The power and reach of the internet never ceases to amaze me!
Perhaps it’s because I spend so much of my time in the fifteenth century.
Don’t get me wrong, while we often think geographical knowledge wasn’t great back then, trading links were truly global – throughout Eurasia/Africa, from southernmost Asia into Australasia, and of course, within the ‘New World’ itself, even if we don’t have evidence of trade outward from/inward to the Americas before that (in)famous date of 1492. Long before Matthew Wansford’s father in York had dealings with merchants who traded as far as India and China, the Vikings of course are known to have traded throughout Russia and to have brought back silk, spices and glass from the Far East.
(Merchants on the Yellow River, c. 1410-12, from Canadian Museum of History website)
But those links of course took months of travel. Now my words can travel across the globe in seconds. As they have over the past few days, with a couple of very popular blogs. And given that my blogs are almost always something to do with King Richard III, it’s also fantastic that interest in this 500+-year-old English king is so widespread too.
WordPress handily gives statistics showing numbers of views of your blog posts, and where the viewer is located. And quite remarkably over the past few days my posts have been viewed by people from every continent (excluding Antarctica, I’ll admit). So hello to everyone everywhere (I won’t attempt it in any other language, as I would be sure to miss yours out if I did – and if you’ve bothered to read this far your English is far better than my – well, any other language I could attempt!)
(Photo from TheGuamGuide.com)
And as one of the blog posts was celebrating the fifth anniversary of the announcement of the rediscovery of King Richard’s grave and my associated offer of a short story in celebration, it’s even more remarkable (and very gratifying) that it has resulted in requests for the story (and therefore donations to Scoliosis Association UK – SAUK.org.uk) from places so far away from me, here in Yorkshire, UK.
So a big thank you as well!
The story, ‘The Beast of Middleham Moor’, will be available for the foreseeable future in return for a donation to SAUK. Readers so far have ‘loved it’ and it’s brought tears to some eyes. For details please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlexMarchant and help us raise money to support present-day families affected by this condition.