Presentation and Discussion of Primary Sources on Key Individuals

Sponsored by The Richard III Society

28 June 2022: 9am to 3.30pm

This conference is being provided at the request of teachers and is aimed at Y12 students studying a 15th century option with an A level provider.

The virtual platform will be Zoom, hosted via The Richard III Society pro licence.

Registration by school to

Fee £50 per school. Payment details will be sent after initial registration.

Co-chairs for the conference:

Dr. Iain Farrell, Education Officer, Richard III Society

Dr. Joanna Laynesmith, Research Committee, Richard III Society

Timings and notes on speakers.

9.00 am

John Watts (Richard, Duke of York)

John Watts is Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor at Corpus Christi College.  He studied at Cambridge, and taught at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before arriving at Corpus in 1997.  His main books are Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship (1996) and The Making of Polities: Europe, 1300-1500 (2008), but he has published widely on politics and political culture in later medieval Britain and Europe.  He is currently working on a book for the New Oxford History of England series, to be called Renaissance England, 1461-1547.  More information can be found here:

James Ross (Henry VI)

Dr. James Ross is Reader in Late Medieval History at the University of Winchester, having previously worked as senior medieval records specialist at the National Archives. He has written on fifteenth century law, society and politics, including on John de Vere, Thirteenth Earl of Oxford, 1442-1513 (2011) and Henry VI. A Good, Simple and Innocent Man (2016). More information on his academic interests, publications and research can be found at

Rachel Delman (Margaret of Anjou)

Dr. Rachel Delman is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. Prior to this, she was the 2018-19 Susan Manning Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Rachel holds degrees from the universities of Nottingham, Cambridge and Oxford, where she completed her doctorate in 2017. Her work explores the relationship between gender, power and the built environment in late medieval and early Tudor Britain, with a specific focus on women’s architectural patronage. Rachel has published in the Royal Studies JournalThe Journal of Medieval HistoryUrban History and Viator on topics relating to women in the time of the Wars of the Roses. More information about Rachel’s research can be found here:

She also regularly Tweets about her work using the handle @rachel_delman 

10.30 break/ optional plenary Q&A with first three speakers.

11.00 am

Rachel Moss (Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick)

Dr. Rachel Moss studied at the University of York. After research fellowships in Paris and Oxford, she joined the University of Northampton, where she is now Senior Lecturer in History. She has taught on the topic of the Wars of the Roses for many years for both the University of Oxford and the University of Northampton. A specialist in late medieval gender, family and literary culture, she is the author of the monograph Fatherhood and its Representations in Middle English Texts (D.S. Brewer, 2013), and her university research profile is here:

Hannes Kleineke (Edward IV)

Dr. Hannes Kleineke is the Editor of the 1461-1504 section of the History of Parliament (a biographical dictionary of MPs and peers since the Middle Ages published by the two Houses of Parliament). As well as working on the history of the medieval Parliament, he has published a book-length biography of King Edward IV, and, more recently, edited Edward IV’s Pardon Rolls for the List and Index Society.

Joanna Laynesmith (The Woodvilles)

Dr. Joanna Laynesmith is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading and has taught at the universities of Oxford, York and Huddersfield. She has written two prize winning monographs – The Last Medieval Queens (OUP 2004) and Cecily Duchess of York (Bloomsbury Academic 2017) – as well as numerous articles on elite women in medieval England.

12.30 p.m. Lunch break/ Optional plenary Q&A with second group of speakers.

1.00 pm

Admissions talk on History undergraduate degrees.

Professor Helen Cowie, Admissions Tutor for History, University of York.

1.30 pm

Matthew Ward (Richard III)

Dr. Matthew Ward is a Teaching Affiliate and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham. He is also a History tutor in the Lifelong Learning department at Aberystwyth University, running courses on Richard III and Wales and the Wars of the Roses. Matt specialises in fifteenth-century political and cultural history, particularly during the Wars of the Roses. He is a member of the Richard III Society’s Research Committee. 

Matt has published books and articles on politics and material/visual culture in the fifteenth century and recently edited a collection of essays on loyalty in the late-medieval and early modern period. He is currently finishing a book on loyalty in the fifteenth century.

Matt Lewis (The Missing Princes)

Matt is Chairman of the Richard III Society and the author of several popular books on the Wars of the Roses and Richard III.

2.30 pm Plenary Q&A on Richard III

3.00 pm

Dr. Helen Carrel (NEA preparation)

Head of History at Tormead School, Guildford.

Author of the Pearson coursebook  Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII 1399-1409

3.30pm Close