News – New Film About the Search for King Richard III

British actor, comedian, writer and producer Steve Coogan just confirmed to the BBC (04.09.2020), that a film about the ‘Search for King Richard III’ will start filming in the year 2021.

Mr. Coogan also revealed, that he will be playing Philippa Langley‘s husband in the planned film.

Ms. Philippa Langley’s role for the discovery of King Richard III in the former church ground in Leicester together with the research done by Dr. John Ashdown Hill (†) was essential for the discovery, which for so long had been deemed impossible. Their persistence and research had made this ground-breaking discovery possible.

And so I am very happy that a film is now planned to show their long and exhausting efforts and hard way to this phenomenal success.

Congratulations, Philippa Langley !

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

 

To Hear the Dead King Speak …

 

Hearing someone speak who no longer is alive, normally is a hard thing to achieve and necessitates special esoteric and transcendental abilities of a medium.

But with King Richard III, this could be made possible for everyone of us and we won’t even need special abilities to connect with the otherworld. No, nothing like that.

 

A group of researchers and specialists might make it possible for us to hear an authentic reconstruction of King Richard III’s voice.

 

The research takes into account what words the dead king used in his writing, but also from the reconstruction of his skeleton and facial reconstruction, how his larynx would have built his sounds and his facial muscles have formed the vowels and consonants. This way, the most likely reconstruction of the king’s voice will be rebuilt and made audible.

 

The finding of the king’s bones now might help to not only re-create his history, but also be able to give him back his own voice. Something so many think Shakespeare took away from King Richard III by reducing him to an unrecognizable, though most famous villain.

 

But what abilities are necessary, to reconstrue something that is already gone and thought forever lost?

  • The choice of words – Through King Richard III own writing and handwritten comments and annotations in his own library of books
  •  

  • The dialect and historic pronunciation – through linguistic research into the regionalism and change of language usage over time
  •  

  • The articulation – by reconstruing his throat, cheeks, lips and mouth to re-create his linguistic organs. But also his lungs and body size play a role in the acoustics and resonance of a human body.

Kudos to this project. It is an ambitious endeavor, as so many techniques and expertises are necessary, to create already believed lost sound.

 

Having already been closely following the reconstruction of a dead man’s voice before, I am really looking forward to the execution of this project “A Voice for Richard”.

 

(I don’t know if many of you remember the earlier endeavor I refer to: The re-creation of the voice of one of the most famous singers in the 18th century, Farinelli, who even in old age, had a significant influence on Mozart and his music. The voice was re-created by overlaying the voices of a tenor/countertenor and an alto-singer, who were modulated in a very specific way to create a singular hearing experience. The results can be heard in the film about this singer “Farinelli” (1994).)

 

Let King Richard III speak for himself!

 

To find out more about this project and to potentially support it, here come more details for you:

 

Address: A Voice for Richard
28, Hanworth Road
Hampton
Middlesex.
TW12 3DL
U.K.

Website: https://yourvoicebox.co.uk/a-voice-for-richard/

Contact: E-mail: yvonne@yourvoicebox.co.uk
Tel.: +44 (0)7714661939

 

The “A Voice for Richard” project has a fundraising event coming up in York soon. We will let you know about it in a separate post with more details.

 

Did he or did he not? – History and Reality – A Moment in Time

 

After a long time, I am back to do a post here on this website. The reason for that is a special day today, the 22nd of August 2018:

 

www.glitter-graphics.com

Happy Birthday, Richard Armitage!

 

 

Servetus has a thoughtful and wonderfully insightful blog for the birthday celebrations here.

 

 

The other event that is returning today for the 533rd time is the Battle of Bosworth, where King Richard III died and which is the reason for Richard Armitage’s first name.

 

After the death of King Richard III, history and myth was not kind to the king.

That especially is a fact that grips me, as right now I have quite some of my acquaintances who – because of illness or age – are penning down their legacy and making notes how they want to be remembered after their deaths. That is not only a look and planning into an uncertain future, anticipating what might happen, but also demands a review of the life they lead, what they did, and from all their planning and working, to pin the fluidity of life down to what really worked out.

 

King Richard III never had a chance to do such a planning and at least we do not know about the review he would give his own life. Others determined, what we remember of the king and his deeds.

 

A main crime always pinned on the king, was the murder of his two young nephews, the known ‘Princes in the Tower’.

 

The main researcher for finding King Richard III, Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, before his own death finished a research into this topic, which just recently was published posthumously and I got a chance to read already.

 

I mention this book here, because its unique research does not only go into the facts, as much as we know about them, but also shows the development of ‘opinion’ and ‘myth’ around the ‘event’, if it indeed was one. The rich detail and meticulous research we are used to in the work of Dr. Ashdown-Hill, fascinates with giving a clear structure to all the rumours and suspicions, circling around King Richard III and also follows their historical progression. That in itself is a recommendable feat, if Dr. Ashdown-Hill was not already remembered in our ‘KRA-Hall of Fame’ as the historical researcher who made the finding of King Richard III possible.

 

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill: “The Mythology of the Princes in the Tower, Amberley Publishing, 2018
www.amberley-books.com
ISBN 978 1 4456 7941 9 (hardback)
ISBN 978 1 4456 7942 6 (ebook)

 

 

I have recognised that for the U.S. the publishing date is set as November 1st, 2018. In the U.K. and other regions, the book is already available. It also will come out as e-book, so please check in your region. (Embedded links here are only given for your convenience.)

 

 

A Great Historian Died – Dr. John Ashdown-Hill

 
 
Though being quiet for so long on this website, the news I today found, just needs to be posted here, on the website he so greatly supported.
 

