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 …
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.
Earlier this year, the University of Leicester announced that it plans to sequence the genome of Richard III's DNA. In time, this will mean that we can all know a lot more about the man—his eye and hair colour, the nature of his scoliosis, and something about his family.
Inevitably, members of the Society are divided on the issue of further testing on the remains of King Richard. Messages have been received expressing both concern and approval. Whether one approves or disagrees, it must be remembered that, once the excavation began and the subsequent events were started, the Society no longer had any control. The Richard III Society is not the custodian of the remains and Society funds paid only for the dig and the facial reconstruction. The scientific testing has been paid for by others, including Leicester University. more …
The Gastons is part of the battlefield where the House of York reasserted its hold on the throne with Edward IV's victory at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. More recently, the school which owns the land, has decided to sell it in order to raise money. To prevent the land being bought by developers, Tewkesbury Battlefield Society has set up a fighting fund to purchase the land and to keep it as a leisure facility, for walks, as a battlefield trail and a wildlife park.
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 spectre of the Judicial Review which will now take place on 13 March 2014.
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.
The British Museum—Gallery 40, 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. more …
Frederick Hepburn has updated his Earliest Portraiture of Richard III article.
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.