Welcome to the website of the Richard III Society. We have been working since 1924 to secure a more balanced assessment of the king and to support research into his life and times. The rediscovery of his remains and their re-interment in Leicester Cathedral have raised the king’s profile and provided us with new opportunities to make the case for a reappraisal of his life and role in English history.
In the belief that many features of the traditional accounts of the character and career of Richard III are neither supported by sufficient evidence nor reasonably tenable, the Society aims to promote, in every possible way, research into the life and times of Richard III, and to secure a reassessment of the material relating to this period, and of the role of this monarch in English history.
"… the purpose—and indeed the strength—of the Richard III Society derives from the belief that the truth is more powerful than lies; a faith that even after all these centuries the truth is important. It is proof of our sense of civilised values that something as esoteric and as fragile as reputation is worth campaigning for." Our Patron - the present Richard, Duke of Gloucester. more …
Visit the membership section to learn more about how to join the Society. Membership starts from as little as £12 per year.
The Society's shop contains books, postcards, prints and much much more. To see what is available to buy please view our catalogue.
The Barton Library contains hundreds of titles, both non-fiction and fiction that are available for members to borrow. For more information click here.
We will sometimes send out emails with the latest news, or information about events we think may be of interest to you. Any member wishing to join, or re-join, our mailing list should e-mail our Communications Manager, Amanda Geary. Please note that the mailing list is available to Society members only.
'A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the University of Leicester regarding the appropriate use of the images of King Richard’s remains has been obtained. Following a meeting with the University on 29th July 2016 to discuss the use of images, Philippa and I are pleased to announce that the MoU between our two organisations has now been signed and is published here.'
Phil Stone, Society Chairman.
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Submissions are invited for the third round in 2018 of the annual / biennial Mortimer History Society Essay Prize. The closing date for entries is 1st December 2018. The aim of the competition is to promote and stimulate scholarly research into and popular interest in:
• the history of the medieval Mortimer family of Wigmore (and it’s cadet branches, e.g. Chirk, Chelmarsh);
• and, the Welsh Marches in the Middle Ages from 1066 to 1500.
Further information on how to enter 2018’s competition can be found here.
Including a Commemoration of Dr John Ashdown-Hill
Church of St Mary & St Alkelda, Middleham
Saturday 7 July 4.30pm
As part of the 2018 Middleham Celebrates Richard III weekend, a service in honour of King Richard will now include a tribute to Dr John Ashdown-Hill who sadly passed away on Friday 18 May. John was a friend and supporter of the Middleham Festival and gave talks at both the 2016 and 2017 festivals. John, in fact, made his final public appearance at last year’s event, and so it is particularly appropriate that we remember him in a church known both to King Richard and to John himself.
John’s wishes were that his funeral be private, but that there should be a Memorial Mass some time after. This has now been arranged for:
Friday, 6 July, 2018
St. James the Less
51 Priory Street
Members are invited to attend and it is to be hoped that as many as wish to be there can make it. It is also hoped that, further in the future, there will be a Society memorial service for John and that details of this will be published in the September Bulletin.
If you plan to attend the Memorial Mass for John Ashdown-Hill, please send an email stating the numbers wishing to attend. This is solely to provide the organisers of the Mass with an idea regarding numbers expected to attend. Your co-operation is much appreciated.
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 AGM will be held in Edinburgh. To date we have not held an AGM north of the border but 2019 will be a year of celebration for both the Scottish Branch, who will mark 20 years of their founding and it will also be the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Looking for Richard Project which started in Edinburgh.
Louis John Frederick Ashdown-Hill MBE FSA, 5 April 1949 – 18 May 2018
We feel very honoured to have known Dr John Ashdown-Hill and extremely privileged to have worked with him on the Looking for Richard Project. John will always be remembered for his ground-breaking discovery of King Richard’s mtDNA and for his crucial work in helping to debunk the widely believed myth that Richard’s remains had been thrown into the river Soar at the Dissolution – achievements which led directly to the discovery of the king’s grave and international headlines. As well as an astute and inspirational historian and genealogist, John was also a talented linguist, fluent in many languages including Latin. more …
New Data Protection laws are due to come into effect on 25th May 2018. The Society will now require consent from Members in order to contact them. For more information please click here.
Further to the AGM hotel information provided in the March Bulletin please note the following: Members wishing to book a room should call bedroom reservations at the Grand on 0844 815 9012 and select Option 1. They should quote the Society’s block code reference of KINR290918. This will bring up the discounted rate of 15% off the rate of the day with breakfast. Members should be aware that this is pre-payable, non-refundable and non-transferable.
Question: What took three years, untold amounts of grit and graft, and produced a glittering result?
Answer: Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III.
Many, including academics and archaeologists – not to mention the media – are still reeling from a success that can only be called stunning!
Philippa Langley knew King Richard III had been 'piteously slain' at Bosworth Field. And she knew the Franciscan Friars of Leicester had laid him to rest in a simple grave. But where to look? Was he still there? And would they let her try to find him?
On 25 August 2012 Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III finally came to fruition!Find out more …
The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.
Learn more about Philippa’s exciting new research project, and how you can help.
Read the Reburial Diary and Events held by the Society during the historic week in March 2015 and first anniversary in March 2016.
Updated versions of some of John's Powerpoint presentations are available on his web site where you can download them.
This year's Middleham Festival runs from 6th-8th July and begins with a Medieval Banquet on the evening of 6th July. There will be a series of talks on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon; speakers will include Philippa Langley MBE, Matthew Lewis (on Richard, Duke of York), and the Society's Research Officer, Joanna Laynesmith (on Cecily Neville, Duchess of York).
There are also talks on 'The Voice for Richard III' project. The Society will also have a stall at the Festival, so please come and say hello! Tickets are available from the Middleham Key Centre on 01969 624411.
Article on the will of Cardinal John Morton
The June issue of the Ricardian Bulletin includes an article by Dr Betty Knott on the will of Cardinal John Morton, based on her transcription and translation of his original Latin will. This article originated from Philippa Langley's The Missing Princes Project.
Space restrictions in the Bulletin meant we were unable to include with the article the full will in both its Latin and English form. However, as we stated in the Bulletin, these are being made available online both here (Latin version and English translation) and on the website of The Missing Princes Project.
Nominations are now being accepted for membership of the Executive Committee. All nominations must be accompanied by a completed application form. Completed forms must be received by the Society Secretary by 1 July 2018.