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Programme of speakers 2017/18

© Richard III Society - Leicestershire Branch
Richard III Society
Leicestershire Branch
THURSDAY APRIL 19th 2018 ‘Magnates, martyrs and traitors’ Few families were more distinguished in the middle ages than the House of Scrope. In 300 years, the family produced innumerable earls, barons, bishops, Knights of the Garter and bannerets. Not to mention a Chancellor, Treasurers, Chief Justices of England and an Archbishop. Dave Potter will also tell us about the more controversial figures – Archbishop Scrope and his nephew Baron Scrope of Masham who were both beheaded.
Professor Kevin Schurer
The Scrope Family pew at Wensley Church
Charles The Bold and Margaret of York
Haddon Hall
THURSDAY MARCH 15th 2018 ‘Richard III by Numbers: How Forensic Statistics Nailed the Identity of the ‘Last Plantagenet’ – Professor Kevin Schurer from Leicester University  will describe the fascinating step by step story of how the Leicester Research Team used forensic statistical methods to identify the mortal remains of Richard III beyond reasonable doubt.
THURSDAY JUNE 21st 2018 ‘The Wedding of the Century’ – Richard Smith will enlighten us on the wedding that everyone was talking about in 1468. The marriage of Richard III’s sister, Margaret of York, to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. Their wedding took place 550 years ago this year and every five years in Bruges a pageant is still held to celebrate the event.
THURSDAY MAY 24th 2018 Branch Annual General Meeting
SATURDAY JULY 7th 2018 ‘Own Cars visit to Haddon Hall’ – If enough people are interested we could visit this beautiful, medieval manor house in Derbyshire for our summer outing. More details to follow if there is sufficient interest.
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).