Over the weekend, I posted on my Facebook timeline a picture of a rather splendid Christmas tree decoration of King Richard available through the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York (a building and institution that Richard would himself have known).
On inquiring about the details, I was told that it is ‘hand stitched and the supplier works with a small Christian charity in Thailand the helps disadvantaged rural women find work in their community instead of leaving home to find work in factories.’ As one commenter said, King Richard himself would likely have approved such a venture.
I wonder what these women think of the man whose likeness they are stitching? They’ve depicted him as young and happy, so I can only assume that they have a positive view of him.
I’m looking forward to receiving my decoration through the post and hanging it on my tree when we get it so that King Richard can survey our festive revels.
If anyone else is interested in buying one of these ornaments I can pass on the details – just let me know! (Other monarchs are available – but somehow I can’t imagine Queen Elizabeth I will be quite so popular, let alone Henry VIII…)