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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

Richard III: Honoured at last

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Orders of Service

Leicester Cathedral have advised us that the Orders of Service for the services of Compline, Reinterment and Reveal are available at £12.50 plus P&P. If you would like to receive a set please order via their online shop. A set will then be posted to you.

Welcome

Richard III by Andrew JamiesonRichard III by Andrew Jamieson,
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Welcome to the website of the Richard III Society. We have been working since 1924 to secure a more balanced assessment of the king and to support research into his life and times. The recent Greyfriars excavation has raised the king's profile and provided us with new opportunities to make the case for 'Good King Richard'.

 

Why a society?

"… the purpose—and indeed the strength—of the Richard III Society derives from the belief that the truth is more powerful than lies; a faith that even after all these centuries the truth is important. It is proof of our sense of civilised values that something as esoteric and as fragile as reputation is worth campaigning for." Our Patron - the present Richard, Duke of Gloucester. more

 

Society Shop

An important notice regarding the Society Shop. more

 

See recent What's New items.

 

Looking for Richard FAQs

The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.

 

Latest News

After Leicester

The week of the reinterment of King Richard III is now behind us and we can all take much solace from the knowledge that the king now lies in peace and honour reburied in the consecrated ground of Leicester Cathedral. more

 

The Warrior King

You can read the chairman's address at the service held at Bosworth on Sunday 22 March in memory of King Richard and all who died at Bosworth.

 

King Richard III coffined on 15 March

On Sunday 15th March, 2015 the coffining of the mortal remains of King Richard III took place in preparation for reinterment at Leicester Cathedral on 26th March. more

 

King Richard's embroidered linen

When King Richard was coffined at the University of Leicester on 15 March the final item to be laid in the lead-lined coffin was a piece of unbleached linen embroidered by former Society secretary and current London branch secretary Elizabeth Nokes. more

 

A new Look for King Richard

Following the genome sequencing analysis led Dr Turi King of the University of Leicester, Dr King has commented in the March issue of the Bulletin that 'the genetic analysis showed that there would be a 96% probability that Richard had blue eyes and a 77% probability of Richard having blond hair. New facial reconstructionAs a consequence Prof. Caroline Wilkinson has made some changes to the facial reconstruction of Richard and he now has fair hair and blue eyes. However, further analysis may reveal that the hair is darker, or wavy, or even curly! In the meantime the re-modelled reconstruction is now back on display at the King Richard III Visitor Centre where it is on permanent loan from the Society.

 

Events

Reinterment week 22-27 March

The Society held a series of events for its members during the Reinterment week. You can also read our diary @ reinterment week.

 

Richard's Book of Hours

The prayer book belonging to King Richard and which was placed in front of his coffin during the re-burial service on 26 March is now on display at the New Walk Museum in Leicester until 28 June 2015. The Book of Hours is on loan from Lambeth Palace Library.

 

Visitor Centre Nomination

The Society is delighted to learn that the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester has been shortlisted for one of the 2015 Museums and Heritage awards following a search led by the Guardian Cultural Professionals Network for the most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction of the past 12 months.

KRIII Visitor Centre There will now be a public vote to select the overall winner. Voting closes at midnight on Friday 20 March 2015, and the winner will be announced at the national Museums and Heritage Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 29 April.

 

Rosemary Hawley Jarman

The Richard III Society learnt with much sadness of the death of Rosemary Hawley Jarman, author of the bestselling Ricardian novel, We Speak No Treason. Rosemary Hawley JarmanShe was a member of the Society for many years and it is particularly sad that she did not live to see the honourable reburial of King Richard, whose cause she upheld with great passion. There will be an obituary for Rosemary in the June issue the of Ricardian Bulletin.

 

Ricardian trail

A special trail of Ricardian sites in Leicester has been prepared so members can appreciate the medieval heritage of the city.

 

Looking for Richard III

Question: What took three years, untold amounts of grit and graft, and produced a glittering result?

Answer: Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III.

Many, including academics and archaeologists – not to mention the media – are still reeling from a success that can only be called stunning!

Phlippa Langley next to the grave
Philippa Langley next to the grave.

Philippa Langley knew King Richard III had been 'piteously slain' at Bosworth Field. And she knew the Franciscan Friars of Leicester had laid him to rest in a simple grave. But where to look? Was he still there? And would they let her try to find him?

On 25 August 2012 Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III finally came to fruition!

Find out more …