Welcome to the new website of the Richard III Society-American Branch!  

Here, we present a broad range of sources to explore the following questions: 

  • What kind of person was Richard III, and what was his life like before and after he became king?
  • What were the major influences of his day and age, and how would these have shaped his outlook?
  • Was he the twisted, tyrannical ruler Shakespeare portrayed?
  • How is history told and communicated from one generation to the next?

While Richard III lived more than 500 years ago, in the tumultuous period known as the Wars of the Roses, the path his life took engages our imaginations, our historical curiosity, and our thirst for setting a man properly within the context of his age.

Are you interested in this exploration?  If so, you can use this website to do the following:

  • Learn how the findings from “the greatest archeological discovery of the 21st century” changed and refined the image of Richard III.
  • Read how scholars, both academic and amateur, have analyzed his life and times, and those of other notable medieval figures, through our membership journal, Ricardian Register.
  • Find helpful links to primary and archival historical records.
  • Learn about how the Richard III Society-American Branch engages its membership and like-minded history enthusiasts through our newsletter, Ricardian Chronicle, and through our Programs and Events.

Not a member?  No problem.  You can sign up today by clicking the “Join” icon.  Existing members can also renew their membership here, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

To quote Richard III’s first motto, Tante le Desiree (“it is so much desired”) indulge your hunger for historical exploration and curiosity by joining us.  We welcome you.


Susan Troxell

Acting Chair and Research Librarian