Tales of a Ricardian Traveler – Conisbrough

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Lady on Horseback, mid-15th c., British Museum For me, being a “Ricardian traveler” doesn’t necessarily mean that you only visit places where Richard III — as a child, the Duke of Gloucester or the King — lived.  It means exploring towns, castles, battlefields, and churches which have some association to…

Tutbury Castle and its Yorkist Connections

Recently, it was announced that Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire discovered a connection to King Richard III – he stayed at the castle for five days – and it will be revising its guidebooks and signage to include this bit of information. http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/King-Richard-III-visited-Tutbury-Castle-just/story-29307109-detail/story.html Had they read Rhoda Edwards’ The Itinerary of King Richard III 1483-85, they… Continue reading Tutbury Castle and its Yorkist Connections

The King In The Lab – The Unsanitary Lifestyle Of Richard III

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Today’s blog focuses on another widely-reported discovery from Richard III’s skeletal remains: the presence of roundworms in his gravesite and the scientific theory that he suffered from an intestinal infection prior to death. We’ve previously reported on how the scoliosis of his spine was literally twisted out of proportion by…

Tales of a Ricardian Traveler — Part Three: Ripon Cathedral and Richmond Castle

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Lady on Horseback, mid-15th c., British Museum I admit I have a special fondness for the “third smallest city in England” – Ripon.  It’s located in North Yorkshire and is a bustling cathedral town, famous for its racetrack and the “Ripon Hornblower”. It’s also well-situated for making day trips to…

Debunking the Myths – Richard the Secret Usurper

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“And in another isle toward the south dwell folk of foul stature and of cursed kind that have no heads. And their eyen be in their shoulders.” – Sir John Mandeville (14th c.) Today’s blog focuses on the long-standing myth and rumor that, upon Edward IV’s sudden and unexpected death…

Tales of a Ricardian Traveler – Part Two: Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle

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Lady on Horseback, mid-15th c., British Museum My previous Travel Tales blog talked about the Forest of Bowland and Skipton.  Today, we’re going to two places that sometimes get forgotten by the traveler who is interested in visiting places having some Richard III connections:  Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle. ?…

A New Theory about Richard III’s Boar Badge

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Richard III fascinates people because his story has so many profound mysteries.  Take, for instance, the case of the disappeared Princes in the Tower.  Or the execution of William, Lord Hastings.  These two events have filled up hundreds of pages of speculation in books, have spawned endless social media threads,…

Debunking the Myths – Richard III’s Execution of a Political Lampoonist

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“And in another isle toward the south dwell folk of foul stature and of cursed kind that have no heads. And their eyes be in their shoulders.” – Sir John Mandeville (14th c.) It’s funny how myths and legends become a part of history. This column – Debunking the Myths…

Tales of a Ricardian Traveler – Part One: Forest of Bowland and Skipton

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Lady on Horseback, mid-15th c., British Museum I am passionate about history and travel!  As soon as I got my passport, I was determined to go out and see the world with my own eyes, but more importantly, to encounter places associated with Richard III.  In his brief 32 years,…