And now for something completely different . . . as Monty Python once said. The humble carrot may not be of riveting interest to many, but its history is fascinating and very well recorded. In my writing research I had sudden cause to wonder if carrots had always been “orange”. I wanted to write about… Continue reading What colour were Richard’s carrots….?
While reading Michael K. Jones’ dry, if detailed, study of the life of Margaret Beaufort, I was amazed to learn about a small but significant Welsh rebellion conducted against Henry VII and his hagiographic mummy that I’ve never heard mentioned anywhere else. It appears that Henry and Margaret were thwarted on at least one occasion,… Continue reading The Welsh Rebellion that Henry VII Lost to Richard III
Last week I was lucky enough to attend a talk by the historian John Ashdown-Hill on the search for the mortal remains of Richard III. I had not heard him speak before and wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. I have read several of his books and found them informative and interesting so I hoped… Continue reading A Lesson in Lecturing
No, I’m not about to discuss whose house to go to for a friendly drink, but about whose period in history to choose for a time-travel novel. Richard’s? Or ours? So there he is in the above picture, with Old London Bridge behind him, and the modern London Bridge in front. Is he leaving his… Continue reading Should Richard come to ours, or we go to his…?
Last week, we saw how Joan of Navarre, the widow of Henry IV, was imprisoned for witchcraft and only released after Henry V, her stepson, died. We were also reminded how legislation was passed just a few years later to prevent royal widows from marrying during their sons’ minorities – this was aimed at Catherine… Continue reading Another “Lancastrian” widow
It was my privilege to interview Riikka Nikko, one of the youngest and most gifted artists on the Ricardian scene today. Her work, Ricardian and otherwise, can be found in newspapers, magazines, book covers and throughout social media and the internet. In particular, her depictions of King Richard the Third express an emotional charge that is as… Continue reading Snapshots of a King
In 1475, before embarking for his campaign to (re)conquer French lands for England, Edward IV wrote a will stating that, in the event of his death, he desired to be buried at the Royal Chapel of St. George’s at Windsor Castle. He wanted to be placed under the ground with an effigy of a corpse… Continue reading Edward IV’s Will of 1475: “Bury Me Low in the Ground, with the Figure of Death”
A new biography about this Lancastrian king. The following is the blurb, not a review, because it isn’t available until 26th May. Available at Amazon, and, I’m sure, a lot of other places too. But here’s a link to the Amazon page. http://tinyurl.com/ka2t4pk Blurb: In this new assessment of Henry VI, David Grummitt synthesizes a… Continue reading A new biography of Henry VI by David Grummitt . . .
Princess Cicely (an alternative spelling of Cecily) is 16 as her love story commences in this trilogy, 18 at the end of the third book. During that time, she has cut quite a swath at the English court. Her lovers include two kings and three jacks. That is, three men named John, whom the… Continue reading Myrna Smith, Ricardian Reading Editor, writes a review of the Cicely Plantagenet Trilogy by Sandra Heath Wilson…
There is a new art exhibition about Richard III in Leicester. See http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Richard-III-art-exhibition-opens-Leicester/story-26451246-detail/story.html#ixzz3ZRAJY43U After you’ve fought past the Leicester Mercury’s Iron Curtain of ads, the text of the article is as follows: “A unique series of paintings created around the reinterment of King Richard III has gone on display at a city centre gallery. “Local… Continue reading A new Richard III art exhibition….