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'.
"… 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 …
Further to our brief summary of the Judicial Review held on 26 November, we are pleased to provide a report by Annette Carson who was an observer at the Review.
The ground breaking research by Prof Mark Lansdale and Dr Julian Boon, published in the March issue of the Ricardian Bulletin, is now available online. What does this psychological analysis tell us about Richard III? You can also watch Prof Lansdale's talk at the Society's Conference in March 2013.
The Church Fabrics Commission for England have been unable to reach a decision on the design submitted by Leicester Cathedral for the proposed tomb of King Richard. This is partly due to the Judicial Review which will take place on 26 November 2013.
Our congratulations go to key member of the Looking for Richard project, John Ashdown-Hill, who has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Frederick Hepburn has updated his Earliest Portraiture of Richard III article.
The facial reconstruction of King Richard III, commissioned by the Society,
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Society.is currently on tour. After these dates, it is expected to become a central feature of the new Visitor Centre, close to the grave site, in Leicester.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, 19 October 2013 - 5 January 2014
The British Museum, 11 January 2014 - 16 March 2014
Philippa Langley and Michael Jones undertook a country-wide tour to promote The Search for Richard III: the King's Grave published 2 October 2013.
Their tour has now concluded. It was extremely successful with packed audiences who were interested to learn more about the real Richard III.
English Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of York, 1477-1499 edited by Heather Falvey, Lesley Boatwright and Peter Hammond. See the book …