Monday, September 17, 2012

Silent Auction XIX

Two more books for the silent auction: 

The Troubadour's Song (David Boyle, hardcover) 
The White Mare (Jules Watson, softcover) 

(Posting by Victoria)

Friday, September 14, 2012


To all attendees, 

Two weeks from now, we will be gathering in Oakville for our AGM Conference. 

This is a truly exciting time to be a Ricardian!

Tracy and I have lots planned for you and we are really looking forward to seeing you at the hotel. 


P.S. Thought I would share a picture of my dining room table as it is this morning, covered in Ricardian projects. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Silent Auction XVIII

Here are two more books for the Silent Auction: 

Life in a Medieval Castle (Joseph and Frances Gies, paperback) *
The Four Nations: A History of the United Kingdom (Frank Welsh, hardcover) 

* This past weekend I saw my parents and we were discussing the upcoming AGM. My father kindly offered to donate some books. He disappeared and then reappeared with a couple of books, one being my mother's copy of Life in a Medieval Castle. My mother said she could always borrow my copy. 

(Posting by Victoria)

Monday, September 3, 2012

2012 Conference and AGM update

Lots of information to pass along…

There is still time to register for the Joint Canada-US Richard III Society Conference and AGM being held in Oakville, Ontario the weekend of September 28-30. Owing to the catering requirements however, we will not be accepting conference registrations after TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. You may scan and email your completed registration form to "tbryce [at] cogeco [dot] ca"  or fax it to 905-634-7857.

Unfortunately, the unsold rooms of our reserved block returned to inventory on August 31, but if you state you are with the Richard III Society, and ask to speak to Becky (Rebecca) Van Clieaf, the Sales and Catering Manager, you should be able to get the conference room rate of $109 Cdn. per night. You must call Becky directly at 905-829-7980.

If you are flying in to Pearson (Toronto) airport, and have not made your own arrangements to get from the airport to the hotel, please contact me immediately at "tbryce [at] cogeco [dot] ca" so we can try to accommodate you.

We are in need of willing hands for the following tasks:
  • Event photographer
  • Three session moderators to introduce and thank speakers
  • Two people to spell off the Sales Officer on the sales table
  • Two assistants to help tally up the silent auction at the end of the AGM
Please email Victoria at "vlmoorshead [at] rogers [dot] com" if you would like to volunteer for any of these tasks.

We will have 10 copies of Dr. Arlene Okerlund’s book, Elizabeth of York, available for purchase at the Conference for $40 Cdn. No doubt, Dr. Okerlund would be happy to sign a copy for you.
We shall also have a few copies of the National Portrait Gallery’s poster of Richard III for sale.  The NPG tell us they are no longer printing and selling this poster, so once they are gone, they’re gone!

We look forward to seeing you later this month!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

An AGM update in numbers

1 = The number of mystery speakers, whose identity and topic are under close wraps (all will be revealed at the AGM)

2 = The price of a Morris McGhee raffle ticket, or three for $5, or seven for $10 (you don’t have to attend the AGM for your chance to win one of the prizes)

4 = The number of plays by Shakespeare that Margaret of Anjou appears in (Shakespeare’s Richard III in Modern Theatre is the topic of one of our speakers)

5 = The number of weeks to go for the Joint AGM (it was at the time when I posted this last week to the Richard III Yahoo Group)

18 = I contacted the hotel last week and they have 18 of the 25 reserved AGM hotel rooms already booked

35 = The number of registrants so far

37 = The number of posts on the Joint Canada-US Richard III Society 2012 AGM blog (not including this one) 

37 = The age of Elizabeth of York when she died (Elizabeth of York is the topic of one of our speakers)

65 = The cost in dollars of the banquet, which will also feature mediaeval music, games, and prizes galore

91 = The length in centimetres of the average arming sword (Teaching and Learning Swordplay in Late Medieval England is the topic of one of our speakers)

144 = The number of items in our silent auction so far (get your holiday shopping done early!)

