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Earlier in the year geophysical surveys took place in the Northamptonshire village of Collyweston. They were searching for the lost Royal Palace that was once the home of Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII. Researchers believe that at its peak Collyweston Palace could have been as large as Hampton Court.

Collyweston Historical and Preservation Society are putting on a Tudor themed weekend on Saturday August 31st & Sunday September 1st. There will be demonstrations, entertainment, speakers and various presentations throughout the weekend. On Saturday there will be a talk about the work and research that went into the Collyweston Project and on Sunday questions will be invited from the audience.

Some events need to be booked in advance.

Richard III's portrait from the National Portrait Gallery is on display in the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery Leicester from now until 22 September.

Friday 27 September 2019
Conference in Coventry about St Mary's Hall Tapestry. Speakers include David Starkey, Jonathan Foyle, Maria Hayward, Kate Giles, Joanna Laynesmith, Fred Hepburn and Sean Cunningham.
9.30am - 4.30pm and tickets cost between £8 and £10. Venue: St Maryís Hall, Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN.

A date for your calendars next year: Saturday 2 to Monday 4 May 2020
The Mortimer's Cross Battlefield Project will be holding an event. Details later.

2021 sees the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey and the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury. Big events are planned!

A National Lottery grant will enable urgent repairs to St Mary's Church in Barnard Castle, and help a project to raise awareness of its heritage value.

St Mary's Church Barnard Castle is embarking on a major restoration project to include the church tower, the clerestory windows installed by Richard III, and other stained glass. You can donate here

Monday 19th August - a plaque to Richard III was unveiled at Bestwood Lodge in Nottinghamshire by Dr Phil Stone, Chairman of the Richard III Society.
Bestwood Lodge is a Best Western Hotel located at Bestwood Country Park, Nottingham NG5 8PD. The hotel is built on the site of a medieval hunting lodge and it was here, in August of 1485, that Richard III heard the news of Henry Tudorís landing on the Pembrokeshire coast.

Here is a link to a video made for Devon Roses, a new Ricardian album recorded to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Devon & Cornwall Branch of the Richard III Society. It includes snippets of some of the songs that are on the album with photos of the lady singers of the Legendary Ten Seconds.
You can buy the CD from these retailers and from the band's website:
CD Baby
Amazon in Britain
Amazon in America
The Legendary Ten Seconds

The Ricardian
The Ricardian, volumes 3-20, 1974 - 2010, can now be consulted and searched online for free.

The comedy song about the Mortimers recorded by The Legendary Ten Seconds for the Mortimer History Society is available from Amazon. It features the vocal talents of the actor John Challis as Boycie.
You can hear it here.

Did Queen Elizabeth Woodville die of the plague? A fascinating article on the Richard III Society blog.

The latest album from The Legendary Ten Seconds called The History Book Part One is now out. About half the songs are Ricardian.

You can listen to the songs.

You can also hear them on The Legendary Ten Seconds website.

Mer de Mort is an album by The Legendary Ten Seconds, all about the Mortimer family, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Mortimer History Society.

Watch a video about the album.

Listen to previews of the tracks.

You can buy from the Mortimer History Society, from the Worcestershire Branch of the Richard III Society, or by paypal on the website of The Legendary Ten Seconds.

More information about the album on the Medieval Archives website.

Stephen David's book about Francis Lovell - Last Champion of York: Francis Lovell, Richard III's Truest Friend - now available.

The Barnet 1471 Battlefields Society has announced on twitter that they have "just put in 2 initial applications to HLF to launch our own archaeology project to find the Battle of Barnet which will be a 5 year project and another to build a Barnet Battlefield and Wars of the Roses Visitor Centre."

You can now access some articles from the Ricardian Bulletin online on the Richard III Society website.

Articles currently available are:
Richard III and the Men who Died in Battle by the late Lesley Boatwright, the late Moira Habberjam and Peter Hammond.
Like father, like son: Richard, duke of York and Richard III by Matthew Lewis.
Richard III and St Ninian by Sandra Pendlington
Richard III and Ďour poor subject Katherine Bassingbourne' by David Johnson
Richard III and Scotland by David Santiuste
The loveliest music and the Turkish frontier itself: von Popplauís day with King Richard by Marie Barnfield

Robert Lindsay has named Richard III as his hero in the January BBC History Magazine.

Annette Carson would like to alert you to a major printing error in the latest reprint of Richard III: The Maligned King: the colour plate section has been entirely omitted and the images printed in black and white!
The publishers have frozen their stocks and are looking into this as a matter of urgency. Itís my hope that they will replace any defective books purchased. I just want to advise you that if anyone you know has acquired one, we do know what has happened and hopefully the situation will be rectified, although I donít yet have a specific undertaking of what to do in this respect. Iíll put updates on Facebook and my website , or please email me on info@annettecarson.co.uk if you are affected.

