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 grave and reburial 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 Ricardian is the academic journal of the Richard III Society. Since 2002 it has been published as an annual journal. Many of the editions and articles are now available online through the Ricardian Online website.
The Ricardian Bulletin, the Society’s quarterly members’ magazine, publishes a number of historical articles in each issue. The current selection can be accessed here.
The Society 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.
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'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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The Royal Mail are releasing a set of stamps commemorating the Wars of the Roses, featuring the wonderful paintings of Graham Turner.
Buckingham Covers are now offering sets of first day covers of these stamps. For each set they sell from this dedicated link, the Richard III Society will receive a commission, thereby enabling buyers to support the work of the Society. More …
The Richard III Society is offering a prize of £200 for the best essay on a topic relevant to 'The Life and Times of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard III) 1452-85'. There will be second prize of £100 and a third prize of £50. All entries judged to be of at least 'grade A' quality will qualify for one year’s free membership of The Richard III Society. Final rules can be found on the Wars of the Roses website.
Given the uncertainties about UK Summer 2021 assessments, we are open to receiving entries in the format of NEAs, EPQs or closely similar, well-researched and referenced essays of between 3,000 and 5,000 words by a student under the age of 19. More …
Iain Farrell, Education Officer
Please note that following a significant increase in US postal charges, all p&p rates for individual sales items have been updated. A new sales catalogue has been posted on-line and members are urged to check the p&p rates before completing their sales orders. If you are unable to do this, please contact E-Mediacy who will confirm the correct charge. A new sales catalogue will be included with the September Bulletin.
We are delighted to announce that our May 2021 Zoom event presentation will be given by our Chairman, Matt Lewis. As previously, the event will be free to Society members. More ….
Subject: The Foreign Policy of Edward IV and Richard III
Time: 14:00 (BST)
Date: 15 May 2021
Matthew Lewis said: ‘I am looking forward to repaying the faith the Board of the Society and its membership have shown in me.’
Special sale prices on a select range of books published by the Richard III and Yorkist History Trust are available for a limited time only. Order enquiries should be directed to Shaun Tyas Publishing directly and not to the Richard III Society.
We have been informed by the organisers that The Tewkesbury Medieval Festival has unfortunately been cancelled for this year. The organisers were facing a long list of potential problems, including the strong possibility that the event would be stopped at short notice due to COVID regulations.
This is a huge disappointment as 2021 was to be a big year and one for which planning had started five years ago.
We are advised that all that remains of the packed programme commemorating 550 years since the Battle and 900 since the consecration of the Abbey is a Son et Lumière, which has been put back to November 2021.
As part of its mission to promote research into the life and times of King Richard III of England, the Richard III Society has published several aids for those researching late medieval and early modern English history. These publications are now out of print or otherwise difficult to obtain and so the Society has created a website to make digitised versions available online. It is intended to add more digital research resources from the Society as time goes on. We hope that this site will provide useful resources to teachers, researchers and students of medieval history. Visit www.ricardianresources.online.
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.
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.
John Morton's will transcript
In the June 2019 issue of the Ricardian Bulletin Dr Betty Knott wrote about the will of Cardinal John Morton. This article originated from Philippa Langley's The Missing Princes Project.
Space restrictions meant we were unable to include the full will in both its Latin and English form. However, these are available online in Latin version and English translation, and on the website of The Missing Princes Project.
The Society’s long-awaited education website on the life and times of Richard III, entitled ‘Wars of the Roses’ is now live. The website has been developed by Iain Farrell, the Society’s Education Officer, with the support of the Society’s Research Officer, Joanna Laynesmith.
The content of the website has been guided by the needs of teachers and exam providers to develop in pupils and students the critical analysis of sources and differing interpretations to reach a considered view of events in the distant past. More …