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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:
- The Orpheus Project on SoundCloud
- ManikeMusic on SoundCloud
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 email@example.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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in Medieval and late medieval England.
“Laws made for the purpose of restraining luxury or extravagance, particularly against inordinate expenditure in the matter of apparel, food, furniture etc.”
Black’s Law Dictionary.
English Sumptuary Laws date from 1281 in extant documents. They were then an expression of the Feudal System (every man in his place, dressed according his station. Women too.) The hierarchy must be established according to the “natural law”.
The next documented Law is that of 1309. This relates to conspicuous food consumptions of the nobles. (Peacocks presented at table, complete with feathers re-attached to the roasted fowl…)
Perhaps Edward III felt that such expenditure by his magnates reduced their monetary contributions to his Scottish and overseas wars.
Obviously, Kings and their families were not restricted by such fiscal management restraints.
Cloth of gold, fur, gold…. It appears that the first Tudor, despite a somewhat austere, penny-pinching reputation, at least in the popular version, was not averse to personal display.
However, there was considerable Church disapproval of courtly display of fashion “trends“. Shoes, in 15th C, were an issue with the Church: the vanity of the elongated toes.
And then, there was the Disney head dress. The Henin, and variations thereof.
The middle class was rising in wealth, and becoming uppity in dress. Note the quantities of costly material in the sleeves and gowns and richness of dyes.
Etienne Chevalier, was not a merchant, but a trusted civil servant.
Disconcertingly to the “enforcers” of the Sumptuary Laws, the merchant class rose inexorably. The merchant class accumulated wealth, based on wool and textiles, and import/export. They bought off the enforcers’ fines, and even lent funds to cash-strapped nobility. They were going to wear what they had earned. Their wives (and often mercantile partners/supporters) were an advertisement to their wealth and their often mutual hard work. (Take that, Enforcers! 😀 )
England has not been quite as rigidly class-ridden as might be thought – upward mobility was mobilised. From 15th century sheep farmers, the Churchills were Dukes of Marlborough two centuries later. A middle class was firmly rising throughout Europe, driven by trade – wool/textiles/luxury goods from the East. The sheep farmers became merchants (and money-lenders), married into gentry and titled families, became senior civil servants.
Sir Guy of Gisborne, dressed head to toe in costly leather. Would a minor knight, in possession of an obscure provincial manor, pass the Sumptuary laws? Leather tanning and production were extremely costly, as is the case today. Perhaps; it didn’t involve cloth of gold or furs….
And Many Happy Returns to Richard Armitage on August 22 2013.
Respects to King Richard III, may he please be laid to rest as befits an anointed monarch.
SOURCES (for the costume-obsessed)
- Boucher, Francois. 20,000 Years of Fashion; Henry H. Abrams Inc. New York.
♛ King Richard Armitage ♛
Richard Armitage currently had a promotion tour for “The Hobbit” in Sydney, Australia.
In one of the interview sessions with an audience, hosted by Popcorn Taxi, where fan-questions were allowed, the question of his interest in King Richard III turned up. Mr. Armitage gave the following answer (Quoted after the transcript by Groovergreen on fedoralady’s blog TheArmitageEffect):
Does he still plan to play Richard III on film?
RA: “Many, many plans but they are all in my mind at the moment. There is a possibility but it is a matter of when and how. Maybe I’ll be too old to do it.’’ (Collective groan of disbelief from the Armitage Army in the front rows.)
(Strangely the question, like another already previously mentioned elsewhere, is completely missing in the pronounced full transcript of the Q&A session on TheOneRing.net, while no gap is indicated.
But already two fans independently reported to have heard this question and his answer at this event, so it is sufficiently confirmed to have been part of the evening in Sydney on May 1st, 2013.)
