⭐️⭐️⭐️ WE ARE BACK! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Next meeting: 22nd August 2020 (the 535th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth).

Due to the way the COVID-19 pandemic has been managed here in Western Australia over the past months, I am pleased to be able to announce our August meeting can go ahead!

Our Local Council (City of Belmont) have confirmed the use of our meeting room (subject to their cleaning requirements), and we will still be abiding by all recommendations/restrictions put in place by the Federal and State governments.


For more information, please email Richard3inWA@gmail.com.

At home with the medieval aristocracy

Professor Louise Wilkinson, a medievalist at the University of Lincoln talks about her research into the household accounts of Eleanor de Montfort, a key figure in the mid-13th century civil war. The conversation particularly discusses what these accounts tell us about day-to-day life in an aristocratic household – what people ate and drank, what they wore, and what they did on a daily basis – as well as how they inform us about the ramifications of the political upheavals that occurred at the time.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about medieval queens, but were afraid to ask

Dr Elena Woodacre is an expert on medieval and early modern queens and queenship at the University of Winchester. In this podcast, she answers the most popular listener and internet search questions about medieval queens, in our ‘Everything you want to know’ series. Who was the most beautiful queen, how much power did queens have, and how did they balance motherhood and royal life, are just some of the questions posed.

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Explore the Whimsical Flora of a 15th-Century Italian Folio

Just because good science is meticulous doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. At least that’s what a northern Italian illustrator decided when he went about drawing and coloring nearly 200 botanical specimens on parchment paper back in the 15th century. AtlasObscura.com

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How the Black Death Gave Rise to British Pub Culture

“I’ll buy you a beer when this is all over,” declares Christo Tofalli, the landlord of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which lays claim to the contentious title of Britain’s oldest pub and is no stranger to pandemics. While closed, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, in the historic city of Saint Albans, has become a Community Supply Point, providing much-needed groceries and offering free delivery to the elderly. They are even delivering Sunday Roast dinners to residents in lockdown. The threat posed by coronavirus may feel unprecedented, but Tofalli, who manages the pub, says he has been looking to the past for inspiration. AtlasObscura.com

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The debate over which is Britain’s oldest pub is fueled by the impossibility of a definitive ruling. Courtesy of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

2020 Membership

The Richard III Society of WA hopes you are all keeping well in these uncertain times. As you know, our meetings at the Rivervale Community Centre have been suspended for the foreseeable future under the direction of the Australian Government.  The Committee will be introducing a membership fee freeze for the next 6 months, with the remainder of the year subject to review at a later time. We will tell you of any changes as they occur.

Thank you to those who have prepaid; your monies will be credited to you in the next half-year.

We are sending you our best wishes from behind our computer screens! If you have any queries, please email us at Richard3inWA@gmail.com.