The Propaganda of Charles II

Guest author Richard Unwin explains the context behind the discovery of those convenient bones: Charles II came to the throne in 1660 after the period of Commonwealth when England, and particularly its entertainments, had been suppressed by Puritan authority. The security of the new reign was precarious and there were many in the country opposed… Continue reading The Propaganda of Charles II

Where Richard’s body lay after Bosworth….

Some more news about the Leicester church (the Newarke) to which Richard’s body was taken after Bosworth. You have to look for it in the following article, but it is there. http://www.dmu.ac.uk/…/two-more-dmu-buildings-are-placed-on… And as we of the 21st century, gaze back to that sad time, perhaps we can imagine the ghostly battle taking place again, in… Continue reading Where Richard’s body lay after Bosworth….

Today’s new special stamps …

… are about the history of the Royal Mail and it’s predecessors: http://shop.royalmail.com/issue-by-issue/royal-mail-500/icat/royalmail500 As you can see, they feature Sir Brian Tuke, who Henry VIII made Master of the King’s Posts in 1512. He occupied other positions, including clerk of the council of Calais, Treasurer of the Household and secretary to Cardinal Wolsey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Tuke http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/27/101027803/… Continue reading Today’s new special stamps …

We know Richard III’s mottos, but what about other nobles….?

Is anyone out there hot on chivalric mottos? Everyone knows Richard III’s motto, “Loyaulte mie lie”, and we even know of more he used, but it’s not so easy to find other mottos belonging to lesser known English figures of the 14th-century. Well, one gentleman in particular. I am trying to discover what “Rendere Vero”.… Continue reading We know Richard III’s mottos, but what about other nobles….?

Nostalgia, Anglo-Saxon poetry and JRR Tolkien’s world view

Originally posted on Giaconda's Blog:
The common thread that runs through Anglo-Saxon poetry like the golden coils of a Sutton Hoo serpent is the nostalgic pain of longing for lost things. Again and again the same phrases are spoken in ‘Beowulf’ and in poems like ‘The Seafarer’ and ‘The Wanderer’. It feels as if one…

Some of Sir Ian’s thoughts on Shakespeare’s Richard III….

The following article also deals with Sir Ian’s thoughts on other Shakespeare plays, not just Richard III, but I have only selected the Richard comments. I should add that he doesn’t express an opinion on the real Richard.:- What happened when Sir Ian McKellen met Shakespeare? The Big Issue was there to record the words… Continue reading Some of Sir Ian’s thoughts on Shakespeare’s Richard III….

Constanza of Castile

In this excellent blog post Kathryn Warner refreshes our understanding of Constanza, Duchess of Lancaster, with her usual eye for false myth. However, one particularly interesting fact arising from the post (in that it relates to the House of York) is that Pedro I, King of Castile, (Constanza’s father) was six feet tall with light blond… Continue reading Constanza of Castile

Another famous Shakespearean Richard from the past….

David Garrick was an 18th century actor whose name is still synonymous with the Shakespearean roles he performed. Raised in Lichfield, he had intended to be a lawyer but was instead drawn into the theatre AT THE age of 24, David Garrick made his stage debut in Ipswich and only a few months later took… Continue reading Another famous Shakespearean Richard from the past….