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 Society is committed to working with all involved with the events in Leicester next March to ensure that Richard III is reinterred with the dignity and honour due to an anointed king of England.
"… 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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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.
30 October 2014: Media release
We are pleased to announce that following on-going discussions the final details for the reinterment of Richard lll have been agreed and a number of our concerns addressed.
These concerns were raised at a meeting with Leicester Cathedral and the reinterment management team in late June. In some cases our view did not prevail, but in others we were more successful. In particular we were able to secure the support of the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England on a number of significant issues.
We can confirm that three key matters where we sought clarification have been successfully resolved as a result of our discussions. Firstly, the white rose of York will be engraved onto four tiles on the floor at strategic points around the tomb. Secondly, King Richard's mortal remains will be laid out in an articulated manner within the lead lining of the coffin. A rosary will also be placed within the coffin. Thirdly, the Roman Catholic Church is to have representation at significant points during the reinterment week, including the presence and prayers of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.
The funeral crown commissioned and donated by John Ashdown-Hill will feature during the reinterment services. Details here are awaiting final confirmation.
The funeral crown commissioned and donated by John Ashdown-Hill
Regrettably, one key issue for us did not reach a satisfactory conclusion. Our request that the king's remains be placed in their coffin in a place of sanctity was not agreed and we remain unconvinced by the argument that the bones are too fragile to be moved. This will be a disappointment to the many who feel that this would have been the proper ritual for a late-mediaeval king.
However given that many of our concerns have been addressed we will continue to work in a constructive manner with Leicester Cathedral. We look forward to working with and supporting all those involved with the events of next March to help ensure that King Richard is reinterred with the with dignity and honour due to an anointed king of England.
The Looking for Richard Project will be making a separate statement.
Leicester Cathedral have announced the route for king's last journey beginning on Sunday 22 March 2015.
The Leicester Visitor Centre opened 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 www.kriii.com
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.
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.
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