On Tuesday 2nd March a new series commences on BBC2 (9 pm) about what may or may not be revealed by the in-depth study of DNA and sequencing genomes. Of course, this will include Richard. How can it not? Especially when Professor Turi King is involved. Richard is surely the most important and prominent historical… Continue reading Will the sequencing of Richard’s genome prove he was good or bad….?
Yes, we’ve all seen the above illustration before, but for my purposes today it’s ideal. Was Richard a saint? Or a sinner? I’ve happened upon a very interesting paper about Richard, by Carole Cusack, in which she discusses his reputation and why he still has the power to influence us today. Just what is it… Continue reading Richard III owned religious books, but slept around….?
Well, for idiotic claims, this one about takes the biscuit! How on earth can the examination of Richard III’s centuries-old remains tell anyone he was a control freak? Or that he was friendly? Yes, a reconstruction from his skull has proved he was good-looking, but that’s not the same as “friendly”. Mind you, as medieval… Continue reading Now Richard’s bones “suggest….[he] was a control freak who had a friendly face”….!
Peter Rhodes, who wrote this article for the Shropshire Star, is favourable toward Richard III. So I’m favourable toward Peter Rhodes. Of course! “….AND off to Bosworth Battlefield for a glorious sunny day in a strikingly pretty corner of Leicestershire. Here in 1485 our last Plantagenet king, Richard III, was slain by Henry Tudor’s soldiers,… Continue reading Richard was a brave, educated and progressive monarch….
A Verse Play in Two Acts with Commentaries By Nance Crawford “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” (Hamlet) To be honest, I am not much taken with modern Ricardian fiction. I think that in the last five centuries too much fiction and too little fact has been written about… Continue reading KING’S GAMES: A MEMOIR OF RICHARD III
I have recently reread an interesting book about analysing handwriting and have had fun playing about with my friends’ writing and seeing if their handwriting matches their characters; it mainly does. So, being interested in Richard III, I thought I would (just for fun) have a go at analysing his writing at different times in… Continue reading Signs of the Times – the Handwriting of Richard III
In the late 80s, I made the acquaintance of a classically trained British actor. Born in Guernsey, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and was imprisoned in a German prisoner-of-war camp for three years, from 1942 to 1945. Until I learned that he and his fellow prisoners were forced… Continue reading Coming to Know Richard III: The Fictional Character vs. The Actual Man
I think increasingly it is Richard who has ultimately gained the greater victory. Henry won temporal power and died in his bed but Richard has gained a kind of immortality that Henry could never hope to achieve and went down fighting as a warrior king with the symbols of his kingship on his body. If… Continue reading Who really won at Bosworth? (by Katherine Newman-Warren)
Is there a case for giving Henry VII a thumbs up? I put this “disloyal” question while wearing my very best Ricardian hat, and I put it after noticing a number of recent, very well-deserved comments about his odious son and successor, Henry VIII. We all know what a fine man Richard was, and nothing… Continue reading The king in the middle….