22 March 2015

A kingly subject for this year's Bromsgrove lecture

KING Richard III will be the subject of this year’s Bromsgrove Lecture which takes place at the end of this month.

His Glorious Majesty – King Richard III will be given by local historian Ralph Richardson and will be illustrated by Julian Hunt when it is held at Bromsgrove School’s Routh Hall at 7.30pm on March 31.

This will be the 29th annual lecture – the Bromsgrove’s Society’s major event of the year.

The subject is a timely one as the body of Richard III is due to be reburied at Leicester Cathedral this Sunday (March 22) so, the organisers say, it will be a good time to look at the short-lived king who created extraordinary loyalty among his supporters and was the last monarch to be killed in battle.

Speaker Mr Richardson is a retired history teacher and headmaster and a past chairman of the Worcestershire Branch of the Richard III Society.

The illustrated talk will include details of the two prominent Worcestershire men who fought at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

One of them, Humphrey Stafford of Grafton Manor, fought under the banner of Richard and although he survived the battle he was later executed.

Henry VII became King and then Grafton Manor was passed to the Talbots. It is the father and mother of Humphrey who are represented in St John’s Church, Bromsgrove and on who the legend titled ‘The Jovial Hunter’ is based.

Tickets, at £6, are available from the Foto Factory in Bromsgrove High Street, by attending a local history group meeting or by calling 0121 445 5005 or 01527 877227.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard