King Richard III's personal prayer book goes online


Blackleaf
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You can now take a look through King Richard III's personal prayer book from the comfort of your own home.

Researchers have digitised the fascinating text, which includes a note by the English king likely written as a reminder of his birthday.

The note, found on the page for October, reads: 'On this day was born Richard III King of England A.D. 1452.'

King Richard III's personal prayer book goes online and includes a handwritten note he sent to himself to remind him of his own birthday


The personal prayer book of King Richard III has been digitised by historians

They discovered a note written by the monarch in sprawling handwriting

It reads: 'On this day was born Richard III King of England A.D. 1452'

By Daisy Dunne For Mailonline
28 February 2017

You can now take a look through King Richard III's personal prayer book from the comfort of your own home.

Researchers have digitised the fascinating text, which includes a note by the English king likely written as a reminder of his birthday.

The note, found on the page for October, reads: 'On this day was born Richard III King of England A.D. 1452.'


Historians found a note handwritten by Richard III in the King's personal prayer book. The Latin translation (circled) translates to: 'On this day was born Richard III King of England A.D. 1452'

The digital copy of the full manuscript is now available on the Leicester Cathedral website (external - login to view).

'We are delighted to make available to all this digital version of the Richard IIIís Book of Hours, his personal prayer-book,' Revd David Monteith said.

'The original manuscript rests in Lambeth Palace Library with restricted access due to its fragile condition, and we thank them for making it possible for us to share it in this way.'

The prayer book, which is under the ownership of the Richard III and Yorkist History Trust, was digitised by the Leicestershire-based publishing company Scripti.

Richard III, the last monarch of the Plantagenet family, ruled for only two years before dying in battle in 1485 when he was 32.

It marked the end of the Wars of the Roses and the victory of Henry Tudor, the first of the new dynasty.


Researchers made the discovery while creating a digital copy of the prayer book, which is now available on the Leicester Cathedral website


The original manuscript is too frail for public display and is currently being preserved at the Lambeth Palace Library in south London


Under the new regime, Richard was portrayed as a hunchback and a power-mad child-killer said to have slaughtered his two young nephews - King Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York - to seize the throne.

But the revisited prayer book shows a softer side to the infamous monarch.

Richard had his calendar edited to include events of personal significance, such as the untimely death of someone named Thomas Howard on March 28.


The ancient book also features a number of unique prayer additions, likely to have been made at the King's request


The first addition was a prayer called the Collect of St. Ninian, a missionary who converted England's Southern Picts to Christianity


Richard III, the last monarch of the Plantagenet family, ruled for only two years before dying in battle in 1485


Richard III's tomb in Leicester Cathedral


And on October 2, the monarch added a note in his own sprawling handwriting.

The Latin inscription reads: 'Hac die natus erat Ricardus Rex Anglie tertius Apud Foderingay Anno domini mlccccliio.'

This translates to: 'On this day was born Richard III King of England A.D. 1452.'

The book also features a number of unique prayer additions, likely to have been made at the King's request, according to Anne Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, who studied the prayer book in 1996.

The first addition was a prayer called the Collect of St. Ninian, a missionary who converted the Northumbrians and Picts to Christianity.

Richard was particularly fond of St. Ninian and declared a feast day in his honour at his college at Middleham, according to the authors.

Another addition, called 'The prayer of Richard III', is a long litany asking for God's mercy and protection.


Another addition to the book, called 'The prayer of Richard III', is a long litany asking for God's mercy and protection


The prayer book contains a private calendar including events of personal significance, such as the untimely death of someone named Thomas Howard on March 28


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Curious Cdn
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Where does it say "My kingdom for a hoss"?
 

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