The World of Richard III with Kristie Dean


Kristie Dean’s passion for historical buildings really shines through in The World of Richard III. From the crumbling ruins of once magnificent structures to triumphs of architecture that have stood tall for centuries, this book will take you on a fascinating journey through Richard III’s life -from a medieval boy to a medieval king. Kristie joins us today to share her experiences exploring Richard III’s world.

Why did you decide to write a guide book about Richard III?

I’d been toying with the idea for years, since my second trip to England. I always explored the history of every site I visited before my trip, and I thought it would be helpful for others to combine each location’s history with Richard’s history. It wasn’t until they were able to locate his remains that I really became intrigued with the idea of a history/travel guide for Richard enthusiasts. I felt it was the perfect time as people would be wanting to visit locations associated with Richard.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

What was the first historical site you visited that was connected with Richard?

The first place I visited in England was London, so it would be Westminster Abbey, where Richard’s coronation was held. It was a history buff’s dream come true – to be standing where England’s monarchs have been crowned for centuries. There are a few locations I could visit a thousand times and still be impressed, and Westminster Abbey is one of those places.

How did you start researching places associated with Richard III?

It started as a private interest. I’ve always found travel more intriguing when I know the history of a place, and since Richard has always fascinated me, it was a natural transition to locate sites where he had visited.

Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire. Ruins are all that is left of the once palatial abbey.

Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire. Ruins are all that is left of the once palatial abbey.

Did you come across many new locations when you were researching?

I came across a few new locations, such as the Abbey of St Bertin, as well as those whose connection with Richard was simply not as well-known, such as Reading and the Abbey of Stratford Langthorne. I was surprised by how several locations had lost track of their ties to Richard III.

And how did you choose which locations you featured in your book?

This was a difficult decision because my initial inclination was to include every location Richard had ever visited within the book. Eventually I realized that since I wanted to include Richard’s history at each location, most places where Richard had just passed a night would not make it in to the book. Some of these places are well worth a visit, though, and I may find a way to include them in my next book The World of the Yorks. I also included a few locations where there is little left to visit, such as Fotheringhay, because these places were so important in Richard’s life.

What are some of the locations you think are essential to visit?

Oh, there are so many, but I will keep it to seven for space. I think anyone interested in Richard should make their way to Fotheringhay, Middleham, York, Nottingham, Stony Stratford, Leicester, and Bosworth Battlefield. There are so many locations that played a role in Richard’s life, but these seven places were significant.

Nottingham Castle Gatehouse, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham Castle Gatehouse, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

Which locations connected with Richard III are particularly significant to you?

I would say Nottingham Castle and York. Richard spent several days of his short reign at Nottingham, and it was at Nottingham Castle where Richard and Anne received the news that no parent ever wants to hear – the news that their son Edward had died. Richard also visited York several times, and he and Anne were members of the Corpus Christi Guild there. York Minster was also the setting for the investiture of Richard’s son, Edward, as the Prince of Wales.

As a tourist, which locations connected with Richard III do you enjoy visiting the most?

I enjoyed every location I visited (even the ones that did not make it into the book), but I think that Middleham and its church, Fotheringhay and its church, Nottingham Castle, Bruges, and Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre are all at the top of my list, and that may be because I have long associated them with Richard. One new location that I think will be significant for people to visit is Leicester Cathedral. Most people interested in this complex man will want to visit his burial place. Leicester is celebrating its ties with Richard III, and I think the new King Richard III Visitor Centre will also remain a place to visit for those intrigued by Richard.

What do you think people can learn about Richard III from visiting some of these locations?

I think visiting each location adds another layer to the personality of Richard III. Some of the places, like Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, have so much information about Richard that you could spend all day there absorbing it all. Also, I think visiting a location and learning its history makes it easier to understand the role it played in Richard’s life.

Church of St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham.

Church of St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham.

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The World of Richard III Blog Tour

The World of Richard III blog tour features exclusive excerpts from Kristie’s new book each day! Check out all the stops.

9 February: Queen Anne Boleyn hosts an excerpt about Fotheringhay and a book review.

2 February: hosts an excerpt on Our Lady of Walshingham and pilgrimage.

11 February: The Review hosts an excerpt on Middleham with an introduction by Kristie.

12 February: Amy Licence hosts an excerpt about London and Richard’s coronation at ‘His story, Her story’.

13 February The Monarchy History Blog discusses Richard III and Fotheringay.

14 February: Susan Higginbotham hosts an excerpt about Bosworth at History Refreshed.

15 February: Enter our giveaway below!


Win a copy of The World of Richard III!

