Details about Richard III and the Richard III Society


Richard III - The discovery of his remains

King Richard III has been found! Leicester University's account of his discovery.

Details of the press conference with close-ups of the skeleton.

3D map of Richard III's grave from the University of Leicester.

Details of the hastily dug grave where Richard III was buried. The full article is in Antiquity.

See photographs of the dig on the Pictures page. It is being kept open for further investigation.

Excellent report on the Greyfriars Dig so far.

Press release from the Richard III Society celebrating the finding of King Richard III's remains.

Richard's reconstructed head.

Another report on the facial reconstruction.


The design of Richard's tomb revealed.

Richard III is to get a tomb in Leicester Cathedral. Report from Leicester University.

Statement from the Richard III Society and an overhead view of the proposed tomb.

More detail about the tomb.

Details and pictures of the Society's proposed tomb for Richard III. (Scroll down the page on the second link to find the tomb.)

Video from Leicester Cathedral showing the changes to accommodate Richard III's tomb and statue.

Tomb design - Leicester Cathedral say their design is fine.

Leicester Cathedral's latest proposals for the tomb.

Plans to screen the reburial live on TV.

Judicial Review

Plantagenet Alliance granted a judicial review. Full details.

The Justice Secretary defends choice of Leicester for reburial.

Ministry of Justice challenging the judicial review granted to the Plantagenet Alliance.

The judicial review held on 26 November 2013 was adjourned until 13 March to accommodate Leicester City Council as one of the defendants.

Further investigation of Richard III's remains

Report on Richard's teeth.

King Richard III had roundworm infection.

Did King Richard III sound like this?

What to see in Leicester

Illustrations of the story so far.

Leicester University and the discovery of Richard III.

Exhibition in Leicester Guildhall.

Richard III and Leicester Cathedral.

What to see in Leicester.


King Richard lll's Song, written and sung in folk style by Robin Pizer, and based on the historical account of King Richard's death and the finding of bones in Greyfriars Leicester.

A new song by Robin Pizer entitled Over and Over Again. It's about who, if anyone, killed the princes!


Public ballot for places at King Richard III's Reburial and other services.

More on the ballot and a timetable for the week in March.

An announcement by the Looking For Richard Project about the Richard III Visitor Centre and arrangements for Richard's reburial.

Judith Bingham has been commissioned to compose the music to accompany the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday March 26 2015.

Details of the route of the cortege taking the remains of King Richard III on his final journey.

Details of the plans for the reburial week next March.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is related to Richard III.

King Richard III will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday 26 March 2015.

More information about the reburial.

An article from the Looking for Richard team about what is happening to Richard III's remains.

Reviews of the year since announcement that Richard's remains had been found.

Richard's funeral crown, designed and paid for by John Ashdown-Hill.

Article about the sons of Edward IV written by Annette Carson.

Recreation of Greyfriars and Richard's original tomb. It includes a fly-by video reconstruction of the Greyfriars and Richard's tomb.

Further investigation of Richard III's remains

Identification of the remains of King Richard III with emphasis on his DNA. It reveals evidence of infidelity somewhere.

Richard probably had blue eyes, and blond hair when a child.

Details of where the DNA research was carried out and who led the research.

Read the article in the Lancet Perimortem trauma in King Richard III: a skeletal analysis and watch a video about it.

Reports on the latest Lancet article about the wounds which killed Richard.

Journal of Archaeological Science article Multi-isotope analysis demonstrates significant lifestyle changes in King Richard III. The findings formed part of the Channe1 4 programme Richard III: The New Evidence shown at 9pm on Sunday 17 August 2014.

The documentary also featured a body double for Richard III, demonstrating how scoliosis had little impact on his ability as a warrior.

More research on Richard's DNA to discover the colour of his hair and eyes.

Bob Woosnam-Savage's account of the last moments of Richard's life.

Good article about Richard's scoliosis.

The Lancet article about Richard III's scoliosis. You need to register to access the full article.

Report from Leicester University about the 3-D investigation of his spine. This includes a revolving image of his spine.

Very good audio discussion of the above research with Piers Mitchell (Leicester) and Bruno Morgan (Cambridge).

Another report about Richard's spine.

What to see in Leicester

Richard III and Leicester Cathedral.

What to see in Leicester.

