During his relatively short life (1452-1485) Richard divided opinion, and he has gone on dividing opinion ever since.
Graduate students working with the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past at the University of York examine here the evidence for Richard’s connections with the north.
This website was part of a series of events across the region between June 2013–June 2014.
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Discover the important aspects that defined Richard III’s reign with a series of accessible introductory resources developed by our team of researchers.
What happened, and when? View the key dates and events of Richard III’s lifetime and legacy in the form of our comprehensive, annotated timeline.
Where did the events of Richard III’s lifetime take place? Use our interactive map, linked directly to the events on our timeline, to find out more.
The relationship between a monarch and his cities was enacted through the giving of gifts. Citizens contributed money towards presents as a way of persuading a local lord to act in their favour, or in gratitude for doing so. As a key noble figure in the north during the 1470s and later as king, Richard received numerous gifts from the citizens of York.