As the 4th of February approaches there will be many of us waiting with bated breath wondering what the outcome of all the tests run on the human remains found last September in a Leicester car park are likely to be. Whatever the findings there is likely to be a media furore. I worry what they will be saying and how they will be approaching this episode in our history. If the results go in our favour then only good can come out of it but if the tests turn out to be in the negative I hope that there will not be a lot of gloating or a return to slandering this mans good character and name.
There have been many biographies written about Richard III over the years where his finer qualities have been emphasized notably Paul Murray Kendall’s Richard III and more recently Annette Carson’s The Maligned King.
One of Richard III’s most ardent defender was Thomas Carte who wrote of the kings reign in his History of England in 1754. Carte is quoted in The Betrayal of Richard III by V B Lamb.
“Facts, and the general tenour of a man’s conduct best show his real character, and all the virulent and atrocious calumnies founded purely on surmises, a perverse imagination, or downright falsehood, and thrown upon Richard by the flatterers of his successor whose cruelty came by that means to be overlooked, will never efface the just praise due to Richard or his excellent laws and his constant application to see justice impartially distributed and good order established in all parts of England”
To be able to write an in depth book like the authors mentioned above is one of my greatest dreams but until then I like many people have to rely on reading a well written book or informative and sensible newspaper articles. Whether a positive or negative outcome on Monday it should be a opportunity not missed. Accredited historians and enthusiastic followers must continue Richard III’s story.
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