Richard's statue being lifted and sent away for restoration.

Richard III's statue in Leicester being moved to near the cathedral after cleaning.

Richard's statue in its new home in the Cathedral Gardens in Leicester.

New exhibition centre in Leicester opened on July 26.

Tickets for the new exhibition are on sale now.

A review of the Visitor Centre now it has been open a while.

Preview of new visitor centre.

Crowds gathered for the grand opening of the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Replica skeleton on display at centre.

Interesting report on the 3D recreation of Richard's skeleton which includes a video about the new centre.

Criticism of the new visitor centre.

Two more reports criticising the displays at the centre.

Statement from the Looking For Richard Project about supposed comments about the new visitor centre.


The proposed tomb has been redesigned - see below and see under 2013 for the original design favoured by the cathedral and the better design from the Richard III Society.

The revised design of the tomb for the reburial of King Richard III.

The revised design for the tomb from the Leicester Cathedral website.

Michael Ibsen is to make the coffin to go inside the tomb.

Another report on the tomb.

The Richard III Society has the following statement on its website on the final tomb design.

A meeting took place on Monday 23rd June at the request of the Richard III Society and the Looking for Richard Project, with members of the King Richard III Re-interment Project Team. The meeting was constructive and conducted in a spirit of mutual goodwill, co-operation and reconciliation. The Re-interment Project Team undertook to look in further detail at a number of the points raised and to respond back in due course. It can, however, be confirmed that the design of the Swaledale fossil stone tomb with the incised cross on will go ahead as stated by the Cathedral on 16 June and as approved by the Cathedral Fabrics Commission. Discussions about the design did reveal that the lettering around the plinth, King Richard’s name, dates, and motto Loyaulte me lie, together with four small boars, will be cut out of the Kilkenny marble stone and will appear white, not black as shown on the CGI image. Of course the incised cross will remain a disappointment to some but it was emphasised that the deep cut of the cross will allow light to flood through it, achieved through specially designed lighting in the newly created ambulatory. This is an interesting concept, which does require some imagination to visualise, but we are assured it will work. Phil Stone Chairman & Wendy Moorhen Deputy Chair

Interview with Michael Ibsen.

Not everyone is pleased with the revised design of the tomb. A poll in Leicester had 12% of the respondents approve the design, while 88% oppose it!

This article in Catholic News Live is very well written and critical of the new design.

Philippa Langley expresses criticism of the revised design of the tomb.

The Richard III Society has the following statement on its website about the article below: 19 June 2014: A report in the Leicester Mercury on Thursday 19 June implied that the Society took a different position to Philippa Langley over the most recent version for the tomb design for King Richard in Leicester Cathedral. This is not the case; we share common concerns about the design and will be jointly discussing these matters with the cathedral and other interested parties on Monday 23 June.

The Richard III Society response to criticism of the tomb, according to the Leicester Mercury.

Philippa Langley and the Dean of Leicester were interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester on Monday 16 June. The interviews begin at 2 hrs 6 mins into the programme. You can read a transcript by Nerdalicious.

Chris Skidmore has found a letter from Richard III about his chantry chapel in York Minster.

Judicial Review

Richard III to be reburied in Leicester Cathedral in Spring 2015.

The cost of the judicial review.

Report on the latest judicial review on March 13th.

Another report on the judicial review.


Details of the reburial week events:

Sunday 22 March
King Richard's funeral procession from the University of Leicester via Bosworth and various villages back to Leicester Cathedral.
King Richard went from Leicester University to Bosworth before returning to Leicester Cathedral where he was received by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, who preached at the Compline Service.
Details of the route of the cortege taking the remains of King Richard III on his final journey.
The route was University of Leicester, Fenn Lane Farm, Dadlington, Sutton Cheney, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon, Desford and back to Leicester via Bow Bridge, arriving at the cathedral around 5.45pm.

Coverage of the funeral cortege on March 22.

Order of service.

The complete ceremony at Leicester University on Sunday morning with a list of everyone who took part is available on YouTube.

Monday 23 March

There was a hospitality suite in the guildhall from 23 - 27 March for members of the Richard III Society.

