The Death of John Ashdown-Hill

From John Ashdown-Hill's Facebook page:

It is with deep sadness that I announce Dr John Ashdown-Hill's passing on the 18th of May 2018. John had a prolific career as a historian and was instrumental not only in the rediscovery of Richard III's burial place in 2012, but in his reinterment; for which John provided a funeral crown and a rosary to be reintered along with Richard III's remains. John was a popular and beloved mentor for many.

John's final project was a personal one. His collected poems, The Poetry of John Ashdown-Hill, were published just days before his passing. All proceeds from the sales of the book will go to John's chosen charity, Aid to the Church in Need.


From the Webmaster:

I've known John Ashdown-Hill for 10 years. I first contacted him as he was a representative of the Richard III Society and I needed help with promotion. John was the most helpful person to reply and for that I was always very grateful.

We met at the Richard III Foundation Conference in 2009. My party was also giving a lecture and we recorded the talks. In tribute to John's passing, I share his talk below for the benefit of those who only met John in his books and never had the privilege of hearing him speak. 

This website has seen 5 short years and chronicled a very active and successful period in the work of John Ashdown-Hill. I last heard from him the day before he died, as, with his usual courtesy, he suggested changes to the website if I didn't mind. Always so courteous. 

Comments will remain open, should anyone wish to share their memories and appreciation at this sad time.

Abigail J. Fox

John Ashdown-Hill in the BBC History Magazine

The secret intimacies of Edward IV: multiple marriages and a same-sex affair? 

King Edward IV is remembered by many for his role in the Wars of the Roses, the 30-year struggle between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne, and for his relationship with Elizabeth Woodville.

Here, historian John Ashdown-Hill re-examines what is known about the private life of the monarch, from his possible bigamy to secret same-sex intimacies, and questions many ‘facts’ traditionally assigned to the first Yorkist king of England…

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