Rose’s Playlist (13) – Witches’ Brew by Janie Jones

Rose experiments with Wicca, helped by her friend, Frances, who is a devotee. She finds she enjoys the relaxing meditation she experiences in a Wicca house in Canewdon, Essex, even though she knows Richard would not approve of ‘witchcraft’. That is why I chose the title ‘Witches’ Brew’ by Janie Jones  (click link to see video) for this song. It is a sixties one hit wonder, which I loved when I was a child.

Pic of a witch on a flying broomstck

Witch on a broomstick

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Rose’s Playlist (12) – Too Bad by Nickelback

Rose has a psychic reading from each of the other members of her friend, Lynne’s, circle. She can understand some of what is said, but not all of it. She leaves not much the wiser, but a conversation at the end gives her a new idea…

I chose the song ‘Too Bad’ by Nickelback (click the link to watch video) for this scene, because Richard would have considered this witchcraft and thence a sin, but also because it was too bad that Rose didn’t really get much out of the session.

Photo of Nickelback in concert

Nickelback in concert

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Another Great Amazon Review for ‘Dickon’s Diaries’!

Cover of 'Dickon's Diaries'

When Susan Lamb and I wrote Dickon’s Diaries, we weren’t sure how it would be received. It is purposely written in mock mediaeval speech which we knew some might find difficult and we wondered whether everyone would ‘get’ our sense of humour. Well, so far we have had one 1-star review (which mentions the mediaeval speech) and twelve 5-star ones!

Here is the latest one:

 512px-5_stars.svgKeeps you Laughing!

By RhiannonsWheel on 22 Mar. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“Such a funny book. No one usually writes humour and Richard III…and in cod-Middle English, no less. Frances Lovell’s exploits in particular crack me up. Different and amusing.”

 

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Rose’s Playlist (11) – Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Desperate, Rose resorts to psychic mediumship to try to contact Richard – after all he would technically be dead by the twenty first century. She visits her friend’s psychic circle and has a message from a mysterious woman with hazel brown eyes.

Of course, this title had to be Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ – such a great song. Click to see the video.

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Rose’s Playlist (10) – I’m Still Waiting by Diana Ross

It’s a year since Richard informed Rose he wouldn’t be coming back to the Major Oak, where they have agreed to meet once a year. Despite this, Rose returns there, hoping against hope that he has changed his mind, but to no avail. Depressed, she is at a loss as to what to do, but Laura makes a suggestion which leads to Rose formulating a plan…

I have used ‘I’m Still Waiting‘ by Diana Ross to illustrate this scene. Click to see the video.

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Rose’s Playlist (9) – Stop Your Sobbing by The Pretenders

Laura tries to comfort Rose after Richard’s bombshell, but she cannot control her see-sawing emotions and she begins to question her own worth. Why do the men in her life leave her?

I thought the great song, ‘Stop Your Sobbing‘ by The Pretenders was just right to portray this scene. Click to see the video.

You can download ‘Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country’ here.

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Reviews for Dickon’s Diaries

Cover of 'Dickon's Diaries'

Susan Lamb and I are very proud of the great reviews we have had so far for our ‘baby’, ‘Dickon’s Diaries’. Here are the ones on the UK Amazon site:

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Certes a moste amusinglye quilled diarye whyche gaveth muche laughter to alle Forsure Kynge Richard would have approveth and smileth! More Prithee!

Pic of five starsWould recommend especially if you want something a bit different from …

Tongue in cheek book about King Richard and his everyday diary. Would recommend especially if you want something a bit different from all the other serious history books about the King.

Pic of five starsToo funny to miss out on

This is the kind of book I wouldn’t “normally” have picked out, but I was encouraged by a friend to read it. So I did and I am really delighted I did as it made me chuckle and laugh out loud from time to time. It is rather entertaining and witty – especially with the medieval writing format. But don’t let that “scare” you off. This is a “diary” with lots of amusing stories and indeed it is a cleverly written, humorous book. Highly recommended.

Pic of five starsBanish Winter’s Discontent with this original and very funny fantasy

If you are a Ricardian (i.e. someone who believes King Richard III was a good man and not a murdering monster) and are in need of some R&R, you must get hold of this book. It is a light-hearted and extremely funny fantasy window on a ‘Carry-on’ type world in which mediaeval characters, real and imaginary, mix with people from the present day in a glorious time warp full of hilarious anachronisms like Thou Tube and Ye Bay (you can buy the ‘My Little Destrier’ collection on Ye Bay).
The authors have created this up-beat version of Richard, as they believe he ‘must have had some fun and laughter in his life, as well as all the duty, care and tragedy’. Delightful illustrations interspersed within the text enhance the book.
Suspend disbelief and visit Muddleham Castle, home to King Richard, his wyf Anne, the Quene and their small son, Edward. Spend Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter with King Richard III (aka Dickon) and his family, friends and loyal subjects, especially his ‘Dames’ – 21st century women who are his loyal subjects and are more than a little in love with him. Read his Agony Uncle Column ‘Dear Dickon’ and the words of wisdom with which he counsels the men and women who come to him with their problems.
Diary entries include an account of Edward’s homework: an account of ‘Our lyff at Muddleham’ – which is written in all innocence but gives his tutor a rather different impression from that which was intended. To liven up the bleak dark winter, Richard’s friend Francis Lord Lovell suggests they hold a dis-co-tecke within the grounds of Muddleham Castle, which is enjoyed by all, with dancing to the music of ‘Mad Donna’ and ‘Sir Shakying Stephens’. There are many more adventures and amusing occurrences throughout the year.
And if you enjoy this book, you can read more in like vein on the Page entitled ‘Dickon for his Dames’ on Ye Book of Mannie Faces.      Debby Wakeham

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The book is brilliant, a light hearted and very funny look at one of our most enigmatic English monarchs, king Richard 111. It’s is cleverly written using olde English, and there is a laugh on every page. Can’t wait for the next one.

 Pic of five starsLove it!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it verily cheered me up – I’ve spent most of Xmas in bed with a nasty flu virus. And there’s even a bit part in it for my late grandfather, Harry Cox! Hope there will be a vol. 2 & don’t let our liege lord eat ALL the Jaffa Cakes, I love one too

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Rose’s Playlist (8) – Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton

Chapter Three begins with Rose again trying to contact Richard at the Major Oak. She is delighted when she first hears and then sees him, but every time she tries to approach closer he fades. Finally, he places a scroll of parchment in a niche in the tree for her to retrieve and he is gone. She is excited to read what he has to say, but this soon turns to heartbreak when she reads that he won’t be coming back again.

The emotional ‘Unbreak My Heart’ by Toni Braxton is perfect for this scene. Click here for the video of the song: Unbreak My Heart

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Rose’s Playlist (7) – When You Are A King by White Plains

As Rose explores the various Ricardian sites, such as the Tower of London, she finds out that Richard’s legacy has led to many more places of historical and ecclesiastical interest surviving and she realises that he was truly the great thing she and her fellow Ricardians thought he would be.

When You Are A King‘ by White Plains is the scene title song. Click on the link for a video filmed at the Tower- synchronicity at work!

Here is a link to a great 70s music blog with White Plains mentioned: Click!

If you want to read more about what Rose does to be re-united with Richard, click: here.

Here is the magnificent Tower of London!

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