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.
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.
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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The planning meeting to decide whether or not to approve plans by Horiba Mira to build a driverless vehicle test track on part of the registered Bosworth Battlefield will take place on 25th September. We have been informed by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council that only one person will be allowed to speak against the development - and that speaker will have just three minutes to press their case. The person they have selected from the applicants is the Society's Education Officer, Richard Smith.
With this in mind, we are asking that anyone who has anything they wish to contribute to this objection to please email your ideas to our Communications Manager, Amanda Geary on email@example.com she will then collate everything so it can be used as the basis of a script for the meeting.
Please send your thoughts in by Saturday 22nd September at the latest to enable this to be done in time for the meeting on Tuesday.
We are, of course, also seeking the views of other societies such as the Battlefields Trust, the Henry Tudor Society and the Richard III Loyal Supporters. We may have differences of opinion on other topics, but on this we are all agreed - Bosworth Battlefield must be preserved.
As many of you will be aware, the current application to build a driverless vehicle test track on part of the registered Bosworth Battlefield was discussed in parliament yesterday in a debate led by MP and historian Chris Skidmore. For anyone who was unable to watch the debate live - or would like to see it again. The video can be found here. A transcript of the proceedings is available in Hansard.
Our thanks go to Chris Skidmore for arranging this debate and for his excellent speech.
Please remember that if you have not already done so, there is still time to register your objection with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting reference 18/00425/FUL and remember to include your name and postal address for the objection to be accepted.
As you have probably already heard, last night the planning committee of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council voted 12-2 to defer a decision on whether or not to allow a driverless car test track to be built on part of the Bosworth Battlefield site. The matter will come back to the committee in 4 weeks time. We will continue to fight to preserve this site of immense historical importance for future generations, and will continue to update you over the coming weeks. Updates will also be posted on the Society's Facebook and Twitter pages.
The battlefield of Bosworth under threat
The Richard III Society, along with many others such as The Battlefields Trust, is appalled to learn of the planning application by Horiba Mira Ltd to build a testing facility for driverless cars on part of the site of the historic battle of Bosworth where in 1485 King Richard III lost his life and crown. We have written to the relevant planning authority, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, to voice our strong objections on behalf of our worldwide membership.
It is even more disheartening that news of this application was only made public on the 22 August, the very anniversary of the battle, just a week before it is due to be considered by the council’s Planning Committee on the 28 August. There are many interested parties whose views should have been sought earlier and it is of considerable concern that so little time has now been allowed for these voices to be heard.
The site of the battle of Bosworth is of vital national and local importance, the land under threat even more so given its proximity to the area now identified as being where King Richard III fought his last stand. Bosworth is one of just 46 battlefields given registered status by Historic England.
The Richard III Society urges Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council and all those involved with this planning application to take note of the outpouring of objections from interested parties who care about the integrity of the battlefield and its value to our heritage.
At the very least the Planning Committee should put this application on hold and allow a proper and comprehensive assessment to be made of its impact on the battlefield, its archaeology and its tourism value. To give approval without such consideration and to ignore the many objections received would be a betrayal of our heritage and set a dangerous precedent.
The Richard III Society
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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.
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.
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.
Leicester Mercury unearths plans to build on part of the historic Bosworth Battlefield site, where King Richard lost his life 533 years ago yesterday. more …