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Wednesday 26 April 2017 - Free one hour on-line webinar from the National Archives at 6:00 pm (British Standard Time) Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography (First of 3 parts: Part 2 is Wed. May 24th, with Part 3 on Wed. June 28th)

Also on Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Free one hour on-line webinar from the National Archives at 6:00 pm (British Standard Time) The Wars of the Roses, 1450-1487

Information about Clifford's Tower York and about the Clifford family in the fifteenth century.

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

A memorial to King Richard III was unveiled on Sunday March 19 in Market Bosworth.

The Mortimer's Cross Battlefield Project is appealing for donations - full details of who to contact via the link. This money will go towards four specialised, outdoor history interpretation panels to be located at key points including Kingsland Church and the Mortimer's Cross Inn and, if enough money is pledged, the visitor information displays at the Mortimer's Cross Inn. You will also find details of their annual walk on May 6th by following the link.

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.

A gold angel from the reign of Edward V was auctioned on 15 March for £50,000.

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

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

Memorials in the Marches - Monuments in the Church of St Laurence, Ludlow - a one day conference on Saturday 24 June in the church.
The Ludlow Palmers raise money for the Conservation Trust for St Laurence, Ludlow.

Richard III and Gloucester - May 2017 from Monday 15th-Saturday 20th May.
Monday 15th Lunchtime recital, 12.30pm St John's Northgate, Gloucester. Sebastian and Vicki Field (former Mayor and Mayoress of Gloucester, singers), Jessica Gordon (lute) 'Ricardian and Tudor Music'
Tuesday 16th 12.30pm - lunchtime talk - venue St John's Northgate if available
2pm - talk and book signing - Wheatstone Hall museum of Gloucester
Wednesday 17th 12.30pm - lunchtime talk - venue St John's Northgate if available
2pm - talk and book signing - Wheatstone Hall museum of Gloucester
Thursday 18th 12.30pm - lunchtime talk - venue St John's Northgate if available. Speaker: Mayor of Gloucester Neil Hampson
2pm - talk and book signing - Wheatstone Hall museum of Gloucester
Friday 19th 12.30pm - lunchtime talk - venue St John's Northgate if available
1.30pm - matinee screening of Richard III (Ian McKellen version) - Sherborne Cinema
(2pm - talk and book signing - Wheatstone Hall museum of Gloucester)
8.30pm screening of Richard III (Ian McKellen version) - Sherborne Cinema
Lunchtime talks are 45 minutes long, with time for questions afterwards. Retiring collection split between church and speakers/nominated charity
2pm talks are same length, with space for questions and book signings afterwards. A small fee/expenses will be payable.
Saturday 20th 'King Richard III - man and myth' - a day of talks at the Wheatstone Hall, Museum of Gloucester. 10am-11am - slot A. 11.30am-12.30pm - slot B
1-2pm LUNCH (sandwiches etc on sale in museum, otherwise plenty of options nearby)
2pm-3pm - slot C. 3.30pm-4.30pm - slot D. 5pm closing remarks
Talks are 45 minutes long, with 15 minutes for questions and followed by book signings. Fees/expenses will be payable to speakers.
7.30pm concert - St John's Northgate Church - 'Music in Honour of Richard III' FREE admission with retiring collection in aid of church and performers

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.

I have made a new page on this website for The Legendary Ten Seconds.

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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