Richard III May Have Had a Brummie Accent : Discovery News ~ Despite being the patriarch of the House of York, Richard likely spoke with an accent associated with West Midlands rather than northern England, according to language expert Philip Shaw, from the University of Leicester’s School of English. "That’s an accent you might well see in London,” Shaw said. Image: A scan of Richard III’s request for the Great Seal with postscript on treachery of Duke of Buckingham, 12 Oct 1483

Richard III May Have Had a Brummie Accent : Discovery News ~ Despite being the patriarch of the House of York, Richard likely spoke with an accent associated with West Midlands rather than northern England, according to language expert Philip Shaw, from the University of Leicester’s School of English. "That’s an accent you might well see in London,” Shaw said. Image: A scan of Richard III’s request for the Great Seal with postscript on treachery of Duke of Buckingham, 12 Oct 1483

Fragment of the 500-year-flag that flew as King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field set to sell for £5,000

Fragment of the 500-year-flag that flew as King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field set to sell for £5,000

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to save costs, cross writing was common — a writer turned his or her letter horizontally and “crossed” (or wrote over) the original text at a right angle rather than use an additional sheet of paper. Folded letters with a wax seal may look quaint, but like cross writing, this was also a pre-1840s cost cutting measure since that same missive, posted in an envelope, would receive double charge.

to save costs, cross writing was common — a writer turned his or her letter horizontally and “crossed” (or wrote over) the original text at a right angle rather than use an additional sheet of paper. Folded letters with a wax seal may look quaint, but like cross writing, this was also a pre-1840s cost cutting measure since that same missive, posted in an envelope, would receive double charge.

A 500-year-old piece of the battle flag which flew on the field where King Richard III was slain is going up for auction.  The red and gold cloth fragment, which measures 6.5in by 5.5in, was, according to auctioneers, a standard of the future Henry VII, during the pivotal and bloody fight between the houses of Lancaster and York which took place at Bosworth Field in 1485.

A 500-year-old piece of the battle flag which flew on the field where King Richard III was slain is going up for auction. The red and gold cloth fragment, which measures 6.5in by 5.5in, was, according to auctioneers, a standard of the future Henry VII, during the pivotal and bloody fight between the houses of Lancaster and York which took place at Bosworth Field in 1485.

Official letter of Lady Jane Grey signing herself as "Jane the Quene"

Official letter of Lady Jane Grey signing herself as "Jane the Quene"

Sarajevo,1890s

Sarajevo,1890s

King Edward IV portrait ( reigned 1461 1483 ) . Edward was made king by Warwiick , but Edward soon killed Warwick in battle . Edward had his brother murdered , but the crime haunted the King throughout life

King Edward IV portrait ( reigned 1461 1483 ) . Edward was made king by Warwiick , but Edward soon killed Warwick in battle . Edward had his brother murdered , but the crime haunted the King throughout life

Prayer book owned by Richard III on display in Leicester museum | Leicester Mercury

Prayer book owned by Richard III on display in Leicester museum | Leicester Mercury

Autographe de Marie-Antoinette. - Versailles, 1.er juillet 1783 Ordre de la Reine à Marc-Antoine-François-Marie Randon de la Tour, trésorier général de sa Maison, de payer au sieur Bonnefoy-Duplan, son blanchisseur, 250 livres comptant, à savoir 150 pour son payement et 100 pour son logement, à lui dues pour le premier semestre de 1783. Signé à gauche, de la propre main de la Reine : "payez Marie Antoinette."

Autographe de Marie-Antoinette. - Versailles, 1.er juillet 1783 Ordre de la Reine à Marc-Antoine-François-Marie Randon de la Tour, trésorier général de sa Maison, de payer au sieur Bonnefoy-Duplan, son blanchisseur, 250 livres comptant, à savoir 150 pour son payement et 100 pour son logement, à lui dues pour le premier semestre de 1783. Signé à gauche, de la propre main de la Reine : "payez Marie Antoinette."

He contents the people wherever he goes, best that ever did prince. For many a poor man that hath suffered wrong many days has been relieved and helped by him. O my troth, I liked never the condition of any prince so well as him. God hath sent him to us for the weal of us all. -- Thomas Langton, 'Bishop of St. David's', 1484, on Richard III.

He contents the people wherever he goes, best that ever did prince. For many a poor man that hath suffered wrong many days has been relieved and helped by him. O my troth, I liked never the condition of any prince so well as him. God hath sent him to us for the weal of us all. -- Thomas Langton, 'Bishop of St. David's', 1484, on Richard III.

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