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Francis, Viscount Lovel: Time Shows All Things by Joe Ann Ricca.  Priced at £15.95 plus £3.50 for shipping and handling in the UK, or $24.95 plus $5.95 for shipping and handling in the US.  All other countries please contact the corporate office at Richard3Foundation@yahoo.com for pricing.

Francis, Viscount Lovel represents the Yorkist age in many ways. He should have been an important figure, and yet he was swept up in the passion and power struggles that were so typical of these years, where uncertainty about the rule was to dominate mens’ lives.

In his early life, bereft of parents, he was nothing more than trading material of great value as people used his income to better themselves, from a Lancastrian family to a Yorkist one, from a follower of Warwick back to the Yorkist persuasion, until in his last years, he emerged as a person. His land and income had been freely enjoyed by Edward IV, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and the Fitzhugh’s, with no regard for his own wishes. But now, in close association with Richard, Duke of Gloucester, he began his own life. Apparently the two became good friends, for Richard bestowed honors on him and kept him close. Francis responded with loyalty.

Viscount Lovel was not a fighting man; there is no record of his knightly training, and none of battle experience. When Richard made him a banneret in Scotland, it was at Dumfries, and so he may have been involved in the taking of the castle, but this is not stated and was probably not a fact. He seems more to have been an administrative type, an executive, a friend and advisor. All the more of a surprise that after Richard’s death, he was outraged sufficiently enough to go into the field to organize a revolt. He seemed to do this for no other reason than outrage.

He secured money and men from Burgundy, then willingly surrendered power to the earls of Warwick and Lincoln, who, at that time, were no more than silent partners. His military experience was a mercenary captain. Even at the crowning of Edward VI in Ireland, although undoubtedly the stage manager, Lovel did not push himself to the front.

The appeal of Francis to Joe Ann Ricca may lie in the fact that after Richard’s death, Lovel remained loyal and determined to right a wrong when he could have made his peace with the new king and lived a safer, richer life. Instead he held off and did his best to organize a counter invasion that would drive Tudor out of England, back into exile and into the obscurity that he deserved.

His mission failed, and Francis disappears from our view, dead perhaps, perhaps an anonymous exile in perpetual fear of discovery. But in failure, Francis demonstrated that precious quality of loyalty to a man and a dream of better government. We know of no instance of simple greed or avarice, of false loyalty, of uncontrolled egotism. He made the history books as a failure, surrounded by failure, but we also see him as a success in one value that we admire, loyalty.

This book could not have been easy to write for the obvious lack of record. His beginnings are vague, his maturing years obscure, and in the end, he simply vanishes. His moment of fame is brief and glorious, but not of historical importance. It is important, though. He is the first of many who stand for Richard III after the King’s death, who say to the world that the black legend mantle belongs on the shoulders of Henry Tudor, usurper of little achievement.

The Lovel line extends through Buck to Markham to Tey to Kendall to Ricca; she had to write this book as a tribute to Sir Francis Lovel, a man who first honored Richard III in a most dramatic and selfless way.
 


Booklets

 

The Wars of the Roses:  Triumphs and Defeats

In honor of Robert Hardy, CBE

At our conference in October, the Foundation honored Mr. Hardy for his many contributions in film, theatre and history.

In a recent interview, Joe Ann Ricca stated: 

“His unfailing qualities of professionalism, wit, compassion and gentility make him a true star in whatever he sets his mind to do. We can never repay him for what he has given us, but we can show him by action as the Foundation honors its esteemed patron.”

The booklet includes lectures from some of the speakers at the conference including Russell Butcher and Randall Moffett, two fine historians, who have spoken at the Foundation’s conference in the past, and whose talk fits the theme of the conference.

The booklet includes the following articles:

Richard III: Friends and Foes

New submissions from:

Richard III—Shakespeare’s Victim

It's been said that history is written by the victors. Nowhere are those words more true than in the case of  King Richard III.

With his death on the 22nd of August, Richard lost his life, but more importantly, he lost his reputation. His reputation has suffered at the writings of Thomas More and the other historians whom Tudor employed as the “Tudor Myth”.

Shakespeare used his writing talent to elaborate on More's description, creating one of the stage's most memorable characters, that personification of evil, the murderous hunchback, Richard III. His lines of "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York", "Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe." and "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" prompt people to believe that was is written is history.  Shakespeare has victimized Richard III ever since his play was first performed. Now it is time the tables are turned.

“Shakespeare’s Victim: Richard III views each crime attributed to him and debunks every lie Shakespeare has written.  This is a classic piece that every person who studies Shakespeare should have as a companion piece.  It may help give him back his good name, but also separate the drama from history.

The cost of the publication in the UK is £16, and in the US, its $23 (this includes shipping and handling. To order your copy, please make your check payable to: The Richard III Foundation, Inc. and submit to Dorothy Davies, Half Moon House, 32 Church Lane, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2NB in the UK or PO Box 524, Irvington, VA 22480.

Pontefract Castle and the Wars of the Roses £6 (UK) or $10.00 (US)

A comprehensive study of the importance of Pontefract Castle during the Wars of the Roses with a listing of major grants and letters are included.

The Harringtons of Cumberland £4 (UK) or $6.00 (US)

A history of the Harrington Family from their beginnings in the 1100’s through the rise and fall during the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III and the aftermath of Stoke.

Richard III - Shakespeare’s Victim £8 (UK) or $10.00 (US)


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