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''Richard III in the 21st Century'' is a duology (so far) of historical science-fiction novels by Joan Szechtman, about... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess]].

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''Richard III in the 21st Century'' is a duology (so far) series of historical science-fiction novels by Joan Szechtman, about... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess]].



...and wakes up in Portland, Oregon, in the year 2004, surrounded by oddly dressed strangers. It turns out Richard was successfully retrieved from the past by a research team who substituted a similar-looking already-dead man in the right armor in his place to avoid changing history, and grizzled project leader Evan Hosgrove is eager to get to speak to his favorite historical monarch. When an increasingly complicated series of events traps Richard in this unfamiliar time, he is forced to adapt to this new world. He soon discovers that while there is no way to rescue his beloved wife Anne from the past as well without changing history, he ''can'' bring his late son Edward to safety and becomes obsessed with figuring out how to do so. Along the way, he befriends the researchers who brought him there, learns to outgrow some of his more backward medieval beliefs, and finds himself falling for a beautiful single mom, Sarah Levine.

The second book, ''Loyalty Binds Me'', picks up a year after the conclusion of ''This Time'' and finds Richard contending with the head of MI5, who wants Sarah's time-travel invention and is willing to legally entrap Richard in order to obtain it.

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...and wakes up in Portland, Oregon, in the year 2004, surrounded by oddly dressed strangers. It turns out Richard was successfully retrieved from the past by a research team who substituted a similar-looking already-dead man in the right armor in his place to avoid changing history, and grizzled project leader Evan Hosgrove is eager to get to speak to his favorite historical monarch. monarch.

When an increasingly complicated series of events traps Richard in this unfamiliar time, he is forced to adapt to this new world. He soon discovers that while there is no way to rescue his beloved wife Anne from the past as well without changing history, he ''can'' bring his late son Edward to safety and becomes obsessed with figuring out how to do so. Along the way, he befriends the researchers who brought him there, learns to outgrow some of his more backward medieval old beliefs, and finds himself falling for a beautiful single mom, Sarah Levine.

The second book, ''Loyalty Binds Me'', picks up a year after the conclusion of ''This Time'' and finds Richard contending with the head of MI5, [=MI5=], who wants Sarah's time-travel invention and is willing to legally entrap Richard in order to obtain it.



* InspectorJavert: MI5 agent Adrian Strange.

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* InspectorJavert: MI5 [=MI5=] agent Adrian Strange.



* LampshadeHanging: Fiona Gray's articles for the ''Star'' point out, in-universe, the absurdity of an American tourist in his mid-thirties in 2006 being arrested on suspicion of being King Richard III, with MI5 and the FBI throwing their support into the effort. (Not that they're ''wrong'' about his identity, but still.)

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* LampshadeHanging: Fiona Gray's articles for the ''Star'' point out, in-universe, the absurdity of an American tourist in his mid-thirties in 2006 being arrested on suspicion of being King Richard III, with MI5 [=MI5=] and the FBI throwing their support into the effort. (Not that they're ''wrong'' about his identity, but still.)



* MatzoFever: Richard is seriously thrown once he discovers Sarah is Jewish, thanks to ValuesDissonance between 1485 and 2004. While he's not violently anti-Semitic, he was raised with the usual medieval Christian attitudes about Jews, and it takes quite a lot of effort for him to accept that these views were wrong. His love for Sarah and her little daughters eventually trumps them, and by ''Loyalty Binds Me'' he's not bothered by it at all.

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* MatzoFever: Richard is seriously thrown once he discovers Sarah is Jewish, thanks to ValuesDissonance between 1485 and 2004. Jewish. While he's not violently anti-Semitic, he was raised with the usual medieval Christian bad attitudes about Jews, and it takes quite a lot of effort for him to accept that these views were wrong. His love for Sarah and her little daughters eventually trumps them, and by ''Loyalty Binds Me'' he's not bothered by it at all.



* PostHistoricalTrauma: Richard is ''horrified'' by discovering the Holocaust, and while his own attitude toward Jews is [[FairForItsDay fair for the time period he just left]], this is a huge step toward his complete reevaluation of what he was taught.

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* PostHistoricalTrauma: Richard is ''horrified'' by discovering the Holocaust, and while his own attitude toward Jews is [[FairForItsDay fair for the time period he just left]], left, this is a huge step toward his complete reevaluation of what he was taught.



** [[spoiler:This is also why MI5 wants Sarah's time machine.]]

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** [[spoiler:This is also why MI5 [=MI5=] wants Sarah's time machine.]]


