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© Richard III Society - Leicestershire Branch
Richard III Society
Leicestershire Branch

Programme of speakers 2018/19

"A Second Sybil, wise and fair"  – Richard Smith will examine the life of Anne Herbert (c.1430 – c.1488), wife of William Herbert, first Earl of Pembroke
‘Medieval Gardens’ – Michael Brown is a garden historian and a consultant to many heritage sites, also the creator of the medieval gardens at Nassington Prebendal Manor. Michael will give us a costumed talk about the work of a medieval gardener. He will also bring a small display of items with him. This is one not to be missed!
‘Recent excavations at Bradgate Park’ A five year programme of archaeology at Bradgate Park each summer (2015-2019) has already uncovered some interesting finds. Peter Liddle will delight us with the discoveries so far, especially the buildings pre-dating the brick structures of Bradgate House. Lady Jane Grey’s home may not have looked quite as we imagined it did.
THURSDAY MAY 23rd 2019
‘Branch Annual General Meeting’ 
‘Edmund of Langley’s Tomb’– We welcome back Professor Kevin Schurer to enthral us with his recent research into the tomb of Edmund of Langley who was Richard III’s great grandfather (or was he?)
‘Medieval Education – Mother’s Knee to University’- Using sources including Ashby de la Zouch Grammar School and the University of Dublin Alison Coates will tell us about education in the middle ages. Girls learnt domestic skills from their mothers, while the wealthy also learnt social skills to enable them to marry well! Initially only boys had tutors, but this slowly changed by the late 1400s. The sons of tradesmen/craftsmen learnt their crafts as apprentices.
All meetings are held at the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB commencing at 7pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings are free to branch members, but visitors are requested to donate £2 towards the expenses of the meeting. Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary (see Contact Page).

Wives, Mothers, Saints and Sinners

The Leicestershire Branch of the Richard III Society presents
A Study Day on Saturday June 8th 2019 at Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ from 09.30 until 16.30 The programme will feature talks on:
 “Sorcery, Scandal & Slander”  – Dr. Joanna Laynesmith will speak about some 'dangerous' royal women in late medieval England and the stories surrounding them.
 “Joan of Arc”  – Prof. Anne Curry will look at the life of the girl who heard voices from God, became a warrior and was burned at the stake at the age of nineteen.
 “The Winchester Geese” – Lesley Thomas will tell the story of the prostitutes who plied their trade on land owned by the Bishops of Winchester in the middle ages.
Morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the price. Own arrangements for lunch. Please apply for tickets and further details by May 1st 2019 to the branch secretary: Sally Henshaw, 28 Lyncroft Leys, Scraptoft, Leicester. LE7 9UW. Telephone 0116  2433785 Email 
The Study Day in 2018 was based around the Voice for Richard project and featured talks by (left to right): Professor David Crystal, Yvonne Morley, Tim Charrington and Professor Caroline Wilkinson.