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Richard III Visits Oxford University

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis    in Events in History

Richard III Visits Oxford University

Magdalen College, Oxford (© D Preis)

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.

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A Time for Learning

   Posted by: Julia Redlich    in Meetings, News, NSW Branch News

Don’t forget that the April meeting this year is on Saturday, 21 April 2012 – at the usual place of course: The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.
The time: 14h00.

The speaker will be Dorothea Preis on “Richard and Learning”. Many of you will remember her talking about this in a Scrabble talk but, with those talks’  time limitations, Dorothea felt that she had barely started on the subject. So, lucky us, this time we get the extended version.  You can count on it being entertaining, well-researched and with illustrations from Dorothea’s collection.

Get ready to put up your hand to give a short Scrabble talk at our August meeting. New members should know, volunteers draw a Scrabble tile and then prepare a talk on a medieval subject beginning with that letter at a meeting later in the year. The talks should be no longer than 15 minutes.

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