The latest Channel Four documentary on Richard III….


I have now seen the excellent Channel Four documentary on whether or not Richard III could have led the cavalry charge at Bosworth. Well, of course, it was already known that he did, so the question was, how efficiently could he do it? The …answer was “Bl–dy well!” The young man, Dominic Smee, whose scoliosis is a virtual match for Richard’s, was an inspiration, not only to others, but to himself as well, which was so very warming to learn.

However, Dominic aside, for he was perfect throughout, I have a quibble or two about the programme itself, excellent as it was, because the verdict at the end was that once Richard became king, he also became a glutton and drunkard. Excuse me? Let me think about this.

On ascending the throne (rightfully, lawfully and without question as the true wearer of the crown) he took on the banquet circus…

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Richard III in a car park — since 1962

Interesting for those who follow the continuing story of Richard lll

Gawain's Mum

ImageImageImageImageThe Wikipedia page on ‘The Exhumation of Richard III’ points out that back in 1986 David Baldwin, a University lecturer, suggested that the body of King Richard III was buried in the Greyfriars area of Leicester. Of course this suggestion wasn’t followed up until August 2012.

However, a friend points out that Mrs Audrey Strange published an article in The Ricardian (the journal of the Richard III society) in 1975 which argued that Richard III had been buried in Greyfriars church and that his body was under the Council car park.

In fact, Audrey Strange wrote to the Leicester Museums service on the subject in 1962, suggesting that the car park be excavated. The Keeper of Antiquities declined to dig up the car park and invited her to get involved in other archaeological digs around the county. Regrettably, Mrs Strange’s original letter doesn’t appear to survive, but her family…

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