Bosworth Battlefield Centre

There are a number of places that will always be connected with King Richard III in people’s minds.

Depending on how much you know about him, they will include Middleham Castle in Yorkshire which was one of his main homes (he had several across England), Fotheringhay in Northamptonshire (his birthplace in 1452), and, less happily, Bosworth in Leicestershire where he died in 1485.

Known at the time as the Battle of Redemore, the battle in which the King lost his life occurred not far from the village of Market Bosworth. It’s an event not covered in The Order of the White Boar which takes place in happier times, when Richard was still Duke of Gloucester, but will figure in its sequel, The King’s Man (due out in spring 2018). As you can imagine, it was not an easy scene to write.

Today the battle is commemorated at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, where each year the battle is re-enacted on the weekend closest to 22 August. Throughout the rest of the year the battlefield and its visitor centre are open to inform and educate visitors about the battle, with a museum and guided walks.

Within the visitor centre, as is usual with tourist sites, there is a gift and book shop, selling items connected with King Richard, the usurper Henry Tudor, and the Wars of the Roses generally.

I’m delighted to announce that soon it will be possible to buy paperback copies of The Order of the White Boar in the battlefield bookshop! So, next time you visit, do look out for it….



(Thanks to the Richard III Society for the image.)

About alexmarchantblog

A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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