Daily Archives: February 4, 2013

To play the King–or not.

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I took the day off today.  Once I had experienced first-hand the excitement over the RIII announcement early this morning and had written my post (I felt like a reporter again, That felt good), I decided to go to bed. The itchy, sticky, weepy, tired eyes needed a good rest and my head ached as if it did, too.

So for a good 12 hours I stayed away from the computer, TV, Kindle and books. I slept. I played with the cats,who were cuddling together in a pretty adorable way.  I “thunk” a bit.

The eyes do feel better, even if the head is achy.  I’ve just skimmed through all my e-mail–looks like there’s a lot of interest amongst RA bloggers and blog readers about the big announcement. And then Servetus posted this screencap from the BBC documentary that aired tonight showing the results of the facial reconstruction done based on RIII’s skull:

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Is it just me, or does Richard indeed bear a distinct resemblance to the last Plantagenet King?

Of course, assuming the RIII project does get off the ground (and can there possibly be a better time to get this ball rolling than now?? Not to mention the indomitable Philippa Langley is involved!) Richard may not want to play the lead role.

As some have pointed out, he seems to be more interested in getting Richard III’s story told in a more truthful manner than it has been  in the past, rather than in actually playing the part.  Perhaps he would want to play a supporting role such as Warwick. Perhaps he simply wants to work behind the camera as a director to fulfill those particular career ambitions.  Maybe he’d like a supporting role and  be involved in producing/directing. It’s all speculation at the moment.

I just know I want to see this production become a reality, because it’s been such a long-held dream for him. It almost seems destined to be part of his life.

However, if he should end up playing the King, I believe he’d do the role great justice.

He certainly looks the part.

In the shadows no more; or the Return of the King

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The individual whose remains were unearthed in a car park in September 2012 were confirmed this morning as being those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England.

I, along with a number of fellow RA fans listened/watched BBC Leicester this morning to hear the presentation by the various individuals on their research results. Excitement seemed to build as they shared the details. Surely, surely all the evidence pointed to it being the slain king?

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Finally the DNA evidence was given and the verdict shared: the body that had been in the shadow of Leicester Cathedral was the last Plantagenet.

Some of us cheered. Some of cried. I felt a chill down my spine.

Plans are for the monarch to be re-interred within the walls of the cathedral, in the shadows no more.  Tonight’s documentary will also include the full facial reconstruction that’s been done from the skull of the King to be compared with his portraits.

It appears Richard III’s appearance–the withered arm and the extreme deformity of his back–as seen in Shakespeare’s play and other writings were the fabrication some had imagined them to be.

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“The wind of change is blowing,” said Phillipa Langley of the Richard III Society, saying it was now time to discover the truth about a king much maligned by political spin doctors and writers of the past.

“We have searched for Richard, and we have found him,” Langley, who has written a script about R III, said. “Now it is time to honour him.”

There are plans to re-inter the King in the cathedral no later than August 2014. White roses were placed there shortly after the announcement was made.

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English: King Richard III and his family in the contemporary Rous Roll in the Heralds’ College. Left to right: Anne Neville, Queen of King Richard 3rd; King Richard 3rd; Edward, Prince of Wales, their son. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a link to BBC Leicester’s report:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21282241

And here’s a link to an article about Philippa Langley:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-02-04/meet-philippa-langley-the-woman-who-discovered-richard-iii-in-a-car-park#.UQ-gKf0y_qs.twitter

Now, we really need to hear from a certain Leicester lad . . .  surely he and his dad were watching/listening as the historic announcement was made? What thoughts were going through their heads?

It’s an exciting moment for Leicester and for England, that is for certain, and a special one for Richard Armitage fans and lovers of history around the world.

Counting sheep or counting Lucases?

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My eyes are playing up on me again so here I am, wearing my reading glasses on top of my battered old bifocals. Looks ridiculous but hey, it works! 😉

I just put in more allergy drops and took some Aleve earlier for a nagging headache. Watching a late night re-broadcast of Inspector Lewis Mysteries I must have missed on the first go-round on PBS and trying to wind down.  All the sleep I got was during the day (one of those nights I couldn’t rest if my life had depended on it) and hoping for better results tonight.

I have to confess I am feeling excited about the announcement from the University of Leicester re Richard III and possible comments to come from RA regarding it.  When I am eagerly anticipating something it makes resting even more difficult. My body gets tired, but my brain refuses to let go.  Lots of thoughts whirling through my mind . . .

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Yes, I even wear out my sheep some nights, poor things.  I bet Lucas can relate, although the thoughts that crowd my mind are likely of a more pleasant quality than his . . .

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Now, if I can fall asleep and have some of the vivid dreams I have had in recent months, perhaps it could feature something like this:

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I could live with that. Yeah, works for me.