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The Northern Dales Group of the Richard III Society has produced a glossy colour book Richard III's North costing £6 plus post and packing.

A gold half angel coin from Richard’s reign found near Bosworth is to be auctioned in London on December 13.

Saturday 18 November 2017 - Eminent Victorians in Worcestershire - day school at the Eden Centre, Grovewood Road, Malvern, WR14 1GD, 9.30am to 4.15pm. Tickets £7.50, lunch available for £6.

The November edition of BBC History Magazine has an article by Chris Skidmore on Richard III.

Professor Caroline Wilkinson is giving The Combined Royal Colleges Medal Lecture on 23rd November 2017 at 18.30-21.00 at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RG.
Depicting the Dead: the use of clinical imaging for forensic identification and archaeological investigation. Tickets cost £5.

This promotional video will make you laugh! It's for the forthcoming new album Murrey and Blue from The Legendary Ten Seconds, due out on 1 November.

Colwell Wood Cottage. This cottage in Devon once belonged to Richard Duke of Gloucester. It was featured in The Times on 29 September 2017.

Mortimer's Cross Project Update October 2017
We are thrilled to announce that a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £84,400 has now been awarded to the Mortimer’s Cross Battlefield Project,a local group of the Battlefields Trust. We can now begin to investigate the site of this ‘Wars of the Roses’ battle and raise awareness of its historic importance in leading Edward IV, the first Yorkist King, to the throne. Work will begin in the new year and finish in 2021 when visitor information will be completed.
The project will set historic interpretation panels at key points in the landscape and provide a permanent visitor information display at the Mortimer’s Cross Inn for the many visitors to the site.

Joanna Laynesmith has written an important and impressive account of the life of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. It’s available from the publishers for £59.50.
A copy is in our branch library.

SAUK's Christmas cards are now available to purchase!
SAUK is a very small organisation and we rely on the support of our fundraisers and supporters to keep going. Each year, Christmas card sales account for a large part of our income, and make a huge difference to the work we do. All of our Christmas card proceeds go towards our support services, so we can work to make sure nobody affected by scoliosis is alone.

The BBC History Hot 100 list for 2017 - Richard III has kept the top spot.

Issue 331 of Current Archaeology has an article about a vervel which was found in Bedfordshire and probably belonged to a hunting bird belonging to either Edward V when he was Prince of Wales or to Edward of Lancaster.
Further information about the vervel
A vervel is a ring attached to the bird’s leg for securing it to the perch.

John Ashdown Hill is putting 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.

Sheriff Hutton Castle is for sale - only £1.1 million!

Saturday 12 May 2018 - FULL DAY
"Researching Two Princes, Three Kings and the Last Medieval Queens" - Worcestershire Branch Study Day at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall DY10 4QA - reserve the date in your diary!
Speakers booked so far in alphabetical order:

Dr Heather Falvey - Subject: The reburial of Henry VI at St George’s Chapel, Windsor: a place of popular pilgrimage- In August 1484 Richard III had the remains of Henry VI transferred from Chertsey Abbey to St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The body was placed in a new coffin, which was lodged in a tomb under an arch in the quire to the right of the high altar. Almost directly opposite, on the left, was the ornate tomb that was currently being built over the burial place of Edward IV. Why did Richard move Henry to Windsor? His likely motives were political, practical and religious. At this time Windsor was already a popular place of pilgrimage: a few years earlier the remains of Sir John Schorne, a former priest at North Marston (Bucks), had been moved to St George’s so that the newly rebuilt chapel could benefit from the offerings left at Schorne’s shrine. This talk briefly outlines Henry’s death, his original burial and the possible reasons for the reinterment of his remains; it also briefly discusses the campaign in the 1500s to have Henry canonised. Finally it considers some of the miracles attributed to him and what they tell us about everyday life in late medieval England.

Dr Joanna Laynesmith - Subject: In Search of the Last Medieval Queens- a workshop on how I researched and wrote my book on English Queenship 1445-1503 giving the audience the opportunity to consider how to respond to some of the sources.

Matthew Lewis - Subject: The Survival of the Princes in the Tower. One mystery casts a long, dark shadow over history and exerts a pull like no other: the Princes in the Tower. For centuries, an argument has raged over who was responsible for the murder of the sons of King Edward IV. In his book, Matt Lewis asks whether this is the right question. What if the sons of Edward IV were not murdered in 1483 and survived Richard III's rule?

The Research Committee of the Richard III Society has compiled a list of books which are the Research Committee’s personal favourites and those that they have found most useful in understanding Richard III and his world.
Surprisingly it does not include anything by John Ashdown-Hill, whose books I believe are essential reading if you want correct information, as are Annette Carson's books which are on the list.

The Research Committee of the Richard III Society has set up a blog to help share knowledge of recent research into the life and times of Richard III. It is for anyone interested in the fifteenth century - you don't have to be in the Richard III Society.

Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll - details and how you can donate to help keep it in Ludlow.

A CD of the music from the reburial of Richard III - He lieth under this stone - is now available for £10. Leicester Cathedral Choir stepped into the studio to recreate the beautiful music from the week of Services held during the week of the reburial of King Richard III in March 2015. Includes the first ever recording of ‘Ghostly Grace’ written by Judith Bingham, especially for the reburial.

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.

Sudeley Castle: individual discount of 20%. They will be adding a section about Eleanor Talbot/Boteler to their Richard III Exhibition this year.

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.

The Book of Hours known to have belonged to Richard III and found in his tent after Bosworth (as suggested by Anne Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs though there is no evidence for this - thanks to John Ashdown-Hill for pointing this out) has now been digitised and is on-line.
Also, part of the digitisation, is a copy of the book by the Society’s Anne Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs which gives a detailed commentary about the Book, its origin and its contents.
The work was done under the auspices of Leicester Cathedral, where Richard’s book was used during the service of Reinterment in March 2015. We are most grateful to the Cathedral for doing the work and to Lambeth Palace Library, where the Book is usually kept, for allowing it.
Our thanks also go to Anne and Livia for their permission to add their work to complete the presentation.
In order to facilitate the digitisation, the Society gave a donation to help defray the costs.
Richard III's Book of Hours - Please wait until pages are fully loaded, else they can look somewhat distorted.

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. It will be flown on the following dates. The standard was officially donated to the castle on behalf of the Society on 2nd October 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
1st - 2nd 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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