The Richard III Foundation, Inc.
“Loyal to the Truth”
British actor Robert Hardy, CBE, FSA
Distinguished historian, Prof. Anne Curry, F.R.Hist.S.
No monarch in history has been so maligned and slandered as Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England. Although he was king for only a short time, Richard continued the benevolent rule of his elder brother, Edward IV, proving himself to be one of England’s most enlightened and far-sighted rulers, with progressive ideas on government and religion.
But, following his defeat and death at the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485, the victorious Tudors began a process of re-writing history to destroy Richard’s reputation – a process that reached its zenith with the Shakespeare play “The Tragedy of Richard III”, first performed in the 1590s.
There is a Tudor myth that defames Richard III, but it is propaganda to satisfy the human need to vilify perceived enemies, a trait that has been with us for as long as words existed.
The victor always defines the struggle and the person of the loser, and it is the victor’s version that survives and is incorporated into later works by authors who have little ability to know the truth.
King Richard III is vital, not only for the annals of history, but for the restoration of his good name and reputation.
The truth is worth fighting for – isn’t it?
Founded in 1994, the Foundation seeks to challenge the popular view of King Richard III by demonstrating through rigorous scholarship that the facts of Richard’s life and reign are in stark contrast to the Shakespearian caricature.
The Foundation further seeks to advance research into all aspects of English history during the period in which Richard lived, and the conflict known to history as the “Wars of the Roses”.
“I am a Ricardian, if that means that I wholly reject Tudor propaganda against him, and firmly believe he was true to his motto “Loyaulte me Lie”, and that he, apart from being a first rate fighting man, shouldered all the responsibilities that fell on him both as Gloucester, and as King. His death was a tragedy, a sacrifice to end the civil wars,” stated Honorary Patron Robert Hardy.
The Foundation sponsors a variety of academic events, publications, scholarships and grants into the “Ricardian” period. The patrons of the Foundation communicate with like-minded people who share an interest in the Wars of the Roses, and in particular King Richard III.
We are a body of volunteers who give unselfishly of our time making best use of their specific and individual talents. The Foundation sponsors a variety of academic events and publications, and provides grants for research into the “Ricardian” period.
The Richard III Foundation Scholarship for Medieval Studies is awarded annually, with a focus on supporting doctoral students. Our distinguished panel includes Professors Joel Rosenthal and Douglas Biggs, Anthony Goodman Sean Cunningham. Our past recipients include David Santiuste, author of “Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses”, Lucy Rhymer and Professor Jackson Armstrong, now both teaching at major universities; Jennifer Ledfors, now a researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London; and Carolyn Donohue, who is now teaching at the University of York.
The John Davey Research Grant for Medieval Studies was established to assist local historians and independent scholars with their research costs. Our panel is headed by Susan A. Mahoney and includes Dr. Mhairi Macleod, Susan A. Mahoney, Nathen Amin, Richard MacKinder and CEO/President, Joe Ann Ricca and Jim Goodwin. The grant is available to aid the study of a topic that is relevant to the late Fifteenth Century especially the Yorkist period of 1450-1485, and especially on the reign of King Richard III.
The Richard III Foundation has been conducting annual conferences in the UK since 2002. The annual conferences features speeches and presentations by some of the foremost authorities on late-medieval English history.
The Foundation supports and sponsors a wide range of other educational projects, as well as local heritage and battlefield preservation societies. We are proud of our affiliation with the Bosworth Battlefield Centre, English Heritage, the Northampton Battlefield, the Towton Battlefield Society, the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society and others.
Membership of the Foundation is open to anyone with an interest in Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. For more details, we may be contacted as follows:
In the UK and other European countries contact: Ms. Dorothy Davies, UK Executive Assistant, Half Moon House, 32 Church Lane, Ryde, Isle of Wight, P033 2NB, England or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the US, contact us at “The Richard III Foundation, Inc., 9043 Vintage Wine Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89148 or email us Richard3Foundation@aol.com
For all media inquiries
In the UK and European countries contact: Mr. Robert G. Grange, The Old Post House, 5 Horseshoe Close, Creaton, Northamptonshire NN6 8NW
In the US and Canada contact: Mrs. Carolyn LeVering, Public Relations Director (US), Press_RichardIII@yahoo.com.