The Underdog

This is going to be short and sweet since I’m pressed for time.

The historical figure I’d hang out with would be Richard III. No, it isn’t because I think he’s the best thing since sliced bread, but really…the poor man was treated horribly by history. I remember taking a Medieval England class in college and one of our debates (of which I always managed to take the side no one else did) was about Richard III. Was he a monster the way history depicted him, or innocent?

I went with neither. Seriously, we didn’t know this guy. We only have information based on the winning side’s version of events. What’s to say he wasn’t completely maligned? Or a little? We all know Shakespeare did a number on his legacy, but hello? Shakespeare wrote pretty much whatever Queen Bess wanted him to. Wouldn’t you if it meant getting a chance to perform in front of royalty? And keeping your head? Eh, that’s what I thought. You know, because those Tudors were so keen on using the chopping block.

I’d hang out with him for a few days, find out what kind of person he was and discover if he was the monster the Tudors painted him to be. Of course it would be in an atmosphere that meant I wouldn’t have to worry about losing my head, being burned as witch or anything like that. Maybe bring old Richard III to modern times and show him how to eat crawfish and drink beer. Then when he’s nice and drunk, ask him the truth. Then I could become a world-famous author of historical books.


About danicaavet

Danica Avet lives and writes in the wilds of South Louisiana. Unmarried with no children, she's the proud pet of two cats and a dog. With a BA in History, she decided there were enough fry cooks in the world and tried her hand at writing. Danica loves losing herself in the antics of her characters and blushes more often than not at the things they do. She likes to define her work as paranormal romance with a touch of Cajun spice, but most times her characters turn the notch up to "five-alarm fire"!
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3 Responses to The Underdog

  1. tonettejoyce says:

    I love this! You are right, who knows? It isn’t cut-and-dried, either-or; the man could have been like all men:angel and devil,( though heavy on the devil, most men are…I’m baiting the Hound!)
    If QE1 wanted to make herself and her family look better, the best defense is a good offense,(wait, that’s Vince Lombardi, not Wm. Shakespeare, but you get the picture.)
    If Richard told you the truth, though, would the world buy your book? I mean figuratively; literally , the real scoop would probably sell big, but the “historians” would probably be on your case!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    yeah, he was def. an interesting historical figure. I commend your willingness to give him a fair shake … with no prejudice. All that said, I don’t think Richard would be one who’d loosen up and hang out.


  3. Micki Gibson says:

    See, this is why I admittedly skipped over this week. One, I wasn’t a great history student, and two, so many people have gotten a bum deal. All I could think of were the jerks from history and who wants to experience anything with them? (Hitler anyone?) But you’re right, the winning side always gets to tell their side. Or rather they impose it on everyone…which this kind of thing strikes a very, very raw nerve with me. (Can you say in-law drama?) But I’m glad to know there are folk like you who are willing to hear both sides. Which makes me wonder….how many times have you been picked for jury duty? 😉


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