Richard III Society
If you are a Richard III enthusiast, you should also bookmark the Webpage of the Richard III Society at http://www.richardiii.net/
Here, you will find very little “breaking news,” but you will find a great deal of information about Richard III.
The Society has existed since 1924 and its purpose is a significant one – to promote research into the life and times of Richard III. The traditional accounts of Richard’s short reign and his character were written by men living in the reign of (and often under the patronage of) Henry VII, who had as Henry Tudor defeated Richard in battle and taken the throne by force of arms. It would seem obvious that those accounts cannot simply be accepted at face value although that is exactly what happened for centuries!
The mission of the Richard III Society is not to “whitewash” or “sanctify” Richard, but to provide a more balanced assessment, by placing him within the context of his own times and casting a critical eye (and open mind) on those necessarily hostile sources.
The Richard III Society’s Website is not, however, an unalloyed pleasure to use. The font is small and grey. The lack of definition leads to uncomfortable squinting and scowling for those of us with “mature” eyes. It remains, for me, a reference site, that I click on only when a question is raised.
One element that is extremely welcome, and dramatically different from the rest of the site, is a “Ricardian Britain Booklet” that can be downloaded as a pdf. This colorful and well put-together piece is a guide to sites all over England that are associated with Richard III, giving a short overview with directions, contact information and, when available, a Website. It’s a traveler’s dream, even if your mode of transportation is your imagination!