We have one copy of The World of Richard III to give away courtesy of Amberley Publishing. To enter just leave a comment below telling us which place associated with Richard III you would love to visit, or have loved visiting.

Entries close Sunday 22nd February at midnight. Please keep an eye on your inboxes, the winner has five days to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

The-World-of-Richard-III-Kristie-DeanThe World of Richard III by Kristie Dean, published by Amberley Publishing, 2014.

Richard III remains one of the most controversial rulers in history. Whether he was guilty of murdering his nephews or not is a mystery that perhaps will never be solved. Even the location of the battlefield where, on 22 August 1485, Richard was struck down has been a matter of debate.

This book leads you on a journey through the landscape of Richard’s time. Following Richard’s trail, you will visit resplendent castles, towering cathedrals, manor homes and chapels associated with Richard. The Middle Ages come alive again as you visit Tewkesbury Abbey, where Richard helped his brother secure his throne. Witness the stunning vista of Wensleydale as you visit Middleham Castle, Richard’s adopted childhood home. Each location is brought to life through engaging narrative and an extensive collection of photographs, floor plans and images.

The World of Richard III available now at Amberley Publishing online!

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Kristie-DeanKristie Dean has an MA in History, and now enjoys teaching the subject, following a successful career in public relations. She has been published in several online magazines and local newspapers, and presented a paper at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. She lives in Tennessee.

Learn more at Kristie’s The World of Richard III Facebook page.



37 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    An obvious ‘must have’ for anyone interested in the life and times of Richard III and especially useful for overseas visitors to England who may not have the time to fully investigate places associated with Richard when deciding their tour itinerary. It’s such a good idea, it’s hard to believe that it hasn’t been done before.

    I also look forward to Kristie’s next book about the Yorks.

  2. Trish

    I loved visiting the Tower of London and imagining the Princes there and Richard visiting. My Dad had a strong interest in Richard III and always believed him to be innocent (this was in the 1960’s/70’s). He passed his love of history on to me, and told me about his story and the about the Princes in the Tower and has made Richard one of my interests too.

  3. Bryony Taha

    Middleham castle just such a moving place and very beautiful too in the heart of Richards’s beloved Yorkshire ,


    If I ever get to England, one of the first places I want to visit is the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and already have it on my Amazon Wish List.

  5. Matt Lewis

    I enjoy visiting Ludlow. The town and castle are a treasure trove of history, particularly Yorkist and Mortimer history. Richard was caught up in one the most tumultuous events there when he just 7.

  6. Lou

    I recently visited Leicester and the Richard IIII visitor centre. It was a really enjoyable exhibition but the highlight for me was the room at the very end of the centre where they have a glass floor. You can look down into Richard’s hastily dug gravesite, which is truly humbling. To think a king’s body was there for 527 years, without most people having a clue, is amazing to me. I’m glad that he’s going to receive a proper funeral next month at Leicester cathedral.

  7. Christine

    The lovely little RIII museum at Monk Bar in York with the beautiful wax mannequin of the King. These people obviously have made such an effort, I’d love to support them.

  8. Michelle Vasey

    I have always been fascinated by history and of course, Richard III. My students and I are currently reading Richard III in our English class and comparing him to the real life monarch. They have loved the bbc and PBS documentaries on this king, especially his final battle at bosworth. I’m sure they would love to add another “Richard” book to our current collection!!!!

  9. Ellen Penick

    I would love to visit Middleham because Richard spent happy times there and even though it’s a ruin I think I could restore it in my minds eye!

  10. Lilybet

    I will love to go visit Westminster Abby were his coronation took place. What was going through his mind at that moment. His nephews? His brother and the promise he made to him on his deathbed? Was he excited or reluctant?

  11. Elspeth Antonelli

    I was in Stony Stratford last week to see the place Edward V stayed on his way to London.

  12. Robin M. Woods

    i would like to visit Leicester as the place where King Richard III lay in death, unknown, for many centuries and walk where he did, as well.

  13. Lisa

    I was so excited to see this book come out! We are planning a trip to England for our 25th wedding anniversary and my plan has always been to trace the footsteps of Richard. I know this book will be an integral part of our planning.