1327 = The year The Name of the Rose, our Friday night Ricardian movie, was set in

1461 = The year François Villon composed The Testament (François Villon is the topic of one of our speakers)

(Posting by Victoria) 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Morris McGee Raffle V

The Richard III Society of Canada is donating the duplicated items from the silent auction donations to the American Society's Morris McGee Raffle:

The Trial of Richard III, based on the London Weekend Television production (Richard Drewett and Mark Redhead, paperback)
We Speak No Treason, Volumes One and Two (Rosemary Hawley Jarman, soft cover)
Richard III: England’s Black Legend (Desmond Seward, paperback)
A set of replica coins from Richard III's reign 

Good luck! 

(Posting by Victoria)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Teaching and Learning Swordplay in Late Medieval England

Illustration, ca. 1290, showing 
fencing with the arming sword 
and the buckler
(Image from Wikipedia).
We have now secured our final speaker for our Joint Conference and AGM. Ph.D. candidate Ariella Elema will present a paper on "Teaching and Learning Swordplay in Late Medieval England". This session will discuss the current state of knowledge on the subject of English swordsmanship between 1250 and 1500. 

Regretfully, Ariella didn't say anything to us about bringing any swords along as visual aids...

Ariella Elema is working on her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto

(Posting by Victoria)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Return of Hurly Burly

We are delighted to announce that early music ensemble Hurly Burly, who performed at our 2004 banquet, will be joining us again this year as our banquet entertainment. 

Hurly Burly is dedicated to researching and performing early music, most notably music from the medieval and renaissance periods. 

We hope you enjoy their music!  

(Posting by Victoria)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Morris McGee Raffle

If you would like to buy tickets for the McGee raffle, but are unable to attend the AGM in September, let us know how many tickets you want and which prize(s) you are hoping to win. 

The cost of raffle tickets will be $2 for one, $5 for three, $10 for seven. As the American and Canadian dollars are so close, please send along payment to the registration address in the currency of your choice. For Canadian payments, please send a cheque made out to the Richard III Society of Canada, which we will pass along to the Americans’ McGee Fund. For American payments, please send along a cheque made out to the Richard III Society of America. Please send along address labels with your payment for each raffle ticket. 

Please make prior arrangements with a Ricardian who is attending the AGM to save on shipping costs (and let us know). Unfortunately, sending prizes by mail is very expensive.

To find all blog posts relating to the McGee raffle prizes, click on the link at the upper right corner labelled "Morris McGee Raffle prizes"

(Posting by Victoria)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Silent Auction XVII

Two more books for you to bid on in our silent auction:

Firedrake's Eye (Patricia Finney, softcover)
Relish: The Extraordinary Life of Alexis Soyer, Victorian Celebrity Chef (Ruth Cowen, softcover)

(Posting by Victoria)

Monday, July 23, 2012

AGM Registration Update

Perfect for your morning cuppa
For those who have yet to send in their registration for the AGM, we have secured 32 GREAT-branded mugs from the British Consulate, commemorating the Jubilee/Olympics/all things British campaign.

As we are hoping to have more than 32 attendees, we have decided to award the mugs to the first 32 people to register for the AGM. Those who have already sent in their registration and payment have secured a mug, but the remaining mugs will be given on a first-registered-and-paid, first-awarded basis.

We had been hoping for enough mugs for all attendees, but were only able to secure 32.

(Posting by Victoria)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Morris McGee Raffle IV

Another prize to be added to the Morris McGee Raffle list:
Loyalty by Matthew Lewis, which was just published 

(Posting by Victoria)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Shakespeare’s Richard III in Modern Theatre

We are delighted to announce our next speaker for our AGM in September: Susan Bond. Susan comes highly recommended and we are honoured to have her share her passion for theatre with us.

"This talk will consider the enduring popularity of William Shakespeare’s version of Richard III in modern-day North America. Looking at both contemporary productions of Shakespeare’s plays (both Richard III and the Henry VI plays) and modern theatrical adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and characters, we will look at what in the play (or in the characters) seems to appeal most to modern audiences. Every production is an adaptation of a kind: what can we learn about the modern world by seeing was new adaptations of these stories chose to include or leave out?"

