Would we understand Richard, if we were whisked back in time?

My blog on Murrey and Blue today

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Photo of a parrot

I have often wondered what Richard’s voice sounded like. Did he have a low or high tone to his voice, was it rich, nasal, reedy, soft? What was his accent like? Would it be like a Midlands accent, as has been proposed, or would there be hints of Yorkshire? Did he have a good singing voice? And what about the manner of speech, sentence contruction and pronunciation of those times? Well, maybe the latter can be answered by listening to this 500-year-old poem about a parrot!

Click here to go to the poem on You Tube.

N.B. Sorry about the reference to H8!

Image credit: By Duncan Rawlinson from Vancouver, BC (flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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3 thoughts on “Would we understand Richard, if we were whisked back in time?

    • Really?? I have never heard that before. I don’t know what a New England gentry accent sounds like, but I do know there are Shakespeare experts who have posted videos of themselves performing Shakespeare as it would have been spoken and it didn’t sound like any American accent I know. I will have to explore and try to find an example! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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