♛ King Richard III ♛
- Current Archaeology Live!: The King under the car park. The search for the last known resting place of King Richard III, by Carly Hilts (01.05.2013) – Presentation about the process of the discovery and find by Richard Buckley, Archaeological Services, University of Leicester the 2nd of March, 2013:
- Helen Rae Rants (Blog): History Matters: More Ricardian Rubbish, by Helen Rae (03.05.2013) – Response from a Ricardian to the late article in The Guardian about the deductions about King Richard III and his life from the state of his teeths.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III Society responds to “slab not tomb” decision, by Alan Thompson (06.05.2013) – The Richard III Society now takes open position against a slab and for their design of a tomb, which was designed with much sensitivity and care for the dignity of the deceased king of the late 15th century.
- ITV.com: Former King’s distant relative to lead march through York (06.05.2013) – A march through York took place at noon on May 6th, 2013, lead by King Richard III’s 16th grade grand niece Vanessa Roe.
The march went from the Castle Museum at 12 noon and arrived at Museum Gardens at 2 pm.
- BBC: Richard III burial row campaigners march through York (06.05.2013) – With video interview with Vanessa Roe, a 16th generation great niece of King Richard III.
- The York Press: Marchers mass in York as row over Richard III hots up, by Richard Catton (07.05.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III visitor centre boss sets out his vision, by Peter Warzynski (08.05.2013) – The team behind the planned visitor centre for King Richard III in Leicester.
♛ King Richard Everywhere ♛
- Savannahnow.com: Free enterprise: Crowd sourcing into the future (03.05.2013, updated 04.05.2013) – How King Richard III even can appear in unlikely topic combinations. Here interwoven with great skill.
When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks
- University of Birmingham: Richard III: The real king of history, or marvellous theatrical villain?, by Prof. Michael Dobson (about 01.05.2013) – Please follow the link “Read full opinion” to see the full statement.
- Los Angeles Broadway World: BWW Interviews: Denise Devin on Researching RICHARD III for Zombie Joe’s Underground, by Ellen Dostal (04.05.2013) – A new apporach to Shakespeare’s play about King Richard III – The effect the find in Leicester already has on the interpretation of the dramatic play by Shakespeare.
- TheNorthernEcho.co.uk: Beer brewed in honour of king launched at annual Yorkshire Dales food and drink festival, by Joe Willis (02.05.2013) – Is there even a report if King Richard III liked beer? The current reports about him eating too much suggar do not convince me right now, not after the bad state of teeth in the late Middle Ages in general. But I certainly like a toast brought out for King Richard III with a beer King Richard III and potentially acompanied by a cheese King Richard III. What a feast!
King Richard III Cheese – as it should be, pure white for the White Rose of York.
- BBC: Richard III burial row campaigners march through York (06.05.2013)
Please do understand, that the article lists here on KRA will not take up every topic or mention of King Richard III, but strongly select, what really contains some new information and might be of interest to historically interested and film- and Richard Armitage supporting readers of this blog.
♛ Portraits of a King ♛
There are more than twenty portraits acknowledged to depict the last Plantagenet king of England.
These two are particularly of interest, as they are identified as mid- late sixteenth century copies of lost fifteenth century originals.
The dating of paintings is both science and art, incorporating history, details of costume, era, characteristics of brush strokes – and forensics, radio-carbon and dendrochronology dating. There is much in common with the identification of the Greyfriars, Leicester skeleton. In fact, it is tempting to surmise that the identification of bones is more exact than the identification of and dating of paint on canvas or wood panels. For one thing, DNA analysis doesn’t pertain to paint/wood/canvas. For another dendrochronolgy + radio-carbon dating are not necessarily exact.
This has been dated to anywhere between 1518 and 1550. 1550 is favoured by some, as it was the time of publication of the “Sainted More’s” description of the hunchback with the withered arm. (Thomas More; 14 -15 , martyred by Henry (Tudor) VIII. More’s History of Richard III was influential in Shakespeare’s Richard III.) A broken sword can be interpreted as symbolic of failure; in a regal portrait, as symbolic of prematurely ended reign by violence, battle, deposition and usurpation. Note the narrow eyes, thin lips, deformed hand and somewhat clenched jaw. Obviously, not a trustworthy man….Richard III was an excellent target for Tudor propaganda reducing the usurped line of the Plantagenets to tyrants and debauches.
