Piteously Slain and Murdered

“On this day was our good King Richard, late reigning over us, piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this City.” From the official record of the City of York, England, written in 1485 on the occasion of the death in battle of King Richard III. That was a brave thing to write by, seeing as his successor was Henry Tudor, his bitter enemy. It was reading Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey, while I was living in London back in 1967 or ’68, that set off my serious interest in medieval England.  I have worked King Richard into many of my books.  In The Chronicles of Deer Abbey, my heroine met him!

We intended to rise very early yesterday morning and drive to Kansas City to see the eclipse, but checking the weather report saw that it was to be overcast with thunderstorms, and stayed home instead.

I finished the bunny needlepoint and sent it to my sister. I think it came out well, even if the narrow pinkish frame is done in a near-random series of stitches.

BunnyMostly-worked

Now on to a rush to finish a Christmas stocking by October 1 so it can be turned into a proper stocking. Right now it’s on a flat piece of canvas. It needs to be lined and given a back. Not that anything will ever be put in it; it’s strictly an ornamental piece.

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