At 5 pm there was a Requiem Mass in the Holy Cross Priory Church in Wellington Street which was conducted by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, wearing a chasuble dating from Richard's time. Cardinal Nichols celebrated mass for the repose of the soul (a Requiem Mass) of Richard III in Holy Cross Church, the Catholic parish church and Dominican priory in Leicester city centre. The Choir from St Barnabas’ Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Nottingham, sang at this mass.

At 7pm the Richard III Society's own service - admission by ticket only - was held at the Cathedral which lasted between an hour and an hour and a half.

Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 March
King Richard's body lay in state in Leicester Cathedral so the public could pay its respects.

Thursday 26 March - Leicester

King Richard III was reburied on Thursday March 26 2015 at Leicester Cathedral.
Reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. This was broadcast live on Channel 4.
King Richard was reinterred in the Cathedral in the presence of the Most Rev and Rt Hon the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. There were large screens set up in the Cathedral gardens.
In the evening the Richard III Society organised a performance of Geoffrey Davidson's Middleham Requiem at the church of St James the Greater, London Road, Leicester, with a 21-piece orchestra, a choir of 50, 12 choristers, three soloists and a narrator. This was only the fourth but the most poignant performance of this unique work which premiered at Fotheringhay church in 1993.

Descendants of those who fought at the Battle of Bosworth were traced and invited to the king's reburial.

Benedict Cumberbatch is related to Richard III and read a poem at the reburial.

Another relative of Richard's who attended the reburial.

The Order of Service and the Bishop of Leicester's sermon. The order of service is as printed not as bound, so you have to leap about to follow the pages.

Thursday 26 March - York
Events in York on Reburial Day. Ricardians met outside the Minster at 12 noon. The group entered the Minster where a small remembrance of King Richard was followed by the placing of white roses at Richard's window to the accompaniment of singing by a soprano. White roses were available for those attending.
York Minster held a service of Evensong at 5.15pm to commemorate the life of King Richard III.

Thursday 26 March - Lancashire
At 7.30pm at St Catherine’s Church, Stanifield Lane, Farington, Leyland, PR25 4QG (Off Junction 1 M65 or Junction 28 / 29 on M6)
A Requiem Mass in the style and manner of Richard's time. Sung High Latin Mass with Singers of the Laeta Cantoribus Choir. A light Buffet with wine was served afterwards. Father Henry welcomed all Ricardians to the service.

Friday 27 March
Invited people from across the city of Leicester and the county of Leicestershire gathered in the Cathedral to mark the end of King Richard's journey with the revealing of his sealed tomb.

Pictures from Friday evening in the area around the cathedral.

Special supplements of the week's events to download.

Stone for the tomb.

Interview with Turi King about Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard’s relatives.

Details of the reburial service.

Agreement for Richard to be coffined in a holy place.

Bumper visitor numbers in Leicester for the reburial.

One of the men who carried Richard's coffin.

Mason who worked on tomb.

Tomb proving a big attraction.

Thousands still visiting Richard’s tomb. Includes a gallery of photos from March 22nd, the day of the cortege.

New research shows how Richard successfully concealed his scoliosis during his lifetime.

Document relating to Richard III and Middleham Church.

An American who is related to Richard III.

Richard's reconstructed head with lighter hair and blue eyes.

Details of how Richard's remains were put into the lead ossuary and then into the oak coffin made of Herefordshire oak.

Samples of soil from Fotheringhay, Middleham and Bosworth are to be buried with Richard.

The remains of the church where Richard’s body was first displayed after his death at Bosworth.

In 1920 Charles Billson realised that Richard's remains had not been thrown into the river but were still where they were buried in Greyfriars.

Timeline of the discovery of Richard III.

Article about plans for the reburial.

Details of the Channel 4 television programmes during reburial week.

Details of events on Thursday March 26.

Timelapse video of second excavation at Greyfriars.

Leicester pupils recording a song in honour of Richard III.

Bunting to go round the square in Market Bosworth on Sunday 22nd March.

Press release from Leicester University on the fatal blow.

Richard's prayer book will be in Leicester during reburial week.

Souvenir rose pin on sale at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Another souvenir white rose for sale.

News about the other body found near that of the king. The remains are those of a woman.

Scientists identify the actual wound which killed Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth.

Video released showing the moment Richard III's bones were first uncovered.

