I'm not sure if anyone read any of the replies to the comments in my last post but Richard and I DID go and see the film, "The Lost King"!
You know of course that we enjoyed it! Nothing flashy about this film, it is an extraordinary story told in a typical British fashion, understated but with respect. No car chases here!
You will never guess...we were the only ones in the entire theater for this showing! Yes, just the two of us! It was nice really, since it is mainly dialogue and you know how it is...there is someone always talking, coughing or trying to pretend they are not on their cell phones! Also, it amused me that along with Richard III, there were TWO other characters in the film named "Richard". Why did this tickle me? I was sitting beside another Englishman named "Richard"!
If you haven't looked up the story behind Richard III being found in a carpark, then please do so now! Also, I did so want to link you to a well written article about Leicester Cathedral where Richard III was interred in 2015. I found it! You may find it just here. It is a post written by Mike Biles from "A Bit About Britain". He has a great blog and he has published books also, so check him out!
One of the books that I have ordered is "The Last Days of Richard III" and it is written by John Ashdown-Hill, a brilliant author and historian who sadly passed away in 2018. (He was most kind and helpful to Philippa Langley and this is portrayed in the film.) I had a link to the blog post that I wrote in 2013 where I mentioned how they tracked down the descendants with DNA. That's what this book is about!
Michael Ibsen is a cabinet maker based in London. (Born in Canada, he now lives in England.) He is the man who was discovered to have the same DNA as Richard III and he is his nephew, 16 times removed. The reburial of Richard III was at Leicester Cathedral. I found it moving to learn that he was buried in a coffin make from English oak made by...Michael Ibsen! (Remember I just told you he was a cabinet maker?)
The film showed the service from Leicester Cathedral of the burial of King Richard III (not the entire service, of course) and it is cleverly cut with scenes of the actors. One of those in attendance was a woman with long, blonde hair and we wondered why the camera lingered on her for a moment. We later learned that was Philippa Langley herself! (Note to self: spelling of her name is with one L and two P's. I just cannot remember how to spell her name!)
The actress who portrayed Ms. Langley is Sally Hawkins and she is brilliant as she always is in any film! I noticed that she wore small white earrings and then, I realized that they were white roses!
War of the Roses, look it up!
There was a song sung by the choir at Leicester Cathedral...I did a little research and I think it is "Ghostly Grace" by Judith Bingham. I can't seem to find a video of it but I found a video of the procession to the cathedral, and I found it moving, so here it is....
I don't have a photo of Leicester Cathedral but I do have a picture of St. Bartholomew the Great in London. It is a very old church, the columns are the oldest, they are Norman. If you zoom in, you will see a ghostly figure...that would be me!!
P.S. Please look at comment from Debra at She Who Seeks... she has links to not one but TWO posts that she did about Richard III's reburial in 2015. (And I did know about Benedict Cumberbatch being a descendant and that he read at the service but I forgot to mention it in my post, Debra! Thanks very much for the links to your blog, my friend. Those funny signs!!)