Joanna Laynesmith's book Cecily Duchess of York is now available in paperback.

If you prefer a hardback copy it is also available from the publishers.
A copy is in our branch library.

John Ashdown-Hill also has a book about Cecily Neville out now.

Dr John Ashdown-Hillís Crown in Leicester Cathedral: Display Text Update.

Philippa Langley reports that Leicester Cathedral has agreed to amend the text for John Ashdown-Hillís crown that is on display in the church. The new text is to be completed when the work for the new visitor centre gets underway which is likely to be summer 2019. The text now accurately conveys the necessary information, including that John had donated the crown to Richard III.

New Crown Text:
The Crown on display was specially commissioned by Dr John Ashdown-Hill, a key member of the Looking For Richard Project, and donated to King Richard III to mark his reinterment. It was made by George Easton. It is an open crown, representing the circlet Richard III wore around his helmet at the battle of Bosworth, decorated with semi-precious stones and pearls and set onto gilded metal. It was used in the reinterment ceremonies of King Richard III in this Cathedral on 22-26 March 2015.

Original Crown Text:
The Crown on display was specially commissioned by John Ashdown-Hill, a key member of the Looking For Richard Project, and donated to the Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III. It was made by George Easton. It is a faithful replica of the sort of medieval crown Richard would have worn, and contains semi-precious stones and pearls, set onto gilded metal. It was used in the reinterment ceremonies of King Richard III in this Cathedral on 22-26 March 2015.

This is not new but it is worth sharing. It is a very brief comic strip telling of one of the bloodiest Wars of the Roses battles - the Battle of Wakefield 1460.
The comic strip was originally designed for large scale display at the Old Wakefield Museum (The Mechanics Institute building) on Wood Street in Wakefield, hence the tiny looking font.
It was commissioned in 2010 by Wakefield Museum for an exhibition about the battle and produced and illustrated by John Welding.

John Ashdown-Hill was buried at the green burial site of Oakfield Wood, Wrabness, Essex. If you would like to make a donation to Oakfield Wood in his memory please make a cheque payable to Oakfield Wood Wrabness and send it to The Estate Office, Wrabness Hall, Manningtree, Essex CO11 2TQ. Please write RIII Society on the reverse of the cheque. All donations will be used for the planting of new trees in memory of John.

Out now, John Ashdown-Hill's book The Mythology of the Princes in the Tower in which he reveals the mtDNA of the bones.

Philippa Langley's research into The Princes in the Tower.

Another report on the mystery.

Richard Victorious, a new novel about Richard III by Shirley Hall, accompanied by a video and new song by Ian Churchward. The book is now on sale.

John Ashdown Hill has put his talks onto his website and Facebook page for everyone to use.

John Ashdown-Hill's latest research into why Richard III's Y chromosome is different to others known to be descended from Edward III.

John Ashdown-Hill's full itinerary of Edward IV is on his section on the Amberley Publishing.website.

Members of the Richard III Society now receive a membership card entitling them to the following discounts:

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle: discounted rate of £7 per person for groups of 12 or more.

Ludlow Castle: discount of 10% for groups of 10 or more.

York Archaeological Trust - Barley Hall and the Richard III and Henry VII Experiences: individual discounts of 15%.

King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester: individual discount of 25%. Tickets are valid for a year for free return entry.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton CV13 0AD - 20% off

Donington 1620s House and Garden, Manor Road, Donington Le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW - 20% off

Haddon Hall - individual discount of 10% on full ticket price.

Sudeley Castle no longer offer a discount, as from August 2018.

Following recent discussions with English Heritage, the Richard III Society is pleased to announce that it has donated a new Richard III standard to Middleham Castle (scroll down to 7 September 2016 for the report). It will be flown on the following dates. The standard was officially donated to the castle on behalf of the Society on 2nd October 2016 at 2.30pm by Susan Wells, Deputy Chairman.

1st February - Richard marries Anne 1473
16th March - Queen Anneís death 1485
26th March - Reburial in Leicester of Richard III 2015
16th April - Edward of Middleham died 1484
29th June - Richard granted the Neville strongholds of Middleham, Sheriff Hutton and Penrith 1471
First weekend in July - Middleham Festival
6th July - Richard III crowned 1483
22nd August - Richard III died 1485
2nd October - Birth of Richard III 1452

Where exact dates are not known for certain events in the aforementioned list, the dates chosen are symbolic and as close to the likely date as we can ascertain. In addition, it has been agreed to fly the banner during the Middleham Festival each July.

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