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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

        RIII tomb        

Read the Reburial Diary and Events held by the Society during the historic week in March 2015 and first anniversary in March 2016.
 

Welcome

Richard III by Andrew JamiesonRichard III by Andrew Jamieson,
© Richard III Society.

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

 

Join the Society

Visit the membership section to learn more about how to join the Society. Membership starts from as little as £20 per year.

 

Society Shop

An important notice regarding the Society Shop. more

 

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Latest News

Nottingham Castle transformation

Nottingham Castle, a former royal palace and a residence of significant strategic importance to Richard III during his short reign, is shortly to undergo a dramatic transformation. Plans for the castle include a new Visitor Centre situated near the medieval gatehouse, tours through the castle caves with access to previously unseen areas and a range of new exhibitions. more …

 

New feature about York

In June's Bulletin we announced that there would be a new feature on York added to the Ricardian Sites section of this website during the summer. The feature includes details about buildings and sites in the city that Richard III would have known together with other information of interest to Ricardians. more …

 

Richard III tops History Hot 100

Richard III has come top of BBC History Magazine's 'History Hot 100' for the second year running. The results are published in July's edition of the magazine. more …

 

King Richard III Visitor Centre quotations

It is with great pleasure that
we see quotations about Richard III are now being applied to the walls of the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester. more …

 

'The Hollow Crown—The Wars of the Roses'

John Saunders writes the Society's response to the BBC production of 'The Hollow Crown—The Wars of the Roses' which is currently being aired. more …

 

Executive Committee Nominations

Nominations for membership of the Executive Committee are being accepted. To have your nomination considered please complete the application form found here.

 

Margaret of York

Margaret of York
The Richard III and Yorkist History Trust
has just published 'Margaret of York' by Harry Schnitker, the first in a series of research monographs of recently completed doctoral theses on topics related to late medieval English History. more …

 

Events

 

21 Aug: Bosworth Commemoration

Annual pilgrimage to remember King Richard. more …

 

10 Sept: Minster Lovell and Reading

Morning visit to Reading; afternoon visit to Minster Lovell. more …

 

1 Oct 2016: AGM & Members' Day

2016 Members' Day and AGM at The Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Fossgate, York YO1 9XD. more …

 

2 Oct 2016: Middleham

Come with us to the place that Richard called home. more …

 

Branches & Groups events

 

Battle of Northampton (1460) site

A planning application has been received by Northampton Borough Council for a car park to be built on the battlefield site—a battle site of The Wars of the Roses. Mike Ingram (Chair, NBS) says: "We have just heard that the golf course has withdrawn its planning application. A small victory for the battlefield! We shall need to remain vigilant and it may rear its head again in the future. Please can you pass on our sincere gratitude to all your membership for their support and objections which undoubtedly helped our success."

 

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.

 

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 …