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Friday, February 08, 2013

Conspiracy Theories to Reign Forever!


Ever since I read The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, many years ago, now,  I have been fascinated by the story of Richard III. Was he one of history's most infamous villains, or was he a victim of Tudor malice and lies.

Tey's book was first published in 1951. It tells the story of Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, who is laid up with a broken leg and becomes convinced that Richard the III has been wrongly maligned. He launches an investigation, with the help of the British Museum and a young American student. It's all very intriguing  and very convincing, as well!

My mother was also very interested in the story of Richard Plantagenet and on one of my parents' visits to England we ventured deep into the Yorkshire Dales to visit the  remains of Middleham Castle, Richard III's childhood home.

[So at this point in writing this post, I went to find the photographs I have from that visit and that led to several days of hunting and searching through hundreds of photographs before I found what I was looking for -- and to think I thought I'd organized them all into albums ... The task turned out to be rather overwhelming! Memory Lane is a very long road and I can't believe how jumbled the pictures have become over the years.]

Dad, Mom and Man
Entering the childhood home of
the last Plantagenet King

Mom, in her historical element!




It seems the argument over where to bury the King's remains has been long decided. He is to be interred in Leicester Cathedral ... I can't help but think, much as it really doesn't matter ... that York Minster would be more fitting for this man of York ... but it seems to be a case of 'finders keepers' and of course what a coup for the treasury of Leicester Cathedral.

On thing is for certain, the mystery and the theories about this King of England will live forever in Controversy. Have fun, Historians -- I'm hooked!


32 comments:

  1. His final resting place is still undecided, I believe, and now Fotheringham has put in a bid! What I find amazing is that he was buried under a car park. I didn't know they had car parks back in those days. I think they should just put him back. After all, he hasn't complained for 500 years or so.

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    1. But just think, BP, we can have a Royal Funeral and still have our Queen!

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  2. ...or they could do like the Egyptians.
    Put him in a sarcophagus and ship him around to museums to charge admission.

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    1. Now there is an idea! I can imagine the museums lining up as I write!

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  3. I also found the process for identifying the remains very interesting. I marvel at how far we have come scientifically.

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    1. It's absolutely fascinating! Apparently, the genetic material needed to identify him is passed through the female line. There are only two people, both men, who possess it and they have no daughters, so if the body had been found in a hundred years it would not have been possible to prove ...

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  4. All fascinating stuff - poor Richard, vilified, murdered and then to end up under a car park - Life can be a bitch.

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    1. But then he won't end up in a car park after all!

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  5. I read Josephine Tey's book too and was fascinated...then much later read Paul Murray Kendall's book on Richard, so was delighted that his body has come to light at last.

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    1. Somewhere I have Kendall's book, but can I find it? Nope! I think it may have gone to France so I'll have to wait for the summer...

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  6. I've been fascinated by the story of Richard III for a long time. I believe the two most maligned figures in history were Cleopatra and Richard III. Richard had no reason to kill the princes in the tower since they'd been declared bastards, but Henry Tudor (Henry VII) had many reasons for wanting them dead. I've always wondered if Shakespeare regretting his gross appeasement to the Tudors because the play is called a tragedy, not a history. Hmn....

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  7. I think they are inclining towards Leicester because of the tradition that kings who died in battle were buried close to where they fell. Anyway, York doesn't need any more tourists, whereas Leicester could definitely use some. :-)

    I've always thought the Richard couldn't possibly have been as bad as he's been painted and will be very interested to see whether the finding of his remains leads to a re-evaluation of his reign and character.

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    1. I read somewhere that the deal with digging up the Car Park was that the Cathedral would get the right to bury his if he was found...

      You are right about Leicester could use the tourists ... but I lean towards York because rumour has it that is what he wished...

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  8. Dear Broad, like you, I so enjoyed "The Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey. But now that you've mentioned it and brought it to the top of my memory bank!!!! I'm going to read it again. She was a fine writer and really drew me into the mystery and I ended up liking Richard and thinking that perhaps Shakespeare had done him a real disservice. Perhaps this case in particular shows the power of words, especially those of the greatest playwright of all time.

    I hope all is well and that you've had no reoccurrence of the nosebleed.

    Peace.

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    1. It goes to show that the spin doctors have been hard at work for a very long time!

      All is well with me -- no further nosebleeds! Thanks, Dee!

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  9. G'day Broad. Lovely photos. Isn't it amazing that after all this time they found the remains of Richard. Truly interesting stuff. Take care. Liz...

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Yes, it's very interesting stuff!

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  10. I need a new book so shall seek out "The Daughter of Time" and good for you for setting all those photo organizing goals. Me too...one day.

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    1. I know what you mean by 'one day'! I have three piles of photos to my right -- still there from the other day!

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  11. It will be interesting to see how the 'conversation' between Leicester and York will end. Richard's will is extant and in it he requests that in the case of his untimely death to be buried in York....

    Josephine Tey's book is a good read; I found it in a second hand book store years ago.

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    1. I hope the discussions are still on-going -- but from what I've read it would seem the decision has been made for Leicester...

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  12. I'll have to check out Josephine Tey's book. I've always been interested in King Richard and am fascinated by the recent discoveries.

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  13. How fun to have this personal connection to the big news this week!

    I, too, get annoyed when looking for photos, both the ones in boxes, and the ones on my laptop!

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    1. I feel so 'in the know'!

      Going through photos: The Never-Ending Journey!!

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  14. I have been hooked on the mystery surrounding Richard since I was a teenager. And I'm so glad he has been found. I read a blog from Leicester and I know how proud the town is, so maybe founder's keepers would be OK.

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    1. A beautiful sarcophagus has been built by the Richard III Society for the internment -- wherever it is.

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  15. Hi The Broad .. Munir suggested I pop over and visit - and Josephine Tey's book ... my uncle was extremely interested in her interpretation and I couldn't get my head into it - but at that stage I wasn't too historical .. but now having been blogging and having seen the R reservation for Richard's bones in the carpark ... I need to revisit the book - I saw it the other day on a bookshelf.

    I've just stopped blogging for a month - but I'll be back ... and I see Inger is here - who's a great blogging buddy ...

    So for now - nice to meet you .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks for the visit Hilary -- I hope you enjoy the book more the second time around!

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