About the Trust


During the quincentenary celebrations of Richard III’s reign, the Richard III Society established a Trust with charitable status to take over much of the Society’s academic publishing and some of its research activities. It is a separate entity from the Society but retains close links with its parent body which appoints the majority of the nine trustees.

The Richard III and Yorkist History Trust was formally constituted in October 1985 in order to ‘further education, learning, and research related to the history of late medieval England (and in particular the life and reign of King Richard III) and to disseminate the results of such education, learning and research’. It was recognised by the Charity Commissioners and registered as charity number 327005 in February 1986. The Trustees’ principal duties are to commission new publications and see them through to publication, and to assess applications from scholars and publishers for financial assistance towards their own research and the expenses of publication.


  • Prof. C.M. Barron: Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London
  • Prof. J. Boffey: Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  • Prof. Anne E Curry: University of Southampton
  • Dr Heather Falvey: Member of the Richard III Society
  • Dr James O. Petre FCIS:    Chairman of the Trust,  Member of the Richard III Society
  • Dr. Lynda J. Pidgeon:     Member of the Publications Committee
  • Dr James Ross: Universtity of Winchester
  • Dr Christian Steer: Member of the Richard III Society
  • Dr. A.F. Sutton: Chairman of the Publications Committee, Editor of The Ricardian,  the Journal of the Richard III Society
  • Dr. C.Th.L Visser-Fuchs: Member of the Richard III Society. Member of the Publications Committee

Mrs Gretel Jones
17 The Chase
SW16 3AE

TREASURER:  David Biran

WEBMASTER: Peter Hammond

Activities of the Trust


Research Grants for Advanced Research leading to publication

The Trust annually offers grants of up to £5,000 to facilitate research and leading to the completion of editions of texts or leading to the completion of scholarly monographs relating to the political, cultural, religious, economic and/or social history of England in the fifteenth century, with preference given to projects focused on the Yorkist period (1461-1485). The projects thus sponsored will be published by the Trust in its established series.  The 2015 award was given to Dr Matthew Ward for his research on Norbury: the Fitzherberts, War and Peace in the later 15th century. More information.


Research Monograph Series

●  The Trust has  a Monograph Series, designed mainly to publish some of the many recent theses dealing with topics relating to the periods of history of interest to the Trust.  The first of these is Margaret of York, Princess of England, Duchess of Burgundy 1445-1503 by Dr Harry Schnitker.  More information.


●  The Trust previously awarded the Richard III and Yorkist History Essay prize each year. This has now been discontinued, the 2015 award was given to Assistant Professor Sonja Drimmer, University of Massachusetts, for her article on Beyond Private Matter: A Prayer Roll for Queen Margaret of Anjou.

Contact  us

All current Trust publications are available from the Trust’s publisher Paul Watkins Ltd/ Shaun Tyas Ltd

Address, 1 High Street, Donington, Lincolnshire, PE11 4TA, telephone +44 (0) 1775 821542, email: pwatkins@pwatkinspublishing.fsnet.co.uk

  They are also available from

the Richard  III Society Shop.

copyright 2013: The Richard III And Yorkist History Trust, Charity no. 327005


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