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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 Requiem Mass at Fotheringhay

to have been held 17 August 2014.: This is to advise all who were planning to attend the special Requiem Mass for King Richard III to take place on Sunday, 17th August, in the church at Fotheringhay, that the event has been postponed until some time next year. more


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Latest News

Publication of Finding Richard III

28 July 2014: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project, A.J. Carson (ed), J. Ashdown-Hill, D. Johnson, W. Johnson & P.J. Langley. This is the full story of how Richard III was found written by the Looking for Richard project team and includes reproductions of the key documents such as the Written Scheme of Investigation and Exhumation Application and Licence. Book cover

Available from the Society Shop. Price £7.50 to members (£8.50 to non-members). P&P UK £1.60, EU £2.85, RoW £2.95


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.


Leicester Cathedral's tomb design

17 June 2014: We are pleased that plans for the honourable reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral next spring are progressing.

We also note the latest design for the planned tomb, which shows the replacement of the large white rose motif inlay with a dark Kilkenny stone plinth. Some of our members will have reservations about the design, and whilst we understand the rationale behind the tomb's design its starkness will not appeal to all. There is a particular need for clearly identifiable white roses within its design. However we welcome the fact that King Richard's coffin will be made by Michael Ibsen, a direct collateral descendent of the king.

We hope that some of the issues we have with the latest tomb design can be resolved amicably, and a meeting with the cathedral authorities to discuss these matters is scheduled.

It is inevitable that there will be conflicting views about the design of the tomb, but it is important these do not detract from the solemnity and dignity of the reburial. To this end we will continue to work positively with Leicester Cathedral. The announcement by Leicester Cathedral

The BBC News website quotes Marion Hare, who is the vice chairman of the Leicester Branch of the Society—not the vice chairman of the Society as a whole—and therefore her views are personal and should not necessarily be attributed to the Society.

Marion Hare has recently been distressed by being misquoted on the BBC website. Marion made it very clear to the interviewer that she is the Vice Chair of the Leicestershire Branch, not of the Society as a whole. Her views on the tomb have also been misrepresented. She liked the design of the tomb that the cathedral first put forward with a simple cross on the top, feeling that the modern design reflected the era in which Richard was discovered. She would rather that design had been used than the tomb with the deeply cut cross.



Dynasty, Death & Discovery

The Leicester Visitor Centre opens to the public on Saturday 26 July. Based in the old Leicester Grammar School building opposite the Cathedral there are some stunning exhibits including the stain glass window of King Richard with his wife and son and the facial reconstruction of the king commissioned by the Society. The most moving part of the Centre, however, has to be the stone extension built over the grave site itself and which allows the visitor to have a few moments of quiet contemplation. For further information visit

Entrance to Dynasty, Death & Discovery


Society of Antiquaries

Summer opening 30 June — 1 August 2014: The Society of Antiquaries will be opening its doors to the public and presenting an exhibition of its portraits, Portraying the Past: Paintings from the Society of Antiquaries of London. This will be a rare opportunity to see the Society's portraits of Richard III (both the early arch-topped painting and the less edifying version with a broken sword), as well as portraits of Edward IV, Henry VII et al. Admission is free. For further information visit the SOA website.


Society supports new IPM project

10 June 2014: The Richard III Society is helping to fund a project by the University of Winchester to transcribe, translate and publish the Inquisitions Post Mortem (IPMs) from the reign of Richard III. Inquisitions were inquiries made into what lands were held by a tenant-in-chief of the crown when they died. They are valuable primary sources and the results of this project will be of great benefit to anyone undertaking research into our period. To find out more about this important initiative read the article from the June edition of the Ricardian Bulletin.

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 …