This is my favourite portrait, as it was the inspiration for Josephine Tey’s detective in The Daughter of Time. As a result of Tey’s book, I was an ardent Ricardian for many years. Dendrochronology dates the work to c. 1590. Note the higher right shoulder suggesting some form of deformity in a portrait purportedly of the late Tudor era. (This format does not allow for graphically designing blood dripping from the highlighted name of Tudor….)
“There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face”.
Malcolm, act 1, scene IV MacBeth.
Perhaps not. Yet we will all react to immediate expressions in others as indications of their emotions in the moment. We will even designate a face in repose as “pleasant” or “shifty” or “mean”, or “benevolent” etc.
One of the contemporary (and considered to be most objective) descriptions of Richard III is that of “an itinerant knight from Silesia”. Niklas von Poppolau provided the following in his 1484 travel diary: “…a high-born prince, three fingers taller than I, but a bit slimmer and not as thickset as I am, and much more lightly-built; he has slender shoulders and thighs.” As with other contemporary descriptions, there is no reference to hunched back or withered arm.
Characters in The Daughter of Time react to the NPG portrait in sympathetic ways (to support the author’s thesis) to the question of the detective: what do you think of this face?
The Midget: “Liver.” A succinct nurse’s opinion.
The Surgeon: “Poliomyelitis.”
The Matron: “…the most desperately unhappy face that I have ever encountered…”
As to stature, the king was generally described as “small”. Professor Jo Appleby of the Leicester University team deduced from bone measurements that, without scoliosis, Richard III would have stood 5’8” (1.72m). The average male height today in North America is 5’8” – 5’10”. The degree of scoliosis reduced a man of good height to 1.61m. Definitely short with the spinal curvature.
As the king was continually described (as prince and king) as a great battle fighter, despite the slender build, also noted by Prof. Appleby, Richard III must have built up muscle, despite the pain of the pain of the disability. (A 15th century sword weighs between five and eight pounds. And both strength and balance must be adapted to the disability. Apparently, Usain Bolt also suffers from scoliosis.)
Note the high cheekbones, prominent chin and not dissimilar set of the eyes and brows in these depictions. The nose of the portrait Richard is longer, with a shorter upper lip.
The actor is clearly not a clone of either the portrait or of the reconstructed face. However, there is sufficient resemblance in the high cheekbones, prominent nose and delicately formed mouth for a convincing performance of the king. And many hope for the successful backing and funding for such a production to become a reality.
The perpetrator of this article descended down several rabbit holes in the process. I was sidetracked by:
- Fingerprint authentication of masterpieces;
- Dendrochronology – tree-ring dating….
- Questions pertaining to the effects of scoliosis, and the little information so far detailed by the Leicester project scientists…. more please!
- Niklas von Poppolau, “itinerant knight” from Silesia; invited to the court of Richard III; who was this man??? How did a foreign mere knight scrounge such an invitation???
It was sometimes difficult to remember what I thought was the focus of the article….but it was useful background.
SOURCES and REFERENCES
- Richard III: His Appearance; Carolyn Hammond, Richard III Society
- Good King Richard? Jeremy Potter, 1983, reprinted by the Richard III Society
- Richard III: a study in medical misrepresentation. Isabel Tulloch for the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Aug. 2009
- Wikipedia – for general fact- and date-checking.
- Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time; first published 1951 for some quotations.
This article was created by guest-blogger Fitzg !
♛ Kingly Richard ♛
After I wetted your appetite for our King in “The Hobbit” in my last post, I at least need to show you more about this wonderful training program for our hotly awaited King Richard III. Richard Armitage really impersonates a mighty and fierceful warrior and worthy leader of the dwarves, not unlike another King with rich military prowess, we await hotly to be depicted in a film:
- George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: Video-Interview – Richard Armitage mentioning King Richard III again as inspiration for his role as Thorin Oakenshield. Especially the self awareness of having a potential of being corrupted, seems to have found its way from Shakespeare’s depiction into the interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s king of the dwarves Thorin Oakenshield. (Topic starting at about [6:30] and Richard III is mentioned at about [7:00] in the video interview.)
