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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.)
 
 


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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.
 

Richard III – Impressive School-Report

 


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♛ Battle of the Cities ♛


 
The Battle of the Cities is far from over, now with a new player in the battle, the “Plantagenet Alliance“:

 
 

David Harpham – Warwick the ‘Kingmaker’

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David Harpham

David Harpham


Today, I can present a new contributor and very talented young historian her on the KingRichardArmitage website:
 
 

David Harpham

 
 
He studied at the University of York and at the University of Sheffield, where the dissertation for his Masters degree in Medieval History focused on the relationship between the Nobility, the ‘Community’ and emerging perceptions of ‘the Realm’ in the Wars of the Roses era. (Short biography available here.)
 
 
David Harpham’s articles I read so far, convince me that a bright writing career lies before this young historian.
 

Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick

Earl of Warwick “Kingmaker” (Source: wikimedia.org)


 
What David can do with a biography about Richard Neville, 16th earl of Warwick, called ‘the Kingmaker’, is really a joy to read and easily bridges the gap of over 500 years to our time.
 
David Harpham will entrance you in the life of a fascinating major player of the ‘Wars of the Roses’, who was so very influential for the education of the young Richard III during his time at Middleham.
 
Warwick the ‘kingmaker’ is also King Richard III’s father-in-law, as Richard III later married his daughter Anne Neville.
 
 
But now, I won’t divulge much more here and directly lead you to the full article:
 

David Harpham – Richard Neville – the legend and legacy of ‘Kingmaker’

 
 

“Royal News & Battle Report”

 
David Harpham here also has an interesting article with the historian’s perspective on the ‘Battle of the Cities‘:
 

Richard III – Heritage magnet or Tourism treasure?

 
 


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Interview with Author Isolde Martyn

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Our interview partner today is well known here on the KRA-website, as Ms Martyn already represented Australia and the research association The Plantagenet Society of Australiy here in this interview.
 
Today, we want to present Ms Isolde Martyn with her excellent knowledge about King Richard III, his family, background and the time of the Wars of the Roses in general, together with her wonderful book publications.
 
I am currently reading Ms Martyn’s book “The Devil in Ermine“, which will come out shortly (Yes, I have a pre-verion ;o)
And I can tell you, I can’t recommend it highly enough. I am in total awe of this well researched and gripping depiction of the decisive year 1483 in King Richard III’s life seen and told from the perspective of his cousin, the Duke of Buckingham.
The revolt by Buckingham, the reasons, the background are so well told that I really feel for the characters described in the book and see all the motives so well coming together and building the story. The book really has gripped me.
(I will let you know as soon as the book becomes available. – I know I am cruel here, stoking your curiosity, while I am already reading it ;o)
 
 
But now I let Ms Martyn tell you more about her connections and research about King Richard III and her new just published book “Mistress to the Crown” about Jane Shore:
 
Why do you choose the period of the late Middle Ages? It was a time of hardships, especially for women, of fierce fights and wars man against man, of romantic knights, …
What is so very special about this time period in England that it can especially grip the interest of modern time readers?

The seesawing of fortune during the Wars of the Roses. One moment you have a man who is King of England, next day he is a penniless refugee at the court of Burgundy. Life could change in an instant. This means that a novelist can put a lot of pressure on a historical character. How will he or she react to being charged with treason? Can they regain their lands?

 

What did especially trigger your interest in the Plantagenets and specifically King Richard III?

I read Josephine Tey’s book, The Daughter of Time when I was 14 and I watched Shakespeare’s history plays.
Apart from Richard III, the person that fascinated me most in that era was the lady spy who passed through Calais. I was determined one day to write a novel about her. To do that well, I needed to go to a university that specialised in the Wars of the Roses and study the Yorkist era properly. Fortunately, I was able to go to the University of Exeter. Yes, and my novel about the woman spy–THE MAIDEN AND THE UNICORN–eventually won major awards in America and Australia.

 

The research about King Richard III shows that sciences did develop greatly and allow deeper insights, though the time gap between our time and the researched time period becomes greater.
Some things are documented quite well, others are lacking and gaps in our knowledge about the time partially are still great.
How do you cope with those holes in historical documentation for your writing?