Susan Bond is a freelance classical production dramaturge in the Toronto area. She has a BA in Linguistics and an MA in English, both from the University of Toronto. She has recently dramturged productions of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Norman Chaurette’s The Queens, about the women in Richard’s life.

(Posting by Victoria)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Morris McGee Raffle III

We hope you have been saving your pocket money/allowances for the Silent Auction and the Morris McGee Raffle at the 2012 AGM. We have more than 140 items for the Silent Auction and more items are coming in for the Morris McGee Raffle. If you would like to make a donation, please feel to drop us a line!

The American branch has a number of new items for the McGee Raffle: 

Two pewter boar pendants on black cords, one with a blue background, the other with purple. (To see what these look like, click here.)
A copy of Medieval Women with Moxie

Good luck! 

(Posting by Victoria) 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Morris McGee Raffle II

The American branch has a number of new items for the McGee Raffle:
Two gargoyle pen holders (To see what these look like, click here.) 
Richard III fridge magnet (NPG) 
A china white rose tea light holder

Good luck! 

(Posting by Victoria)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Silent Auction XVI

Here are three more items for our silent auction:

I, Coriander by Sally Gardner (hardcover)
A charming gold-coloured pig
(about the size of an adult's fingernail)

Pewter bracelets, one with roses and one with
daisies (I think) (arm not included)
(Posting by Victoria)

Monday, May 14, 2012

2012 AGM Registration Form

Registration for the Joint Canada-US Richard III Society 2012 AGM is now open:
Here is a 
link to the AGM registration form.

Mail your registration form to:

Richard III Society 2012 AGM
c/o Mrs. Tracy Bryce, Registrar
5238 Woodhaven Drive, Burlington, ON L7L 3T4 Canada

OR fax your Registration form to 905-634-7857 and mail a cheque made payable to 
The Richard III Society of Canada to the address above.

OR scan the form and email to and mail a cheque made payable to 
The Richard III Society of Canada to the address above.

Alternatively, payment can be made by credit card through
PayPal to (but please add an additional $5 to cover PayPal processing fees). Indicate in the message field your name and that your payment is for the 2012 AGM Registration.

We look forward to seeing you!

(Posting by Victoria)

Conference Schedule: Seminars and Events

Here is the conference schedule for the AGM, please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Friday, September 28, 2012
3:00pm – Hotel check-in begins
4:00pm – Registration begins in the Bronte Room
6:00pm-10:00pm – Welcome Reception in the Lakeshore/LaSalle Rooms
Silent Auction, Sales Table, light buffet dinner
7:00pm-9:15pm – Ricardian Movie Night – The Name of the Rose


Saturday, September 29, 2012
From 7am – Breakfast with friends in the Great North American Grill, ground floor
8:45am – Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00am-10:00am – Seminar #1
10:00am-10:30am – Break with tea and coffee
10:30am-11:30am – Seminar #2
11:30am-12:30pm – Wrap and Roll Lunch + Free Time
12:30pm-1:30pm – Seminar #3
1:30pm-2:00pm – Break with tea and coffee
2:00pm-3:00pm – Seminar #4
3:00pm – Silent Auction and Sales Table closes
3:00pm-4:30pm – American Branch AGM (Lakeshore/LaSalle Rooms) - Canadian Branch AGM (Bronte Room)
4:30pm-6:00pm – Free time: Meet friends for cocktails in the Pavilion Lounge in the hotel lobby before dinner
6:00pm-10pm – Banquet in Bronte/Lakeshore/LaSalle Rooms: Ricardian Ribaldry/McGee Raffle Draw/Silent Auction Winners


Sunday, September 30, 2012
From 7am – Breakfast with friends in the Great North American Grill, hotel lobby
Lakeshore/LaSalle Room:
9:30-10:30am – Seminar #5
10:30am – Break with tea and coffee
Closing ceremonies
11:00am – Hotel check-out. You can request a late check-out, up to 1:00pm

(Posting by Victoria)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Transportation from Pearson Airport

A number of potential 2012 AGM attendees have been concerned about transportation to the hotel from Pearson Airport. We have contacted a minibus company that is licensed to operate from Pearson who will pick people up from the airport and drop them at the hotel on the Friday at set times. When you book your flight to Pearson, please let us know if you would be interested in the airbus and we’ll take it from there.

