Richard III Visits Oxford University
Not long after his coronation, Richard III visited Oxford University as one of the first stops of his Royal Progress. He stayed for 3 days, 24 to 26 July 1483, at Magdalen College on the invitation by the college’s founder, William Waynflete, bishop of Winchester.
Richard was “honourably received, firstly outside the University by the Chancellor of the University and by the Regents and non-Regents; then he was received honourably and in procession at the College of the Blessed Mary Magdalene by a speech by the lord Founder”. The day after his reception, we see Richard following his own cultural taste. He listened to two debates, one on moral philosophy and one on theology.
I think Hairsine is right when he remarks:
There was certainly no need for a medieval autocrat to sit through not one but two learned debates if he did not find a genuine interest there. One is lead to believe that Richard’s visits to Oxford and Cambridge were welcome interludes from the cares of government.
Richard seems to have been impressed with the debates as well as his welcome and rewarded the participants and Magdalen College handsomely with venison and cash. The whole event was in detail recorded in the Register of Magdalen College, which the anonymous Chronicler ended with the words Vivat rex in eternum, which can be translated as a “may the King live forever!”.
On the last day of his visit, Saturday 26 July, the king toured the university, before travelling on to Woodstock.
Robert C Hairsine, “Oxford University and the Life and Legend of Richard III”, in: J Petre (ed.), Richard III: Crown and People, Richard III Society, 1985, pp. 307-332
Rhoda Edwards, The Itinerary of King Richard III, 1483-1485. Richard III Society, 1983 , p.5
For the interesting history of Magdalen College, you can download an illustrated history book, The Story of Magdalen College Oxford, by Rena Gardiner from the College website.
We are pleased to provide some more information on the agenda and speakers for the Mini Conference to be held on 2nd November in Albury NSW.
Peter – Dr William Hobbeys – the personal physician to the Yorkist dynasty and who continued in this role to Elizabeth of York and her offspring till his death . He will also do an analysis of medieval medical studies , training etc.
Hazel – Jacquetta of Luxembourg.
Michael – The Decisive Battle of Ferry Bridge – the prelude to York’s convincing win at Towton\Touton , in 1461.
Carol – The Gloucester city of Richard’s time.
Anne – The nobility and their homes .
Rita – The sources upon which The Bard drew in writing his wonderful play.
Julia – The Midsummer Murders perpetuated throughout time.
Glad to report we have members attending from : N.Z. , Qld , A.C.T., Victoria , South Australia and of course N.S.W.
Helen , Denise and Dorothea are presenting an edited version of their DVDs re the recent re-internment and we hope David Johnson will see his way clear to join them.
If time permits there will be some group activities involving knowledge of the medieval period in general and Ricardian times , in particular :-
a) Ricardian Celebrity Heads .
b ) Medieval History Relay.
c) An individual quiz to be handed out at registration and completed prior to Medieval Banquet .
Please click on the links below to download Information and registration forms for the 2016 Biennial Mini Conference.
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Margaret, George and Richard, the three youngest children of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, stay for a few weeks at the house, which had belonged to Sir John Fastolf, in Southwark, where they are visited every day by their eldest brother Edward, Earl of March (later Edward IV).
Bibliography: Christine Weightman, Margaret of York: The Diabolical Duchess. Amberley Publishing, Chalford, 2009. ISBN 978 1 84868 099 9 (paperback)
Illustration: Old London Bridge in 1616 with Southwark Priory, now Cathedral, in the foreground, by Claes van Visscher
We are pleased to publish on our web site the excellent article on Cardinal Morton by Isolde Martyn and the possibility that Stonyhurst College may now undertake a reconstruction of Morton’s head.
Please click on the link below to read the article.
We are pleased to publish on our web site the excellent article on the life and times of Thomas, Lord Stanley.
Researched and written by Michael Ilieffe. This article is well worth a read by anyone interested in history at the time of Richard III.
Please click on the link below (Thomas) to read the article.
Thomas Lord Stanley
Battle of Castillon, Aquitaine, the last battle of the 100 Years’ War between the House of Valois and the House of Plantagenet for the French throne. John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, and father of Eleanor Talbot (Butler), is killed.
Bibliography: John Ashdown-Hill, Eleanor – The Secret Queen. The History Press, 2009 ISBN 978-0752448664 (hardback)
Illustration: The Death of John Talbot at the Battle of Castillon, by Charles-Philippe Larivière (1798-1876)
Tags: Anne of Cleves
Bibliography: “Richard of Gloucester’s Rise to Power: Creations, titles, privileges, grants and estates acquired 1461 – 1483“, The Richard III Foundation.
Marriage of George, Duke of Clarence (brother of Edward IV and Richard III), to Isabel Neville, elder daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (‘The Kingmaker’), and Anne Beauchamp, at Calais. The ceremony took place in secret, as King Edward IV, had explicitly forbidden the marriage. It was conducted by George Neville, Archbishop of York.