Michael Hicks spoke on ‘The Character of Richard III’ at the Tower of London on Thursday 25 April. This was part of an Adult Learning Event on Discovering Richard’s Bones hosted by the Historic Royal Palaces at the Tower conference centre. It was fully booked with about 60 people attending.
After a drinks reception, Dr Richard Buckley spoke about the discovery. His beautifully illustrated and amusing presentation indicated the site, the extremely low expectations before the dig, what was found in the trenches, the skeleton itself, and the DNA evidence. He at least is convinced who he has found! Hicks’s talk in contrast ranged widely across Richard’s career as Duke of Gloucester and King of England. If the bones are his, he did not let his small, slight and twisted stature to impede an active and military career. He had the military and administrative qualities of a medieval career, but he was certainly not loyal to Edward V and he forfeited his reputation right at the start of his reign. Ruthlessness was not something new.
A book signing session followed.