The cost is going to be about $30 per person (including tax and tip). This is about $20 cheaper than taking a cab from the airport.

We suggest that you do not rent a car if you are coming just for the AGM as the schedule will be filled with things to do.

  • Nearly every Toronto-area taxi company accepts the major credit cards (VISA and MasterCard). However, check with the taxi driver that she/he will take the credit card you have.
  • Most companies also accept American bills. Again check before if they accept American dollars.
  • A number of taxi companies offer a senior rate. Ask before if the taxi does offer a seniors’ discount and be prepared to show proof.
  • The taxi will cost approximately $50 to $55 from the airport to the hotel, including taxes. Some, such as Airport Taxi, charge $47 to the hotel, but you must prebook your trip.
We will have a taxi sign-up sheet at the AGM registration so you can coordinate a ride back to the airport with someone else to split the costs.

Please note you will need a passport to cross the Canada-US border.

(Posting by Victoria)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Silent auction XV

American Ricardians David and Judy have very generously donated a signed Graham Turner print of Richard III, called The March from Leicester to the Silent Auction. 

The framed print measures 17 inches by 13 inches (43 cm by 33 cm). 

Please note that there will be a reserve bid on this item.

A signed Graham Turner print of The March from Leicester.
(Posting by Victoria)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Morris McGee Raffle

This year, we are doing something different at the AGM to raise funds for the McGee Fund. Instead of the Sunday breakfast, we are holding a raffle instead. The reason for this is because Sunday’s breakfast, traditionally reserved for American Society fundraising, is covered by the cost of your hotel room.

McGee raffle tickets can be bought at the time of your registration at the AGM and until the raffle closes on Saturday. The McGee raffle draw is slated to be held after the banquet dinner on Saturday, so be sure to leave room in your suitcase for your goodies.

If you would like to make a donation to the McGee raffle, please let myself and Nita of the American Society know. If you can send a description and photograph of the items, I will post it to our blog. We hope to have a formal list of raffle items by the end of June. Please bring the items with you to the AGM.

If you would like to take part in the McGee raffle, but are unable to attend, please let us know and we will send you a list of raffle prizes closer to the AGM. If people want to participate in the raffle and are unable to attend they should make arrangements with a friend who is attending the AGM to bring home any prizes for them. Unfortunately, sending prizes by mail is very expensive.

The cost of raffle tickets will be $2 for one, $5 for three, $10 for seven.

To get the ball rolling, I have donated a cross-stitch stained glass bookmark to the raffle (see below). 

Good luck!

This medieval-themed bookmark will look
wonderful in your favourite edition of
Josephine Tey's 
The Daughter of Time

(Posting by Victoria) 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Public transit to the hotel

Our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Oakville, is accessible by public transit.

The 21 Oakville bus runs from Clarkson GO Station to Winterborne Drive, which is just 400 metres (a seven-minute walk) south of the hotel. Please click here for walking directions to the hotel from the Winterborne Drive bus stop. The hotel is actually mislabelled on this map, the hotel is the building with the greenish grey roof to the north. It appears that the 21 Oakville does not run on Sundays.

The 29B Mississauga bus runs on Sundays along Winston Churchill Boulevard to Clarkson GO StationPlease click here for walking directions from the hotel to the Truscott Drive/Winston Churchill Boulevard bus stop. It runs every 40 minutes, so you should plan your trip before leaving for the bus. 

From Lester B. Pearson Airport, there is no direct public transit to the hotel. If you are very keen to take public transit from the airport, take the TTC to Kipling Station, then to the Long Branch transfer node, transfer to Long Branch GO Station, which is on the same line as Clarkson GO Station, from there take Oakville Transit to the hotel. Here is a link showing public transport from Pearson Airport to Clarkson, which involves different transit companies and multiple fares. I don't recommend this. 