  14. Rachel Bowen

    i love visiting Ludlow and its castle. I have seen plays performed in the castle, and because of the atmosphere there the whole play was more interesting.

  15. Tiffany

    Visiting Westminster Abbey is on my 5 year travel plan. I missed it on my last trip and I have regretted that since.

  16. Joanne Larner

    I loved visiting both Middleham and Fotheringhay – they were both really peaceful and not as ‘touristy’ as say York or London. Fotheringhay in particular had a lovely atmosphere and the Church is beautiful!

  17. Kathryn

    i love york. For such a small place I discover something new to love each time I visit

  18. Miriam McCann

    I was blessed to visit York two times. Just sitting in the Minster there quietly filled my soul and my historical curiousity! I later learned that Richard III’s ill-fated son, Edward, was invested with the title Prince of Wales there. I think of the hope and joy they all had there that day. Thanks for writing the book!

  19. Dale

    There are so many sites that I would love to visit, but I think Middleham would top my list as Richard spent some happier times there before the death of his son. I look forward to reading Kristie Dean’s book.

  20. Linda Melton

    During my only chance to visit London I have course saw Westminster Abby and the Tower of London but I would love to visit Bosworth battlefield and all of the other places mentioned. Your book sounds very interesting whether I make it back to England or not.

  21. Candy Nichols

    Nottingham Castle would be my first choice to visit. A great place to get the atmosphere of the times Richard is so charismatic a wonderful opportunity to really increase my knowledge and fully understand the historic significance.

  22. Lidia

    I would love to visit Westminster Abbey! It is so full of history and grandeur! It would be an honor to stand where so many previous rulers stood.

  23. Candy Nichols

    Nottingham Castle seem to be the perfect place to visit to further my knowledge and enhance my experiences A great opportunity all round

  24. Joanne Seale

    I loved Westminster Abbey when I visited
    London in 2013. If I ever get back to England, I would like to visit the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Leicester. Your book looks great!

  25. Jordan

    I would love to visit Leicester. I’m planning a trip across the pond later in 2015, and would love to use this book to help me plan!

  26. Laura Spoelstra

    I would love to make it back to England at some point in the future. I somehow missed both the Undercroft Museum at The Abbey and the RIII Museum at York. Back on my bucket list…

  27. Elizabeth pegg

    Living in the West Midlands allows me easy access to many fabulous historical locations . I’m ashamed to say I haven’t made it to Bosworth field yet .this spring for sure . This period was so turbulent and exciting it made my head spin reading about the different occupants of the throne. Having just finished The Kings Curse about Margeret Pole it made me realise how the Tudors must have feared any distant family members associated with Plantageant line. The historical truth is stranger than fiction . Another book on the period is something to look forward to

  28. Denise Duvall

    I would love to see the Church of St Mary the Virgin and All Saints, Fotheringhay, where the family is buried, and Leicester to see the visitor centre and where Richard III was finally found.
    This book really brings history alive for the traveler.

  29. Sheilah

    I’m looking forward to seeing Nottingham for the first time ever, in a few weeks. But of the 7 places in the book that I have seen, MIddleham ranks on top for both the location and how much is left of the castle.

  30. katherine

    So many places within the beautiful county of Yorkshire, hard to narrow it down but possibly the magnificent York Minster or even the ruins of Scarborough castle, where i believe he was the last royal to visit, it looks very atmospheric perched on the cliff top.

  31. carly

    Church of St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham just because of the graves that are there could hold more info on the stones and it would be fun trying to see how they are all intertwined

  32. Angela McIntosh

    I think that the place closest to Richard’s heart is likely to have been Sheriff Hutton. His only legitimate son, Edward, Prince of Wales, was buried there and the memorial can still be seen. Interesting to think that if he had lived he may well have been King and the Reformation may never have happened !

  33. Mary Jo Watson

    I visited London in November, 1997, right after Princess Di had died. It was an exhilarating trip, highlighted by seeing “The Phantom of the Opera” in London’s oldest theater, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and a trip to Canterbury Cathedral by train through the rain-swept, green countryside. However, my most vivid memory is of Armistice Day – 11/11 – when everything stopped for the Two Minute Silence at 11 a.m.; EXTREMELY moving. Suddenly, the bagpipe brigades started their slow marches and mournful playing, while ladies passed out red paper poppies. A moment in time I will never forget.


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