♛ King Richard III ♛
- PR.com (PressRelease): Richard III: Martyr or Monster? The Shocking Truth Behind Shakespeare’s Bloody Tyrant, by Kultur International Films Ltd (01.08.2013) – This film production by does not seem to be connected with the video-DVD of the TV documentary in two parts “Richard III: The King in the Car Park” and “Unseen Story”, though I can’t find the title on the Amazon.co.uk website yet.
As announced on this Kultur-website, the DVD will become available on 27 August 2013. A short trailer is already available on this site as well.
- Royal Central (Blog): The Real White Queen? A Defence Of King Richard III, by Matt Lewis (02.08.2013) – A very enlightening background comment about the TV series “The White Queen”.
An interview with the author of this post can be found here: Interivew with Matthew Lewis – author of the book “Loyalty”, by Karen Kilrow (13.07.2013)
- InLoughborough.com: Bosworth buzzing about first re-enactment since Richard III discovery (02.08.2013) – This year’s Bosworth Battlefield Re-Enactment Event is taking place on the weekend 17th/18th of August, 2013.
- University of Leicester: Emotional end of final dig at Richard III site (05.08.2013)
- Royal Central (Blog): Anne Neville – The Bad Queen? By Sean Okeeffe (05.08.2013) – Was Anne Neville, the queen about which history has nearly no reliable resources at all, really the bad queen as whom she was depicted in the latest episode of “The White Queen”?
- Royal Central (Blog): The Defence of Richard III Part 2 – The Foundations of Evil, by Matt Lewis (06.08.2013) – Was King Richard III guilty of all the crimes he was accused of? Follow this gripping series of articles by author Matt Lewis, exploring the background and coming to a verdict at the end of each article.
- IsleOfMan.com: Richard III, the king in the car park, is coming to the island (05.08.2013) – That now would be a resting place for the king. Sorry ! Don’t want to heat up the discussion again, but the headline lead my thoughts astray. The king unfortunately is not coming himself, but Richard Buckley from the University of Leicester, as the further article on the Isle of Man website ‘King in the Car Park’ Archaeologist to visit the Island, by Charnwood Tails (05.08.2013) reveals.
- Leicester Mercury: Richard III: Historian claims he was ‘airbrushed out of king story’, by Peter Warzynski, Leicester Mercury (06.08.2013) –
Quote of a ‘Spokesman’ for the University of Leicester:
We had to go through Richard’s lineage again, and verify the work which was carried out more than 10 years ago. We can’t have everyone at the press conference. Perhaps we should have invited the creator of DNA fingerprinting as well, seeing as he played a part?
This in my opinion for once is a situation, where a ‘spokesman’ should not have spoken, but rather should have taken the time to research the background of the topic he was talking about. Dr. Ashdown-Hill over years researched the connections and relationships and later irrelevant sidelines, to find the valid one leading into our time, which could possibly be used for a DNA analysis. The University of Leicester – don’t think I am making accusations here as their work is a valid and necessary one as well – just had to confirm an already extensively researched line of ancestry and could rely on the previously done work, which in total was a matter of mere months.
As this is only one aspect of many, where the finding of King Richard III heavily relied on the previously done work by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, that is really not the best way to cope with one of the main contributors to the search.
- First Thing: No Catholic Burial for Richard III, by Mark Movsesian (06.08.2013) – See what religion and strawberries have in common.
- My Debonair Affair (Blog): King Richard III, by michellejimenezp (07.08.2013) – New art project for Richard Armitage as King Richard III ! Updates about the progress of the painting will follow shortly.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III visitor centre gets go-ahead, by DanJMartin (07.08.2013)
- BBC News: Richard III museum plans in Leicester approved (07.08.2013) – With a few more pictures of the planned center than the previous article, though no further information.
♛ KRA – Announcements ♛
King Richard Armitage Week 2013
is coming up fast!
21st – 28th of August, 2013
The page for the event is already created and available, though content there will be added from 21st of August, 2013, the beginning of the event, onwards.
Safe the date, take part in the upcoming quiz during the event week and enjoy fan-tastic history with us.
A Medieval King certainly needs an impressive royal portrait. Unfortunately, King Richard III was a bit under represented in the art of his time, which might be due to the fact that his successor King Henry VII was not all too fond of his image.
