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Programme of speakers 2017/18

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21st 2017 ‘Games from the Middle Ages’ – Ernest Miller will tell us all about the games that people played in medieval times. He will bring along a few board games so that you can have a go. Did Richard III perhaps play Nine Men’s Morris? SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd 2017 ‘Newark’ - Richard Smith is planning an own cars trip to Newark – maybe a guided walk, perhaps a visit to the Civil War Centre. The choice is yours. Further details to follow. THURSDAY OCTOBER 19th 2017 ‘Power in the Landscape – Grey and Hastings’  Katie Bridger will examine the role of these two families during the reigns of the Yorkist kings, along with their legacy. This talk is part of Katie’s PhD research, for which she received the Richard III Society Bursary. THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16th 2017 ‘Historical Poetry with wine and cheese’ – Guy Raynor-Edwards will delight us with stories from our history told through poetry. A short background explanation will precede each reading. There will be a break half way through for a sip of wine and a nibble of cheese! THURSDAY DECEMBER 21st 2017 A Meal at Taste Restaurant’ – Four course meal and coffee is booked for 7pm at 'Taste', Leicester College, Freemen’s Park Campus, Aylestone Road, Leicester. LE2 7LW. We know from previous visits that the food is delicious. Please let me have full payment by the October meeting. Menu and prices to follow. (Last year it was £21.00 p.p.)
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Nine Men Morris board game
Newark Castle
William Hastings’ arrest by King Richard III
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 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. THURSDAY MAY 17th 2018 Branch Annual General Meeting 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. 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).
Professor Kevin Schurer
The Scrope Family pew at Wensley Church
Charles The Bold and Margaret of York
Haddon Hall