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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET 2. LOYAULTE ME LIE. 1 WEEK SALE ON #RICHARDIII novel

One week kindle countdown sale on the second (but standalone!) part of my epic novel on King Richard III, which is, ususually for the Ricardian genre, written in first person AND from Richard's point of view. Wherever possible, I have used the content of his actual letters and documents--modernised, of course.
Here I cover the final two years of his life--Kingship to death. 
The 'famous' events are covered here-- the sudden appearance and rise of Buckingham, Stillington's revelations, the mystery of the princes, the death of Edward of Middleham and Queen Anne, the Elizabeth of York rumours, and Bosworth itself. As before in part 1 other lesser dealt with situations are described, and I have tried to inject a little mild humour amidst all the gravity--such as the visit by the Silesian knight Von Popelau (I have them get drunk.) 
The final scenes of Bosworth are probably the most up-to-date fictional account of Richard's last moments.

A good foil to some of  the Shakespearean stuff floating around recently--a Richard who is not the psycho of Hollow Crown nor yet some kind of ever-solemn cardboard 'saint.' A real person, neither all goodness and light nor some kind of ultimate evil....

https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Plantagenet-Book-Two-Loyaulte-ebook/dp/B01ESBD2GA

 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The REAL King Richard III's back & the Cumberbatch Film

Shakespeare's Richard III has given people a lot of  what they know (or think they know) about the last Plantagenet King. (In fact the play may have been based on Shakespeare's contemporary Robert Cecil as much as Richard.) Of course more recent books and organisations have tried to redress the balance...while the play continues on as it always has, providing  entertainment. (It was never meant to be history!)
I have no real problems with Shaky's  classic play, regarding it as what it is--fiction and partial fantasy.
However I was less than enamoured to see the  recent pictures from  the Benedict Cumberbatch Hollow Crown version, which are meant to depict Richard III's back.
Richard did of course have scoliosis, a sideways curvature. He was 'fortunate' enough that it was a large C curve that missed his internal organs and left his neck and lower spine straight, resulting in a normally placed head and straight hips. The only mention of his appearance was a 'raised right shoulder', hardly something significant or  even that unusual; medieval archers for instance  often had unequal shoulders from drawing the bow constantly.
However, this new production is filled with grotesque prosthetics that look like they could have come from Alien! I have never seen anyone's scoliosis look anything like that and yes, and I know several people including family who have significant scoliosis. A bit of a kick in the teeth for anyone who suffers a spinal problem and  more than a bit insensitive. It's not as if it's a disorder  suffered only by one 15th century King! About 4 in a thousand people have it  to some degree including  athlete Usain Bolt,  actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy), Princes Eugenie, Elizabeth Taylor and Kurt Cobain. It is almost always able to be concealed by clothing. It is not a 'hunchback' (a term I hate as it is as disrespectful as 'cripple' etc etc) which is another condition called kyphosis.

  Benedict is supposed to be a distant descendant of Richard's  family and had a rather prominent place at the reinterment where he read out a poem. That actually makes me feel sad, that he now is participating in what promises to be an even more grotesque and overblown version of Shakespeare, that takes the calumnies already heaped on Richard and intensifies them tenfold.
  I know actors need jobs, lol, and they only have limited say on the ins and outs of their character, but he was apparently  insistant on keeping his anachronistic and rather silly looking modern hair cut for the later part of the show (as he didn't like himself with long hair-hey, I though he was playing a character, not himself) , while evidently  not worrying about  having some gruesome looking prosthetics lumped on his back. Strange.
 Maybe the production should donate some money to a scoliosis charity; certain it seems as if research and understanding is in short supply here....

   

Saturday, 30 April 2016

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Plantagenet-Book-Two-Loyaulte-ebook/dp/B01ESBD2GA/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51P8sXBlraL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU02_AC_UL160_SR93%2C160_&refRID=131WNHSKSBXB08WMC4HP

I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET :LOYAULTE ME LIE My latest novel about Richard III, written in first person for Richard's point of view. Combined with its prequel, this is probably the second or third longest novel ever written on Richard's life, and has the most recent information--ie regarding the battle of  Bosworth and Richard's last moments.
In writing it, I tried to have a well rounded character, neither the psycho Shakespearean version or a glum, solemn 'saintly' figure who seemed to have never had even one iota of happiness or enjoyment. I also tried to include incidents and minor events that have been generally skipped over by other authors as they aim for the big denoument.
My strong point in my writing has always been in creating a sense of 'place', of people in their landscape, and it was a real pleasure to a history buff like me to research how various buildings no longer extant may have appeared in Richard's day.
 The new book has been selling steadily since release and has been between 6-25 in the biographical historical fiction category.
Part 1 I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET-TANTE LE DESIREE (about Richard as Duke of Gloucester)  has continued to sell strongly too!
Books are presently in  kindle on Amazon, and print versions are just beginning to appear on the various Amazon sites.
#RichardIII #plantagenets #historicalfiction #warsoftheroses. #Bosworth



Thursday, 28 April 2016

AUTHOR J.P. REEDMAN-Historical fiction & fantasy. STONEHENGE & RICHARD III

http://www.amazon.com/J.P.-Reedman/e/B009UTHBUE


My author page on Amazon.com.
Please look to see my  various stories, long and short.