Now with a bust re-constructed from King Richard III’s skull, we can rectify that.
LDixon157 based her portrait on the new research as well as on one of the earliest surviving portraits painted after his death and created an impressive royal portrait of King Richard III:
contributed her wonderful water colour painting of King Richard III.
See more of her work here: LDixon157 on Flickr
♛ King Richard III ♛
King Richard III is found, but still, lots of questions remain to be answered. Only one of those questions is, where King Richard III should be buried. Though a fast answer seems unlikely, now that this question goes to court and an answer to this delicate problem of ancestry, relation and prerogative of distant descendants needs to be found there.
- University of Leicester: Archaeology Team Bids to Extend Search at Historic Church Site (30.04.2013) – The archaeological Sevices of the University of Leicester have applied to the Ministry of Justice for a further exhumation licence (a stone coffin has been found, presumed to be of a medieval knight called Sir William Moton, buried at Grey Friars Chruch in 1362) and to the City Council, to extend the previous dig and find out more about the Church of the Grey Friars where King Richard III was buried.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby about the digging request:
Our aim is for the gravesite located within 6-8 St Martins to become part of the new visitor centre, and the removal of part of the wall will be necessary to make this happen. This application is therefore a step forward in the development of the site.
The archaeological excavation is planned to start at the beginning of July 2013 and will last about 4 weeks. The public is intended to get opportunity to see the work in progress.
- The York Press: Richard III legal fight to start next week, by Kate Liptrot (27.04.2013)
- Green Valley News & Sun: Genealogy Today: Richard III reinterment in dispute, by Betty Malesky (28.04.13) – Discussions that King Richard III’s grave should show his good and bad sides, just do not get my full support. For one, who are we to decide which one’s of his sides were which and for another, when we know so little about him for sure, how can we decide at all? A further reason, why I don’t like this discussion, started by the Cathedral of Leicester, is that other kings, obviously and certifiedly having murdered people in bulks, did receive glorious funerals and graves. Why should we now diminish King Richard III’s status in comparison to other kings who were not an ounce better, but possibly worse? Is proven infamy for kings the way to a glorious funeral and suspicion diminishes the likelyhood?
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Legal test for burial of Richard III, by Leicester Mercury (30.04.2013) – If King Richard III has ‘living relatives’ has to be decided in court, though the decision making process will take some time and is anticipated in a couple of weeks.
- The Guardian: Richard III archaeologists to return to Leicester site in search of lost knight. Excavators plan to search for Sir William Moton, who is believed to have been buried at Grey Friars church in 1362, by Maev Kennedy (30.04.2013) – King Richard III’s popularity will pay for further research in the area of the Grey Friars’ Church.
Richard Buckley about the continuation of the search, which will be funded by the University of Leicester and the Leicester City Council:
This will be a great opportunity to confirm the plan of the east end of the Grey Friars church to learn more about its dating and architecture, and will give us the chance to investigate other burials known to be inside the building.
- The Telegraph: King Richard III’s teeth and jaw reveal monarch’s anxious life and violent death, by Richard Gray, Science Correspondent (01.05.2013) – The skeleton now reveals more about King Richard III’s life. His dental records will reveal much about his habits, but already brought scientist to suggest that “he ground his teeth with stress“.
In a time where children were married early, because otherwise they were seen as unattractive as they started to lose their teeth at the age of about 20 years, I had wondered, why King Richard III still had so many and in rather good condition. Though especially women tended to start earlier, as even still in modern times there was – and some dentists will tell you still is – the rule of one tooth per child.
P.S. (= Petition Signatures):
I must excuse myself. While trying to repair the comment functionality of this blog (which currently suppresses notification mails), I accidentally pushed the button to send out all repeated confirmation mails to those signers of the petition who did not confirm their signatures so far. I normally do this only after prior notice. Sorry for those unannounced mails!
I still hope, you will have a look, if you did get the mail and confirm, if you have not already done so. We would have over 2.000 signatures by now, but with the unconfirmed signatures not counted, just stepped over the 1.800 mark.
Thank you for all your help and continuing support !!!
A big THANK YOU to Philippa Langley for keeping her believes and continuing so straightforward on her way to find and honour King Richard III.
