Sacrilege! Shame on you, Leicester Cathedral

I have been appalled and sickened by the plan of Leicester Cathedral to allow two performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III ‘mere feet from his tomb’.

Not only is this a work which depicts the King as an evil, hunchbacked tyrant who murdered his way to the throne (and is the very thing which has most influenced the bad, and inaccurate, reputation he has), but the idea of performing it right where he was supposedly laid to rest is distasteful, inappropriate and crass.

Leicester, amid protests that they would not be worthy custodians of the last English king to die in battle, defending his country, protested that they would treat his remains ‘with dignity and honour’. How is this upholding that sacred and honoured responsibility?

I am not saying the play is bad; it is, of course, brilliant, but not in the place of rest of the subject of it.

So I have started a petition to protest about it. Please click on the picture of Richard’s tomb and sign and share it for me, if you believe this is wrong!

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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.

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

 

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Image credit: By Warner Bros. Records (Billboard, page 1, 29 July 1972) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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.

Download  Kindle copy of Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country here.

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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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Image credit: By Calan (own picture) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

TWO Giveaways!

In celebration of St Valentine’s, I am spreading the love and therefore announce TWO Goodreads Giveaways running for a week.

Dickon’s Diaries – one print copy available, just click on the picture below and enter for FREE! Ends February 20th

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Richard Liveth Yet (Book III): Hearts Never Change – one print copy available, just click on the picture below to enter for FREE! Ends February 21st

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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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Download the Richard Liveth Yet books for Kindle here: Richard Liveth Yet

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Christmas Kindle Countdown Deals!

Three new Kindle countdown deals for you! Just click on the pics to go to the UK Kindle site!

From Saturday 10th December (Rose’s birthday!) until 17th, ‘Richard Liveth Yet:A Historical Novel Set in the Present Day’ will be on offer in the Kindle Store for only 99c/99p

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From Thursday 15th until 21st December, ‘Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country’ will be available for 99c/99p

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From Christmas Day until New Year’s Day, ‘Richard Liveth Yet (Book III): Hearts Never Change’ will be there, again for 99c/99p

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