You are right, there are few facts. We have to be open-minded about historical sources. For example, how informed were the chroniclers? Where did their ‘facts’ come from? Were they–or their sources–politically biased?
Yes, this lack of information makes it wonderful for the novelist. However, as a historian, I try to adhere to what is known. If Richard was at Middleham on a certain day, I would not have him somewhere else for the sake of the story-plot. I think an author needs to make it clear what is fact and what is fiction in a novel’s History Note and List of Characters. That is why Shakespeare’s wicked Richard III has had such impact. When people see something enacted, they are more likely to accept it as true. There is rarely a note at the beginning of a film saying ‘this screenplay was written for drama and entertainment, and some of it may not be true’.

 

How do you see the relevance of the current archaeological research about the human remains of King Richard III in Leicester? – For your writing, for the available knowledge about the time, for the interpretation of King Richard III, for Leicester, …

As the skeleton is Richard’s, knowing how tall he was, what he might have looked like or eaten before the battle is marvellous. For historians, comparing the physical evidence with the historical sources and legend raises some interesting issues. For example, the evidence of scoliosis. This means that the Tudor slurs about Richard’s appearance did have an element of truth. The portraits of Richard, where changes have been made to show one shoulder higher than the other, may have to be assessed differently now.
 
I should like to know from medical experts whether the scoliosis could be due to a heel wound at Barnet or Tewekesbury or from combat practice? Or would he have had the condition when he was a child?
 
As regards Leicester, if Richard is reinterred in the cathedral, I think Leicester City Council will have to take much greater care of the historical areas of the city, especially those beyond the ring road. These seemed very neglected last time I was there.

 

What do you do to prepare yourself to get into the mood of the late Middle Ages to write about the time and such realistic characters as you create in your books?

It’s hard to sum this up for you.
I read literature from that era, e.g. Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, and I pick out imagery and phrases that could be used in dialogue.
How would a man have felt at that moment in his life, given the occasion, the weather, what he was wearing, what was at stake for him, who he was dealing with, his health, what he ate for breakfast? It can be the small details that can make a character seem real. When Warwick the Kingmaker knelt so long for forgiveness in front of Margaret d’Anjou in 1470, did his legs go numb (do you say ‘pins and needles’ in German? [Comment CDoart: We say the limbs ‘fall asleep’]) Did he have to be helped to his feet?

 

What started your interest in the setting and the characters of your new books?

I was going to write a novel about Margaret Beaufort (as a villain) but Buckingham was like a little boy waving his hand in a classroom, ‘What about me, Miss? Write the book about me!’ So my novel THE DEVIL IN ERMINE is the events of 1483 from Buckingham’s point of view. I hope to have it up as an e-book very soon but there have been some hitches in getting the format right.
MISTRESS TO THE CROWN came out in Australian shops in February and will be available soon in Germany and the U.K. I wanted to write about a woman who was at the heart of events in Yorkist England. Mistress Shore, King Edward’s lover, was perfect. No one had written a novel yet about the real Mistress Shore. Her name was Elizabeth Lambard and she was the daughter of a wealthy alderman, who was Sheriff of London and a supporter of the house of York.

 
 


 
 
More details about Ms Martyn’s latest book publication “Mistress to the Crown“:
 
Mistress to the Crown by Isolde Martyn
Mistress to the Crown

About Jane Shore, mistress to King Edward IV’s and involved in an intrigue against King Richard III, and her struggle for freedom.
 

 
 

Isolde Martyn online:

 
www.isoldemartyn.com
 
Amazon.com-Author’s page
 
 


 
 
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Richard Armitage & Richard III

 


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The oh so hotly awaited ‘full’ interview with Richard Armitage by Emily Anderson now has taken place on BBC Radio Leicester today.
I am not really sure why they had made all that fuzz about the ‘full’ in their advertisements for this interview, as it hardly contained any more information than the as preview announced interview last Sunday, 10.03.2013.
RichardArmitageNet.com has the full recording for you to listen in.
 
For our “Richard Armitage” page we updated the transcript of the interview and have it available here.
 
Transcript and audio-file of the interview version 10.03.2013 on BBC Radio Leicester (RichardArmitageNet.com)
 
Audio file for the interview version of 13.03.2013 (RichardAarmitageNet.com)
 


♛ Battle of the Cities ♛


 
The KingRichardArmitage website does not take sides in this battle of the cities for all the reasons stated here by Roswitha.
 
When we read that Leicester Cathedral tries to squeeze King Richard III into their cathedral, because they don’t find the space to adequately place a tomb, I’d rather they stepped back and let someone else handle the procedure.
 
