Richard III, the last monarch of the Plantagenet dynasty, was killed
in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. In spite of the shortness of
his reign (he ruled barely more than two years), this enigmatic
king has long been a source of fascination in many countries and
in many walks of life.
This ongoing fascination is illustrated clearly by the existence
of the Richard III Society, a worldwide organisation which works
to foster interest in the study of Richard III and in the period
of English history between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning
of the Renaissance.
As an organization, the Richard III Society has around 4,000 members
worldwide, but who would expect there to be such a lively branch
in Western Australia?
Although we are few in number, our branch, which was created in
1986, covers one of the largest land areas in the world. We have
regular monthly meetings and social gatherings every year. Branch
meetings usually feature a talk from a member or a guest. Subjects
covered previously include "Castles in Wales", "Medieval Marriage",
"The Crusades", "The Battle of Bosworth", "Development of Printing"
and a quiz afternoon titled "Sale of the 15th Century".