Feb 04 2013

Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain

If you aren’t from the UK then you probably haven’t heard the news.

Richard the III’s body was discovered under a car park by accident. The ex-monarch is infamous due to his association with the mneumonic and also because of his involvement in the War of the Roses (And he was very very Game of Thrones).

It’s an interesting little tale if you fancy a read.


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    I hadn’t heard that. But it was an interesting read. That was… well, much better than current reporting on the modern British Monarchy.

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    Marcus Ranum

    Sic semper transit gloria mundi.

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    Semper fidelis tyrannosaurus

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    Actually, he wasn’t much of a tyrant or a dinosaur, according to the BBC. He did come up with the concept of bail, required that taxes be approved by both Houses of Parliament, and had laws written in English for the commoners to understand.

    Bloody radical. Must’ve been born in Kenya.

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    Don Quijote

    Always refered to as Richard the Turd or Dick the Shit when I was at school.

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    A Hermit

    Been following this story for a while; lots of interest on the CBC due to the Canadian connection…http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/02/04/england-king-richard-remains-identified.html?cmp=rss

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    @Don Quijote,

    I wonder if that’s a back-formation from the rhyming slang: Richard the Third = Turd.

    He’s also slang for an embarrassingly bad undergraduate degree, as in “At University James partied so much he left with a Richard,” i.e. a 3rd class degree. Erm…not me obviously. I meant another James. Actually I think his name was Peter.


    Well those are plus points I suppose, but they do need to be set against (allegedly) having his nephews (the “Princes in the Tower”) disappeared so he could assume the throne for himself.

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    The University of Leicester website for the project has some excellent information:

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    Gregory in Seattle

    A Black Adder joke (from the first series.)

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    Hmm, interesting. I’ve always believed that the ROYGBIV mnemonic refered to Richard’s father, Richard, duke of York (who was killed in battle at Wakefield). The older Richard was the originator of the Yorkist party during the Wars of the Roses but never actually ascended to the throne – thus giving battle in vain.

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