King Richard III Found and His Face Revealed! Can a New King Richard III Portrayal by Richard Armitage be Far Behind? February 10, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #360)

Every little girl wants to be a princess.  But to be a princess, you need a prince.  And OldBonesKR3GraphicNov2612GlobalNewsCanadaprinces become kings.  Or in this case, Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, son of Richard Duke of York, nephew of Richard Duke of Warwick, brother of King Edward IV, husband to his cousin Queen Anne Neville, father to a son who died too young became King Richard III.  King Richard III was a respected battle commander and ruler during his time.  By the time he died at the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485, he was just 32 years old.  He was only king for two years.  But King Richard III’s legacy has been in dispute ever since  as the supposed murderer of his nephews to gain the crown for himself (and image  right).  But was King Richard III the murderer he was reputed to be?

Over the last 500 years King Richard III’s last resting place was lost to history–possibly even thrown into the river–or so everyone thought.  This past week, the world was stunned to learn from researchers at the University of Leicester in England that the excavations in a Leicester, England parking lot have indeed unearthed the remains of King Richard III (KR3).  Here are some non-exhaustive  resources links associated with this discovery that you might  want to check out:

1)        University of Leicester Search for Richard III,  Grey Friars project  announcement that King Richard III had been identified, February 4, 2013:
http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2013/february/university-of-leicester-announces-discovery-of-king-richard-iii ; following the press conference, there was a live Q & A with the experts and Philippa Langley of The Richard III Society who spearheaded this dig.

2)       “Le squelette de Richard III dévoile ses secrets”, February 4, 2013 (location map of MapofKR3ExcavationFeb0913RichardArmitageFrancediscovery at right):
http://www.lefigaro.fr/sciences/2013/02/04/01008-20130204ARTFIG00562-le-squelette-de-richard-iii-devoile-ses-secrets.php  ;  link shared by Richard Armitage France.

3)       Audio only (from the BBC):  “Press Conference ‘Search for King Richard III’ University of Leicester, February 4, 2013” (a must listen to learn about all of the scientific tests and evidence used to come to the conclusion that the bones belonged to KR3): here is the video of the press conference from the BBC
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Thank you to the King Richard Armitage project (a support network for a film on Richard III) for sharing these links.

philippa_langleyFeb0713TheRichardIIISocietyPhilippa Langley of The Richard III Society (left) said at the Monday, February 4th, 2013 University of Leicester press conference:  “After Richard’s death at Bosworth, the men of the North who had known Richard–man and boy–described him thus:  ‘The most famous prince of   blessed   memory.’”  Such a fine testimonial to King Richard III’s character gives rise to the belief that history and Shakespeare may have maligned him.

4)       “Richard III dig:  DNA confirms bones are king’s”, February 4, 2013 by BBC News Leicester
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21063882 ; (note for the squeamish, the article contains a discussion of the injuries sustained and some pictures of the bones as illustration;  I am not displaying the bones here out of respect for the dead)

5)       Channel 4  aired a very interesting 1 hour and 14 minute documentary video “The King Under the Car Park” in the evening on February 4, 2013 (a video shared by LilyElizabeta); thanks to Sueli for the link;  the focus of this video is about the journey the researchers and amateur historians had in launching this project  and finding and scientifically determining whether or not the remains found were indeed King Richard III.  However, it also showcases the science behind making the determination that the remains are King Richard III:


6)       What is even more exciting in the documentary is the reconstruction of what King Richard III is likely to have looked like.  Here are some of those images of a young man in his early thirties:

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             Sky News   from February 5, 2013
MeandRichardArmitageCom              (Link shared by Fabo Laktuko)

7)       A Herald Sun Article that mentions a “New hunt for Richard Third lookalikes as face 591839-richard-armitage-facebook-king-richardFeb0913HeraldSunput to long-lost King” by Chris Bartlett on February 6, 2013 (thanks for link from Fabo Laktuko).  The article begins humorously, then soon becomes quite detailed about past and proposed future Richard III portrayals.  Scrolling toward the end of the article, the King Richard Armitage project touting British actor Richard Armitage  as a possible contender to portray King Richard III is mentioned (see snaps from Facebook at right).

8)       The Times of London also published an article about “Philippa Langley’s love affair with King Richard III” on February 6, 2013.

