penmage: (richard iii my historical boyfriend)
I am editing a novel right now that involves time travel. It involves travelling back to 1483, which happens to be the time period of my beloved historical boyfriend, Richard III.

Now, if you know anything about me and my unholy Richard III obsession, you will know that this is not easy for me. The Richard of this book is—well, he’s not Shakespeare’s supervillain, but he’s not a nice guy, either.

I keep muttering out loud all sorts of historical bits and pieces—that it was clearly Henry VII who had a vested interest in the death of the princes, and that Richard wasn’t like that, and that Elizabeth Woodville was a conniving, sneaky lady, and all sorts of things—things that I don’t dare edit into the novel.

Because if I’m being fair, I have to admit that there is evidence (poor evidence, but evidence nonetheless) for the other side. The anti-Richard side. And clearly, that’s the direction the author’s going in. And I don’t get to decide that she has to change her book to match my view on history.

But it is itching me something fierce. And I keep muttering, and checking things on R3.org, and quoting bits of Shakespeare.

I think I need to go reread Alison Weir’s The Princes in the Tower so I can get a Richard primer and also mutter a lot.

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