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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What to Expect
- Visit stunning Warwick castle, home of Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, known to posterity as ‘the Kingmaker’
- Journey to Fotheringhay church and the remains of the castle where Richard III was born in 1452
- Explore the King Richard III Visitor Centre and Bosworth battlefield