When people think of places connected with Richard III, they sometimes think of Northamptonshire due to his birthplace at Fotheringhay…but seldom of the town of Northampton itself. However, the town, although having lost in grandest medieval structures in two devastating fires, still has features of interest to Ricardians, Wars of the Roses students and medievalists.… Continue reading RICARDIAN AND MEDIEVAL NORTHAMPTON

A 19th-century Richard of whom I knew nothing….

Born in New York in 1807, Aldridge emigrated to England at the age of 17. Whilst considered a distinguished Shakespearean actor, Londoners did not take as well to the idea of the world’s first black Othello, with a critic for The Times writing: “Owing to the shape of his lips it is utterly impossible for… Continue reading A 19th-century Richard of whom I knew nothing….

Thomas More, John Morton and Richard III

(by Annette Carson) On the matter of sources that are usually cited for the origin of Richard III’s blackened reputation, it occurs to me that I’ve done quite a lot of reading lately around Thomas More’s influential Richard III, which means I have been delving more deeply into the analyses published in the Appendix to… Continue reading Thomas More, John Morton and Richard III

Song for the Denialists

He can rule the North well, and give justice to all, Win over Lancastrians, The great and the small, Folk claim he was good, but I just do not see, Though saintly in novels,  he’s always a villain to me. They can talk all they like of his wonderful laws, He murdered the Princes, without… Continue reading Song for the Denialists

Of human remains and another sinister reality behind a television programme

I wonder how many listened to this programme a week or two ago? It was about the late diminutive Scottish actress Molly Weir who, between 1978 and 1984, played “Hazel McWitch” in the children’s comedy Rentaghost – you could tell it was a children’s comedy because one of the main characters died in the first few… Continue reading Of human remains and another sinister reality behind a television programme

The King In The Lab – Richard III’s Dissolute Diet

Originally posted on RICARDIAN LOONS:
I recently had the opportunity to attend a talk by Professor Jane Evans of the British Geological Survey, co-author of the multi-isotope analysis which explored what the last Plantagenet king of England ate and drank. As I mentioned in a previous science post, this study formed the basis for the…

Yet another tiresome jab at Richard….

Here’s one to avoid, I think. The picture with the Times Literary Supplement review is the Delaroche daub of the two golden-haired little angels cowering on their bed in dread of Wicked Uncle Richard’s murderous intentions. Natch. Such an appealing little scene, is it not? Why are so many people utterly determined to pin such… Continue reading Yet another tiresome jab at Richard….

Richard and the McKellen treatment…

OK, I know it’s great theatre (apparently) but I do NOT like Richard III to be updated to ‘modern’ times. So the thought of Sir Ian McKellen and his bus doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I still think that Shakespeare should be played as he was meant to be, i.e. in 16th-century costume. Many… Continue reading Richard and the McKellen treatment…