Richard III

Have you read about the discovery of King Richard III’s remains under a car park in Leicester?  The last of the Plantagenet kings, he was as monsterised  by Shakespeare (via Holinshed) as was his Plantagenet ancestor King Richard II.  It’s good to find that this Tudor propaganda, set in stone for so long, is being questioned.  See Simon Heffer in The Daily Mail.   Of course, Hildegard of Meaux knows all along that young King Richard is a good guy beset by the ambitious and machinating Bolingbroke who wants the English throne at any cost – and then, happily for our sense of justice, lives miserably throughout his ignomious and barbaric reign.  For once the usurper gets his just desserts.  The vile Tudors have mastered the historical narrative for too long.  Time for truth?

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  1. DD /

    When is the 5th book coming out? Cant wait.

    1. Cassandra / Post Author

      I absolutely loved this. Buyt what about poor Richard II? People always miss him out even though he came to the throne when he was ten and ruled for twenty-two years. His real palace must have been terrific before it was pulled to bits by his mad cousin Henry IV. There was a bathing suite, tiled, and marvellous tapestries and you can bet the food was pretty good too with an open door to any passing peasant. Metaphorically though? It was probably carved out of ice and melted as soon as the sun came out.

    2. Cassandra / Post Author

      Only just finished it as I fractured my wrist earlier this year and could only type with one finger. Maybe it should be an ebook this time? What do you think?

  2. Domitila /

    Edward I hotel would be perpetually on the verge of orffeing you very wonderful, very expensive services, but then be prevented by sudden even-more-expensive litigious squabbles with the neighbours.Edward II’s rooms would be fairly shabby, except for one or two wonderfully appointed chambers which would mysteriously never be available except to certain select persons, who would be attended personally by the owner. Occupants of other rooms may find themselves abruptly kicked out to suit the whims of the special guests.Edward III’s would be highly elaborate and operate a wonderful advertising campaign, all rooms beautifully done up just the way the guests liked them. Breakfast and bedclothes, however, are a privilege which must be earned anew every day.Richard I’s hotel would never be there.Henry II’s would be enormous and rich, rambling all over massive grounds and with many extensions built on at odd angles, hastily and without proper architectural integrity. Due to the size, each wing would be run by a different manager, who would get into violent arguments with each other over who gets your custom. Midnight abduction from one wing to the next would not be uncommon.Charles I’s would be overrun with soldiers in the middle of the night.

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