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Maturin 09-13-12 06:10 AM

Richard III
 
Big day for Richard III fans. BIG day.

First, the background:

Richard has a historically bad reputation, and many people blame Tudor propagandists, especially their chief toady, Shakespeare. The Richard III Society just wants the truth, and supports research into the life and times of the last British king to die on the battlefield.

Many of us become Ricardians by reading "Daughter of Time," a mystery by Josephine Tey. Others may be getting there after reading "Game of Thrones," which was partly inspired by the Wars of the Roses, and pits the Starks (Yorks) against the Lannisters (Lancasters). [Remember that Richard was "this son of York," which means he was a Stark and thus a good guy. ;)] [Plus other GoT shoutouts, but don't get me started.]

SO, archaeologists digging under a parking lot in central England found a skeleton in the ruins of a medieval church. The back of the skull had been cleaved and an arrowhead was lodged in the back (TYPICAL of a Tudor to shoot someone in the back, which was NOT hunched, btw). They will test mitochondria from a direct descendant of Richard's sister to confirm whether these are his remains.

On the extremely off chance that not everyone wants to talk about Richard III, feel free to use this thread to discuss any other hopelessly obscure passions you may harbor.

www.richardiii.net [the Richard III Society site]

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...39/?cmpid=rss1

"... the purpose and indeed the strength of the Richard III Society derive from the belief that the truth is more powerful than lies - a faith that even after all these centuries the truth is important. It is proof of our sense of civilised values that something as esoteric and as fragile as reputation is worth campaigning for."



Loyaulte me lie * Loyalty binds me

vincentstuntdbl#23 09-13-12 06:25 AM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
Thanks for the link Maturin. I ♥ history.

Cr8tor 09-13-12 08:48 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
I love Shakespeare, so this might be a bit awkward here. ;)

Maturin 09-13-12 09:13 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
It's a great play, especially if you look at it as a comedy. But everybody had to be careful around the Tudors.

9mile monster 09-13-12 09:28 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
I had just watched The Tudors last night and the episode I caught was an early King Henry while he was still with his original queen and dallying with Ann Bolyn.
His sister died of consumption and he didn't even know she was sick.

Oh wait, that is not Richard.
I'm so lax on Brit history.
However lax I am, I do recognize the names of York and Tudor and Lancaster and Windsor. It is amazing how long these surnames have been in the English history.

Rocky Raccoon 09-13-12 09:33 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 9mile monster (Post 3385508)
I do recognize the names of York and Tudor and Lancaster and Windsor. It is amazing how long these surnames have been in the English history.

The Windsors aren't British, btw.

Maturin 09-13-12 10:30 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
They're German. This is what comes of shooting Richard III in the back. You end up with a bunch of Germans running things.

Richard was Henry VIII's great-uncle.

9mile monster 09-15-12 11:06 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 9mile monster (Post 3385508)
I had just watched The Tudors last night and the episode I caught was an early King Henry while he was still with his original queen and dallying with Ann Bolyn.
His sister died of consumption and he didn't even know she was sick.

Oh wait, that is not Richard.
I'm so lax on Brit history.
However lax I am, I do recognize the names of York and Tudor and Lancaster and Windsor. It is amazing how long these surnames have been in the English history.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rocky Raccoon (Post 3385510)
The Windsors aren't British, btw.

Oh?
Interesting

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maturin (Post 3385531)
They're German. This is what comes of shooting Richard III in the back. You end up with a bunch of Germans running things.

Richard was Henry VIII's great-uncle.

Ok, keep it coming. Keep the history lessons coming.
How did the German Windsors come to England? Do you say "Veend-ser?

Warthawg1 09-17-12 02:19 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
Which one of Henry's wives was famous for the laid back way she entered royal palaces ? The second one - she just used to amble in.


Which of Henry's wives stole all the crackers?
Anne of Cheese

What was the first thing Richard III did upon ascending to the throne?
He sat down.

9mile monster 09-17-12 05:42 PM

Re: Richard III and Other Passions
 
:rotfl:


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