Leicester Cathedral has announced that King Richard III's final journey will be overseen by Funeral Directors A. J. Adkinson & Son of Oadby. They have been given the honour of carrying the remains of King Richard III from the University of Leicester to Leicester Cathedral.

Article about the lead ossuary for Richard III.

The Countess of Wessex is attending the reinterment service.

How the alterations to Leicester Cathedral are progressing.

White rose tribute for Richard III.

Leicester school children are making bags to contain some of King Richard III's bones in the coffin.

Leicestershire school children recreating Richard's prayer book.

Leicestershire school children are making medieval flags for the reburial.

Richard's prayer book will be in Leicester during reburial week.

Good for up-to-date news on what is happening in Leicester, including all the events organised for reburial week March 21 - March 29.

The memorial stone donated to Leicester Cathedral by the Leicestershire Branch of the Richard III Society, formerly the East Midlands Branch, has been removed from the Cathedral and is on loan to the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Report on the research into Richard's DNA.

A company in Penrith is making Richard's tomb.

John Ashdown-Hill explains why Catholic burial rites are important for Richard III.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a third cousin of Richard III, 16 times removed.

Current Archaeology issue 299 contains an article on Richard III and the DNA evidence. The article on the link sums up the research very well and contains links to previous issues where you can read extracts of previous articles about Richard.

Details of the rosary given by John Ashdown-Hill being blessed before it is buried with Richard III.

Article about Princess Joanna of Portugal who might have married Richard III if things had gone well for him.

Interview with Dr Phil Stone, Chairman of the Richard III Society, about Richard III.

Final costs of the reburial.

New information panels in Leicester cathedral.

Lots of videos about finding Richard III.

Philippa Langley's account of how Richard’s body was discovered.

Philippa Langley and John Ashdown-Hill awarded MBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Anna Louise Parker engraved Richard's coffin and the box containing the three soil samples.

Three places associated with Richard III - his tomb, the visitor centre and Bosworth - are listed among the 25 most important places to visit in the world.

The lecture on Finding Richard III delivered at Keble College by Jo Appleby and Turi King on 12 October 2015.

King Richard III may feature on new road signs to mark entry into Leicester.

Students asked to design an hologram of Richard III to go on display at remains of Church of the Annunciation in Leicester.

Philippa Langley and John Ashdown-Hill receive their MBEs from the Queen on Friday 9 October 2015.
From The Richard III Society: The Richard III Society congratulates Philippa Langley and Dr John Ashdown-Hill on each receiving the MBE from HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Friday, 9th October. Philippa and John have been awarded the MBE in recognition of their services to ‘the Exhumation and Identification of Richard III’ (London Gazette). The MBE is given by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of a significant achievement of outstanding service to the community, and for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.
Philippa Langley’s successful Looking For Richard project marked the first-ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England.
The project took seven and a half years, including four years of research and remarkably on the first day of the dig, King Richard’s remains were discovered in the place Philippa Langley had indicated.
Vital to Ms Langley’s search getting underway and its successful conclusion was the identification by Dr John Ashdown-Hill of the mtDNA sequence of Richard III in 2004/5.

Playlist of short videos about Richard III's funeral and discovery.

3D model of the Church of the Annunciation where Richard III's body was displayed after Bosworth.

Reburial of King Richard III nominated as one of the best tourism experiences in Leicestershire, along with the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

The series of four meetings in Leicester Cathedral, known as ‘Dean’s Discussions’ are now available to listen to on-line. Each discussion lasts about an hour.
The people ‘interviewed’ are:
Jacqui Binns, who made the pall that covered King Richard’s coffin,
James Elliot, who carved the tomb,
Thomas Greenaway, who made the pietra dura Plantagenet arms on the tomb, and
Tom Denny, who is making stained glass windows to be set near the tomb.


Leicester University Archaeological Services has created a 3D model of King Richard III's grave.

King Richard’s grave reconstructed in 3D.

Coverage of the reinterment anniversary events held in Leicester. The last link also includes a gallery of photos from the route of the cortege on Sunday 22 March 2015.

De Montfort University Leicester marking the first anniversary of the reburial of King Richard III.

Photo mosaic of King Richard III at the King Richard III Visitor Centre until 2 May.

Richard's X-rays turned into art.

Tributes to author David Baldwin who died on April 4th.

