‘Young Ricardian Award’ – winning champion of #RichardIII announced!

I am delighted to announce that the winner of Wendy Johnson’s young Ricardian goody bag is 8 year old Freya Goodyear (nominated by Ruth Breen).

Wendy asked for nominations at the recent online launch of ‘Grant Me the Carving of My Name’, to which she contributed two stories. Wendy was delighted by the stories that came in from family and friends nominating their youngsters and says “it was very difficult to choose an outright winner”.

Wendy, with her husband, David Johnson

After much deliberation, Wendy has decided that the goody bag will be sent to 8-year-old Freya. But each of the nominated children will receive a small gift from Wendy, and 3-year-old Victoria (nominated by Michèle Schindler) will be sent a special little prize for being the youngest to champion King Richard’s cause. (Her proud aunty, Michèle, will also receive a signed copy of Philippa Langley’s ‘The Search for Richard III: The King’s Grave‘ for helping to bring her up so well!)

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The contents of Wendy’ goody bag (but don’t show Freya just yet!)

Ruth Breen told Wendy that her former pupil, Freya, spoke up for King Richard during one of her English lessons. They had been discussing medieval heraldry when Freya said she had read about King Richard III: “she immediately said that what she had read was Shakespeare’s account but that what he said of Richard couldn’t possibly be true as nobody is that evil. She also said she had read other books where he was a great soldier and she didn’t believe for a second that he had murdered his nephews.”

After the summer holidays, Freya returned from a trip to Northumberland with a boar badge and told Ruth about the historic sites she had visited with a connection to Richard. Ruth says, “Freya not only has a love of history but has become a champion for Richard and the cause of restoring his good name.”

Thank you to everyone for nominating all these young Ricardians, and I hope Wendy has inspired them all to continue to fight (figuratively, of course) for King Richard.

Loyaulte me lie!

And don’t forget, ‘Grant Me the Carving of My Name’ is the ideal stocking filler for older Ricardians!



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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