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News from The Board of the Richard III Society: In 2024 Barnard Castle will celebrate 550 years since the lordship of the town was granted to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III. Windows for the King will install seven etched glass windows in the porch of St Mary's to mark this anniversary.
St Mary’s church council (PCC), in partnership with the Northern Dales Richard III Group (NDRIIIG), are excited to announce a major project to commemorate Richard III, Duke of Gloucester and King of England, in Barnard Castle. Our ‘Windows for the King’ appeal aims to install seven etched glass windows above the inner porch doorway of St Mary’s Parish Church, Barnard Castle to commemorate Richard and his close connection with St Mary’s.
As Lord of Barnard Castle, Richard invested huge sums of money to re-build St Mary’s and transform it into a Collegiate Church: this project was close to completion when he died at Bosworth. The College would have been dedicated to Christ, the Virgin Mary, St Margaret of Scotland and St Ninian.
Three central etched panels will depict Christ with Mary, and these two northern saints personally connected with Richard. A further two panels will portray St Helen of the Holy Cross and St Catherine of Alexandria, saints with medieval chantries within or close to St Mary’s in the late C15th. The final two panels will show Ricardian boars, as ‘supporters’, as illustrated on the St Anthony effigy near the font in St Mary’s.
Alongside the 1934 Richard III Society window in St Alkelda & St Mary’s Middleham, and the Memorial Window in York Minster, given by the Society of Friends of Richard III in 1997, the Windows for the King will be a lasting tribute to Richard’s personal faith, and demonstrate his dedication to the North and to the town where he was Lord of the Manor from 1474.
You can make a donation to the project here.
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival is on Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July 2022
The Princes in the Tower - from BBC2 on June 7th and 10th. Also on iPlayer.
Tim Thornton's article in History is free to download.
Here's an introductory article to Tim Thornton's article.
Chair of the Richard III Society Matt Lewis featured in the programme. Matt and Member of the Research Committee Dr. Joanna Laynesmith replied to Tim's article in the Ricardian Bulletin and you can read what they reported on their blogs.
The Lost King will be in cinemas from 7 October.
The film tells the remarkable true story of how one 'ordinary' woman overcame every obstacle to track down the final resting place of Richard III. Starring Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan, the film's release in cinemas coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the discovery of the remains of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle.
In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley, whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. THE LOST KING is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country's most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England's history.
Find out more about the film on Twitter and follow @TheLostKingUK
A new novel from Brian Wainwright, the first of a trilogy about Constance of York. Walking Among Lions: A Novel of Constance of York is available now from Amazon.
English Heritage podcasts on the Wars of the Roses - 2 parts:
Episode 152 - Wars of the Roses part 1: The Battles Begin
Episode 162 - Wars of the Roses part 2: Richard III
Leicester Cathedral is closed until 29 September 2023 while contractors build their new Heritage Learning Centre. It is expected that the centre will open in early 2024.
The King Richard III Visitor Centre (opposite the Cathedral) will display the coffin pall created for the reburial of King Richard III, which would normally be on display in the Cathedral, and show video footage of the tomb of King Richard.
A programme of hard hat tours to look at the archaeology and key aspects of the conservation works, and also view the tomb of King Richard will be arranged during 2022. These will be advertised in advance, dependent on the access available at various stages of building works.
Read Annette Carson's article The Mysterious Affair at Stony Stratford for a fascinating account of what probably happened when Richard Duke of Gloucester met up with Edward V on his journey to London, based on Mancini's report.
Domenico Mancini : de occupatione regni Anglie - NEW EDITION BY ANNETTE CARSON
Available now from Troubador for £10 plus postage:
£3.10 postage for the UK
£11 to the USA
£7.50 to Europe
£11.70 to the rest of the world.
The new 21st-century edition of Mancini by Annette Carson. This is a new translation (and title). Not a whitewash - an accurate translation of Mancini’s Latin. And a thorough analysis that doesn’t take his report at face value. Annette's commentary clearly shows where he can’t be trusted, and where his knowledge is lacking.
Amazon also has the book.
Sir George Buc(k) and his History of Richard III by Annette Carson, promoting a new edition of the book by Arthur Kincaid due soon.
Online lectures from the Mortimer History Society, including those given at the joint Richard III Society / Mortimer History Society conference in June 2019.
Ricardian Resources Online gives access to such publications as Harleian MS 433.
The Ricardian, volumes 3-20, 1974 - 2010, can now be consulted and searched online for free.
You can now access some articles from the Ricardian Bulletin online on the Richard III Society website.
Richard III Society blog.
Members of the Richard III Society receive a membership card which must be shown to entitle 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.
Tewkesbury Battlefield Society is offering a free guided walk of the battlefield. However, a small donation (£2 - £3) at the end of the tour is requested towards the costs of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society.
Free walks for Branches or Groups can be arranged outside the scheduled walks. These include a tour of the Abbey which would incur a £5 donation per person paid to the Abbey for its upkeep (that is the amount the Abbey suggests per visitor).
The Tewkesbury Battlefield Society also runs a few additional events each year such as talks and extended walks etc. There is a charge for these and the Society is offering a 20% discount to members of the Richard III Society.
Tewkesbury Abbey has a couple of rooms it lets out, if a branch wanted to have a base in the town for a day. There is a small kitchen for teas etc and a café on site. Contact is best made directly to them via the Abbey website.
The Richard III Society donated a Richard III standard to Middleham Castle. It will be flown on the dates below. 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 Anne’s 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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Page last updated on 14 June 2022