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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 to pre-order in paperback.

If you prefer a hardback copy it is also available from the publishers.


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


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.


Saturday 29 June 2019
The Mortimer Inheritance: Key to the Yorkist Crown: Joint Mortimer History Society and Richard III Society conference in Ludlow Assembly Rooms and St Laurence's Church, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Mortimer History Society.
See the Programme for full details of speakers. There will be a booking form in the December Ricardian Bulletin and full booking information on the Mortimer History Society website from 1 December.
The focus for this event will be the later Mortimers, Earls of March, and the importance of the Mortimer inheritance for the House of York. It will be in Ludlow as the town provides a strong physical connection between the Mortimers and the House of York.


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.


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


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.


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


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

Joanna Laynesmith has written an important and impressive account of the life of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. Itís available from the publishers.
A copy is in our branch library.


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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