Friday, July 31, 2015

Five on Friday

I'm late, I'm late, definitely turning into that White Rabbit of Alice's.  But I am joining in with Amy at Love Made My Home and others for Five on Friday.

Not much crafting, not much cooking, not much doing anything, too hot, too hot, too hot.
So what have I been up to?
1.  Well way more time than I expected to spend has been spent on the England in the Time of Richard III class that I'm taking from the University of Leicester.
This week focused on the development of written language and the first books.  I learned far too much about the printed alphabet.  I mean look at this, can you read it, would you want to?

2.  I now know about ascenders, descenders, bowls, serifs, headlines, baselines, majuscule and minusule.  And now that I know that what more do I know about England in the time of Richard III?

3.  I did learn the Richard owned a number of books including:  De Re Militari (concerning military matters,  Vegecye of Dedes of Knyhthode (Deeds of Knighthood) and Historia Regem Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain)

4.  I've learned that he could read French, English and Latin as well as speaking all 3.
He was obviously well educated.

5.  And I've learned that way too many people still  think Richard III is the monster that Shakespeare made him appear.

That was my week, how was yours?  Do join the others at Five on Friday.


  1. I don't even remember off hand when the time of Richard III was... LOL As it happens this week I've spent some time reading up on some of the old kings and queens of my own country, though - inspired by places visited on my recent holiday.

  2. Well isn't that interesting? I applaud you for making it through all that:)

  3. You will be my go to Richard expert!!! Five great facts about him. The link is still open for you to join in. Thank you so much as always for joining in. Remember there will be no fiving in August, but back in September! Hope that you have a great weekend and a great August too! xx

  4. This is fascinating about Richard III. Those books that he owned and his knowledge of 3 languages, very impressive.

  5. It sounds like an interesting course. I did my Musem's Diploma at Leicester University. As you know I'm keen on all things Ricardian. We recently stopped off in Leicester on the way back from a few days away and I saw his Prayer book which was used at the reinterment service, also the tomb of course in the Cathedral:)

  6. Hi Janet, I found that information really interesting. Funnily enough there was a question on a quiz program the other day and your guide to the written letters would have answered it - it was about the bit below the writing line - the descender, but we guessed it right as it happens. Such a lot of info in Five! Thanks Janet. Have a great weekend. Barbara xx

  7. Yes, I am afraid Shakespeare has a lot to answer for Richard-wise.

  8. What a truly awesome class to take! Sounds fascinating. I love that you shared some snippets of information with us.

  9. I've only just joined Five On Friday and it's been so interesting looking at all the different blogs, and this about Richard 111 is fascinating. A very interesting class for you

  10. We are hot hot hot here also plus we are in our monsoon season. I can not complain
    about the heat and humidity because means RAIN !
    You class looks wonderful.

    cheers, parsnip

  11. I confess I didn't do all the reading last week! I'm glad you picked out the most interesting facts and I read them here, thank you very much. Now I can go on to this week's reading without feeling too guilty. I did notice a lot of people really got into reading the old manuscripts with their new knowledge, though.

  12. Richard III is my 1st cousin but 19x removed...or so the story goes.
    Poor much maligned Richard.
    You might enjoy this.....


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