“My Richard III – part 2”

Five years ago, before publication of The Order of the White Boar, in response to a post on Facebook from Jennifer C. Wilson, I wrote: “Well, this will take some thought – who would play Richard in ‘The Order of the White Boar‘? I imagine, though, that I’ll have plenty of time to do the thinking before it ever becomes an issue! 😂[Great prediction there!] I must admit, though I like the recon of Richard’s face, especially because it shows him younger than he’s usually perceived, it’s not what I ‘see’ when I write ‘him’. Having said that, I probably ‘hear’ him more than see… I think there may be a medical term for that! 😲”

The reconstructed face of King Richard

A few months later I wrote a blog about this – naming Kit Harington as a possible ‘fit’ with ‘my’ Richard… https://alexmarchantblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/my-richard-iii/

Kit Harington

With the upcoming film “The Lost King” offering a portrayal of Richard very different to any so far seen in the cinema, I think some of us may find we change our minds on who should play our king. Have you seen the trailer? From what you’ve seen, do you think Harry Lloyd may be ‘right’ for the role? I have to say a look or two in those two minutes made me think he may be…

Harry Lloyd – not as King Richard, but…

But what say you?

If you’re coming to Middleham Castle this weekend (27-29th August), don’t forget to come and have a chat – about this or anything to do with His Grace!

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 Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, was published in June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:









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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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2 Responses to “My Richard III – part 2”

  1. brooksy13 says:

    I’m a few months late, but I think Richard Armitage would be perfect as Richard III. He was even named after him. Him or Harry Lloyd.


  2. I understand he was very keen to play King Richard – but recently has spoken of how he’s too old now – around 50? Which is of course ironic, given that the actors who have most famously played Richard on film & stage were around that age. But Mr Armitage is obviously aware of King Richard’s real age – not his Shakespearean one…


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