I hope this find will motivate researchers of all scientific subjects and also especially historians, to now have a closer and more extended look at the material, in cooperation of disciplines, with now available new technologies, in a digital and globally connected world where worldwide archives become more and more easily available.
♛ King Richard & His Fans ♛
Before I start with selected fan- and King Richard-news, I must ask for a bit of patience.
KRA was so overwhelmed with comments, requests and messages that currently we are still sorting through all the mails. We try to get up to date as fast as possible, but it might still take a few days, till all requests and mails can be answered. So please stay with us, we will answer every mail and contact form request sent in.
We very much cherish your feedback and offers of help and thank you very much for getting in contact with us !
Now to King Richard and his Fans:
- Servetus – Me&RichardArmitage: Servetus on Richard Plantagenet’s remains – A historian’s perpective and analysis of the ‘rewriting of history’ through the current finds.
- Fedoralady – The Armitage Effect: In the shadows no more; or the Return of the King
- JasRangoon – Me, My Thoughts, and Richard Armitage: Richard III Trending – About Twitter and other Trends.
- Fabolaktuko – White Rose Writings: We have Richard III – Just want to specially bring your attention to the name of this blog and its connection to King Richard III.
- Fedoralady – The Armitage Effect: More thoughts on a face from out of the past
- IngeD3 – Crispin’s Eclipse: Random Thoughts: Coming clean – Why Mr. Armitage really should play King Richard III.
- Mulubinba – An RA viewer’s perspective…: Richard III – excited for the King Richard III members of the RABlogosphere – About the find in Leicester and our KRA interview in the Leicester Mercury.
BBC Radio Leicester announced that Philippa Langley will join them for a live interview this week, Thursday, 07.02.2013, after 3 p.m.
On Monday, 04.02.2013, there had been an open Q&A session with Prof. Lin Foxhall and Philippa Langley about the researches in Leicester. The Q&As still are open to see here:
Channel4 – Q&A with Prof. Lin Foxhall and Philippa Langley
I unfortunately did not get my questions answered and so, for completion’s sake, post them here:
I had hoped for much more details about the King in the documentary by Channel4, but the documentary showed, that the film team had not really believed to find King Richard III and so had swapped the deeper research into the topic.
A big THANK YOU to Philippa Langley for not letting anything deter her from her way to find King Richard III.
♛ King Richard III ♛
- University of Leicester: The Search for King Richard III – The Scientific Outcome (04.02.2013) – Part of the Press Conference announcing the results of the Search for King Richard III. So if you did not have a chance to listen directly, here is the sound file to do so now.
- Radio Times: Meet Philippa Langley: the woman who discovered Richard III in a car park, E. Jane Dickson (04.02.2013) – The story about how Philippa Langley reached her wonderful research project. Don’t miss this article!
- BBC News: Richard III dig: Facial reconstruction shows how king may have looked (04.02.2013) – Very realistic looking facial reconstruction of King Richard III.
- History Extra: Leicester car park skeleton ‘is that of Richard III’, by mattelton (04.02.2013) – Confirmation of identity of the human remains in Leicester as King Richard III.
- The New York Times: Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III, by John F. Burns, Alan Cowell (04.02.2013) – Very good overview over researches and research results.
- The Colorado Gambler: The War of the Roses & Resolving Questions Regarding King Richard III, by Anna Lee Ames Frolich (04.02.2013) – An article which came to our notice because of linking to our website. What makes it specially interesting is that it is written by a relative of King Richard III. Though, please let Ms. Frolich explain the connection.
- ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: King Richard III’s face revealed at last, by Tom Pegden (05.02.2013)
- Philly.com (Philadelphia): Found: Richard III. Not found: Hump, by John Timpane (05.02.2013)
[…] all the world knows Richard, while . . . who the heck knows from Henry of Richmond?
- Detroit Free Press: Scientists use Richard III skeleton to reconstruct king’s face (05.02.2013) – Video about the revealing of the facial reconstruction of King Richard III by Philippa Langley.
- ITV: Extended interviews with those behind Richard III (05.02.2013) – With short video statements by Philippa Langley, Michael Ibsen, Dr. Phil Stone (Chairman of the Richard III Society).
