What exciting news that the skeleton unearthed in Leicester has indeed been confirmed as that of Richard III beyond doubt. I am really fascinated by the whole thing and am looking forward to the programme about it on television tonight. The farmer, on the other hand, is pretty underwhelmed I would say.
Considering that he was only the actual king of England for two years (1483-5) he achieved remarkable notoriety -mainly I think because he is always portrayed as a "baddie", particularly as he is widely believed to have murdered his two nephews in the Tower.
Having just read a couple of Cees Nooteboom chapters about the royal houses of Spain and how they intermarried to the point of incest, just to keep the throne 'in the family' so to speak , nothing would surprise me about history here in the UK at that time. But of course, nothing can be proved about anything after all this time.
There is no doubt that Richard's character is disputed and - had he lived after Bosworth -he might have been an able ruler. What is for sure, now that they have verified that the skeleton found in Leicester is indeed Richard's, is that a lot of people hated him. The inuries to his body are enormous - something like seven wounds to the head, all of which would have killed him instantly - plus various other wounds to the body. Life was hard and cruel and life was also cheap in those days wasn't it (as it still is in some parts of the world today.)?
If you want to know more about Richard's childhood home of Middleham Castle, only four miles from our farm, go to their site. It is run now by English Heritage and is still a formidable building.
On a completely different note I see that another of our MP's has fallen from grace today by pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice or somesuch. I might be getting old, and I know that I am wrong to think like this, but I still belong to that group of people who expect my Members of Parliament to be honest and straightforward; and when they are not then I am - yet again - disappointed.