29 AUGUST 1479

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Treaty of Picquigny between Louis XI of France and Edward IV, Edward IV and many of his nobles were paid a ‘pension’ to return to England and not to take up arms against France again in his claim to the French throne.  Richard Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) is said to have opposed the treaty and refused the pension.

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Biennial Mini-Conference Registration and Information

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in News

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.

HazelJacquetta of Luxembourg.

Michael – The Decisive Battle of Ferry Bridge – the prelude to York’s convincing win at Towton\Touton  , in 1461.

CarolThe 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.

The registration form contains information on where to send once it is completed.

Richard III 2016 registration form

Richard III 2016 conference info

The above forms are in PDF format. The following forms are the same as above but in document format and the registration form can be completed using Microsoft Word or similar PC program.

RIII Mini Conference 2016 Registration Form

Richard III Mini Conference 2016 Information and Contacts



Thursday, 25 August 1485

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

ArchaeologyRichard III was buried in the choir of the church of the Grey Friars in Leicester. Polydore Vergil states that the burial was “without any pompe or solemn funeral”. This is often – mistakenly – seen to indicate that there were no religious rites. However, as John Ashdown-Hill explains, “solemnity” in the religious context refers to certain aspects of a service, which were not essential. It basically means that the service was a private ceremony by the friars, especially as a choir of their church would not have been open to the public.

To the day 527 years later, on 25 August 2012, on the first day of the archaeological dig in Leicester to find out where the church of the Grey Friars actually had been and hopefully to find Richard’s remains, parts of a human leg bone were unearthed. These wre later identified as being part of the remains of Richard III.


John Ashdown Hill, The Last Days of Richard III. The History Press, 2010, pp.91-96

Mathew Morris & Richard Buckley, Richard III:  The King under the Car Park.  University of Leicester Archaeological Services, 2013, pp.22 + 36-45

Mike Pitts, Digging for Richard: How Archaeology Found the King. Thames & Hudson, 2014, pp.99-105

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25 AUGUST 1485

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Execution of William Catesby by Henry Tudor.  Catesby was Chancellor of the Exchequer under Richard III and Speaker of the House of Commons of the Parliament of 1484.  He fought for Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and was one of very few men of note who were executed afterwards.  It has been suggested that he expected a different treatment from the Stanleys because in his will he asks them “to pray for my soul as ye have not for my body, as I trusted in you.”

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25 AUGUST 1482

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Death of Margaret of Anjou at Anjou, France

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24 AUGUST 1483

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Richard III’s son Edward is created prince of Wales.

Source: ODNB on Edward, prince of Wales



24 AUGUST 1456

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

The first Gutenberg Bible is printed.



22 AUGUST 1485

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Remember before God

Richard III

King of England

and those who fell at Bosworth Field

having kept faith.

22 August 1485

Loyaulte me lie.

(Text:  Richard III memorial plaque in the Church of St James, Sutton Cheney

Illustration on the left:  King Richard III,  © Andrew Jamieson, http://www.jamiesongallery.com/

On the right:  The Church of St James, Sutton Cheney, where the Richard III Society commemorates King Richard III in its annual memorial service in August. It is said that Richard III heard his last Mass at this church.)

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Bosworth Memorial Service at St James’ Anglican Church , City , Sunday , 21st Augustthe eve of that pivotal battle.
For those interested in attending the luncheon , there will be an optional  snack lunch from 12.30 p.m. following at
City Extra Cafe/ Bar/ Restaurant :-
Shop E4
East Podium
Circular Quay
Sydney .
(actually City Extra is situated under The City Circle Railway and Cahill Express Way , facing the waters of The Quay , between the entrances to Wharves 3 and 4 ) . There is outside and inside dining available .
The menu is wide and varied, covers all dietary concerns and is very reasonably priced and can be viewed on line .
As previously, those who for whatever reason can’t make the church service, you can catch up with those of us who have at the lunch .
Naturally we won’t know numbers re booking we will simply book a table in the name of Richard III  and ask those interested in attending to contact Jeanne Villani  or her staff directly at eat@cityextra.com.au
or on 02-9241-1422 ;
or drop in personally and book so the management there will know actual nos intending to attend and set aside sufficient seats and table space as a result .

18 AUGUST 1487

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Malaga surrenders to the Christian forces of Isabella of Castile and Fernando de Aragon.  Malaga was at that time part of the Emirate of Granada, which eventually fell in 1492.

A century earlier the Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta had described Malaga as “one of the largest and most beautiful towns of Andalusia [uniting] the conveniences of both sea and land, and is abundantly supplied with foodstuffs and fruits” [quoted in Wikipedia ‘Malaga’].

(Photograph of the Patio de los Naranjos in the Alcazaba, Malaga, by D Preis)