The Tower of London is holding an event of interest to Ricardians. Between December 27 and 31, you will be able to enter King Richard III’s court as it celebrates Christmas 1484.
Court intrigue and plotting takes place amidst the pageantry, glorious costumes, and revels, all under the eye of the traditional Lord of Misrule.
Events begin at 11 A.M. with the King’s Arrival, then progress to ‘Court and Conspiracy’ at 11:30 and 14:30, and ‘The Hunt’ at 1:30 and 15:30.
It is nice to see Richard’s reign getting some recognition, although we do not yet know how fair a view the entertainment will take. It is too easy (or should that be lazy?) for someone au fait only with Shakespeare or bad documentaries to imagine that such a short time was spent in nothing but warfare and misery, with the Tower a sinister symbol (which it was generally not, being a royal palace, not just a place of imprisonment). Richard liked a good party!