9)       Thank you to www.RichardArmitageNet.com  for sharing this Philippa Langley February 7, 2013 BBC Radio Leicester interview link.

http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/files/downloads/PhilippaLangley-07Feb13.MP4
www.RichardArmitageCentral.co.uk    also has a link to the interview at http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/philippa-langley-on-bbc-radio-leicester/  and

http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/racwordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PhilippaLangleyBBCLeicester07022013.mp3Richard III PortraitFeb0713LeicesterMuseum

10)   The Leicester Museum in Leicester, England opened their “Richard III:  Leicester’s Search for a King” (and image right) exhibit on February 8, 2013.

11)   For more information on this developing discovery about King Richard III–his life,  final resting place, and a proposed film project to revisit his historical legacy–visit the King Richard Armitage(below) site’s  “King Richard III Found” page that is currently under construction:

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“About:
This website is created through a fan-initiative to support Richard Armitage with his “Richard III” filming project and to demonstrate that there is a substantial global audience who support this project.”

If you would like to support these KRA efforts, don’t forget to sign the online KRA petition.

12)   And here is a related article in the January 23, 2013 Leicester Mercury about the grass roots fan effort to support a King Richard III film project helmed by Richard Armitage (scan below courtesy of RANet):

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13)    Finally, “Now THIS is a CASTING NEWS I can get behind! Richard Armitage as Richard III” by Ruth Maramis, February 7, 2013 on Flix Chatter writes about  a prospective film (a very compelling image comparison below; with the reconstructed face of King Richard III on the left, and a portrait of the British actor Richard Armitage on the right):

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And if I, Gratiana, were to give my opinion, the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage has the acting chops and regal bearing to be King Richard III.  So my long ago little girl wish for a prince charming of my dreams to me as a princess would be very happily fulfilled in Richard Armitage portraying King Richard III.

P.S. Gratiana’s own lay person’s general observations about King Richard III:
I have merely dipped my toe into finding out more about this fascinating man, King Richard III (KR3).  And the King Richard Armitage fan site dedicated to showing Richard Armitage fan support for his vision to bring a new film about King Richard III to audiences that might reconstruct history.  In addition to resource links, they also have a petition you may sign to show fan support for Richard Armitage’s goal of a new King Richard III film.

And having read a bit of the KRA and other resource links, I now think there is room to question whether or not KR3 is the dastardly man who killed his nephews in the Tower as promoted by King Henry Tudor who succeeded him and William Shakespeare.  Remember, to the victor go the spoils–and the writing of history.  My mind is now more open to hearing new facts about this King Richard III that might place his life within the context of his time, the politics, and the history of England.

I have particularly enjoyed reading Sharon Kay Penman’s 1982 book The Sunne in TheSunneinSplendourCoverFeb0913SharonKayPenmanSplendour  (TSIS; book cover right) and participating in a weekly discussion group on Twitter.  The readings and discussions are fun–and we realize that this is a fictionalized account with lots of conjecture in it.  Since I am no historian, and I urge you to read the insightful essays of Michaela Servetus and others to learn more about King Richard III.  Listed below is a link to one of her more recent KR3 essays for the TSIS reading group prep:

Last week in TSIS Book 4, Ch. 11-15 in Penman’s fictionalized account, Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham admits to killing the boys in the tower for his own kingly ambitions:  http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/richard-armitage-richard-iii-rumble-week-16/

We’re getting  toward the end of the TSIS book reading discussions, but all are welcome to join us.  The #RA4R3 TSIS Tweetchat room link is here.  We chat for an hour, starting at 9pm EST (New York time zone) on Monday nights.

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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14 Responses to King Richard III Found and His Face Revealed! Can a New King Richard III Portrayal by Richard Armitage be Far Behind? February 10, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #360)

  1. Xenia says:

    This is all very exciting news and I am so happy for Richard Armitage and all the people involved in finding the bones. I know how important this is to them and many other people who are observers. I admit that I have not been on observer surrounding all this for long. It is only because of RA that I started to take notice.

    I am what some people may call strange and do believe that there is some connection between RA and Richard III. I have always believed in reincarnation and if people look at me odd for it, well, so be it. I am used to being thought of as “different” and hardly concerned anymore with what people think of me. That is a blessing of being over forty. I learned that it is better to be true to YOU and not other people. If you try to live your life according to what others think you can end up very unhappy.

