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August Events in and around Leicester

Aug 17th & 18th – Bosworth Medieval Festival (10.00-1730)
Tickets are available online .They are valid for both days, but you need to purchase one for either day. You can also visit the Ticket Office (10.00 am to 5.00 pm) or ‘phone 01455 290429.
Price: Adults £17.50, Concession £15.00. Please do not forget to visit the Richard III Society Stall.

Sat Aug 17th at 17.30 Choral Evensong at Leicester Cathedral
This service marks the anniversary of the death of Richard III at the battle of Bosworth. The banners will be carried and white roses laid. For more details click here.

Aug 22nd Rose Laying Ceremony
On Thursday Aug. 22nd 11:00-11:30 a rose laying ceremony will take place at the Bosworth Sundial Memorial. For more details
visit here or Tel: 01455 290429.

Aug 22nd Reinterment Relived: The Dean Reflects
On the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth David Monteith will offer some reflections on Richard III’s reinterment in March of 2015. Leicester Cathedral at 6.30 pm. Free admission, no booking required.

Open Streets Greyfriars Aug 25th – Richard III (13.00-16.00)
From April to October on the fourth Sunday of each month Leicester has a themed afternoon of cycling aimed at families in the city centre. The theme in August will be King Richard III and details will appear after the July event on July 28th.

The Leicestershire Branch will be having a stall at this event in the vicinity of King Richard’s Statue and a talk will be given between 14.00-15.00 at either the Richard III Visitor Centre or the Guildhall.



The Lincoln Record Society …

… is holding a weekend conference in September on “Lincolnshire in the Wars of the Roses”, with speakers including the Society’s own Drs. Anne Sutton and Joanna Laynesmith.
See this attachment for more details.

Coming up soon …

John’s second posthumous book …


Here is the front cover of the next book, about Edward IV’s chief mistress, from Britain’s busiest historian , to be published by Pen and Sword on 31 July. I wonder which surprises he will have for us this time?

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Remembering …

this interview exactly six years ago, on Radio 4’s “Today”, between Evan Davis and John

Ricardian Bulletin articles available online

 The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924
Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO
Bringing you the latest important news and events about Richard III.

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Dear Members,

The Ricardian Bulletin, the Society’s quarterly members’ magazine, publishes a number of historical articles in each issue. These are invariably of high quality, often reflecting fresh research into, or new interpretations of, fifteenth century history as it relates to Richard III and his life and times. To enable these articles to reach a wider readership we are making a selection available on the Society’s website.

Too often the narrative of King Richard’s life is dominated by questions over how he became king and the fate of the two sons of Edward IV. The selection made available seeks to redress this imbalance and highlight some of the positive and less well known aspects of the king’s life: his strong belief in personal loyalty, his commitment to the fair application of the law, his abilities as an administrator and military commander and his religious faith. We also explore the influence of his father, Richard duke of York and the visit of Nicolas von Popplau to the king’s court in 1484.

Articles currently available are:
Richard III and the Men who Died in Battle by the late Lesley Boatwright, the late Moira Habberjam and Peter Hammond.
Like father, like son: Richard, duke of York and Richard III by Matthew Lewis.
Richard III and St Ninian by Sandra Pendlington
Richard III and ‘our poor subject Katherine Bassingbourne  by David Johnson
Richard III and Scotland by David Santiuste
The loveliest music and the Turkish frontier itself: von Popplau’s day with King Richard by Marie Barnfield

Over time we will be adding further articles from the Bulletin’s archive to the Society’s website.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019.
Executive Committee
Richard III Society

Tewkesbury and Bosworth Medieval Festivals

The battle

The Yorkist victory

The view from Dadlington

As a Ricardian, it’s one of my annual pleasures to go to Tewkesbury each year for the Medieval Festival. Year upon year it seems to get bigger and bigger with more stalls, more re-enactors, more varied entertainment than ever.
I think the success of Tewkesbury highlights the dwindling demise of the Bosworth event as this year it was sadly lacking. There were precious few stalls and even re-enactor numbers were down on last year. Largely, the reason for this is surely the admission price for us, the paying public and also the fee the stall-holders have to pay. Talking to one chap whilst browsing his stall, I was horrified to learn it was costing him £250 just to be there! He’d have to go a long way to earn that on what he was selling especially when fuel was taken into account, and all this before he made any profit at all!
There is no admission fee at Tewkesbury if you walk into the site and a £5 charge to park the car. There is no set price for the programme as there is an opportunity to offload loose change into the collection bucket. Perhaps the difference is Bosworth is run by the County Council while Tewkesbury has a Festival Committee to organise it.
The Tewkesbury result is a great celebration for we Ricardians because we can shout and holler “A York! A York!” until we are hoarse! This year we were able to do it at Bosworth too as they staged the “alternative result” of the battle and Richard won!

These photographs show the paucity of numbers at Bosworth on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival, the Yorkist victory and the view over the battlefield from Dadlington towards Stoke Golding church. It’s easy to see why the villagers of Stoke Golding climbed the church tower to view the battle – they had a grandstand view!

I’m actually considering giving Bosworth a miss next year. However, it’s great meeting up with fellow Ricardians and visiting the Society stall, which has pole position in the stall stakes – it’s right in front of the entrance through to the battlefield, so absolutely no-one can miss it!

Tewkesbury, though is another matter. I would not miss it for the world and look forward to each July and my week spent in glorious Pershore. The highlight of that week is always the Medieval Festival and I heartily recommend it to you all!

A new book and a Conference

Here is a flyer to get a 35% discount off the paperback version of Joanna Laynesmith’s book about Cecily, Duchess of York.

She was the daughter-in-law of Anne Mortimer, the niece by marriage of Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March and the mother of king Edward IV, so she was very much at the heart of the Wars of the Roses. The author, Joanna Laynesmith, is one of the speakers at the joint Mortimer History Society and Richard III Society conference on the Mortimer Inheritance of the Yorkists in Ludlow on 29th June.

I’ve placed my order. Bearing in mind the price of the hardback, it’s an offer almost too good to resist.

Best wishes


2019 Group venues

We will be going to: Colchester (for a talk), Thetford, Rayleigh or the Essex Hadleigh, Stoke by Nayland and Ipswich for the AGM

In memory of John

About a hundred Society members attended a service, as near to six months after his passing as possible, at Westminster Cathedral. There were readings from Philippa Langley and Dave Perry and a variety of hymns and traditional music, including some from William Byrd, an ecumenical post-Reformation composer with strong Essex links.

I, like many of us over the years, have become used to following John to unfamiliar premises for heritage purposes and services and this tradition continues without his physical presence. The service was followed by a well-organised reception in the adjacent Cathedral Hall.

So where exactly is “Orwell”?


Harwich Town station is the end of the line, a twenty-five minute ride from Manningtree and the north-eastern extremity of Essex. As you cross the main road from the station car park, turning left takes you past a series of old buildings with Harwich Society plaques amid a modern setting. Some of these commemorate people such as Pepys, Christopher Newport the Jamestown settler and Christopher Jones, of Mayflower fame but the first of these is the site of the inn known as The Three Cups (left). Eventually, you will reach the Ha’penny Pier, from which the busy Port of Felixstowe is visible. Indeed, a passenger ferry across the rivers operates on most summer days.

Harwich is situated on the south bank of the confluence of the rivers Stour and Orwell. Between them lies the Shotley peninsula, which also features the village of Holbrook. Warner (Edward II, The Unconventional King, p.216)…

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