I am happy to announce that Academic Travel has set up a website for next year’s Ricardian tour and they are accepting reservations. Space is limited, so if you are interested in going, do contact them soon. Here is the link to the website. http://skp0913.com/ The tour will cover ten days in all, eight days for the tour itself and two for travel, from September 7th until the 16th, and we will be visiting all of the places most closely connected with Richard: York, Middleham, Bosworth Field, Leicester, Ludlow Castle, Tewkesbury abbey and the battlefield, Windsor Castle, and ending our stay in London, where we will be visiting the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Crosby Hall, which was Richard’s townhouse. We will have local guides at each stop and we will be meeting historians and archaeologists, including Philippa Langley, who was one of those most closely involved in the Leicester Dig that resulted in the discovery of Richard’s remains—yes, I am that sure the DNA will confirm it! You can find all the details of the tour at the afore-mentioned website. We had a wonderful time during our Eleanor tour last year and I fully expect lightning to strike twice. Richard deserves no less.
And on this day in history, some interesting deaths to report. On November 29th, 1314, Philippe The Fair, King of France died; Philippe was a nasty piece of work, with the blood of the Templars and countless French Jews on his hands. And in 1330, Queen Isabella’s lover, Roger Mortimer was executed for treason. Lastly, in 1530, Cardinal Wolsey died on his way to London to answer a charge of treason. He could have expected no mercy from his master, Henry VIII, for Henry was particularly vengeful to those who’d fallen from his royal favor, so Wolsey’s death surely saved him more suffering.
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message 1: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Sharon, do you know whose DNA they are matching it with?

message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Penman I believe it is a man who is able to trace his descent to one of Richard's sisters, Elizabeth. You could probably google it for more specific details.

message 3: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I found a slide show of the excavation site and items they unearthed. I also found an article that says "The skeleton also shows signs of scoliosis, or an abnormally curved spine." Here is link for slide-show http://www.livescience.com/22864-gall...

message 4: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Penman The scoliosis finding was what convinced me this had to be Richard, Elizabeth, for that would explain why one of Richard's shoulders was said to be slightly higher than the other. I suffer from scoliosis, too;in my case, it just gave me pain, to raised shoulders! But I felt great sympathy for Richard, living in an age without chiropractors.

message 5: by David (last edited Dec 01, 2012 07:03AM) (new)

David Elkin Looking to read about RM. Would you recommend either

The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330 by Ian Mortimer (Sep 6, 2010)


Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer by N Gemini Sasson (Sep 7, 2010)

message 6: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Small Sharon, are you doing a tour in 2014?

message 7: by Mary (new)

Mary Nelson It would be great to have a tour in 2014. It would be
neat to see some viking sites also.

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