Medieval Conferences

Since 2002, the Foundation has been annual conferences featuring high calibre speakers and presentations on late-medieval English History.

The first conference took place at the library at Ripon Cathedral where a replica of Richard III's banner was given to the cathedral.  Today you can view the banner in the library of the cathedral.






2002 – Ripon– A Celebration of King Richard III

The 2002 conference was appropriately named "A Celebration of King Richard III" as it marked the 550th birthday of the King.  A special banner (see picture above) was given to the cathedral. In the evening, a special medieval mass was celebrated in memory of King Richard III.  It was also the first time that we had the honour of hearing David Santiuste speak after he had been awarded the scholarship award for two years in a row.

  • Middleham Past and Present - Peter Hibbard

  • Livery Collars Worn in the 14th and 15th Centuries - Richard Knowles, FSA

  • Richard III and York - Mary O’Regan

  • Edward V - King or Pawn - David Santuiste

  • Richard III and the Church in the North - Professor Barrie Dobson

  • An Audience with King Richard III - performed by Michael S. Bennett

2004 - The Battle of Bosworth: Enigma of a Battle

  • John Austin -  Merevale Abbey and Local Evidence

  • David Hardwick – Interpretation of the Battle at the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre

  • Michael Hicks – Henry Tudor – Yorkist Claimant

  • Michael K. Jones – The Battle of Atherstone?

  • Colin Richmond – Richard III and the Immoral Politics of the Wars of the Roses

  • Paul Startin - Bosworth Battlefield - Archaeological Survey and Future Developments at the Visitor Centre.

  • Keith Stenner - Is there a Case for Dadlington?

  • Ken Wright – The Field of Bosworth

2004 – Warwick - Richard III: Politics, Patrons and Personages

2005 – Minster Lovell - Francis Lovel:  Family, Friends and Foes

This conference was held at Minster Lovell in collaboration with Graham Kews, local historian.  The day of the conference saw the launch of Founder and CEO/President's Joe Ann Ricca publication on Francis Viscount Lovel.  In the evening was a medieval banquet which had been organized by Graham Kew.  The next day, participants were treated to a walk around the village where many historical facts were pointed out by Graham.

2006 - The Yorkist Era

The Yorkist Era was more of a study day than conference, but it was the launch of speaker Michael Miller being a regular and welcomed speaker at our events.

 2006 - The Battle of Bosworth Revisited

2006 – York - Richard III: Lord of the North

It was at this conference that Professor Jackson Armstrong was awarded scholarship.  It was announced that the John Davey Research Grant was formulated in memory of the late John Davey.

 2007 – Market Bosworth - War and Society in the Fifteenth Century 

2008 - “The Wars of the Roses: Military Thought and Practice”

2009 - "Richard III - A Man and His Times"









Some of our speakers

 for the day


David Baldwin receiving his raffle prize of a self portrait









2010 - Wars of the Roses: Triumphs and Defeats - 85th Birthday of Robert Hardy, CBE, FSA

2010 saw our annual conference take on a celebratory tone for our honorary patron, Robert Hardy.  For the past year, our CEO, Joe Ann Ricca had put plans in motion to mark the occasion by celebrating his 85th birthday.  Historical organizations and people from the film industry was contacted. No stone was left unturned.  Messages came in from Dr. Margaret Rule whom Mr. Hardy worked with on the Mary Rose Project, two of the Churchill organizations sent in heartfelt messages and the best surprise for him was yet to come.

Celebrations began on Friday afternoon at the Bosworth Battlefield Centre.  Ever since the Foundation's inception in 1993, we have enjoyed a good relationship with the battlefield centre and they joined in the festivities.

Robert enjoying the white owl "Yorkie" at the Bosworth Battlefield Centre. The name "Yorkie" was incidentally suggested by the Foundation's CEO

Our thanks to his handler for bringing him out that day.

Professor Peter Hancock (US) receiving instruction from Mark.

Mhairi MacLeod, Mark Taylor and Peter Algar waiting and wondering "can he do it?"

Professors Mathew Strickland and Peter Hancock enjoying dinner conversation
Robert Hardy and Professor Mathew Strickland enjoying each other's company.  Judging by the look on Mathew's face, he knows Robert is pulling someone's leg!
Rosie Wight, daughter of Alf Wight from "All Creatures Great and Small" shares glimpses with the audience in the making of this much loved series.
Professor Mathew Strickland sharing with the audience his collaboration with Robert on their joint authoring of "The Great Warbow".
And now a word from our illustrious patron.
Robert's birthday cake.  The audience got into the celebratory mood by singing Happy Birthday to him as the cake was brought out.

Thanks to Designs by Diana

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A special thank you to our speakers who came to speak and make Robert's day so special for all of us.

2011 Conference - Yorkists and Lancastrians: In Armour and Blood

Our 2011 saw both of our honorary patrons, Professor Anne Curry and Robert Hardy, CBE in attendance. It was a special event as we commemorated the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Towton.  One of the highlights of the conference was Robert's reading of the late John Davey's epic poem "A Towton Tale".  With thanks to Jim Goodwin who filmed his performance, we were able to show it to John's mother.

2012 - "Richard III: Monarch and Man"

Our 2012 conference will feature the following speakers:

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