‘A loyal, royal hound’

Richard III no doubt had many loyal hounds during his life, but perhaps none more so than Florette, the white hound given to him as a present by his brother George while he was still Duke. While we have no actual historical record of such a hound, Matthew comes to know her well at Middleham – and he and his friends have good cause to thank her during the autumn of 1482.

We first meet Florette soon after she has given birth to a litter of tiny puppies. Their father is Conquerer, a hound belonging to King Edward IV himself. Definitely a royal family. Two of those puppies will become important later on in our tale.

This rather larger pup seems to have taken an interest in our friends’ adventures. Hopefully her humans will get the chance to read the book they bought before she gets her teeth into it properly!

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About alexmarchantblog

A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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