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The Leicestershire Branch of the Richard III Society


Love, Loyalty and Betrayal?

on Saturday July 1st 2017 a Study Day will be held at Leicester

Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ from 09.30 until 16.30.

The programme will feature talks on: William Lord Hastings by Ken Hillier Elizabeth Woodville by Dr Joanna Laynesmith John de la Pole by Dr Lynda Pidgeon Richard Duke of York by Matthew Lewis Morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the price of £22 (own arrangements for lunch). Please apply for tickets and further details by May 31st 2017 to the branch secretary: Sally Henshaw, 28 Lyncroft Leys, Scraptoft, Leicester. LE7 9UW. Telephone 0116 243 3785. Email:  The day's programme 9.30 – 9.50 Registration 9.50 – 10.00 Welcome 10.00 – 11.00 “William Lord Hastings”- Ken Hillier will examine the life and career of this powerful and important friend of King Edward IV. 11.00 – 11.30 Coffee & biscuits 11.30 – 12.30 “Elizabeth Woodville” – Dr Joanna Laynesmith will tell us about this beautiful woman and her secret marriage to England’s king which changed the course of history. 12.30 – 13.50 Lunch 13.50 – 14.00 Grand raffle prize draw 14.00 – 15.00 “John and Elizabeth de la Pole” – Dr Lynda Pidgeon will look at the life of Richard III’s sister and her husband the 2nd Duke of Suffolk. 15.00 – 15.30 Tea & cake 15.30 –16.30 “Richard Duke of York” – Matthew Lewis will talk about the Duke’s life, his claim to the throne and how despite never being king himself, he was the father of two English kings.
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Programme of speakers 2017

THURSDAY JUNE 22nd 2017 (N.B. a week later than usual) ‘Maintaining the Health of a Manor and its Folk’ – Alison Coates returns to enlighten us on the medieval culinary and medicinal uses of herbs and weeds. Bring along your itches and blemishes as perhaps Alison has a salve to cure them! SATURDAY JULY 8th 2017 ‘Arming the Knight’ – Paul Parker will demonstrate how to arm a knight for battle. This will take place at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. The price is £3 per person, but there is a minimum charge of £50, so we do need sufficient numbers to keep the price down. More details to follow. 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).
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Study Days are held in Leicester’s historic Guildhall. This photo was taken at the 2016 Study Day.