Saturday, March 17th
It's almost over, oh noes!
• In fandom, Phylly3 celebrates her second blogiversary!
• In the Hobbit chain, Antonia Romera compares trailers for An Unexpected Journey in three languages
• In fanfic, Jo Ann finishes her story
• fedoralady traces the evolution of her "sloth fic" series
• In freeform, Gratiana Lovelace rescreens her Armitage birthday vid
• Fabo casts Armitage in Hollywood musical remakes
• C.S. Winchester takes on Armitage in period costumes from N&S and Miss Marie Lloyd
Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.
King Richard Armitage - Tagged Post
Previous posts in the KRA-Taged line:
- Maria Grazia (Fly High!) - Richard III in Movies or why we want a new King Richard
- Fabo Laktuko (White Rose Writings) - If Richard Armitage is Richard III, who should play Anne Neville?
Tomorrow will follow: March 18th, 2012: Jo Ann (Cerridwen Speaks)
To visit the complete Link-List of the FanstRAvaganza-KRA-posts, go to the: FanstRAvaganza - KRA-Index page
Why King Richard III is such a worthy topic for our time
King Richard III lived at a very important time break, not only between the so called 'Middle Ages' and 'Modernity', but a break in many more aspects.
The New World was not discovered yet, though a very adventurous time was, where such discoveries were made possible by fast and monumentuous changes in 'technology', medicine, hygiene, navigation, wood work, discoveries regarding the human body, astronomy, and lots of scientific areas more.
But King Richard III is interesting in many more ways than for living at a 'timebreak'. In all this change and time of crisis, he also was a 'moral' king, who might be an example for our times in some way.
Far from getting into any kind of political debate here, one thing of our time is quite undisputed:
Those in power and those who can, use their power for their own gain,
not the well being of their employees, customers or subjects.
Only few are the proving exception to this rule.
I made a sport of it to ask people around me, whom (either in politics or a powerful position in the industry) they still trust.
After a long pause, the best I could get as answer was:
“XY is not as bad as the rest.”
Is that good? – Not really.
But now to my real topic and why I admire King Richard III and Richard Armitage for his interest in this very special king:
King Richard in my opinion still holds an important message for our present time.
The first thing he did, when he became king, was to call all judges to him (on the first day as King of England! – No time to celebrate, but right down to business and to what was important to him).
He emphasized the importance he put on unbiased and just judgments, not to be influenced by position, rank, connections or money.
The weight he put on a well balanced judgment was so great, that he acted with lenience towards his own enemies and the conspirators against him. He even was accused of being too mild by his contemporaries. Later researchers often saw his lenience as quite a major contribution to prepare his own downfall, as it did not prevent his enemies from further conspiring against him.
A clear decision in his own favour, a strict action like executions of all involved in a conspiracy, could have prevented much of the later happenings, but it would also have made King Richard III an ordinary king and leader, one of those we have too many anyway.
As it is, King Richard III should be remembered not as the ‘Hunchbacked king’, but as “The just and good King Richard III”.
Jeremy Potter: Good King Richard? An Account of Richard III and His Reputation, London 1983
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