Richard’s Affinity and Good Lordship as Duke of Gloucester 1468-1483

(This article originally appeared in the Ricardian Register, the journal of the Richard III Society American Branch, and has been reproduced here with its permission.) Allegation: Richard was an ambitious man, hungry for power and ultimately aiming for the Crown. He kept his intentions close to the vest, but in retrospect it’s apparent that he… Continue reading Richard’s Affinity and Good Lordship as Duke of Gloucester 1468-1483

To be Richard III or not to be Richard III?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2590638/Skeleton-car-park-NOT-Richard-III-Experts-cast-doubts-accuracy-DNA-dating-results.html So Professor Michael Hicks is of the view that the male Greyfriars skeleton is possibly not the remains of Richard III. Well, apart from the precise location in which he was recorded as being buried, the exact mitochondrial DNA match (and we don’t even know his great-great-grandmother), the scoliosis, the age at death and… Continue reading To be Richard III or not to be Richard III?

Book Review: The Battle Of Bosworth 1485 And The Burial Of King Richard Iii

by Wednesday McKenna (writing as Merlyn MacLeod) I just finished reading Stephen Lark’s The Battle of Bosworth & the Burial of King Richard III and found it a good read for anyone looking for a solid summary. Lark first summarizes the whole of Richard’s life, and then outlines the specific events leading up to his… Continue reading Book Review: The Battle Of Bosworth 1485 And The Burial Of King Richard Iii

A Little Piece of Alternative History

Elizabeth, Duchess of Norfolk, is a good height for a woman, but not tall – only her headdress make her seem so. As a recent widow, she is clad entirely in black, from head to foot, her furred gown made of the finest wool damask London mercers can supply. She is a handsome woman –… Continue reading A Little Piece of Alternative History

Playing tonight

  Richard III, Act I, Scene I (Middleham Castle. RICHARD is discovered sitting on a throne, biting the heads off a basket of kittens as he comes up with his latest wicked scheme.) Enter LOVEL LOVEL. My lord, terrible news. A letter has come from Lord Hastings in London. Your royal brother, King Edward IV,… Continue reading Playing tonight

The House of Stewart takes sides (2010)

  Three weeks after Northampton, a Scottish army gathered in the grounds of Roxburgh Castle, determined to add to Lancastrian woes. The castle had been in English hands almost continuously since Edward I’s time, although it was not in good condition. James I had attempted to take it on several occasions but his assassination in… Continue reading The House of Stewart takes sides (2010)

Richard III’s finger

For anyone wondering whether Richard could have still formed hisletters if he’d lost digits or tips of fingers, let us begin with whatis required to write with a quill. This video: http://youtu.be/dqCBUHlPVBk features a Japanese calligrapher who, from about 1:00 minute to 3:00minutes, is writing in Gothic Litera Bastarda with a quill. (You won’tsee feathers;… Continue reading Richard III’s finger