Richard III: Murderer or misjudged?

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About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Medieval | Session Type: Route-based

It's 1485, two years after the mysterious disappearance of the young sons of Edward IV. Their uncle, Richard, is now King Richard III. The mystery remains – how has this situation come about and what has happened to the princes in the Tower?

In the role of lords and ladies from around the country, your students will get the chance to examine the evidence and put their questions to the king, to try to uncover the true nature of one of history’s most fiercely debated figures.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Investigate why people have debated these events since the time of the disappearance to the present day.
  • Draw their own conclusions on a major historical event through enquiry and exploration of the evidence.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discerning how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.
  • Understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and has been influenced by the wider world. 

Booking information

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 students
£95 plus admission

Please note that this session involves the use of stairs and may not be suitable for students with restricted mobility.

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Chronology: Who killed the Princes?

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Key characters: Princes in the Tower

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