Leicester Cathedral – Design Brief (published 13.03.2013)
 
As you can see from the following news-list, the topic about the burial place really got immediate and wide attention:
 

 

Richard Armitage about King Richard & News

 


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Today’s preview for an interview with Richard Armitage about King Richard III on Wednesday, 13.03.2013, at 11 a.m. on BBC Radio Leicester:
 
(I had not expected RANet.com to show such an interest in King Richard III and so had transcribed the Richard Armitage interview preview about the king myself. As the selected passage is a bit different, I still upload my transcription as well.
Here is RANet.com’s version and the uploaded audio-file.
)
 
 
Emily Anderson asked RA about what he made about all the Richard III goings on.
 

It’s very exciting. […] The dig was fascinating and I sort of watched every step of the way and seeing the facial reconstruction as well was also fascinating.
But I was named after Richard. My father had a real passion for his story and I was born on the 22nd of August, which is the day that he died at the Battle of Bosworth.
[…] I remember being a little bit cross with my dad for naming me after a hunchback monster, but of course, you know, he was a Ricardian so he believed in something quite different to what Shakespeare was talking about and I have adopted that passion, I suppose.
So yeah, I am kind of interested in his life.

 
Emily Anderson: So it has a special significance for you and as we have heard from the originator of the search, Philippa Langley, I am sure you have heard her speaking quite fondly of Richard III, it looks like history might need to be re-written.
 

Well yeah. I mean, there is not an awful lot there.
Any documentation that really was around at the time of his life was either destroyed or just simply didn’t exists, so we don’t really know an awful lot about him and certainly not any psychology as to why he was perceived in the way that he was. […]
The physical thing aside, you know, with regard to the scoliosis, at the time […] the idea of someone who is physically deformed being a malevolent person was actually quite a normal thing. Obviously we think differently to that today.
It would be interesting to have another look at his life aside from Shakespeares fantastic villain.
But really it is almost a pantomime creation and I am interested in looking at a psychological version of that story, whereby we try to understand […] who he was and why he did the things he did.

 
Emily Anderson: There have been various quotes from you from other people’s suggestion that may be you’d be the perfect person to play Richard III if there were to be a screenplay or film about him.
 

Well, I find that very flattering.
I mean I live in a dream world of may be doing that, but I’m a little bit too tall and perhaps a little bit too old now, but I certainly like to be involved in a production, whether that’s on stage or on film I don’t know.

 
Emily Anderson: Philippa Langley, who was the originator of the search, has told the BBC Radio Leicester, she can’t see past you, Richard Armitage, for the role and she is writing a screenplay at the moment.
 

Yes. I have read her screenplay and I have been in contact with Philippa for a long time and, you know, I was so thrilled that she was able to be such an integral part of that dig and as […] a member of the Richard III Society.
So I just want to offer my congratulations to her for that success.

 
Emily Anderson: Have you been to Leicester yet since the find of Richard III? Because obviously we have got the dig site, we’ve got the visitors’ centre, a brand new
visitors’ center opening next year. Is that may be something you could be tempted to have a look at?
 

Without a doubt. I mean, it’s definitely on my list of things to do.
I think it is a real privilege for Leicester to have that find.
I suppose the idea of a re-burial is now on everyone’s lips.

 
Emily Anderson: Can I ask you your opinion?
 

I think, he should probably stay where he was found.

 
Emily Anderson: In Leicester. So next year, when the re-internment happens, maybe we could see you in Leicester to come along and have a look for yourself?
 

For sure. Without a doubt.

 
Dave Andrews: You heard him. We might expect him here now definitely. […]
Too old, too tall?
One can do marvelous things these days, can’t they, when doing film. I don’t think the age bit.
He looks pretty good for his age and as Philippa Langley who wrote the screenplay or has written the screenplay already, pointed out, you know, in those days back, in Richard III’s day, they didn’t have the moisturizers and all the creams and that sort of things. They probably would have looked older than he actually was.
Anyway, I think he still would be great in that particular part.
 
 


♛ FanstRAvaganza 4 ♛


 
A big Fan-Event is coming up this week in the Richard Armitage Fandom.
It is in the 4th year of its existence and every year more bloggers join in to celebrate Richard Armitage for one week of blogging.
The event takes place on the individual blogs and has a central Facebook page as well, so not to miss anything, watch out for FanstRAvaganza!
 
