You’ve probably heard about Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour.
It’s the book Richard Armitage mentions in the Vulpes Libris interview as one of his favorites.
This autumn and winter Fanny/iz4blue over at DistRActed musings of one ReAlity is organising a collective read of this historical fiction novel.
The group read will be accompanied by Richard III Bloggers and their ‘ fun activities‘.
The first deadline is:
Sept 23rd : Chapters 1 + 5 of Book One : Edward
Now, I know what many of you are thinking (I’ve had these thought too…):
Firstly, that bloke Richard III? Again?
He’s not even that good-looking!
What’s up with this obsession regarding some historical figure I don’t really know much about!
Why should I care?
Secondly, how can I possibly read an epic novels the size of a dictionary?
I don’t have the time/language skills/background knowledge to do that.
Here’s the deal.
I don’t really know anything about Richard III.
My fascination with British History starts with Henry VIII, and why couldn’t Richard Armitage and Papa Armitage be fascinated with him?
At least I’d know what the heck we’re talking about…
Then again, he’d have to be called Henry Armitage😉
But I’d really like to learn more, as it seems like an important aspect to the Armitage fandom.
That’s why I’ve decided to set off on a quest.
And, you guessed it, I’m taking you with me!
I’m going to create a few Richard III for Dummies posts for all of you out there who (like me) haven’t got a clue!
By the end of it you still won’t be able to answer the Servetus RIII scavenger hunt questions, but maybe a little background knowledge will help with understanding The Sunne in Splendour.
That’s my second aim!
No matter if English is your native language or not, I want all of us to give the book a try.
Yes, I mean YOU!
That’s why I’ll be writing a post after each chapter I read to help with vocabulary, phrases etc.
Don’t get me wrong, it may be a case of the blind leading the blind, or the ignorant leading the ignorant🙂
As the first deadline is in 15 days, that comes to roughly 1 chapter every 2 days or so.
That’s 80 pages.
I want all of us to exercise our little grey cells (as Poirot would put it).
Even if we don’t get to share our thoughts on twitter #ArmitageWatch with #RA4R3, let’s read it because we can!
Let’s do it because the Armitage Fandom knows no boundaries!
Because a thing like a language barrier shouldn’t stand in the way of knowing more!
Learning and being exposed to new things is one of the most endearing aspects of our community.
Who’s with me?
Illustration: Martin Rowson/Guardian
You can purchase this The Sunne in Splendour on Amazon, and help support an RA charity.
For more info go here.
For those who are having trouble with getting their hands on the book, for whatever reason, please email me at iwanttobeapinup[at]wp.pl
WE CAN DO THIS!!!