Richard III found in car park

February 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm (BBC, history, Jim D, Monarchy, poetry)

They say he wasn’t as bad as Shakespeare and others made out. But still, a Leicester car park seems a good place for royal remains…

Someone from the Reduced Shakespeare Company was on the Today programme this morning, with a rather jolly poem about it all, including the lines “Richard spent his winter of discontent / Buried beneath three feet of cement.”  You can hear it here.

3 Comments

  1. Scott said,

    I was also struck by the pathos of Richard III, a monarch idealised by reactionaries and snobs (worryingly, there’s a Richard III Society down here in New Zealand!), lying under the cement of the carpark of a community centre in an unglamorous Midlands town. I watched Olivier’s Richard III recently and was impressed by how strange it now looks: http://www.readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/by-schooner-to-past.html

    But what did you folks think of the National Theater’s recent revival of Marx’s favourite work by Shakespeare, Timon of Athens? I’m not sure whether Timon has been done justice:
    http://www.readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/shakespeare-and-greek-tragedy-of.html
    I agree with G. Wilson Knight that Timon is much more than a bourgeois clown.

  2. Jabez said,

    Well I read all this royal stuff at school and uni. The best thing for these remains is to send them for crushing to a fertilizer company and made into bone meal. At least we can then say that a royal has done something useful for a change.

  3. Jabez said,

    Fee Fi Fo Fum – I smell the stench of a royal clan, – Be it Charles,William,Harry or Ed, – I will grind their bones to make my bread. (And expel the royal residue later in the day).

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