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Study Day Saturday 12 May 2018 - FULL DAY
"Researching Two Princes, Three Kings and the Last Medieval Queens" - full details of the Worcestershire Branch Study Day at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall DY10 4QA - reserve the date in your diary!

Please complete and return the booking form. Tickets cost £10 for branch members and £20 for non-members. This will include lunch, tea and coffee. Lunch will consist of a savoury and sweet buffet.

Someone will pick visitors up from Kidderminster train station to take them to the venue. The venue has a capacity of 120 people.

10am to 10.30am - registration and coffee.

Matthew Lewis will talk first on “The Survival of the Princes in the Tower”, 10:30 – 11:30 followed by a half hour tea break. Next the talk by Dr Heather Falvey on the “Reburial of Henry VI at St George’s Chapel, Windsor”, 12:00 – 1:00. We will then take an hour break for lunch, 1:00pm till 2:00, and then finish with Joanna Laynesmith’s talk, “In Search of Medieval Queens” 2:00pm till 3:00. This will be followed by a final tea break until 3:30.

More on the speakers 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?

A document from Richard’s time, detailing his income from the Duchy of Cornwall has been found.
It goes on sale at Bonhams on March 21st.

Lynda Telford's latest book Women in Medieval England is out now.

The Yorkshire Musuem at York has a new display including the Middleham Jewel.

The Canterbury Roll belongs to the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and was drawn up in the late 1420's or early 1430's, intended to defend the legitimacy of Henry VI. It was modified after 1461 to include the Yorkist Kings.

Announcing John Ashdown-Hill's forthcoming book The Mythology of the Princes in the Tower in which he reveals the mtDNA of the bones.

John Ashdown-Hill also has a book about Cecily Neville due out this year.

Richard III's gravesite has been given protected status by Historic England.

A gold half angel coin from Richard’s reign found near Bosworth was auctioned in London on December 13 at Dix Noonan Webb. Lot number 964.
It sold for £34,000. With commission etc the buyer paid £40,800.

Pamela Tudor Craig died on the 5th December at the age of 89. This is a nice article about her (scroll down the page to find the tribute).

A French postage stamp was issued in July 2017 showing Edward IV and the King of France on the bridge at Picquigny in 1475.

The branch made a donation of £50 to the Edgar Tower Make Your Mark appeal, for a stone in the renovated tower at Worcester Cathedral to bear the initials RIII. The dedication in the Commemorative Ledger will say: Richard III Society Worcestershire Branch. To commemorate visits by Richard III to Worcester. The Ledger will be kept in the Cathedral Library. Unfortunately the initials are going to be on the inside so we can’t get to see the stone, but we will be sent a plan showing its location and a photograph of it. We already have a certificate to mark the donation.

Saturday 29 June 2019
Joint Mortimer History Society and Richard III Society conference in Ludlow.
Three speakers are booked already - Ian Mortimer on the Mortimer claim to the throne; Prof Chris Given-Wilson on the rebellions against the Lancastrian kings in the name of Mortimer; Joanna Laynesmith on how Cecily Neville and Edward IV used the symbolism and mythology of the Mortimer inheritance.
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.

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.

This promotional video will make you laugh! It's for the new album Murrey and Blue from The Legendary Ten Seconds.

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 £51.
A copy is in our branch library.

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

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.

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

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.

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 (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 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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