Press Coverage 2013


♕ Press Coverage 2013 ♕

Selection of articles published about the search and discoveries about King Richard III and the search for the king in Leicester 2013.
(Articles of the year 2012 can be found here.)
(As most articles mix topics, no further sub-groups are built, but the articles are listed in chronological order. Newest articles at the top.)


  • The Spectator: Bosworth, by Chris Skidmore – review, by Leanda de Lisle (25.05.2013) – Can’t really say the review convinces me of the value of the book. Accusing King Richard III of the murder of his nephews while no new evidence turned up in the meantime just seems an attention grabbing argument for a historian, though possibly a better one for a politician. But I will say no more and will hold back judgement till I had a chance to read the book.
    The new information included in the book about King Richard III’s gruesome death through the wounds found in the examination of his bone injuries certainly extends the knowledge about the Battle of Bosworth.


  • Antiquity, No. 87 (2013), p. 519 – 538: ‘The king in the car park’: new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485, by Richard Buckley, Mathew Morris, Jo Appleby, Turi King, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Lin Foxhall – Fully accessible worldwide as a pdf-file


  • The York Press: Visitors flocking to see Richard III ‘tomb’, by Mike Laycock (23.05.2013) – Unfortunately not the real one as designed and planned by the Richard III Society. Nothing is decided in that regard yet. – The Richard III Museum in York created its own shrine for King Richard III which draws visitors.

  • Tour follows Richard’s journey from fight to finding, by Leicester Mercury (23.05.2013) – A forgotten king starts to noticeably change a city. Royal theme tours to Bosworth.

  • BBC Radio 3: BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival of Ideas (23.05.2013) – Apply now to join this Radio 3 – show with Mark Ormrod (University of York) and Helen Castor (author of “She-Wolves”) about King Richard III in York (The Ron Cooke Hub) on 16 June 2013.


  • University of York: Richard III: History’s man and Shakespeare’s villain. Speakers at the event on Sunday 23 June 2013: Chris Skidmore, Mark Ormrod and Judith Buchanan (21.05.2013) – Admission to the event in the Berrick Saul Building at the University of York is free, but booking is required!

  • University of Leicester: Was Richard III a benevolent king or a murderous tyrant? (Press release: 21.05.2013) – Free event and open debate on 6 June 2013. [As reported already in last week’s news.]

  • Richard the Third Weekend – 5th – 7th July 2013 – As I can’t link to the event itself, just to a general news page, I will quote the even description here:

    Friday 5th July 2013:

  • – The weekend will start on Friday from the Chruch of St Mary’s & St Alkeldas with a children’s procession to the Castle where the children will be presented to King Richard & Queen Anne.
  • – The raising of Richard’s personal pennant from Middleham Castle.
  • Saturday 6th July 2013:

  • – Country Market – Market Place Middleham
    A selection of stalls reflecting country gifts, skills and produce
  • – King Richard & Queen Anne will process through Middleham
  • – Wandering Minstrels
  • – Castle re-enactments and audiences with Richard & Queen Anne
  • – Hog Roast
  • – An evening Talk covering Richard’s life and death
    by the Historian Steven Brindle, Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society and Professor Sarah Haisnworth of Leicester University
  • Refreshments included in ticketprice of £18 per person
  • Sunday 7th July 2013:

  • – Middleham Castle
    an audience with King Richard & Queen Anne
  • – Re-enactments archery etc.
  • – Wandering Minstrels
  • – Craft Fair at the Key Centre
  • – Refreshments etc. acailable
  • – Market Place afternoon into evening
  • – Tilt The Bucket
  • – Barbeque food etc.

  • Letter from Richard III’s mother discovered in America, by Leicester Mercury (21.05.2013) – Though the article contains the common error to declare Richard III, before becoming King, to have been Duke of York like his father, instead of his real title as Duke of Gloucester, it reamins to be seen how much the proposed letter by Richard’s mother, Cecily Neville, can shed new light on King Richard III.

  • Gloucester ‘snubbed’ on national tour of Richard III’s reconstructed face, by The Citizen (21.05.2013) – King Richard III everywhere? – Apparently not …

  • Deadline nears in Richard III row, by Dan Martin, Leicester Mercury (21.05.2013) – Are the relatives of King Richard III a ‘distraction’?


  • De Montfort University, Leicester: DMU re-creates Richard III’s long-lost friary (20.05.2013) – Speculations about the Greyfriars’ church and St. Mary-in-the-Newarke, where King Richard III may have been on public display before his burial in the Greyfriars church.


  • ‘Our best guess at Greyfriars’, by Dan Martin (18.05.2013) – PhD student Asem al Bunni (De Montfort University) built the assumed outlook of the Grey Friars Church in Leicester after assumptions and research done by Dr. Ashdown-Hill in his book “The Last Days of Richard III”.


  • On Line Darth Vader – the good guy who lost, by Mark S. Lawson (17.05.2013) – What King Richard III and Darth Vader have in common. You wonder? – Hm…, so do I. But after reading the article, you will certainly try to defend Darth Vader, the misunderstood leader, who’s history was written by the winners.

  • The Atlantic: The Uncanny Face Model They Made With Richard III’s Skull, by Megan Garber (17.05.2013) – Is King Richard III bringing a new dimension into history? Certainly the third…


  • Helen Rae Rants (Blog): Literature Matters: The White Queen (16.05.2013) – Ms. Rae reviews the book basis of the soon on TV series “The White Queen” by Philippa Gregory. She shows some of the reasons, why this film and book are no topic on the KRA website, though King Richard III appears in them.


  • Brattleboro Reformer: NEYT Casting for ‘Richard III’ (15.05.2013) – King Richard III here unfortunately not a role for Mr. Armitage, but hopefully his part will work out soon. The New England Youth Theatre is giving teens the chance to play “one of Shakespeare’s most murderous plots”.

