Richard the football inspiration….?

Before I write another word, let me say that this post is meant to be light-hearted, and has nothing whatsoever to do with any ill-feeling about Leicester versus York.  I think the photograph is amusing and, as someone has posted on my Facebook page, how on  earth is he going to keep that hat on during… Continue reading Richard the football inspiration….?

John Ashdown-Hill and the myths about Richard….

http://www.chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk/news/colchester/14304947.Top_Five_picks_for_this_year_s_Essex_Book_Festival/ For those who can get to Wivenhoe Library on March 2, one of the picks is John Ashdown-Hill’s The Mythology of Richard III:- John Ashdown-Hill: The Mythology of Richard III, Wivenhoe Library, High Street, Wivenhoe, Wednesday, March 2, 7pm. £7, £5 concessions. THE Essex-based historian was one those responsible for finding the lost remains… Continue reading John Ashdown-Hill and the myths about Richard….

Appeal for Richard III event photographs….

If you have some photographs you took when Richard was taken to Leicester for reinterment, or any other shots taken at that time (and which might help to build a portrait of the king), there is to be display of such work at the present exhibition in the King Richard III Visitor Centre. To read… Continue reading Appeal for Richard III event photographs….

An oft-forgotten version of Shakespeare’s Richard III….

We all know the famous performances/interpretations of Shakespeare’s brilliant but almost totally untrue work on Richard III, but here’s another ‘Richard’ that often slips the memory. Vincent Price is known for his horror roles, especially Poe, but is not so famous for his Richard. I am prepared to be corrected, and to be told that his is the… Continue reading An oft-forgotten version of Shakespeare’s Richard III….

Would Richard use vellum? Or paper?….

An argument has arisen for and against using vellum for recording our laws, as stored on the amazingly full shelves of the Act Room. Paper is indeed more perishable. Just imagine having the Magna Carta on paper! How insignificant it would appear. Not insignificant in content, of course, but all the same… I have seen… Continue reading Would Richard use vellum? Or paper?….

An animated Richard….?

Oh, the perils of a single word, because it can completely colour one’s interpretation of an article. Ignoring all the porkies about Richard, if you were to read the following, what would you think? “Animated portrayal of Shakespeare’s darkest villain, Richard Duke of Gloucester. In his unquenchable thirst for the Throne, Richard destroys his friends… Continue reading An animated Richard….?

Insurrection: Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Pilgrimage of Grace

An intriguing new book by historian Susan Loughlin is about to be published by The History Press on April 4th of this year (2016) detailing an event in world history that has perhaps gone unnoticed by some historians and those who run with the history blogs and bloggers.       I first “met” Susan Loughlin  on the… Continue reading Insurrection: Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Pilgrimage of Grace

The life and death of Elizabeth of York…

Here is a ‘potted’ history of this enigmatic lady. I say enigmatic because she and Henry VII were thought to have married and then fallen in love, but no one really knows. He was certainly devastated when she died in childbirth, but was it the devastation of heartbreak? We will never find out, I suspect,… Continue reading The life and death of Elizabeth of York…