- ITV: Richard III’s face revealed (05.02.2013) – ITV even created a special topic page for today’s news about King Richard III.
- ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: Richard III’s reconstructed face to go on show in Leicester, by (05.02.2013) – King Richard III facial reconstruction comes to Leicester, but be patient. It comes next year, 2014.
- Vulpes Libris (Blog): Vulpes Randoms – Richard III’s Day 4th February 2013, by Hilary (05.02.2013) – Vulpes Libris, famous for their early interview with Richard Armitage, present the research results of the University of Leicester on their blog with many interesting observations and links.
- The Sun: I’ll give my kingbrum for a horse yow lot, by Andrew Parker (06.02.2013) – Sound reconstruction or how Dr. Shaw can distinguish the dialect of long dead King Richard III.
- University of Leicester: Soundfile of the Dialect reconstruction by Dr. Philip Shaw
- Herald Sun: New hunt for Richard Third lookalikes as face put to long-lost King, by Chris Bartlett (06.02.2013) – Our Facebook page is mentioned in the news. Though Christ Bartlett dismisses the likeness between King Richard III and Mr. Armitage. Mr. Bartlett obviously has not seen “The Hobbit” yet, though he mentiones the film.
♛ Battle of the Cities ♛
- BBC News: York fights Leicester for right to Richard III remains, by (05.02.2013) – Article about the Battle of the Cities with an interesting introductory video about the unveiling of the facial reconstruction of King Richard III by Philippa Langley and the Richard III Society.
- ThisIsLeicester.co.uk: York launches battle with Leicester over Richard III’s remains, by Laura Elvin (05.02.2013)
As those two articles show, the Battle of the Cities did not come to an end with the official declaration of Leicester Cathedral as last burial place for King Richard III, confirmed by the Ministry of Justice.
Our poll about the cities gets attention once again.
We want to mention, as also comments flood in about this topic here on divers places, that the KingRichardArmitage website is neutral in this question.
Many supporters of King Richard III take the position that his written instruction to hold sermons for him and his family in York Minster reveal his wish to be buried there. This is one of the possible interpretation of his actions, while the burial places of his wife and son might contradict this interpretation to some extent.
We will report about news regarding this topic, but won’t take sides.
We welcome ‘non-discriminating’ discussions and comments on our poll page, especially created for this topic, but also need to state that personal attacks will be deleted or withheld from being published, here and on our related Facebook site Richard III for Richard Armitage!
Thank you for all your support and help !
If you miss interesting articles here, please let us know. We continue to build the Press Coverage pages
and will specially create an area about the researches and research results around King Richard III.
Today, the very sad news reached us that our supporter and presented author
George Peter Algar
died last Thursday.
We very much mourn the loss of such a wonderful person and inspiring contact.
Though we only briefly knew him and never met in person, we will greatly miss his friendly and openly helpful approach and creative ideas.
He supported us with an interview, details about his book “The Shepherd Lord“, by bringing us in contact with the Towton Battlefield Society and just with a wonderful and openminded mail correspondence.
Riikka Nikko, his contact and King Richard III artist from Finland, gave us permission to post her creation in memory of Mr. Algar. The work progressed with input by Mr. Algar.
The merciful and avenging angel King Richard, by Riikka Nikko (More details about her and her King Richard creations can be found in her artwork-portfolio and in this KRA-article):
We had a King Richard Week in August last year, but one week is not nearly enough for King Richard.
The Russian Richard Armitage fan-site Armitage-Online has made June a whole King Richard Month with their wonderfully creative calendar creations:
(More images and the large scale versions are available here and by clicking on the preview image.)
King Richard III is alive
and will return to his home castle Middleham this coming weekend.
You don’t believe me?
See for yourself: Announcement at the English Heritage website
To get an audience with the king himself, reserve your spot!
More details and information how to book can be found at the
Our King still is occupied
with fighting a dragon and for another kingdom, as the 7th pre-production video by Sir Peter Jackson about the filming of “The Hobbit” shows:
Video available on Facebook: openly available Facebook-Link
Last week we linked to images, CDoart had created for King Richard Armitage.
She also has created a bag for herself and got some requests where that bag could be ordered. So she made it available and published the order-link in the comments to the article on her blog.
