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About the Richard III Society flag

"The Richard III Society was founded during the summer of 1924 by a Liverpool surgeon, Saxon Barton, and a small group of friends. They were all enthusiastic amateur historians with a particular interest in the life and times of Richard III. Their motivation was a belief that history had not dealt justly with the King's posthumous reputation and they wanted to encourage and promote a more balanced view. In Saxon Barton's own words "in my view historical belief must be founded on facts where possible and on honest conviction". They called themselves "The Fellowship of the White Boar" and remained a relatively small and informal grouping. Their activities inevitably declined with the onset of the Second World War.

Today the Society is an international organisation with a membership approaching 3,500. It has a formidable range of achievements to its name and its contribution to 15th century scholarship is widely recognised."

And there is a standard of the Society, which is very, very good. I think you'll agree: For text about the flag and other emblems of the Society, go to

Valentin Poposki, 21 March 2007

"In reality the Society does not have an actual standard it can fly."
    This is quite understandable; the banner is a complex and busy design, exactly as would have been constructed in Richard's own day. But it is so beautiful that it cries out for some devoted craftsperson to produce a practical version, embroidery, fringe and all, that can at least be displayed indoors, presented to the society's  royal patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, or perhaps flown in the clean sweet air of England now that April is [nearly] here, for at least an hour. Until then, what we have is really a non-flag, a proposed (and thoroughly accepted) design, a proto-flag, if you will.
Bill Dunning, 22 March 2007