The KingRichardArmitage website will join in, though the planned schedule might get a bit distracted and side-stepped by the current interview of Richard Armitage on BBC Radio Leicester about King Richard III.
 
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Can you imagine how curious I had been before today’s interview preview? ;o)
 
 


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Sunday Lunch With King Richard Armitage

 
That Richard Armitage wants to dine with King Richard III, we read in one of his first ever short messages on Twitter (@TheHobbitMovie) last Wednesday (06.03.2013):
 


 
Enabled by BBC Radio Leicester, we can have lunch with our king, perhaps a bit a late lunch this coming Sunday, 10.03.2013 at 1 p.m. [U.K. time], and a bit early on Wednesday, 13.03.13 at 11 a.m. [U.K. time]:


 
Listen to the broadcast online on BBC Radio Leicester.
 
 
Ali from RichardArmitageNet.com also asked the interviewer, Ms. Emily Anderson on Twitter about the content of the two radio shows:


 
Sunday in Dave Andrews show will be a preview and Wednesday in the show by Jim Davis the full interview !
 
Mark the dates and re-schedule all other meetings to listen to the live stream:

On BBC Radio Leicester.
 
Sunday, 10.03.2013 at 1 p.m. [U.K. time (GMT)]
 
Wednesday, 13.03.2013 at 11 a.m. [U.K. time (GMT)]

 

Or listen to the later available and downloadable podcasts, which become available about a day or two later under the same link:
BBC Radio Leicester
 

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One of our leading supporters and technical brain behind the website, Roswitha, did an interview with Gemma Peplow from the Leicester Mercury about our petition efforts for the film project “Richard III” by Mr. Armitage and our website:
 
 

 
 
The interview contains a nice image of King Richard as well as of ‘our’ King Richard, Mr. Armitage.
 
 

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  • BBC Radio Leicester: Richard III: Leicester’s search for the last Plantagenet king – Documentation about the archaeological research in Leicester and King Richard III, with lots of interviews and interesting facts. (26. / 30.12.2012)
    — AVAILABLE only for a limited time (about 7 more days) – So HURRY ! —
    – David Baldwin (Author with publications about King Richard III)
    – Andy Smith (Richard III Foundation)
    – Richard Buckley (University of Leicester)
    – Michael Morris (UoL – Found human remains in the trench in Leicester)
    – Richard Taylor (UoL – Press conference 12.09.12)
    – Sir Peter Soulsby (Mayor of Leicester)
    – Prof. Lin Foxhall (UoL, 12.09.12)
    – Michael Ibsen (Relative in female line with King Richard III)
    – Dr. John Ashdown-Hill (Historian and key researcher in the search for King Richard III)

    Philippa Langley (Initiator, Screenwriter & Member of the Richard III Society)

    “It’s about time that King Richard III got his turn” [and gets his own film]. Life of King Richard III is “gold dust” for a screenwriter.

    And Philippa Langley’s comment about Richard Armitage:

    He [Richard Armitage] is my number one favourite for this part [as King Richard III].
    […]
    He is the most incredibly talented actor. You know, I am a huge fan of the work that he has done.

    The relevant part is right at the end of the interview. In the version I can access right now, the end is cut off. I hope this will be corrected with the planned next airing of the documentary on 01.01.2013.

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  • National Geographic News: Body Under British Parking Lot May Be King Richard III, by Heather Pringle (28.12.2012)
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  • Yorkshire Post: Winter of discontent as we await the truth (24.12.2012)
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  • AsiaOne.com: Who’s Richard Armitage? – by Esther Ng, The New Paper (23.12.2012)
    Plans of Richard Armitage about King Richard III:

    What’s new?
     
    Armitage hopes investors will come forward to fund the filming of Richard III, a project that he has been working to get off the ground for a few years.
     
    Armitage intends to play the 15th century English king who was believed to have murdered his nephews in a bid to grab the throne. Richard III was the last English king to be killed in battle on English soil.
     
    Incidentally, Armitage was named Richard as he was born on the anniversary of Richard III’s death on Aug 22.

The Adventures of a King

 


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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.)
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  • 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
 
Ticket-Price:
£5 for general public
£3 for Society for Historical Archaeology delegates
 
Tickets available at:
University of Leicester Shop
 

Program Plans:

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.
 

 

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