- Tribute Entertainment Media Group, Canada: Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Interview | Movie Interview – Video interview with Richard Armitage, by Bonnie Laufer Krebs (published 13.12.12)
♛ King Richard & Music ♛
That Richard Armitage is musical is at no doubt, playing the cello and the flute and being in musical theatre for a time, though with the song “Mysty Mountain” he sang for “The Hobbit”, he repeatedly stated that the goal was to sound not like a musician, but an untrained warrior singing the song with nearly religious meaning for his dwarve-race.
Richard Armitage in the video-interview with Access Hollywood, Canada:
For me, as I thought most of my childhood I would become a musician, the connection between Richard Armitage, King Richard III and music is a very special one. So the next news really got my undivided attention and I want to present this new aspect of King Richard III research to you:
Concert to tell the story of King Richard III:
Time: Friday, January 11th, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Leicester, Fraser Noble Hall
Who: Ensemble TritonE
Newly formed trio led by
Janet Forbes, a graduate of the Royal Conservatory, The Hague
Mary-Jannet Lieth, Royal College of Music, London
Elspeth Robertson, Royal College of Music, London
£5 for general public
£3 for Society for Historical Archaeology delegates
Tickets available at:
University of Leicester Shop
Works from the Glogauer Liedbuch (15th Century German manuscript collection of songs)
Franco-Flemish repertoire from the Low Countries
Jane Forbes has been researching King Richard III’s life and travels, which help her select the kind of music he would have grown up with in England as well as during his time abroad. The concert will have singing and dance music, as well as more serious pieces, to show the spectrum of the contemporary music of King Richard III.
Jane Forbes said about the discovery in Leicester:
When I first heard about the discovery it was really exciting. The music will provide an amazing context to the life of someone like Richard III. We are trying to pick music from places he visited and pieces written about things he was doing.
Now I am really sorry to live nowhere near Leicester, the heart of the research and now the place of this concert with music, which will bring King Richard III’s life back. It would be a dream to be able to hear the concert in January 2013.
Music is one of the main reasons for me, why I so much hope, a film as planned by Richard Armitage can be made about King Richard III.
As “The Hobbit” by Sir Peter Jackson so vividly shows right now, a film well made speaks to so many senses and inspires the imagination.
I hope for a revival, a shown interpretation of King Richard III’s life and times, where the music is such an essential part to bring the time to life again.
♛ Leicester News ♛
Just when I was about to close this article, news breaks that the results about King Richard III might already be definitive, but are not revealed yet, befor the TV screening of the Channel4 documentary.
As these are still rumours, I want to refrain from pronouncing, the results are in, but want to remind, that former researchers not so long ago would have had to base their results on the already revealed circumstancial evidence alone and would not have had the technical equipment we nowadays have, to find out more.
- Daily Mail Online: Human remains found in Leicester car park DO belong to Richard III… but scientists are holding back findings until Channel Four documentary is aired, claims insider – by Anthony Bond (15.12.2012)
- The Telegraph: Carpark skeleton will be confirmed as Richard III – by Nick Collins, Science Correspondent (15.12.2012)
♛ Kingly Richard ♛
- TheOneRing.net: Richard Armitage talks to TheOneRing.net – mentioning King Richard III in the Shakespeare version as method to prepare for his role Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”. What characteristics did he take from the king?
[…]I ended up using Henry V, Richard III and Macbeth as soliloquies that I could use to get some vocal production going. […] the self hating deformity of Richard III was sort of relevant […].
