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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

| Dates that the new Richard III Standard will be flying at Middleham Castle: 1 February: Richard III marries Anne 1473 | 16 March: Queen Anne’s death 1485 | 26 March: Reburial in Leicester of Richard III in 2015 | 16 April: Edward of Middleham died 1484 | 29 June: Richard III granted the Neville strongholds of Middleham, Sheriff Hutton and Penrith 1471 | 7-8 July: Middleham Festival | 6 July: Richard III crowned 1483 | 22 August: Richard III died 1485 | 2 October: Birth of Richard III 1452 |


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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.


Mission statement

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.


Why a society?

"… 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


Join the Society

Visit the membership section to learn more about how to join the Society. Membership starts from as little as £12 per year.


The Ricaridian

The Ricardian is the academic journal of the Richard III Society. Since 2002 it has been published as an annual journal. For more information click here.


Introductory Reading list.


Society Shop

The Society's shop contains books, postcards, prints and much much more. To see what is available to buy please view our catalogue.


Barton Library

The Barton Library contains hundreds of titles, both non-fiction and fiction that are available for members to borrow. For more information click here.


Privacy Policy

The Society has a Privacy Policy and you can view it here.


Richard III Society Mailing List

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.


Agreement regarding use of images

'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.

Read full statement.


Latest News

Time for a Final Charge

We have one last chance to reverse the decision made by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council last year to allow building on part of the registered Bosworth Battlefield. There is a legal possibility to reverse the decision - please help us by signing the petition.

This power — part of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 — can be used at any point until building is complete, so there is still time to get the permission revoked.

If you can, please sign the petition by following this link:

At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition.

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Which means the more people that sign, the more chance there is of of saving Bosworth!


Legal Status for the Society

All members will know that the Constitution Working Party has been looking into the most effective way to establish a legal status for the Society.

To bring about change, our Constitution requires a member-wide ballot to be conducted. Voting papers together with a reply paid envelope have been distributed to all Members by the Electoral Reform Service.

The Constitution Working Party have complied Q&As about the proposed changes which can be accessed here.

The result of the ballot requires a two thirds majority of those voting for it to be effective.

Members are encouraged to vote and return the ballot paper in good time for the closing date of 22nd August.


Executive Committee nominations

Nominations are now invited for the Society's Executive Committee. Members wishing to be nominated, must complete the application form, and must be proposed and seconded by members of the Society. The completed form must be returned to the Society Secretary, Susan Ollier, by 1 August 2019.


The Ricardian - Online!

The Ricardian is the historical journal of the Richard III Society, sent annually to all members. Now for the first time, back-copies of the Ricardian are available online in their entirety, from the early years up to and including 2010.

Containing many fascinating articles on topics ranging from specific Ricardian issues such as the 'Princes in the Tower', and the pre-contract, to discussions of Richard's favourite saints and more general fifteenth century issues such as aspects of political and social life and biographies of people relevant to Richard III, The Ricardian is an invaluable tool in studying the life and times of King Richard.

The Ricardian Online is available by following the 'Ricardian Online' link in the top right-hand corner of all pages of this web site.


Ricardian Scotland and Edinburgh

To coincide with the Society's AGM and Member's Day in Edinburgh later this year, the Ricardian Sites section of this website has been updated to include sections on Edinburgh and Scotland. These guides should help identify Ricardian hot-spots in and around the historic capital of Scotland.


Gift Membership

We are pleased to announce that we have upgraded the Gift Membership presentation pack. This will now be packaged in a smart dark blue box containing all the information and past publications necessary to the new member. It will make a memorable gift. A specific form is available for anyone who wishes to give a gift membership. This can be downloaded from the Society Membership page of the website or obtained from E-Mediacy via e-mail or hard copy in the post. There is a one-off charge of £5.00 to cover the additional costs of the new package.


Ricardian Bulletin articles online

The Ricardian Bulletin, the Society’s quarterly members’ magazine, publishes a number of historical articles in each issue. To enable these articles to reach a wider readership we are making a selection available on the Society’s website. Over time we will be adding further articles from the Bulletin’s archive to the Society’s website. The current selection can be accessed here.


See all What's New items.

Looking for Richard III

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!

Phlippa Langley next to the grave
Philippa Langley next to the grave.

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 …


Looking for Richard FAQs

The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.


Missing Princes Project

Learn more about Philippa’s exciting new research project, and how you can help.


Richard III: Honoured at last

RIII tombRead the Reburial Diary and Events held by the Society during the historic week in March 2015 and first anniversary in March 2016.


John Ashdown-Hill

Updated versions of some of John's Powerpoint presentations are available on his web site where you can download them.


Permission granted to build on Bosworth

We are extremely disappointed that Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have decided to take the very short-sighted decision to grant permission for Horiba Mira to build on part of the registered battlefield of Bosworth, putting financial concerns above the history and heritage of this country. We will be consulting with our friends and colleagues in the Battlefields Trust over the next few days to decide on our next course of action. In the meantime, we would like to express our gratitude to the many hundreds of people who have supported us in our campaign to save the battlefield. Thank you!

The open letter written to the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Planning Committee is available to view here.


June Ricardian Bulletin

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.


Richard III Society now on Instagram!

Please visit our page.


Society Events 2019

• 18 August: Bosworth commemoration
Booking form available in June Bulletin.
• 5 October: Member's Day and AGM, Edinburgh
• 14 December: Christmas at Fotheringhay


Membership Card Discounts

The list of venues which offer discounted entry rates for holders of a Richard III Society membership card.


Branches & Groups events

Find out more about events organised by Society Branches and Groups in your local area and beyond.


Society AGM 2019

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 AGM will be held in Edinburgh; marking 20 years of the Scottish Branch, and the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Looking for Richard Project. The Isolde Wigram Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Arthur Noel Kincaid. Please see June's Ricardian Bulletin for booking details.