Richard III Dig
The Richard III Foundation, Inc.
Hon. Patrons: Prof. Anne Curry FRHistS, Robert Hardy CBE FSA, Sharon K. Penman
15 September 2012
TIME FOR KING RICHARD III TO "COME HOME TO YORK", SAYS FOUNDATION
The Richard III Foundation, Inc. is calling for the remains of King Richard III to be brought home to York and interred at York Minster.
Richard, who was the last Plantagenet king, and the last English monarch to die in battle, had strong connections with the City of York and the County of Yorkshire. He spent much of his youth at Middleham Castle and for 12 years he ruled the North of England on behalf of his elder brother, King Edward IV, earning a widespread reputation for fair-mindedness and justice. After becoming king, he visited York several times and was showered with gifts each time. His son, Edward, was crowned Prince of Wales whilst in York.
Although entitled to be buried at Westminster Abbey alongside other kings and queens of England, Richard III announced his intention to be buried at York, and in 1483 set in motion plans for a new chantry chapel at York Minster. Indeed, so strongly was Richard linked to York that the City authorities greeted the news of his death at the Battle of Bosworth with these words: "King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, was, through great treason, piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this city."
Joe Ann Ricca, Founder and Chief Executive of The Richard III Foundation, Inc., said: "Richard obviously had no choice after he was killed as to where his remains were taken, but today we have the opportunity to right the many wrongs that have been done to this unjustly maligned king, by correcting the distorted picture that has been painted of Richard over the centuries, and by bringing his remains home to Yorkshire, and to York Minster as he wanted."
Andy Smith, the Foundation’s UK Public Relations Director, added: "York was Richard’s city. It is where he belongs, and it is only right that this great Lord of the North should return home to Yorkshire after more than five hundred years’ enforced absence. The Richard III Foundation urges the people of Yorkshire to join with us in calling for Richard, our hero and martyr, to be brought home to the city that he loved, and where he is still loved to this day."
The Foundation will be holding a major conference at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, on Saturday 13 October, on the subject "Richard III: Monarch and Man". The conference runs from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Speakers at the conference will include the distinguished actor, historian and author Robert Hardy CBE, Hon. Patron of The Richard III Foundation, who said he believed King Richard to have been "a first rate fighting man" and that his death at Bosworth was "a tragedy, a sacrifice to end the civil wars".
The Richard III Foundation, Inc. is an international not-for-profit educational organization promoting knowledge and understanding of the life and times of Richard III and seeking to correct the distorted picture of the king that has come down to us through literature and popular culture. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships to help promote the study of King Richard and the Wars of the Roses.
Richard III: Monarch and Man
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Our symposium will be held at the Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth. Registration begins at 8:30. The conference will begin at 9:00 am and will conclude at 5:00 pm.Our speakers and topics are:
Dr. John Alban - "From Ashwellthorpe to Bosworth: a Yorkist Soldier"
Robert Hardy (contingent on schedule)
Dr. Craig Taylor—"Chivalry and the Wars of the Roses"
Steve Goodchild— "The Arrival: The Role of Richard, Duke of Gloucester at Tewkesbury"
Mike Ingram - "The Road to Bosworth"
Mark Downing—"Military Effigies in the Yorkist Age".
Dr. David Hipshon— "The Princes: Contemporary Assumptions"?
David Baldwin— "The Character of Richard III"
For a registration form, please contact Mrs. Dorothy Davies, EA, Half Moon House, 32 Church Lane, Ryde. Isle of Wight PO33 2NB or email us at Richard3Foundation@yahoo.com.
New information has been released on our Richard III Scholarship for Medieval Studies and the John Davey Research Grant for Medieval Studies. If you wish to receive information on either program, contact us at Richard3Scholarship@yahoo.com.