* TheSouthpaw: Richard, who starts using this term for himself fairly early on thanks to finding it a much more pleasant term than the Latin ''sinister''.


** "I AM OKAY."

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** "I -->"I AM OKAY."



* CharacterTics: Richard pinches the bridge of his nose when frustrated. (He's frustrated ''a lot''.) When Sarah calls him out on it, he mentions that he used to fiddle with a dagger instead.

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* CharacterTics: CharacterTics:
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Richard pinches the bridge of his nose when frustrated. (He's frustrated ''a lot''.) When Sarah calls him out on it, he mentions that he used to fiddle with a dagger instead.



* PapaWolf: Don't mess with Edward, Mary, or Emma on Richard's watch.

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* PapaWolf: PapaWolf:
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Don't mess with Edward, Mary, or Emma on Richard's watch.



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: How Katarina views rescuing Richard from his doom.

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
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How Katarina views rescuing Richard from his doom.



* ShoutOut: Richard is delighted by ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Once he gets over his shock at realizing he was ''laughing at the Plague'', anyway.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Richard is delighted by ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Once he gets over his shock at realizing he was ''laughing at the Plague'', anyway.


* HotScoop: Fiona Gray.


* BigApplesauce: The location of part of the latter half of the first book, with some excellent accuracy regarding the NewYorkCitySubway.

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* BigApplesauce: The location of part of the latter half of the first book, with some excellent accuracy regarding the NewYorkCitySubway.UsefulNotes/NewYorkCitySubway.


!!''Richard III in the 21st Century'' provides examples of the follwing tropes:

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!!''Richard III in the 21st Century'' provides examples of the follwing following tropes:



%% * BritishFoodAndDrink: Inverted from its usual portrayal. Richard finds modern American food almost uniformly bland (though he does discover he likes pizza) and misses medieval English cooking. This is a bit of a GeniusBonus- medieval food was often seasoned to a point that modern tastebuds would find repellently overpowering to hide any potential bad flavors from food starting to go bad.

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%% * BritishFoodAndDrink: Inverted from its usual portrayal. Richard finds modern American food almost uniformly bland (though he does discover he likes pizza) and misses medieval English cooking. This is a bit of a GeniusBonus- GeniusBonus - medieval food was often seasoned to a point that modern tastebuds taste buds would find repellently overpowering to hide any potential bad flavors from food starting to go bad.



* MatzoFever: Richard is seriously thrown once he discovers Sarah is Jewish, thanks to ValuesDissonance between 1485 and 2004. While he's not violently antisemitic, he was raised with the usual medieval Christian attitudes about Jews, and it takes quite a lot of effort for him to accept that these views were wrong. His love for Sarah and her little daughters eventually trumps them, and by ''Loyalty Binds Me'' he's not bothered by it at all.

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* MatzoFever: Richard is seriously thrown once he discovers Sarah is Jewish, thanks to ValuesDissonance between 1485 and 2004. While he's not violently antisemitic, anti-Semitic, he was raised with the usual medieval Christian attitudes about Jews, and it takes quite a lot of effort for him to accept that these views were wrong. His love for Sarah and her little daughters eventually trumps them, and by ''Loyalty Binds Me'' he's not bothered by it at all.



* ShoutOut: Richard is delighted by ''MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Once he gets over his shock at realizing he was ''laughing at the Plague'', anyway.

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* ShoutOut: Richard is delighted by ''MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Once he gets over his shock at realizing he was ''laughing at the Plague'', anyway.



** "You've already experienced [[PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles planes, trains, and automobiles...]]"

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** "You've already experienced [[PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles [[Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles planes, trains, and automobiles...]]"


* BritishFoodAndDrink: Inverted from its usual portrayal. Richard finds modern American food almost uniformly bland (though he does discover he likes pizza) and misses medieval English cooking. This is a bit of a GeniusBonus- medieval food was often seasoned to a point that modern tastebuds would find repellently overpowering to hide any potential bad flavors from food starting to go bad.

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%% * BritishFoodAndDrink: Inverted from its usual portrayal. Richard finds modern American food almost uniformly bland (though he does discover he likes pizza) and misses medieval English cooking. This is a bit of a GeniusBonus- medieval food was often seasoned to a point that modern tastebuds would find repellently overpowering to hide any potential bad flavors from food starting to go bad.


'''''Richard III in the 21st Century''''' is a duology (so far) of historical science-fiction novels by Joan Szechtman, about... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess]].