Billy Bishop Airport, in downtown Toronto, is close to Union Station, which is on the same line as Clarkson GO Station. Billy Bishop Airport, named after the Canadian First World War flying ace, is actually on the Toronto Islands and is accessible from downtown Toronto by a free shuttle bus just outside Union Station.

From Clarkson GO Station, it's only an eight-minute drive to the hotel, so hailing a taxi might be easier. There is a taxi stand at Clarkson.

The hotel does have a local shuttle that goes to Clarkson GO Station, but you have to book it in advance and, to be honest, it was 20 minutes late when I was picked up to to do my first hotel site visit and the shuttle wasn't around when I needed to go back and I missed my train. Could have been worse!

Please double check all transit information closer to the date of the Joint AGM as public transit schedules do change. If it has, please let me know and I will update the post.

(Posting by Victoria)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dates for the 2012 AGM

It would appear that I forgot to share the most basic of information about the AGM -- its dates! 

So, without further ado...

The Richard III Society of Canada is delighted to extend a warm welcome to the American Branch of the Richard III Society in the common cause of the rehabilitation of Richard III's character and legacy upon the occasion of our joint AGM this coming Friday, September 28th to Sunday, September 30th. 

May our merrie making, fellowship, and goodwill make this joint AGM as memorable as the one in 2004 when we were last honoured with the presence of so many Ricardians from across the US and Canada.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Silent auction XIV

More goodies to add to the growing silent auction pile!

Arthur: King of the Middle March (Kevin Crossley-Holland, hardcover)
Caesar (Adrian Goldsworthy, paperback)
The Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill (edited by Richard M. Langworth, hardcover)
eyond Black (Hilary Mantel, paperback)
The Saint John's Fern (Kate Sedley, hardcover)

A handmade book by the ever reluctant Ricardian, James Pratt.
The pages are made of laid paper and are blank. The covers
feature five debossed five-petalled roses. The book measures
15cm high by 12cm wide by 4cm deep (5" x 6" x 1.5").
(Please note that there will be a reserve price on this item.)

A handsome metal mediaeval bookmark, a charming pink
pig (about the size of an adult's fingernail) and a sexy boar
brooch. These three items will be auctioned separately. 

(Posting by Victoria)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Our hotel for the AGM

Our hotel for the Joint Canada-US Richard III Society AGM will be the
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Oakville at 2774 South Sheridan Way, Oakville,
Ontario L6J 7T4, telephone: 905-829-1145 or 1-877-STAY-HGI.

For directions, please click on the hyperlinks: via Port Huron; via Pearson International Airport; via the Rainbow Bridge (near Niagara Falls); via Billy Bishop Airport (on Toronto Island, near downtown Toronto). If you are driving, the hotel does not charge for parking. 

Please note that Americans will require a passport to cross the Canada-US border. 

We have asked the hotel to set aside 25 hotel rooms for our group, so please let them know when you call (it's best to call) that you are part of the Richard III Society. All rooms are non-smoking.  Please note that the room rate we have negotiated with the hotel also includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served from seven to eleven, however, AGM programming will begin at nine on Saturday and nine-thirty on Sunday (programming times subject to change). 

The hotel features a swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, business centre, and complimentary outdoor parking. Unfortunately, the hotel does not have an airport shuttle. It does have a local shuttle that can take you to nearby restaurants, movie theatres, and shopping centres. 

Rooms come with a king or queen bed.

All rooms come with a desk, high-speed wireless internet,
and flat-screen television.

All rooms come with a microwave, fridge, and coffee maker. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Elizabeth of York

Remember the television show Queen for a Day? Everyone loved the idea of living like a queen, even if only for a day. But would they — would we? — want to become a 15th-century English queen? Maybe not so much!

Elizabeth of York, the first child of the Yorkist dynasty, was born into a life of royal perquisites and privileges. Most of her 37 years on earth were afflicted, however, by political turmoil and personal tragedies. Her moments of glory inevitably metamorphosed into months — into years — of suffering, pain, and tragedy.
Elizabeth of York

Throughout Elizabeth of York’s life, the family and home that were her physical and emotional refuge were constantly under siege. Her grandfather, three brothers, and two uncles were executed during the "wars of the cousins." Her grandmother and mother were accused as witches. Twice, she herself fled to Sanctuary. The first decade of her queenship was fraught with rebellions that threatened both her political and personal well-beingYet, she remained calm and caring and loving. Her subjects called her “the gracious queen.”