STONEHENGE/PREHISTORY : STONE LORD and MOON LORD--novels set in the era of Stonehenge.
GODS OF STONEHENGE-non fiction, mythology, anthropology

RICHARD III-
I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET, parts 1 and 2. Epic novel for those who like Sharon Penman, Rosemary  Hawley Jarman etc. Not Shakesapare's monster but not a sullen 'saint' either. Bawdy, bloody, lighter account of the Wars of the Roses
SACRED KING- historical fantasy about Richard III's last days, the Afterlife and his return in Leicester
WHITE ROSES, GOLDEN SUNNES. Collection of short stories covering Richard's life from birth onwards

and many more!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

ONE BRONZE AGE KING WAS THE 'FATHER' OF WESTERN EUROPE

Not really a surprise. It has becoming gradually clear that incoming peoples settling and trading throughout western Europe around the time of the 'Beaker horizon' were, although not in  huge number, highly successful genetically especially in the male line, indicating a strong elite.The older neolithic y-dna such as G began to falter and diminish before the advent of  R1b, the most common western Y-dna (especially common in Britain (upwards of 65% England to over 90% of Welsh men; Ireland (as high as nr 100% in western Ireland), Iberia, France, and anywhere that has a connection to the Atlantic coasts (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and even the very westernmost tip of Norway.)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/04/25/half-of-british-men-descended-from-one-bronze-age-king/

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

MY NAME IS NOT MIDNIGHT : Sister Agrippa--Teacher from Hell



 QUEST FOR THE ROSE HAS NOW BEEN REVISED AND RETITLED 'MY NAME IS NOT MIDNIGHT. It also has a new cover.

The following post  refers to the terrifying antagonist, Agrippa





The Quest For The Rose: Sister Agrippa--Teacher from Hell: Sister (in the book Sestren) Agrippa, the antagonist  in QUEST,  is based on a real life teacher of mine, the dreaded Sister Elaine Marie. M...

Saturday, 17 October 2015

GODS OF STONEHENGE - A religion for the megalith builders?


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A short look at mythology and folklore connected with Stonehenge, the world's most famous stone circle, and with other megalithic monuments. 

Who is the sinister 'Bowed One' and what relationship do the bones of a silver-handed saint have to an Irish deity of healing, mist and dogs? Did a Man in the Moon stare down at Stonehenge, and a female sun ride across the skies in a chariot with spoked wheels...or was it the reverse? 
Howling blue hags with single eyes bleary as the setting Midwinter Solstice sun; dancing stones drinking at the river; petrified women, wedding guests and hurlers; spirits out of mounds, benign or malign; healing bluestones and Merlin the Wizard with his stones from the West, desconstructed by 'ingenious devices' before being brought to Salisbury Plain. 

All Folklore mixed with potential folk memory...in which there may be an existing grain of truth about the gods and spirits of ancient Stonehenge.


Monday, 7 September 2015

Newly discovered ‘superhenge’ dwarfs Stonehenge

Newly discovered ‘superhenge’ dwarfs Stonehenge



Learned about this dicovery last year but it has finally been made public. A possible  setting of giant standing stones described as being in a C-shape (is this perhaps a loose representation of the horseshoe shape  in the interior of Stonehenge?) which are between Woodhenge and Durrington Walls. Some may still be in situ, others just leaving massive holes. The henge back of DW covered them, when it seemed to have been erected in what appears to be a 'closing ceremony' that decomissioned the monument.

Friday, 7 August 2015

WHAT GODS DID THE PEOPLE OF STONEHENGE WORSHIP?



A short look at mythology and folklore connected with Stonehenge, the world's most famous stone circle, and with other megalithic monuments. 

Who is the sinister 'Bowed One' and what relationship do the bones of a silver-handed saint have to an Irish deity of healing, mist and dogs? Did a Man in the Moon stare down at Stonehenge, and a female sun ride across the skies in a chariot with spoked wheels...or was it the reverse? 

Howling blue hags with single eyes bleary as the setting Midwinter Solstice sun; dancing stones drinking at the river; petrified women, wedding guests and hurlers; spirits out of mounds, benign or malign; healing bluestones and Merlin the Wizard with his stones from the West, deconstructed by 'ingenious devices' before being brought to Salisbury Plain. 

All Folklore mixed with potential folk memory...in which there may be an existing grain of truth about the gods and spirits of ancient Stonehenge. 

Nodens and St Melor of Amesbury, drinking and dancing stones, plus a selection of tales of 'barrow ghosts.'
I hope you enjoy!

J.P.R




Tuesday, 7 April 2015

PREQUEL TO STONE LORD, BASED IN PREHISTORIC BRITTANY

Yes, this is an exclusive folks! After a small sabbatical focusing on writing for a few other subjects, I have decided to return back to my STONEHENGE SAGA and write a prequel.

No details as yet other than this will expand An'Kelet's story, as a Breton Dagger Prince. It is likely to either be a long, short-story, or novella length, and Kindle format only.