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 …
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The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.
A special trail of Ricardian sites in Leicester is being prepared so members can appreciate the medieval heritage of the city.
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.
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 …
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 …
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. As 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.
The Richard III Society learnt with much sadness today of the death of Rosemary Hawley Jarman, author of the bestselling Ricardian novel, We Speak No Treason. She 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.
In the evening there will be a special service for members at Leicester Cathedral. The service will be based on the Anglian liturgy of Evensong with invited representatives of the Roman Catholic faith
The Middleham Requiem, composed by Geoffrey Davidson and premiered at Fotheringhay Church in 1993, will be performed on the evening of King Richard's reinterment at St James the Greater, Leicester. This will be a poignant and unique event.
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.
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.