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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 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


The King's Grave

28 July 2014: Philippa Langley and Michael Jones' book published last year has now been released as a paperback and includes a new chapter entitled 'Towards Reburial'. Available from the Society Shop.


See recent What's New items.

Society Ballot

The Society is holding its own ballot for members to obtain places at the Leicester Cathedral service on 23rd, 26th and 27th March as well as for its own events. The ballot, which closes on 7 January for eligible members, will be drawn on 10 January in London.

Latest News

Narrator for the Requiem

The Society is delighted to announce that the actor, director and writer, Sir Timothy Ackroyd, will be the narrator of the Middleham Requiem. His acting debut was in 1976 when he was nominated as 'Most Promising Newcomer' in the West End Theatre Awards for his performance as Clytemnestra in Aeschylus's Agamemnon. Tim AckroydHis London début was in Brian Forbes' controversial and hugely successful Macbeth at The Old Vic and he has appeared in the television movies Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell and Lost in Africa. In 1989 he helped found the Tusk Trust, a charity dedicated to conserving and protecting African wildlife.


King Richard's reinterment

Leicester Cathedral have announced their plans for a public ballot for places at their services during the reinterment week, 22 - 27 March 2015. The Society will be contacting all its members worldwide in the next few days with further information.Leicester Cathedral

The ballot, which is open to anyone aged 10 and over, closes at midday on December 31. Names will be chosen at random and those selected will receive a personal invitation from the Dean of Leicester. The ballot will be live from 8am, on Friday, December 12 2014. We expect the ballot page to be very busy!


King Richard's last journey

Leicester Cathedral have announced the route for king's last journey beginning on Sunday 22 March 2015.


The Society is planning a series of events for its members during the Reinterment week 23 – 27 March including:

Monday 23 March

There will be a get together for Society members at the Holiday Inn, St Nicholas' Circle, for an informal buffet lunch/early supper.Statue of Richard III in the Cathedral Gardens

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


Thursday 26 March

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.Church of St James The Greater, Leicester


Ricardian trail

A special trail of Ricardian sites in Leicester is being 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 …