On the eve of His Grace #RichardIII’s birthday… a reminder

I’m heading back to the fifteenth century tomorrow.

It’s been too long since I’ve been there – with all the calls on my time in the twenty-first century – family, day-job, harvesting and dealing with the goodies from our garden and the hedgerows round about. What a year it’s been for apples on our trees – lots of mincemeat and spiced apple & cider jelly made, and the wonderful warm aroma of the ripe apples enveloping me as I type. (I just hope that doesn’t mean the ones we’re planning to store are already on the turn!)


Some of the crop from our James Grieve apple tree

But tomorrow I’ll be forgetting about all of that as I drive up through north Yorkshire to King Richard’s beloved Middleham Castle in Wensleydale.

The manager at the castle, Gill Savage, and her team are celebrating King Richard’s 566th birthday tomorrow with a cake, and the now-traditional flying of his standard (provided by the Richard III Society) from the tallest tower. And they’ve very kindly invited me to join them to cut the cake on His Grace’s behalf.


I’m delighted to be asked, as you can imagine – to have an excuse to visit Middleham on such a special day – and also hopefully to have the chance to eat some cake!

All this means that I will be away from social media for the day (the phone signal is at best intermittent at the castle) and unless I can figure out how to time some posts very quickly(!), I won’t have a chance to remind you that The King’s Man begins an Amazon Kindle countdown promotion tomorrow in celebration of His Grace’s happy anniversary.

The promo will run for a few days, but the best deal is to be had on the first day: the second book of Matthew Wansford’s adventures – called “a brilliant, gripping, heart-wrenching sequel” – will be on sale for just 99p or 99c. An ideal time to grab an ebook for yourself or recommend it to a friend!

And in the next couple of days I’ll also be making a small announcement that may be of interest to anyone who enjoys Ricardian-inspired fiction….


The Kings Man Full_Cover-1




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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