Richard III – Hero or villain?
Discover one of English history’s most tragic, bloody and colourful epochs
The dramatic discovery of the skeleton of Richard III beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 was an archaeological find which made news all around the world. It also reignited the great debate about Richard’s personal character: was he a murderer, who slew his own nephews (the ‘Princes in the Tower’) in order to seize the throne, or an honourable man who did his duty in an age of unprecedented conflict and upheaval, known to us as the Wars of the Roses. Our four-day tour is based in the beautiful town of Warwick, and will explore significant sites associated with Richard III, taking in battlefields, castles and churches and culminating in a visit to the King’s striking new tomb. It will be led by medieval historian Dr Michael Jones, who wrote with Philippa Langley the book on the discovery of Richard’s remains, The King’s Grave. The tour is a must, not only for Richard’s fans and foes, but for anyone interested in one of English history’s most tragic, bloody and colourful epochs – our very own ‘Game of Thrones’.
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Deposit: £250 Single supplement: £165
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Before this tour:
Behind the scenes in Roman Kent:
02-4 June 2023
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Day 1 - Warwick
We meet in the afternoon for a visit to Warwick castle, home of the powerful Beauchamp earls of Warwick and Richard Neville, ‘the Kingmaker’. We will see the interesting additions made to the castle by Richard III, the Bear and Clarence towers, showing the king’s interest in artillery. In the evening there will be an introductory lecture on Richard III in our hotel.
Day 2 - Stony Stratford & Fotheringhay
We make a morning stop at Stony Stratford, where Richard took possession of Edward V in 1483, and then lunch at Delapré Abbey, discussing the significance of the battle of Northampton (1460), which took place in the Abbey grounds. In the afternoon we visit Fotheringhay church, mausoleum of Richard III’s family, the house of York, and the remains of the castle, where Richard was born in 1452, and the scene of the trial and execution of Mary Queen of Scots.
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Day 3 - Leicester
We make a morning visit to Bosworth Battlefield Centre, the fateful clash that brought the Wars of the Roses to an end with Richard III’s death and the accession of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. In the afternoon we travel to Leicester’s King Richard III Visitor Centre, which tells the story of the discovery of his remains, and the Cathedral, where we will see his striking new tomb.
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Day 4 - Warwick
In the morning we enjoy a walking tour of Warwick, taking in more of its fascinating medieval history, followed by a concluding talk on Richard III.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- Field notes
- All taxes & gratuities
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Offer||Availability|
|6 June 2023||ARHV230606||6 June 2023 (Tuesday)||9 June 2023 (Friday)||Dr Michael Jones||£975
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