    Anyway, what I have observed is that whenever a person has a strong pull or interest in a person or place long gone there is usually a reason for it. The whole subject is very interesting and makes for fun discussion. .

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    • Hi Xenia,
      Thanks for your nice note. Richard Armitage’s “link” to King Richard III seems to be a family affair. RA has stated that his father was quite enthralled with the King and since Richard Armitage was born on August 22–the date in 1485 when King Richard III was killed at the battle of Bosworth–his father named him Richard. So growing up, Richard and his father probably shared an interest in the history of King Richard III–always nice for a father and son.

      For one interview where Richard Armitage talks about his interest in King Richard III and why, visit the 2009 Vulpes Libres link below:

      http://vulpeslibris.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/in-conversation-with-richard-armitage/

      So whether Richard Armitage’s interest in King Richard III due to fate, reincarnation (your theory), paternal encouragement, etc., it will be interesting to see if a new King Richard III film project associated with actor Richard Armitage will come to fruition. Fingers crossed!

      Cheers! Grati ;->

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  2. 2/13/13–Fabo Laktuko shared this article link:

    “Richard III: Greatest archaeological discovery of all?” 2/12/13 by Greig Watson, BBC Leicester News
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21082999

    Article conclusion excerpted below:

    “Mr Buckley believed finding Richard would have an important legacy.

    “Cutting edge research has been used in the project and the work has really only just begun. The discoveries, such as the very precise carbon dating and medical evidence, will serve as a benchmark for other studies.

    “And it is, of course, an incredible story. He’s a controversial figure, people love the idea he was found under a car park, the whole thing unfolded in the most amazing way. You couldn’t make it up,” he said.”

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  3. 2/13/13–Fabo Laktuko also shared this link for a followup Channel 4 documentary about Richard III:

    “Following hit doc, More4 to screen Richard III: The Unseen Story”, 2/13/13, Channel 4 Press

    http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/following-hit-doc-more4-to-screen-richard-iii-the-unseen-story

    Air date and credits:
    “Darlow Smithson Executive Producer Simon Young says: “Archaeological discoveries of this kind rarely happen. What is even more incredible is that we were there to capture every moment. These films truly glimpse history in the making.”

    “Richard III: The Unseen Story will air on More 4″ on Wednesday 27 Feb at 9pm. Programme credits:

    Prod/Dir: Dick Bower, Louise Osmond
    Exec Prod: Simon Young, Julian Ware
    Prod Co: Darlow Smithson Productions
    Comm Eds: Ralph Lee, Julia Harrington & John Hay”

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  4. 2/15/13–Fabo Laktuko shared a link about the injuries suffered by King Richard III:

    “Richard III wounds match medieval Welsh poem description”, 2/15/13 BBC Leicester News
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-21441319

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  5. 2/15/13–The Richard III Society shares their proposed KR3 tomb design:

    “Richard III tomb design proposed by society”, 2/12/13 BBC Leicester News

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21427369
    Richard III tomb design revealed

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  6. 2/17/13–Fanny tweeted the link for a musical performance of music of the KR3 era in honor of his life by the University of Leicester:

    “The Search for King Richard III – A Musical Biography”

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  7. 2/22/13–For a succinct overview of the life of King Richard III, visit:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_III_of_England

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  8. 3/13/13–Judiang of the “Confessions of a Watcher” blogger has a tempered and well reasoned essay for everyone to read about separating fact from fiction in the “race” to develop a KR3 biopic:

    http://www.jagrant.com/watcher/richard-iii-or-the-battle-of-ra-vs-pl/

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  9. 3/13/13–Fitzg has an FanstRA 4 essay on the King Richard Armitage site today:

    “Portraits of a King”
    http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/2013/03/11/portraits-of-a-king/

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  10. Pam says:

    Why did the sculpture make his eye crossed? That annoys me to no end! Please fix it!

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    • Giggles, Pam!
      Good catch! I hadn’t noticed that, the eye placement was so subtle. Ha! I’m guessing that future renditions of the features of KR3 might have small changes–as with anything created by hand. So maybe the eyes will be changed.
      But the overall image is pleasing. Don’t you think? And it does seem to resemble a certain gentleman actor we all so admire. *wink*
      Cheers! Grati ;->

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