flint castle sunrise

Richard II: Flint Castle, Wales

It’s either ironic or very appropriate that I’m writing this from Paris as the sun sets and the sky turns from blue to pink to gold; Wales was rocky grey and green and very dull. Not all of Wales, of course! Hay on Wye is rightly famous for books and Hereford for cider. But the north coast of Flintshire is neither inspiring nor interesting, especially in January, which is when I went. After a sunny Saturday afternoon lunch in London with friends and lots of fizzy wine, I got on the Tube and sat across from two women with no overnight bags who I realised were getting the same train I was. “It’s at four forty-six, do you think we’ll be all right for seats?” one said.

“Yeah,” the other said, with an undertone of obviously. “Not too many people going up to the coast this time of year, are they? All cold and wet and black?”


Richard III quire

Where else might Richard III be reburied? Alternate resting places for the last Plantagenet king

Team Plantagenet Alliance is pulling hard for Richard III to be reburied at York Minster, and Uni Leicester, Leicester city council and the Leicestershire tourism board are obviously pulling hard for Leicester, but I think there are a few other lovely and appropriate sites that should be considered.



“The True Tragedy of Richard, Duke of York” at Towton battlefield

As always, Part Three left me jonesing for more, but I think that's a good thing. The day was lovely and, although I thought it would be a bit gimmicky, the battlefield setting really did work.



“The Houses of York and Lancaster” at Towton battlefield

Beatriz Romilly was again outstanding as an active, clever and bored Eleanor, Gloucester's wife. I wanted more from Suffolk and Margaret's relationship, but Jack Cade was cracking good fun, as ever.



Book review: “The Forbidden Queen” by Anne O’Brien

I have to admit I don’t usually pay much attention to Katherine of Valois. Anne O’Brien’s book does something I like, which is give Katherine desire and subvert the traditional frothy rom-com courtship between her and Henry V. Near the end, there was an interesting portrayal of Owen Tudor that *almost* worked.



‘Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King’ exhibition and medieval guildhall

I just realised I never actually posted in depth about the Richard III exhibition in Leicester! It's by far the Richard-iest thing to visit at the moment, especially since HIS HEAD is there (not the real one). And there's a 14th-century guildhall next door.