In the belief that many features of the traditional accounts of the character and career of Richard III are neither supported by sufficient evidence nor reasonably tenable, the Society aims to promote in every possible way research into the life and times of Richard III, and to secure a re-assessment of the material relating to this period, and the role in English history of this monarch




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Veritas temporis filia   Truth is the Daughter of Time


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Look at What's New...

February 24, 2017

Richard III's Prayer Book goes online courtesy of Leicester Cathedral.

April 7, 2015

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch read a poem especially commissioned for the reinterment, entitled "Richard":

You can download a copy of the reinterment order of service as a PDF from this site:  (Click on "Download" and then "Save as" a file to your computer)

 If you would like to own your own hard-copy set of the Orders of Service, (Compline on 22nd, Reinterment on 26th and Reveal on 27th March) the cost is 12.50 plus P&P. Please go to to place your order and following payment by credit card, your order will be processed.  My test run of their order process indicates that one set of the 3 booklets will cost you 17.50, including 5 shipping to Canada.

Patricia Treble from Maclean's Magazine was in Leicester for a few days during reinterment week, and met up with Canadian members at the Leicester Guildhall to discuss Richard III.  She has posted a number of stories:

Go to older "What's New" postings

Our Mandate...

It has been Shakespeare's dramatic genius which has served to perpetuate the portrait of King Richard III as the consummate monster - schemer, usurper and murderer of children. And for centuries, this fantasy of theatre has been accepted as fact.

What has been proven is that, during his reign, Richard extended the scope of trial by jury, passed laws to prohibit the intimidation of juries and established the first system of bail for prisoners awaiting trial, while prohibiting the seizure of their property before they had been found guilty by due process of law. He was a patron of music and architecture, and a competent, respected soldier.

The Richard III Society does not serve to make a martyr of a long-dead king. Rather, the mandate of the Society is to winnow kernels of truth from the chaff of rumour and hearsay, to find a reliable foundation of history upon which to build our understanding of our past, present and future.

About the Society...

The Richard III Society was founded in England in 1924 as the Fellowship of the White Boar (the badge of Richard III), by S. Saxon Barton FSA (Scot), a Liverpool surgeon.  With the advent of the Second World War, its activities declined, but it was reconstituted in 1956.  The name was changed to the Richard III Society in 1959.  This year is the 60th anniversary of the re-founding of the Society, and the 40th anniversary year of the founding of the Canadian Branch.

Tudor "histories" have left an almost indelible image of Richard as a physically deformed tyrant, who usurped the English throne from his own nephew, Edward V; later having the youth and his younger brother murdered to secure his position. None of this is substantiated by reliable, first-hand evidence.

Ricardian scholarship within the last 82 years has critically examined a wealth of contemporary source material, and successfully challenged centuries of misconceptions and propaganda.

The Society is open to all, scholar and amateur alike, who have an interest in medieval history and the controversy that surrounds this last Yorkist king. There are currently over 4,000 members worldwide, who keep abreast of current research through the Society's journal, The Ricardian. The Canadian branch, formed in 1966, has over 60 members across the country who keep in contact through the RIII newsletter, and also enjoy access to the Buyers Library, with over 200 books, articles, video and audio tapes.

Members in the Toronto area meet regularly for friendly debates and to present short papers on the life and times of Richard III. The highlight of the year is the Annual General Meeting and costumed Medieval Banquet, celebrated on or near Richard's birthday in early October.

Loyaulte me lie - Loyalty Binds Me

Richard's Boar Device

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