More on the Crown for the Reburial of Richard III

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John met the jeweller in London last Wednesday to discuss the jewels for the crown.

The design has been modified once more. The original plan had been to use only rubies and sapphires (being the colours of the Yorkist livery). However, Richard III is known to have wanted to acquire an emerald and an anonymous donor has given a couple of cabochon emeralds for the crown! Medieval crowns were not systematic in the colours of their jewels and the emeralds will fit nicely on the front and back crosses. 

Interview on "The Third Plantagenet"


We know him as false fleeting perjured Clarence, always as a traitor, sometimes as a drunk and a madman. We certainly remember his brothers. Edward IV may have been a notorious womaniser, taken the throne of England over the corpses of thousands and murdered his predecessor, the virtually helpless King Henry VI. But we remember him for his glistening court, a romantic hero who married for love and a brilliant military general. King Richard III may have been maligned by history but he has the benefit of his own historical society. Conveniently some of Edward IV’s crimes have been attributed to Richard, but his devoted band of Ricardians and many historians have brought the real Richard III to light. But what of George? He is lost in time. Even his remains have vanished.

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill’s new book The Third Plantagenet gives us a fresh look at George, at his childhood, his formative years, his fall from grace and his afterlife. It breathes new life into the shadowy figure of George Duke of Clarence, presenting a complex and believable portrait of a man who deserves his own place in history.

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Coming in January 2015

In 1486 – just a year after Henry VII had killed Richard III at the battle of Bosworth and seized the crown - a young man claiming to be a Yorkist prince appeared to oust the usurper and reclaim the throne for the legitimate royal family. 

 Who was this boy?

One Tudor historian said he claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, younger of the ‘princes in the Tower’. Another wrote that he claimed to be Edward, Earl of Warwick, cousin of the ‘princes,’ and son of George, Duke of Clarence.

Some modern historians have suggested that he may really have been Edward V – the elder ‘prince in the Tower’.

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