In discussing Elizabeth of York’s life, I shall focus on several defining events in her life, a life that most of us would probably prefer to observe from a distance, rather than to adopt — even if only for a day.

Arlene Okerlund, Professor Emerita of English at San José State University in California, specializes in Shakespeare and in medieval/Renaissance studies. During her 36 years at SJSU, she served as Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts from 1980 to 1986 and as Academic Vice President from 1986 to 1993. She returned to teaching in 1994 and twice taught in SJSU’s Semester-Abroad-in-England, where she loved studying English history on site. 

Professor Okerlund took early retirement in 2001 to complete a biography of England’s first Yorkist queen. Elizabeth Wydeville: The Slandered Queen, published in 2005, is now available in paperback as Elizabeth: England’s Slandered Queen. Her biography of Elizabeth of York appeared in 2009 (paperback, 2011). During retirement, Professor Okerlund teaches Shakespeare with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and plays tenor banjo with the Peninsula Banjo Band.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Silent auction XIII

Four more books to add to the growing pile of silent auction goodies!

Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain (Tim Clayton and Phil Craig, hardcover) 
Marie Antoinette (Antonia Fraser, paperback)
The Queen's Fool (Philippa Gregory, paperback) 
The House at Riverton (Kate Morton, paperback)

(Posting by Victoria)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

François Villon -- Fifteenth-Century French Poet, Rogue, Criminal

I am delighted to announce the first of our speakers for the 2012 Richard III Society AGM: Jonathan Hayes will be speaking on the fifteenth-century poet, François Villon. This is Jonathan's introduction to his subject:

Stock woodcut image used 
to represent Villon in the 
1489 printing of the 
Grand Testament de 
Maistre François Villon 
(Image from Wikipedia). 
It would be very nice if artistic talent went with high morality. Alas, such is not necessarily the case. Richard Wagner, for example, was an anti-Semitic cad who ran off with his best patron’s wife. And those were a couple of Wagner's good qualities. Yet his Ring Cycle is one of the crowning masterpieces of Western art.

While François Villon’s poetry does not quite reach those rarified heights, still, it has a directness and vibrancy which we can appreciate today when the aestheticism of the courtly poetry of that period palls on us.

As much as Villon’s poetry, his life also attracts us. This is the seamy, back-side of fifteenth-century life; the part which frequently ended on the gibbet. My discussion will be not only an analysis of his poetry – which I love, but also an attempt to bring to life the lower strata of fifteenth-century life – the part which we frequently try to pretend didn’t exist.

Villon’s poetry has attracted many over the centuries; I will undertake to show you why. – Jonathan Hayes

We also have another speaker who I will be thrilled to announce shortly.

(Posting by Victoria)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Silent auction XII

Here are the latest silent auction items for the Richard III Society's Joint AGM this year: 

These two cards -- with envelopes -- and a
charming pin cushion were beautifully stitched
by Norma and will be 
auctioned separately. 

The Distant Hours (Kate Morton, paperback)

(Posting by Victoria) 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Update for January 2012

In the coming weeks, we hope to be able to announce who some of our speakers are for the 2012 AGM. We have contacted both York University and the University of Toronto and asked if they might pass along a request to both faculty and graduate student for speakers. I have also contacted some Toronto-area theatrical groups who have presented plays about Richard III asking if someone might be interested in speaking with us too. So far, we have a very promising nibble!  

We also hope to be able to announce the location of our AGM soon. I had the pleasure of going to a wonderful hotel in November and the woman I met with was very helpful. Nothing has been signed yet, but I am sure this hotel will be perfect for our event.

In addition, I am going to be meeting with Tracy, my co-event chair, for some brainstorming next month and we'll probably make great headway on our event.

On behalf of the Richard III Society of Canada, we am really looking forward seeing everyone again!