The new stained glass windows in Leicester Cathedral telling the story of Richard III.

Richard's statue vandalised.

Tuesday 3 May 2016: Radio 4 about Leicester City's Premier League success included a short story by Michael Morpugo. A "fairytale" describing Richard III's part in it! This version is visual too and do keep going to the very end and there are a couple of nice photos.

The Guardian's Richard III related comment on Leicester City's success in the premiership.

A plane with the sign 'Had a Hunch We'd Win - Richard III' flies over the ground during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at the King Power Stadium on May 7th , 2016.

Making the most of connections with Richard III: Tutbury Castle custodians have realised that Richard III visited the castle and are to publicise the fact. The information is not new though - see Rhoda Edwards’ invaluable book The Itinerary of King Richard III 1483 – 1485.

Article about the planned memorial in Bridport to commemorate Richard III's visit.

Richard III has come top of a poll by the BBC History magazine to find History's Hot 100.

Richard III and St Ninian. Did Richard visit the saint's hometown of Whithorn? Philippa Langley MBE has been helping the Whithorn Trust with its research and will give a talk on Richard III to the Trust in September. The Trust is to unveil an interpretation board in August.

John Ashdown-Hill has published a new edition of "The Secret Queen: Eleanor Talbot, The Woman Who Put Richard III On The Throne". Do have a look at John's Facebook page for his latest comments.

Here is the full press release from The History Press about The Secret Queen: Eleanor Talbot The Woman who put Richard III on the Throne.

Reports about the re-enactment events over the weekend of 20 and 21 August at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. Lots of photos.

Report about the two day event about King Richard III at Sudeley Castle.

The story of a girl who realised she had scoliosis too after watching the programme about Richard. She’s since had her spine straightened.

The Richard III Society would like to congratulate Professor Caroline Wilkinson on receiving the Combined Royal Colleges Award from the Royal Photographic Society for "an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical photography or medical imaging."
The citation states that she is an authority on facial reconstruction and often called on as an expert in the media. Also, Professor Wilkinson is a leading figure in facial anthropology and the developments used to reconstruct/identify individuals without DNA, fingerprints and dental records.
Her reconstruction of the face of Richard III is featured in a small film about her on the RPS website and the reconstruction can be seen in the King Richard III Visitor centre in Leicester where it is on permanent loan from the Society.

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. We have also agreed that it will fly at half-mast on 22nd August and 9th April. 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
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.

Transcript of a trial in Leicester to determine if Richard III was guilty of murdering his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. The verdict thankfully was No.

A memorial in Bridport to commemorate Richard’s visit there.


Philippa Langley MBE has opened the Richard III Room at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester.

Memorial to Richard III in Market Bosworth.

Richard III's Book of Hours - Please wait until pages are fully loaded, else they can look somewhat distorted.
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.

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.

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

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.

Sheriff Hutton Castle for sale.

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

Brooch found at Kirby Muxloe castle auctioned on 23 August for £20,800. It could have belonged to Katherine, wife of William Hastings.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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


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.

People who have been inspired by the discovery of Richard III's remains, including Dominic Smee, Michael Ibsen and Ian Churchward.

Dominic Smee

A document from Richard’s time, detailing his income from the Duchy of Cornwall has been found.
It was sold at Bonhams on March 21st for £20,000.

Richard III's National Portrait Gallery portrait built in Lego.

Article on Queen Anne Neville.

Sadly Dr John Ashdown-Hill MBE died on Friday 18 May 2018 of motor neurone disease.
He will be remembered with affection by all who knew him, and valued forever by all Ricardians for his invaluable research, especially his crucial part in the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.
The following statement is from the Executive Committee of the Richard III Society: "It is with sadness that we announce the passing today (18th May, 2018) of Dr John Ashdown-Hill. A prolific and popular author, John played an important, not to say critical, role in the Looking for Richard Project. It was he who tracked down Mike Ibsen, one of the two whose DNA helped to confirm that the remains in the car park were actually those of King Richard. When we first learnt of John’s illness, one could only wonder how long he had before he succumbed, motor neurone disease coming in various forms, some worse than others. For John, his passing was probably a blessing though he will be much missed by his friends and members of the Society. Our thoughts and prayers go with them all at this time. The news comes too late for the June issue of the Ricardian Bulletin but there will be a full tribute in the September issue."
Another tribute to John.
Another tribute to John.
Another tribute to John.
There was a Memorial Mass for Dr John Ashdown-Hill MBE at 12 noon on Friday 6th July 2018, at St. James the Less, 51 Priory Street, Colchester, CO1 2QB.
There was a tribute to Dr John Ashdown-Hill MBE during the service in honour of King Richard III at 4.30 pm on Saturday 7 July, as part of the 2018 Middleham Celebrates Richard III weekend, at the Church of St Mary & St Alkelda, Middleham.