CDoart does not want to make any profits by making her ‘Petition King Richard Armitage’ bag available, but will give all commission fees and income generated through sales via Zazzle to charities specified or yet to be specified by Mr. Armitage.
Under those circumstances we feel comfortable to link to her bag and sales options as well:
The bag can be ordered via Zazzle.com (where also more details about the bag are available).
Maria Grazia already had a chance to get to the article and posted a detailed review on her blog Fly High. She also links to an interesting background interview with the author of the article, Dr. Paulina Kewes, teaching at the Jesus College in Oxford, which is published as podcast by BBC History Magazine as further background to the magazine article.
CDoart on her blog continues doing fan-artwork by creating a new ‘King Richard Armitage’.
Image excerpts and continuations of the article here:
The FanstRAvaganza 3 is an event, dedicated to the actor Richard Armitage and also, to his fans. So the articles of the week contain,
- and lots more …
(I think you get the idea of it.)
One special stream of articles, the KingRichardArmitage tagged team, was dedicated to our project to support Mr. Armitage in his wish to make a film about King Richard III.
The articles of the week contain individual fan-views on the historical background, the revealing of reasons, why they support the project or would like to see it realised. Each article has a fresh and unique approaches to King Richard III & Richard Armitage.
If you did not so far, give them a try and find out more about the supporters of the KingRichardArmitage-Project.
King Richard Armitage – Posts during the FanstRAvaganza 3 Week
Maria Grazia (Fly High!) – Richard III in Movies or why we want a new King Richard
Maria Grazia presents the state of film coverage about King Richard III and why a new film project is so urgently necessary.
IngeD3 reviews the biography about King Richard III by Michael Hicks and read more about her conclusions in her article.
Fabo Laktuko goes ahead with the project and already asks the next question, who should play Anne Neville, the wife of King Richard?
Servetus shows, how urgently King Richard III wants an objective coverage, so that he even interferes during lectures.
Musings about, what roles Mr. Armitage could play, if he does not take the role of King Richard III himself.
Why CDoart admires Mr. Armitage for his interest in King Richard III.
Jo Ann analyses King Richard III as victim of the Tudor propaganda.
(The links to all the articles of the event are posted at the FanstRAvaganza 3 Index page.)
We hope, you have enjoyed this extraordinary FanstRAvaganza 3 event!
Dear readers and supporters of King Richard and Richard Armitage,
Alfie did a wonderful fan-art especially for Christmas and I just need to post it here on this blog as well:
(Preview of the picture here. For full view, please follow this link or click on the picture to reach Alfie’s blog post with the larger picture.)
After seeing that picture, there can not possibly be any doubt left. Mr. Armitage just is the true King Richard III.
Merry Christmas and have wonderful, relaxed and enjoyable holidays!
P.S.: We will be back with book recommendations and authors’ interviews after Christmas, so spare some of your book vouchers you get as Christmas presents!
Our presented fan-artist today is well known in the fan community:
Before we will reveal her amazing artwork for our King Richard, we ask her some questions about herself and her fandom.
How did you find Richard Armitage and what was your first encounter with this British actor?
I saw him for the first time in 2008 in “Robin Hood” and I was immediately struck by this actor. Of course at that time I only thought: “Gosh, he is so alluring”. Then there was: “What a marvelous actor he is!”. And now I think I can say with certainty that he is also a very good person.
When and how did you find / get involved in the Richard Armitage fandom?
First of all I searched for the Russian RH web-site where I found out who played Sir Guy of Gisborne. For a long period of time my obsession didn’t leave these “borders”. But then I found some wonderful RA web-sites and forums. I can’t say that I am an active user there, but I like to read what other people write. And I am really impressed by many wonderful ladies whom I met there.
What interests you most about King Richard III?
I think the most interesting thing to me about him is the way he is shown in different literary works and films. I think it’ll be very interesting to see how Mr. A would present this ambiguous person from his point of view.
Can you share a for you very special fan-event / moment determining your interest in Richard Armitage / King Richard with us?
I was interested in Medieval history from my childhood. It began with myths, legends and eposes (especially those from England and Iceland). Then I was carried away by the Crusades, knights and the whole spirit of this period of time. Historical facts about Richard III were particularly gripping.
