There’s a forlorn, four-book-wide empty spot on my bookshelf, begging and pleading to be filled by the elusive 4-volume Harleian 433 manuscript, which I’m still waiting to receive from the Richard III Society.
I’ve decided that this delay in receiving my books is due to bad karma, no doubt caused by my failure to be sufficiently appreciative of England’s last Plantagenet king. Therefore, in an effort to right this wrong (and, more important, to get my damn books), I’m going to write one nice thing about Richard III every single day. Or at least for as long as I can stand it.
So here’s Nice Thing #1: Richard III had very nice handwriting. See it here? I bet that’s more than one can say about Henry Tudor’s handwriting, or the Duke of Buckingham’s handwriting, or (shudder) Elizabeth Woodville’s handwriting.
Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it? I can hardly wait for tomorrow to post Nice Thing #2. In the meantime, while I pass the hours in wistfully contemplating the picture of volume 1 posted above, there’s a new poll in the sidebar to keep you busy.