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.

There will be a Memorial service for Dr John Ashdown-Hill MBE at Westminster Cathedral at 2.30pm on Friday 16 November, organised by the Richard III Society. You need to confirm your attendance at

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.

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

On Tuesday 25 September, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council voted 12 to 5 in favour of allowing the car test track on part of the site of the battle of Bosworth. The Richard III Society has sent a letter together with protests from numerous historians and authors against the scheme.

An open letter to the Planning Committee of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council from the Richard III Society:

The battle of Bosworth was one of the most significant events in English history. It is remarkable for the fact that it featured the final cavalry charge of the last English king to die in battle. This event led to the end of over three hundred years of Plantagenet rule, and the beginning of the Tudor era.

Despite being a Society with a research focus firmly on events of the past, we are in no way opposed to technological progress. It was indeed more recent advances in genetics and DNA fingerprinting which allowed King Richard himself to be identified once his remains were located beneath the Social Services car park in Leicester in 2012. However, we are concerned that something as historically and culturally important as the battlefield, which has a direct relevance to the king now buried in Leicester Cathedral, will be adversely impacted by this development. We appreciate the need to test this new technology but by its nature, and bearing in mind the speed of future technological advances, it is likely to become quickly obsolete, whereas the damage done to the battlefield will be irreparable. We are therefore concerned that the battlefield will be lost for a project which may be important in the short term, but is unlikely to have a significant lasting value across centuries to come. This being the case, surely an alternative site can be found, where our heritage will not be destroyed?

We appeal to the Councillors on the Planning Committee of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to listen, not just to us, but to many of the local residents who have recently commented publicly and signed a petition against this development along with other groups who feel as we do and whose work supports important local tourism in the area. Amongst those are the Battlefields Trust, the Richard III Loyal Supporters, the Henry Tudor Society, and the many, many other experts in their fields who hold such strong opinions on this issue they have sent us the statements of support that are included with this letter.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council are the custodians of this unique and historically important place. We implore you to make the right decision and protect the battlefield for future generations. Our trust is in you to ensure that the site can be enjoyed in years to come, as it has been over its long and revealing history.

Statements in support of the campaign to preserve Bosworth Battlefield can be accessed here.

The Telegraph covered the support against the car test track in articles on the 22 and 24 September.

There was a Parliamentary Debate on Wednesday 12 September at 4.30pm led by Chris Skidmore MP to discuss the proposed building on Bosworth Battlefield.

Chris states: "The battle site is remarkably well preserved - as recent archaeological investigations have shown, there is still much evidence buried beneath its fields. As the discovery of Richard III's remains under the tarmac of a car park in Leicester demonstrate, our hidden past can unearth remarkable finds. Yet this planning application for a huge driverless car testing track due to be decided on 25th September threatens to tarmac over a historic battlefield - setting a dangerous precedent for battlefields and archaeological heritage across the country that deserves to be protected for future investigation."

A report on the debate.

Here is the Hansard transcript of the debate.

Map of the battlefield showing the area in question.

The Battlefield Trust’s argument:
The planning application building proposals will not allow the proper presentation of the wider battlefield in the future. In particular it will not be possible to stand where Henry Tudor stood when he first saw Richard III’s army, ponder the decision he then made and from there to walk in his footsteps to the point where the armies engaged, to where Richard III tried to attack him, to where Richard III was himself killed and the hill where Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII. England could lose a precious educational heritage and tourism asset, which would combine beautifully with the Richard III Visitor Centre and Leicester Cathedral.

Press release from the Richard III Society about the proposal to build on part of the site of the Battle of Bosworth.

There are plans to build a driverless car testing site on part of the historic Bosworth Battlefield site, where King Richard lost his life 533 years ago.