- The Hobbit Premiere in London: I am off to go on an adventure and will see “The Hobbit” and especially ‘our’ king, today. Not in London, but almost. High frame rate 3D and in English. What a dream come true on a very special day ;o)
For all who want to join the Premiere event of “The Hobbit” in London, CinemaXX has a live stream of the event here: CinemaXX
The live stream will begin at 18:15 o’clock German time, which is 5:15 p.m. U.K. time.
- TheOneRing.net: Video about the Misty Mountain “The Hobbit” song of Richard Armitage on YouTube – for all who like me can’t get enough of our king singing:
♛ King Richard ♛
- GeeksAreSexy.net: 2012 in Review: 9 Important Archaeological Discoveries – King Richard III is no. 8 of those important discoveries of the year 2012. The message, that the DNA research will take another 12 years to finish, requires to keep patient. (10.12.2012)
- Yorkshire Post: Winter of discontent as we await the truth – Among other points, poses the question if Tudor King Henry VI intentionally prevented pilgrimages to the burial place of King Richard III by placing him in a friary instead of an openly accessible parish church. (10.12.2012)
- The Guardian: Genetic testing: To catch a king, by Joanna Moorhead – How the research about King Richard III and his relatives today goes on. (08.12.2012)
- 16×9 (Global News Canada): Old Bones: Possible Richard III remains and DNA link found – Video on YouTube about the search for King Richard III in Leicester, with short interview with Dr. Ashdown-Hill and Dr. Turi King – Embedding was not possible, but the video is well worth to watch in its detailed review about the research methods. (01.12.2012)
Full article about “Old Bones” (Global News, Canada – Sean Mallen, Claude Adams, Megan Rowney, 16×9: November 26, 2012)
- History Today: Richard III and the Historian’s Quest – Paul Lay about “The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey and “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel (29.11.2012)
- npr: Renee Montagne speaks with Member of Parliament Chris Skidmore of Bristol about what are likely the recently discovered remains of Richard III, and attempts to clear the ruthless reputation of the former English king. (29.11.2012)
Christmas is coming fast and this year, actor Richard Armitage with his current film project “The Hobbit”, for which he travels Canada and the U.S.A. right now, really helps us with Christmas gifts for our loved one’s.
As Zazzle allows commission fees, the idea grew to use the fandom and fan-influence for a good cause.
RichardArmitageNet.com earns fees for charities from sales through Amazon and
CDoart set up an account, to collect fees from sales through Zazzle, which the KingRichardArmitage website joins and recommends to participate, to make an impact through our collective charitable efforts.
Zazzle has a special “The Hobbit” shop, but on all products available on Zazzle and in all international Zazzle Shops, commission fees will be earned when using the given entry links.
The income will be given to the recommended charities by Richard Armitage at Just Giving.
Help us by joining our charitable efforts. Thank you !
(Image and link to Zazzle is also newly embedded in the right sidebar.)
Zazzle has quite a global representation and the links to selected local stores (with the affiliation code to generate the income for charities) are listed here:
Zazzle U.S.A. and worldwide
More country links at:
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♥ Richard Armitage Gift Bomb ♥
To create an impact of fandom, is also the effort of a new initiative among Richard Armitage fans, the Richard Armitage Gift Bombing of his charities, to show the enjoyment and support of his fans:
Initiated by Servetus and taken up by Judiang and established with a logo by Gratiana Lovelace, it already is a collective fan initiative:
(Please mention “gift bomb” in your message [German fans may think of creative alternatives, to show the connection to the collective fan-enjoyment/appreciation initiative.])
Yesterday, November 28th 2012, the Premiere-event for “The Hobbit” by Sir Peter Jackson took place in Wellington, New Zealand.
But what can this have to do with King Richard III?
A lot, considering Mr. Armitage, the actor who plays the leading character Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” and the reason for the existence of this website, took part.
On the red carpet, Mr. Armitage was interviewed by many reporters, but the key question for us came from a fan in the crowd, who was following the red carpet event in Wellington.
