufficient doubt with researchers and officials in Leicester, to get their agreement to do a paid contracted search and give all the required permissions for the digging.
(And here a big motive for the specialists was that they could at least find other historically significant material for Leicester, to make it worth their while, which in the end caused their agreement to start digging.)
 
But why chose exactly this location for the digging, when the supposed location, indicated by a plaque, was so far away from it?
That was the result of a meticulous research of maps and sources about Leicester – done by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill.
He recognized, that some newer maps were inaccurate (the street drawn at the wrong side of the Greyfriars’ church, according to written sources of contemporaries) and the old medieval streets must have been located a bit differently from what reconstructions of historical Leicester so far made believe.
This changed the location and the area of research entirely and was based on the research of Dr. John Ashdown-Hill.
So, why is there no mention of this fact?
 
You would think, after all this research so essential for finding King Richard III, there should be a hall of fame for Dr. Ashdown-Hill.
Perhaps next year’s opening of the King Richard Museum in Leicester will remedy that fact and will give praise where praise so clearly is deserved.
 
We at the KRA website already started our small contribution to a ‘hall of fame’ here and hope to be able to contribute to set things straight.
 
 
One aspect, which especially fascinates me in the work of Dr. Ashdown-Hill, is his research, remaining unbiased by the ‘mainstream’ line of previous historical research and starting to get to the fact beneath layers of wrong and long traded interpretation.
 
This is a fact which exceedingly makes me happy about the research of Dr. John Ashdown-Hill and the finding of King Richard III.
It gives me hope for the art of history in its entirety, that with new perspectives and openness, history with its extensive tools and methods is able to discover great things about the past in the future.
History loses its dust cover and the strictures and rules by some self announced dictators and starts to get truly ‘researchable’ again.
 
 
So the real questions about King Richard III for me are not
will he be buried in York or Leicester or …,
was he a good or bad king,
was he a saint or murderer,
 
but that finding him was able to break up traditional perceptions of a story and a new approach was found and the truth behind it was revealed, after over 500 years!
 
This fact alone makes me absolutely jubilant!
 
History is no static entity any longer, but a playground opened up for new research. (While ‘playground’ not in the slightest means this is an easy task, but what history always has been, hard work and an enormous accumulation of knowledge of all kind.)
 
So go and search and keep your mind open for any possible result!!!
 
 
I hope to find out much more about the developments and events leading to the archaeological research in Leicester in the new book by Philippa Langley announced for the end of October 2013:
.
 
And Dr. John Ashdown-Hill publishes his new research about royal marriage traditions and currently works on a new book about Richard III’s third brother, George, Duke of Clarence:
.
 
Kindle version:
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November 1, 2019

Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth – By Mike Ingram (HeritageDaily)


October 8, 2019

Painted as a villain – how the Tudors regarded Richard III (by Christina J. Faraday, APOLLO.The International Art Magazine)


August 22, 2019

10 things you need to know about the battle of Bosworth (by Chris Skidmore, BBC History Extra)


June 16, 2019

Philippa Langley on RIII – Podcast: BBC Interview of 6th January, 2015 (RadioPublic.com)


February 20, 2019

Richard III: Leicester Cathedral £11.3m plans approved (by BBC East Midlands, BBC News)


October 4, 2018

The battle for Bosworth field: Historians react to decision to build on battlefield where Richard III died (by Rachel Dinning, BBC History Extra)


May 23, 2018

Richard III find historian John Ashdown-Hill dies (BBC News)


April 9, 2018

The secret intimacies of Edward IV: multiple marriages and a same-sex affair? (by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, History Extra)


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September 12, 2017

Was Richard III a loyal brother or murderous tyrant? 60 seconds with Chris Skidmore (by Rachel Dinning, History Extra)


 

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