  • The Guardian: Diary: It’s the Wars of the Roses again. And this time it’s on Facebook. It started under a Leicester car park, and almost inevitably involves a boycott of Walkers’ crisps, by Stephen Bates (15.05.2013) – Took me a while to figure out that the later bullet points have nothing to do with the headline of the article.


  • Citizen Big Issue: Gloucester city councillor and Richard III Society member Seb Field (14.05.2013) – Seb Field’s statement for Gloucester and an open approach to history and King Richard III.


  • University of Leicester: Richard III Open Day for all the family (13.05.2013) – More information about the schedule for the Richard III Open Day on Saturday 29th June 2013 at the UoL website here.

  • University of Leicester: Live event – Richard III: Benevolent King or Murderous Tyrant? (13.05.2013) – Debate and question time about King Richard III at this live event on Thursday 6th June 2013, with
    Phil Stone, Chairman, Richard III Society
    Paul Lay, Editor, History Today
    Dr. Mary Ann Lund, University of Leicester
    Questions can be sent in to: lexchanges[at]
    Tickets for the event are free, though places are strictly limited. So reserve your spot fast.

  • Simon Fraser University, Vancouver: SFU hosts talk by experts who discovered Richard III’s skeleton (13.05.2013) – Dr. Turi King and Jo Appleby held a talk about the research results about King Richard III in Vancouver. – Unfortunately got the alert to the event by the Simon Fraser University only at the day it was held. Still I hope, we will get further information about the event and its content later on.


  • Leicester Cathedral hosts past and present English monarchs, by Elizabeth Batt (10.05.2013) – A report about Leicester Cathedral and its history with beautiful images. That even present royalty sees it as a worthy place to visit, might be an argument to make the place more suitable for a ‘past king’.


  • Crossville Chronicle: Small Town Girl: Britain’s missing royalty, by Caroline Selby (09.05.2013) – King Richard III potentially not the child murdering king on the throne of England? The tide seems to turne in the king’s favour. What King Richard III so hard fought for, to have the benefit of the doubt, finally seems to reach the media.

  • Times Herald Record: Make your wishes known regarding funeral, burial, by Bonnie Kraham, Guest columnist (09.05.2013) – I wonder whom King Richard III should have given his exact instructions. His wife and son were dead already and none of his siblings or any of his intructions survived long enough to prevent him from being quareld about now.


  • Richard III visitor centre boss sets out his vision, by Peter Warzynski (08.05.2013) – The team behind the planned visitor centre for King Richard III in Leicester.


  • The York Press: Marchers mass in York as row over Richard III hots up, by Richard Catton (07.05.2013)


  • Richard III Society responds to “slab not tomb” decision, by Alan Thompson (06.05.2013) – The Richard III Society now takes open position against a slab and for their design of a tomb, which was designed with much sensitivity and care for the dignity of the deceased king of the late 15th century.

  • Former King’s distant relative to lead march through York (06.05.2013) – A march through York took place at noon on May 6th, 2013, lead by King Richard III’s 16th grade grand niece Vanessa Roe.
    The march went from the Castle Museum at 12 noon and arrived at Museum Gardens at 2 pm.

  • BBC: Richard III burial row campaigners march through York (06.05.2013) – With video interview with Vanessa Roe, a 16th generation great niece of King Richard III.


  • Los Angeles Broadway World: BWW Interviews: Denise Devin on Researching RICHARD III for Zombie Joe’s Underground, by Ellen Dostal (04.05.2013) – A new apporach to Shakespeare’s play about King Richard III – The effect the find in Leicester already has on the interpretation of the dramatic play by Shakespeare.


  • Helen Rae Rants (Blog): History Matters: More Ricardian Rubbish, by Helen Rae (03.05.2013) – Response from a Ricardian to the late article in The Guardian about the deductions about King Richard III and his life from the state of his teeths.

  • Free enterprise: Crowd sourcing into the future (03.05.2013, updated 04.05.2013) – How King Richard III even can appear in unlikely topic combinations. Here interwoven with great skill.

    When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks

    (Shakespeare in “King Richard III”)



  • Beer brewed in honour of king launched at annual Yorkshire Dales food and drink festival, by Joe Willis (02.05.2013) – Is there even a report if King Richard III liked beer? The current reports about him eating too much suggar do not convince me right now, not after the bad state of teeth in the late Middle Ages in general. But I certainly like a toast brought out for King Richard III with a beer King Richard III and potentially acompanied by a cheese King Richard III. What a feast!
    King Richard III Cheese – as it should be, pure white for the White Rose of York.


  • Current Archaeology Live!: The King under the car park. The search for the last known resting place of King Richard III, by Carly Hilts (01.05.2013) – Presentation about the process of the discovery and find by Richard Buckley, Archaeological Services, University of Leicester the 2nd of March, 2013:

  • The Telegraph: King Richard III’s teeth and jaw reveal monarch’s anxious life and violent death, by Richard Gray, Science Correspondent (01.05.2013) – The skeleton now reveals more about King Richard III’s life. His dental records will reveal much about his habits, but already brought scientist to suggest that “he ground his teeth with stress“.
    In a time where children were married early, because otherwise they were seen as unattractive as they started to lose their teeth at the age of about 20 years, I had wondered, why King Richard III still had so many and in rather good condition. Though especially women tended to start earlier, as even still in modern times there was – and some dentists will tell you still is – the rule of one tooth per child.

  • University of Birmingham: Richard III: The real king of history, or marvellous theatrical villain?, by Prof. Michael Dobson (about 01.05.2013) – Please follow the link “Read full opinion” to see the full statement.

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