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Has anyone else been keeping up with events around this week's reinterment of King Richard III? I've been immensely moved by the everything that's been going on, and by the care and thought that's gone into honouring our last Plantagenet king. The scale of the crowds that turned out on Sunday to watch the cortege pass through Leicester was incredible. I love the fact that one of Richard's descendants (whose DNA was key in proving Richard's identity) is a carpenter, and has made Richard's coffin. Whatever your take on Richard (and we can't ever prove absolutely whether he was responsible for the murder of the princes in the tower), it's an astonishing piece of history that's taking place right now.

Lost-and-found kings aside, I've spent the past few days tidying up MoulderingBook. I've written the new chapter I realised I needed before the mid-point. Turns out it is just the one chapter, instead of the two I suspected, as I've managed to say everything I need to at this point in a single scene. I then typed that up and decided to print out the first half of the book, so I have it readily to hand once I embark on what comes next.

And of course, once I had a printed out copy before me, I realised something I need to fix in chapter one, which has a knock-on effect in Chapter Five. It always amuses me how seeing our stories in a different format can kick-start us into recognising issues we haven't before. So anyway, I fixed that, and planned to have a session of note-making to flesh out where I go from here.

However, Life had other plans, which turned out to be very good reasons for not getting around to the note-making session. The first of those plans was a spur-of-the-moment haircut, and the second, reconnecting with a friend I lost touch with 20 years ago, And that brings me back to where I started with this post, because it was thanks to Richard III, and another spur-of-the-moment decision, that we're back in contact. I sometimes love the circularity of history.

Date: 2015-03-25 08:45 am (UTC)
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Monarchs have had a huge effect on my world view.

Studying the later Stuarts for so many years made me a republican, heart and soul.

Richard was pretty much a product of his time- no worse, but certainly no better than the majority.

Locally, I'm wondering if this will push a certain local council to show a bit of respect and relocate and rebury with a bit of dignity the remains of Matoaka, aka Pocahontas or Lady Rebekah Rolfe who also lies under a car park at present. The DNA would certainly not be a problem!

Date: 2015-03-25 09:37 am (UTC)
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"Richard was pretty much a product of his time- no worse, but certainly no better than the majority."

Which sums up my view of him very neatly :O)

Date: 2015-03-25 09:27 am (UTC)
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Being over the other side of the world, I am watching the whole through the media... fascinating.

Date: 2015-03-25 09:38 am (UTC)
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It's wonderful and amazing that it's engaging people from all round the world.

Date: 2015-03-25 09:48 am (UTC)
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...decided to print out the first half of the book...

I'm slightly envious. My printer is still 'off' if only because I haven't yet made an effort work out why. (Ever since the magician came, I've had no speakers either. It's a 'connective tissue' issue!)

Anyway - yes - printing hard copy is the next step for me too - sooner rather than later I sense. I'm at the approximate half-way point. And I agree - even changing the font & font-size on screen can throw up things we simply haven't seen before.

Hair cut? Drastic? Fabulous? (Obvs.) :)

Date: 2015-03-25 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Sympathies over the printer tissue-issue (which rather makes it sound as though it's got a nasty cold!)

Re. hair - fabulous, of course :O) but nothing drastic, just a couple of inches off the bottom to get it back under control. I'm currently in the 'post-haircut' phase, where it's poking out at all kinds of odd angles, and I'm ignoring it until it sorts itself out and calms down.

I don't mind; the whole haircut thing was rather overshadowed by reconnecting with my friend :O)

Date: 2015-03-26 02:48 pm (UTC)
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I started watching the White Queen series based on the Philippa Gregory books. It's entertaining along with being interesting from a historical perspective. Now I know it's not 100% accurate but you do get a sense of the period and the intrigues.

Date: 2015-03-26 02:55 pm (UTC)
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I don't know the period well at all - I specialised in much earlier history for my degree, but from what I do know, it was all very complicated and political.

Date: 2015-03-27 05:01 am (UTC)
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Wow, twenty years? How great that you were able to reconnect with your friend after such a long time!

Date: 2015-03-27 07:47 am (UTC)
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I know! God bless Google - hah!


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