When I heard that Mr. A wants to make a film about this king I was pleasantly surprised. With his scrupulous approach to every work I think he’d make very accurate and thrilling film.
Just some days ago me and my sister were watching “Anonymous” and there was a moment when they were staging a play on Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and one of the heroes said something like:
“The main villain in history”.
I snorted and nudged my sister.
“You were drawing him recently” – she laughed.
Do your friends / family / colleagues share your fandom / admiration for King Richard, GizTheGunslinger?
Unfortunately, nobody shares my interest in King Richard, so I am here on my own. But I am very happy that you made this wonderful site dedicated to our King Richard III.
How did you come to do drawings / paintings?
As long as I remember I was always drawing something. Though it all began with… dinosaurs. I drew only these huge reptiles.
At the age of 11 I read “Harry Potter” and thought that I wanna draw people too.
But only when I discovered Tolkien books I seriously thought about my drawing skills. I wanted to portray the heroes of Middle-Earth. However, even LOTR wasn’t that stimulus which made me draw portraits.
You may guess where I am leading to.
Only after I discovered Richard I began drawing the way I do it now. When I am looking through his photos I’m always noticing those from which I could draw a picture.
The artwork looks so very professional and the creative composition is amazing. Are you a professional illustrator? When seeing your drawing, we immediately thought about a book illustration or a film with your work.
Unfortunately I am not. I am just a boring economist (valuer). Or I’d rather say I am preparing to be the one of many as I am still studying at the University. But I am already thinking about the second higher education. And this time it’ll be something artistic, some kind of design I think (landscape or costumes).
P.S.: Oh, I would like to see a film with any of my drawings too 😀
Would you like to share some of your favourite inspirations, spots, websites, blog, etc. on the internet?
Well, the main inspirers are all wonderful RA-web-sites and blogs, such as
RACentral and of course our
BccMee and dozens of other great people who run their own blogs and sites. I just think I can’t exploit the situation to express my thankfulness to that entire people.
Also I get inspiration from the other drawings and paintings.
Among my favourite artists are Salvador Dali (http://www.virtualdali.com/),
Claude Monet (http://www.claudemonetgallery.org/) and
Hieronymus Bosch (http://www.hieronymus-bosch.org/).
And two most fave illustrators: Alan Lee and John Howe (http://www.john-howe.com/).
But the main inspiration is RA himself, all Tolkien books and music (especially Depeche Mode http://www.depechemode.com/).
You are very famous for your fan-videos. What artwork did you create / can you share with us?
If you want to, you can see other my drawings here:
These are not all I drew. Many pictures I just don’t upload anywhere. Also I like making videos:
Some years ago I even tried to write stories about my own fictional world. But after several chapters I thought that it all look like a plagiarism. So I gave it up. I was even writing poetry, but gosh, it’s so hard to find a rhyme to a word. And now I am trying to sort out photoshop.
After seeing the following drawing by GizTheGunslinger, I am sure you will like to check out all her resources and recommendations.
Here are some close up images of this fierce King Richard III with his banner and in full battle armour:
(Please click on one of the images to see it in more detail.)
The closeups show nicely the wonderful details GizTheGunslinger has enwoven into the drawing of King Richard:
The stamping on his cuirass is the emblem of the House of York; fleur-de-lis (king’s lily) on his shoulder. And the banner he is holding is the personal banner of Richard III which he borne at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. It is a swallow-tailed pennant with the cross of St. George at the hoist, the fly divided blue over red, with a white boar and white roses (of York) over all.
As comparison, here are pictures of the banner and coat of arms:
Personal banner of King Richard III – Source: CRWFlags
Royal Arms of England – Source: Wikimedia.org
Thank you very much, GizTheGunslinger, for this wonderful interview and the so skillful artwork full of historical detail. It shows such attention to either King Richard III and Mr. Armitage.
All further contributions and previous blog posts are collected on the
Here you find a collection of fan-art and links to all related blog posts.
Have lots of fun and enjoy !
P.S.: Please contact us here when you are ready with your creations, may it be drawings, paintings, text, poetry or freestyle. The form of expression is entirely up to you. We are looking forward to present you and your work on KingRichardArmitage.
P.P.S.: Don’t forget to sign the petition to support the filming project “Richard III” by Richard Armitage, if you have not done so already ;o)