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Launch Of Richard III: Rumour And Reality In York

Richard III

9:50am 13th June 2013

A year-long programme of events to sift fact from fiction about the life and reign of Richard III has been launched at www.richard111rumourandreality.co.uk

Richard III: Rumour and Reality is a collaborative project inspired by the identification of the remains of England’s last Yorkist king during archaeological excavations, which prompted enthusiastic public interest across the region and the programme of events will be added to over the next 12 months.

Richard III, one of England’s most controversial Medieval kings, played an important role in the history of Yorkshire and its capital city. He was courted by The Lord Mayor and council of the day and his visits to the city were celebrated with great pomp – although his appeal was not universal!Following his death in 1485, his legacy has been hotly disputed. The progamme of events across the city and county will investigate the fiction and the truth of this legacy and bring to life this fascinating period of cultural change.

The series of events led by archaeologists, historians and curators will probe York’s wealth of documentary evidence, artefacts and buildings which Richard himself visited, to celebrate the Plantagenet monarch’s connections and relationship with the city and the county.

Alongside a series of summer events, the first six months of the programme will be dominated by academic research into the myth and legend surrounding Richard, while activities in 2014 will reveal and share the truths of his reign and relationship with the city.

Residents and visitors will be invited to take part in these events which will be led by organisations including City of York Council, the University of York, York Minster, York Museum’s Trust, York Archaeological Trust, Richard III Museum, English Heritage, Richard III Society and York Theatre Royal.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: "The discovery of Richard III’s remains last year sparked extraordinary levels of public interest in the King. From classrooms to kitchens, people all across the city, county and country were talking about him: who he was, what he did, where he went. We want these conversations to continue and be part of the legacy of Richard’s discovery.

“So, we thought, why not couple this surge of interest to the abundance of knowledge and source material we hold in this city? Why not build on existing understanding, share it more widely and keep the conversations going?

And so this programme of events – we believe it’s the first of its kind – was born: Richard III: Rumour and Reality. I’ll be taking part in as much as I can. I do hope you will too.” 

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