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The portrait of King Richard III from the National Portrait Gallery is going on loan to York for an exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum from July 9 to October 31. The Museum will also display the Middleham Jewel, the Stillingfleet Boar and the Ryther Hoard of coins dating from 1485-1490, together with a gold ring also found at Middleham but which predates our time.

How the French meddled with the Wars of the Roses.

New suspect in the mystery of the princes in the Tower from The Telegraph.
The information comes from a book by Mei Trow: The Killer of the Princes in the Tower: A New Suspect Revealed, published by Pen and Sword.

Royal Mail is issuing eight stamps on 4th May 2021 to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury. The stamps depict the battles of Bosworth, Tewkesbury, Edgcote, Barnet, Wakefield, Northampton, first St Albans, and Towton.

From Midlothian Advertiser Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:44 pm By Marie Sharp, LDR
Steve Coogan King Richard III filming in Newtongrange given the go-ahead
Plans to use Newtongrange to recreate the car park where the remains of King Richard III were discovered have been given the go-ahead.

Filming of a new movie telling the story of the remarkable find is due to take place at the National Mining Museum next month. However, planning permission and Listed Building Consent was needed to let movie-makers recreate the scene of the archaeological dig. This week, planners gave the project the green light after no objections were raised and the film company pledged to carry out its own archaeological review of the site before carrying out the temporary changes. The new movie, starring Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan, tells the story of how the skeleton of the last of the Plantagenet rulers, who died in battle in 1485, was found under a council car park in Leicester nine years ago. Comedian and actor Coogan and his Stan and Ollie writing partner Jeff Pope are set to produce the film alongside acclaimed director Stephen Frears. Coogan’s film company Baby Cow Films applied for planning permission from Midlothian Council to recreate the dig at Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange. Plans to dig three trenches at the museum site, as well as putting down tarmac for the duration of filming, were lodged.

Work is due to begin on Monday (April 26), with filming planned for the last two weeks of May and start of June. The hunt for King Richard’s remains saw an archaeological dig launched in 2012, when three trenches were dug at two council car park sites and a playground in Leicester. The site was a former friary and, within a few months of starting the dig, remains which were later confirmed as the king’s were discovered. Approving planning permission for the creation of the temporary shoot site, officers said: “The proposals will have no significant adverse impacts on the character or appearance of the listed buildings or the conservation area. “Appropriate archaeological recording of the site will be completed.”

Steve Coogan is to star in a Richard III film The Lost King.

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.

Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims follows the epic tale of two heroic young people who unwittingly hold the key to the throne and must survive against incredible odds in the savage world of 1460’s England. With a deadly enemy closing in and a mysterious ledger in their hands, wherever they flee they are drawn into the calamitous events of the time, culminating in the terrible slaughter at Towton field on Palm Sunday 1461. This epic tale of survival, courage and love amidst the carnage of the times will be released on the 560th anniversary of the Battle of Towton on 29 March 2021

Sir George Buc(k) and his History of Richard III by Annette Carson, promoting a new edition of the book by Arthur Kincaid due in 2021.

The Welsh Marcher Lordships I: Central & North by Philip Hume available now for £15.99.
This video by The Legendary Ten Seconds shows some of the wonderful countryside covered by the book.

Professor Tim Thornton's article More on a Murder: The Deaths of the ‘Princes in the Tower’, and Historiographical Implications for the Regimes of Henry VII and Henry VIII. Responses from the Richard III Society Research Committee, Matt Lewis on his blog, and Annette Carson.

2021 sees the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey and the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury. ALL EVENTS CANCELLED APART FROM A SON ET LUMIERE IN NOVEMBER.

The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower: The Real Game of Thrones by Carolyn Noble is out now price £6.45.

Sadly Sharon Penman died aged 75 on Friday 22nd January. The Sunne in Splendour, about Richard III, has been responsible for making many people become Ricardians, and her other books have taught me a lot of English history.
Memories of Sharon from a friend.

The education website on the life and times of Richard III, titled Wars of the Roses, is now live.

What if the Princes in the Tower weren't murdered in 1483, never mind that Richard III didn't kill them?
Watch Matt Lewis at the Tower of London giving a 30 minute talk about the possible Survival of the Princes in the Tower.
It's on History Hit and you do have to register for a 30 day free trial.
It's well worth watching! Search for it and other items of interest under Timeline and Middle Ages.

Did Richard III order the murder of the princes in the Tower? This question emerged as the clear winner in BBC History Magazine June 2020 poll of history’s greatest mysteries.
The fate of Edward V and his brother, Richard, Duke of York, received 35 per cent of the votes, almost three times as many as the building of Stonehenge, which came second.

Watch The Trial of Richard III on youtube if you have 4 hours to spare - well worth the time spent.

Article about the various badges of the Mortimers and the House of York.

The appeal to buy the rare gold Richard III half angel coin for Buckingham Old Gaol Museum has succeeded and the coin will be on display in the museum.
The Worcestershire Branch of the Richard III Society gave £75 towards the purchase. The Richard III Society gave a sizeable donation.

Online lectures from the Mortimer History Society, including those given at the joint Richard III Society / Mortimer History Society conference in June 2019.

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

Ricardian Resources Online gives access to such publications as Harleian MS 433.

The Ricardian
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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