So I finally went to see Richard!!! Well not really, I went to see the Richard III Visitor Centre and it was AMAZING!!!!!!! On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 100!! I mean I may be biased due to my profound love for Richard III but it was definitely a 100!!
Richard, for me, is the perfect combination between English and History. Shakespeare’s play (which was, of course, Tudor Propaganda to legitimise the Tudor reign) is by far one of my favourite plays of all time. Richard (in the play) is charismatic, determined and focused on his goal to be King. In one of my lectures in second year, in my Renaissance Drama module, we were told the story of how the women in the Elizabethan audience fell in love with the actors who played Richard because of his charisma. I fell in love with Richard, just from reading the play, as evil as Richard was made to be, it was very hard for me to hate him.
And from the History side, he is an actual historical figure, one of the most important I might argue. He is the last remnant of Medieval England, the last Medieval King. The Plantagenet family are fascinating; so much drama, bloodshed and betrayal, everything I like in my medieval history.
And the Visitor Centre was able to capture all this and more. It was able to show the history of Richard’s life and the controversy that still exists on Richard III and his true intent during the War of the Roses. It also shows the science behind finding Richard, the archaeology and excavation. I absolutely loved it there, the only reason I left was because my fresh fruits from the market were beginning to weigh on my shoulder and I couldn’t carry them for much longer.
I will definitely be going back at least 2 more times between now and June, and maybe even make it to the Cathedral this time.
P.S the Gift shop is also Rich(ard) with souvenirs.