 

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill

 
 
the historian behind the finding of King Richard III in Leicester, died on 18 May 2018. (BBC News here.)
 
It was his persistence and meticulous research of the times after King Richard III was buried in Leicester, that convinced him that the king’s remains still could be found, though many historians for centuries believed otherwise.
 
It is due to his research, which he maintained against severe opposition and accusations, that lead to the sensational discovery in Leicester.
It was this persistence and conviction and his honour and work-ethics, that fascinated me about the man and historian Dr. Ashdown-Hill, whom I never personally met, but had the honour to talk to on the phone and do an interview with.
 
So it is very sad news for me and for the KingRichardArmitage website, who he kindly supported with interviews and a multitude of valuable information. Just see the various posts and articles we have here on this website: Dr. John Ashdown-Hill – News & Interviews
 
And a great loss for unbiassed historical research.
 
I want to end with a text I wrote about Dr. Ashdown-Hill during KRA-Week in August 2013, though now it reads like an eulogy. Not all of my hopes mentioned in that article were realised, especially the museum-part. But nonetheless, Dr. Ashdown-Hill would deserve a hall of fame!
 
His fame certainly is not forgotten here on the KRA website!
 
 
Thank you, Dr. Ashdown-Hill!
 
 

 
 

Richard III on Mr. Armitage’s Bucket List

 
 
Richard Armitage was interviewed by The Broadway Channel – “Love, Love, Love’s Richard Armitage on Dancing Like a Teenager Backstage, His Royal Bucket List Role & More” (01.12.2016) about his role as Kenneth in the play “Love, Love, Love”.
 
Part relevant for King Richard III, transcribed from the video accompanying the interview article:
 
What role is on your acting bucket list?

Yeah, there is a role on my bucket list. It has been there for a long time, actually. I’d like to play Richard III in some context, whether that’s the Shakespearean version or another version. I was born on the day that he died and I was named after him, so I feel like I have to […] get into his head, or something.

 

 
Video by: The Broadway Channel, 01.12.2016
Produced by: Lisa Spychala
Photographer: Emilio Madrid-Kuser
Shot & Edited: Nick Shakra
Graphics: Tony Mendoza
 
 

Safer King-A … Adoration

 
 
No risk, no fun? – Not with the KRA website !
 

We are safe and have fun !

 
From now on, our adoration for King Richard Armitage gets even the more safe.
The whole website today was transfered to SSL encryption and allows safer surfing.
 
P.S.
That does not affect links you might have already put on your own website or bookmarked somewhere, as all previous links are forwarded to the new safe ones.
 
 
Thank you for your loyalty and continued support !!!
 
Best wishes,
CDoart
 
 

Happy Birthday, (King) Richard Armitage !

Crown

Happy Birthday, Mr. Armitage !!!

 
 
As unfortunately my relationship to sugar is still very strained, I even am reluctant to put the picture of a virtual birthday cake here. But knowing that my reactions fortunately do not affect others in the same way, I can gladly put my hesitancy aside and wish unhindered birthday celebrations.
 
I wish Mr. Armitage the best of luck and health, and a big, sweet and delicious birthday cake (not just virtual, but a real one)!
 
Birthday Cake
 
 

Happy 563rd Birthday – Winners of the KRA-Quiz

 
 


Happy 563rd birthday, King Richard III!


 
 
Sorry that I am late with my congratulations and this post. Two work projects kept me awake almost around the clock lately and I must admit, I tried to catch up a bit the last days and slept through a good part of your birthday.
 
So the announcement of the winners of the KRA-Quiz 2015 comes a bit later than anticipated, but at least the winners already got an e-mail notification.
 


KRA-Quiz Champions 2015


 
The winners won so clearly that no drawing or ballot decision was necessary. (I am very glad about that, because I hate having to play fate. Perhaps that is the reason why I subconsciously made the quiz so difficult this time?!)
Both winners have a headstart of some points over the rest of the field, so there can be no doubt who the KRA-champions of 2015 are:
 
Richard III-Champion 2015

Iwona

 
Richard Armitage Champion 2015

Andrea Castano

 
 
Well done ! And thank you for all your participations !!!
 

 
From the feedback I got regarding the quiz, it was really tough this year. I still hope you had fun and enjoyed the questions.
So congratulations to all participants of the quiz, for taking up the challenge!
 
 
The solution of the quiz will be posted shortly. Please give me a few more days to get the page up.
 
 

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January 7, 2015

Richard III coffin rosary blessed at priory (BBC News)


January 6, 2015

Great Lives: Philippa Langley on Richard III – Series 35, part 5 (by Matthew Parris, BBC Radio)


December 25, 2014

Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 (by Megan Gannon, Live Science)


December 25, 2014

Countdown to the reinterment of Richard III – day 14 (by Emma Ray, Hinckley Times)


December 18, 2014

Richard III’s back! (by Murrey and Blue blogger team, MurreyAndBlue (Blog))


December 18, 2014

King’s DNA throws a curve ball; WSU scholars weigh in (by Linda Weiford, Washington State University News)


December 12, 2014

Chemistry & King Richard III: The Last Plantagenet King Revealed (by John A. Jaksich, Decoded Science)


December 5, 2014

Public Ballot for King Richard lll Services (by Diocese of Leicester, Leicester Cathedral)


December 3, 2014

What do King Richard III’s Latest DNA Results Really Prove? (by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, Nerdalicious (Blog))


December 2, 2014

Akte Richard III wird geschlossen (by Martin Burger, Kurier.at)


 

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