The public consultation period for this has ended. The planning meeting regarding this application on Tuesday 28th August deferred a decision for one month. If you wish to contact the council and raise an objection, please email the following - (Case officer)
and copy to


Please also sign this petition to try to save the battlefield site from being built on.

More articles on the proposed building on the site of Bosworth Battlefield, as major groups dedicated to preserving our heritage register their protests.

Part of Tewkesbury Battlefield is under threat from an extension to the Aldi carpark.
At the planning committee meeting on 30 August, the application to extend Aldi’s carpark into an undeveloped area of the battlefield was passed unanimously. The carpark extension is onto a patch of land which has had nothing done to it since it stopped being part of a field in the mid-seventies beyond having trees planted on it.


Dr John Ashdown-Hill’s Crown in Leicester Cathedral: Display Text Update.

Philippa Langley reports that Leicester Cathedral has agreed to amend the text for John Ashdown-Hill’s 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.

A detailed timeline of events from the discovery of the remains of Richard III to his reburial in Leicester Cathedral. No credit to Dr John Ashdown-Hill or the Looking for Richard Project either.

A medieval hat badge found in a field in Lincolnshire was auctioned on April 26 by Duke's Auctioneers of Dorchester.

It didn't sell.

Please note the inaccuracies in the Daily Mail report and the painting shown is of Henry VII NOT Edward IV!

About Richard III

Richard was born in Fotheringhay Castle on October 2nd 1452. As Duke of Gloucester his hard work helped keep his brother, Edward IV, on the throne. Richard III was King of England from 1483 to 1485. He died in battle at Bosworth Field in Leicestershire on August 22. Shakespeare cast him wrongly as a murdering villain, and the image stuck. Shakespeare was a brilliant dramatist but a lousy historian. By studying what is known of his life a totally different man emerges.

On February 4 2013 it was announced that the human remains found in the choir of the Greyfriars in Leicester belong to King Richard III. He was reburied in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday March 26 2015.

For lots more information about this fascinating man visit the Richard III Society's web site, the American Branch's web site, and other sites run by branches of the Richard III Society worldwide. The page of Ricardian web sites provides links to most of them.

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Joining the Richard III Society

See How To Join on the Richard III Society's website, where you can download a membership form to complete and post or email.

Write to:

E-Mediacy Ltd, The Quadrangle Centre, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich, IP3 9QR.
Telephone: 01473 320311
With your full name and title, address, post code, telephone number and email address, and a cheque made payable to The Richard III Society for:

Full member £29
Family membership £35
Senior citizen membership £22
Senior citizen family membership £28
Junior members (under 18) £12. Please give date of birth
Student members (over 18) £22. On a full time educational course
Schools £35
Overseas members postage supplement £13

For this you will receive one issue of "The Ricardian" a year, containing detailed research about medieval topics relating to Richard III, and four copies of the "Ricardian Bulletin" a year, which contains all the news about the Society, meetings and outings.

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 give a discount, 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. 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
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.

Thanks to the success of the bad press Richard received from Sir Thomas More, Henry VII and ultimately William Shakespeare, much of what people believe about Richard is totally wrong. The discovery of his skeleton has proved once and for all that he was not a hunchback, but had scoliosis, meaning one shoulder was higher than the other. No one who saw him clothed or in armour would notice anything wrong. Members of the Society publicise what is really known about him, to demonstrate how unrealistic many so-called facts are.

To quote the official aims of the society:
In the belief that many features of the traditional accounts of the character and career of Richard III are neither supported by sufficient evidence nor reasonably tenable, the Society aims to promote in every possible way research into the life and times of Richard III, and to secure a re-assessment of the material relating to this period, and of the role in English history of this monarch.

For lots more information about this fascinating man visit the Richard III Society's web site, the American Branch's web site, and other sites run by branches of the Richard III Society worldwide. The page of Ricardian web sites provides links to most of them.

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Joining the Worcestershire Branch

The branch exists so that members of the Society who live in and around Worcestershire can meet regularly to share their knowledge and enjoyment of Richard and his times. Our meetings are very social occasions.

Have a look at the branch history to see some highlights of previous years.

See this year's programme for details of all the meetings planned for this year.

Click here for details of how to join the branch. New members are always welcome.

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