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'''''Richard ''Richard III in the 21st Century''''' Century'' is a duology (so far) of historical science-fiction novels by Joan Szechtman, about... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess]].


* WorthyOpponent: Richard regards Hosgrove this way as he gets to know him. He has no doubt that Hosgrove merely wants to pump him for information and then send him back to Bosworth to die, but he has the utmost respect for his history as a soldier and his advanced age. [[spoiler:Their relationship grows more friendly, bizarrely enough, after Hosgrove ''shoots'' Richard, and the extent to which he regrets this convinces Richard that Hosgrove isn't as utterly merciless as he thought.]]
* XMeetsY: ''This Time'' can be summarized as basically "''{{Film/Thor}}'' (with whom it shares many, ''many'' tropes and a basic FishOutOfWater premise, though it predates ''Thor'' by two years) meets ''Literature/TheSunneInSplendour'' (with whom it shares its protagonist)". ''Loyalty Binds Me'' is more or less ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' [-STARRING RICHARD III!-]

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* WorthyOpponent: Richard regards Hosgrove this way as he gets to know him. He has no doubt that Hosgrove merely wants to pump him for information and then send him back to Bosworth to die, but he has the utmost respect for his history as a soldier and his advanced age. [[spoiler:Their relationship grows more friendly, bizarrely enough, after Hosgrove ''shoots'' Richard, and the extent to which he regrets this convinces Richard that Hosgrove isn't as utterly merciless as he thought.]]
* XMeetsY: ''This Time'' can be summarized as basically "''{{Film/Thor}}'' (with whom it shares many, ''many'' tropes and a basic FishOutOfWater premise, though it predates ''Thor'' by two years) meets ''Literature/TheSunneInSplendour'' (with whom it shares its protagonist)". ''Loyalty Binds Me'' is more or less ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' [-STARRING RICHARD III!-]
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Adrian Strange.


* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: Richard, by the time of ''Loyalty Binds Me''.

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* RedHerring: In ''Loyalty Binds Me'', there are claims that the murder case against Richard will be backed up by DNA testing on the child skeletons found in the Tower. Richard reveals that the skeletons couldn't be the princes -- he secretly sent them out of England and substituted two boys who resembled them to take their place in the Tower. But those boys resembled them so much because they were a result of their father's philandering... [[spoiler:They never get to test the skeletons]].


* DeweyDefeasTruman: The series itself becomes AlternateHistory to the 2000s as well in ''Loyalty Binds Me''- large parts of the exposition are devoted to discussing John Ashdown-Hill's research into Richard III's genes, including mention of a female relative living in Canada in 2004, and this genetic information's importance to proving Richard ''is'' Richard. This was the same information used in the real world to identify Richard's remains in 2012- remains which, in the book, aren't Richard's at all, but a predeceased IdenticalStranger's.

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* DeweyDefeasTruman: DeweyDefeatsTruman: The series itself becomes AlternateHistory to the 2000s as well in ''Loyalty Binds Me''- large parts of the exposition are devoted to discussing John Ashdown-Hill's research into Richard III's genes, including mention of a female relative living in Canada in 2004, and this genetic information's importance to proving Richard ''is'' Richard. This was the same information used in the real world to identify Richard's remains in 2012- remains which, in the book, aren't Richard's at all, but a predeceased IdenticalStranger's.


* DeweyDefeasTruman: The series itself becomes AlternateHistory to the 2000s as well in ''Loyalty Binds Me''- large parts of the exposition are devoted to discussing John Ashdown-Hill's research into Richard III's genes, including mention of a female relative living in Canada in 2004, and this genetic information's importance to proving Richard ''is'' Richard. This was the same information used in the real world to identify Richard's remains in 2012- remains which, in the book, aren't Richard's at all, but a predeceased IdenticalStranger's.



* HistoryMarchesOn: The series itself becomes AlternateHistory to the 2000s as well in ''Loyalty Binds Me''- large parts of the exposition are devoted to discussing John Ashdown-Hill's research into Richard III's genes, including mention of a female relative living in Canada in 2004, and this genetic information's importance to proving Richard ''is'' Richard. This was the same information used in the real world to identify Richard's remains in 2012- remains which, in the book, aren't Richard's at all, but a predeceased IdenticalStranger's.


The first book, ''This Time'', begins with RichardOfGloucester making his final charge at Bosworth Field. He is felled by his own treasonous forces, succumbs to death...

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The first book, ''This Time'', begins with RichardOfGloucester UsefulNotes/RichardIII making his final charge at Bosworth Field. He is felled by his own treasonous forces, succumbs to death...

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