Just a reminder to all that the full interview with Richard Armitage regarding his career and recent discovery of “The King in the Car Park,” aka R III, will air at 11:10 a.m. GMT on BBC Radio Leicester. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioleicester
I truly hope to be asleep at the time the broadcast could be heard live here, but will catch up later. I will be in town for a good portion of the afternoon, so not sure when I will get back with you all to discuss it. Humane Society meeting, a visit to the library, some shopping and an attempt to set up an appointment to trim my hair and wax the brows and ‘stache (yeah, I have one. Thank goodness it’s blonde).
Anyway, back to the Richard III story. The second Channel 4 documentary Richard III: The Unseen Story, is now available to watch ( for non-UK residents, anyway) on YouTube. Haven’t had a chance to watch it all yet, but it’s very interesting and features more of the science behind the find:
In case you are like me and you didn’t get to see the Channel Four documentary, “The King in the Car Park,” here it is on YouTube. Thanks to @Sinjoor for the heads up at Twitter!
I am downloading it, as it takes forever for anything over a few minutes to buffer here on my Not-So-High Speed connection, so I have only seen the first couple of minutes. Should make for fascinating viewing!
Now we know what the King looked like. But how might he have sounded?
When reading the second book in Deborah Harkness‘s “All Souls” trilogy (the series that feature the Matthew Clairmont character many are clamoring for RA to play) I was struck with just how difficult it would actually be to go back in time and communicate with people who lived centuries before you–even if you did ostensibly speak the same language. The heroine is a 21st century scholar who believes she will be able to fit into Elizabethan society pretty effortlessly.
It’s not quite as easy as she thinks, from her size (as tall as most men of the day, if not taller) and the way she moves to the way she sounds (no one can understand her strange accent). If you want a sampling of what scholars believe Richard III speaking the King’s (15th century) English would sound like, scroll down through this post linked below until you get to the 1:10 second Telegraph video. I tried to embed it but it kept disappearing on me. Sounds a bit Scottish, doesn’t he?