Unfortunately, in the material broadcasted by TVNZ in the One News Hobbit Special, which was presented by Wendy Petrie, I can’t make out the question of the fan, though from the voice it is a woman. The reporter next to her unfortunately does not lend his microphone to her, but Mr. Armitage’s answer is recorded very well:
I would love to play King Richard. I may be a little bit too old and a little bit too tall, – but I played a dwarf.
TVNZ One News does not enable an embed code, so here comes the link to the full Hobbit Special, which takes about an hour (and has embedded advertisements).
The interview with Richard Armitage starts at about 23:30 and the quote is at 24:20.
Let’s loose no further time, let’s try to get him into the role of King Richard III by signing the petition !
♕ Two Kings ♕
Mr. Armitage just appeared as King of the Dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, in a new video preview to the major cinema production by Sir Peter Jackson “The Hobbit”, which will start with the first part in December 2012.
First trailer (Link to YouTube).
Second trailer on YouTube, just published last Wednesday, 19th of September 2012, during J.R.R. Tolkien Week.
Servetus presented King Richard on her blog Me+Richard Armitage, as Thorin Oakenshield last week got so much attention that she thought, our king might get jealous.
But there is also so much news and the lively discussion about his last resting place, that King Richard III needs not to worry:
♕ News of Two Cities ♕
- York now has an official e-petition running in its favour to become the last resting place for King Richard III: Initiated by Mark Cousins and supported by the Richard III Foundation, Inc. (24.09.2012)
If you want to have all options, consider voting in our open poll
Resting Place for King Richard III.
All positions and discussions are welcome. Thank you.
- Richard III: ‘When I saw the skull, the hair on the back of my neck stood up’ – by Maev Kennedy (The Guardian, 23.09.2012)
- York or Leicester? – The Richard III Foundation versus the Richard III Society (MedievalHistories.com, 19.09.2012)
- Should Richard III – the last Yorkist king – be reburied in Yorkshire? – by Martin Hickes (The Guardian, 18.09.2012)
♕ Collective Reading ♕
Servetus introduces the Twitter procedure of the collective reading and shows, how the discussions will work.
Here on KRA, we will also give room and create a separate page for the collective reading, to enable discussions and non-time-sensitive discussions to take place.
We will try to get the discussion started here with posts (approximately on Mondays), collecting information and questions.
The first discussion of chapter 1 – 5 will start next Sunday, 30th of September 2012! So it is high time to get the book and start reading ;o)
If you want to join in and still need a copy of the book, please consider to make your purchase via the link at RichardArmitageNet.com, where reference fees will go to the charities selected by Mr. Armitage. Thank you!
Amazon.co.uk – Amazon.com Print & Kindle edition
Reference fees gained through links at the KRA website also go to the RA-charities.
Initiator is Fanny/iz4blue with her blog DistRActed Musings of one ReAlity.
News and schedule will be available at the end of this week at her blog and at the Facebook page ‘Institute of Armitage Studies‘.
Schedule of the collective reading
on Distracted in Reality
(Also available for Google Calendar there.)
CDoart already did an analysis and a comparison between King Richard III and Thorin Oakenshield, King of the dwarves in “The Hobbit”, in connection to our poll 1 here on the KingRichardArmitage website.
A comparison between fantasy and history is not so farfetched, when we hear the latest comment by Mr. Armitage about his preparations for “The Hobbit” with King Richard III in his interview with HitFix at the ComicCon in San Diego:
HitFix – Question by Katie Hasty (?)
Oakenshield was kind of this classical lord-figure of the books [“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien]. How do you update this character for modern audiences?
You see, I’d never really thought of updating. I actually did the opposite. I thought of it as more kind of Greek tragedy. I looked at Shakespeare, you know, a lot of my preparation, I was looking at “Henry V” and bits of “Richard III” just to find roots in British literature that were kind of deeper. But I think […] making it feel contemporary that are the big themes of the story: Loyalty and honour and trust and camaraderie. I think those themes are contemporary.
The interview by Katie Hasty from HotFix at Comic-Con in San Diego, July 24th, 2012, is available on YouTube. The quote starts at about [1:07]: