Toby Capwell Talk – The Scoliotic Knight: Encounters with Richard III

Friday 15th March, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Toby Capwell Talk - The Scoliotic Knight: Encounters with Richard III

The Scoliotic Knight: Encounters with Richard III

 

The discovery of the remains of King Richard III raised many fascinating new questions. The scoliosis exhibited by the last Plantagenet King’s skeleton revealed that the twisted physique of Shakespeare’s ‘Black Legend’ did have at least some basis in fact. But how could such a diminutive person, suffering from a significant spinal condition, have mastered the knightly fighting arts? How could he have worn full armour and fought in battle? 

Join Toby Capwell as he discusses his encounters with this most captivating and controversial of all English Kings; from his work with Philippa Langley in the years before the discovery of the grave in Leicester, to his research into the implications of a severe spinal condition for a medieval king and warrior, his participation in the Channel 4 documentary Richard III: The New Evidence (2013), his role as one of the two armoured horsemen escorting the King himself to his final resting place in Leicester Cathedral, to, finally, his service as Historical Advisor on the recent film The Lost King (2022). 

 

 

Copies of the books in Toby’s Armour of the English Knight series will be available for purchase on the evening – don’t miss your chance to get them signed too!

A Q&A session will follow the talk.

 

£8 per person. Pre-booking Essential.

Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling 01455 290429 (10am – 4pm).

 

Dr. Tobias Capwell 

Toby is an independent scholar and leading authority on medieval and Renaissance arms and armour. Over the last thirty years he has worked with many of the world’s great collections, including the Imperial Armoury in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Royal Armouries in Leeds, and has served as curator arms and armour for Glasgow Museums and the Wallace Collection in London. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers of London. He is the author of many books on armour, weapons and tournaments, has curated numerous exhibitions, and frequently appears in film, television and online media. 

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