On this day in 1483 Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester, accepted the throne of England and became King Richard III.
And it’s just 7 days until Ricardians gather in Middleham to celebrate King Richard’s accession on the weekend closest to the date of his coronation.
I’m delighted that, although the Richard III Festival can’t go ahead this year, Joanne Larner, Susan Kokomo Lamb and myself will be holding a mini-author event at Richard’s Castle there all weekend, 3rd to 4th July.
We will be reading from our books about Richard and of course signing and selling them, and those of several other Ricardian authors – including Annette Carson, member of the Looking for Richard team, who has recently produced the new, more accurate translation of Dominic Mancini’s ‘De Occupatione‘, the fullest contemporary account of those fateful days in the summer of 1483.
Copies of Annette’s Mancini will be on sale over the weekend, as will paperbacks of the new Wars of the Roses anthology ‘The Road Not Travelled‘, the third ‘Dickon’s Diaries‘ book and my new release ‘Time out of Time‘, along with many others.
Entry to the Castle isn’t required as our stalls (and many readings) will be outside the main gateway. But should you wish to visit, it’s now possible to buy tickets on the door (so long as covid-related capacity allows).
We very much look forward to seeing you there!
Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, will be published in 2021. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.
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