As Duke of Gloucester, Richard III had a long association with the North of England. It began as a youth spending time at Middleham Castle under the tutelage of the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. After the death of the ‘Kingmaker’, at the Battle of Barnet in 1471, Edward IV made Richard Great Chamberlain and Lord Admiral of England as well as High Sheriff of Cumberland, Warden of the West Marches and Commander-in Chief against the Scots. In 1472, Richard married the Kingmaker’s youngest daughter Anne at Westminster Abbey. During the same year, Edward IV created ‘The Council of the North’ with his brother Richard as the first Lord President, a position which he held until his accession to the throne. This tour explores the places and events during the years Richard Duke of Gloucester lived in the North of England.
Your hosts and guides are Bob Savage and Mike Ingram. Bob has been a Senior Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum since 2001. His love of movies and arms and armour came together when he also co-curated (with Sir Richard Taylor) the highly successful Royal Armories exhibition Arms & Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta (2008). He has an interest in the Jacobite rebellion and battle of Culloden and more recently contributed an entry on the Welsh Castles of Edward I to The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Medieval Warfare & Military Technology (2010). Bob has also lead castle tours and been a historical consultant on a number of movies including Rob Roy, Robin Hood and The Lords of the Rings trilogy.
He is accompanied by medieval historian Mike Ingram, a popular member of Travel Editions specialist guiding team and well known for his knowledge on the Wars of the Roses, Richard III and King John the Magna Carta King. Mike Ingram’s book Battle story: Bosworth 1485 was published in 2011.
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