Medieval battle re-enactment at the University of Leicester

Two men dressed as medieval Knights, similar to those taking part in Leicester today
Two men dressed as medieval Knights, similar to those taking part in Leicester today Photo: PA

The history of King Richard III will be remembered today, as part of a medieval battle re-enactment, hosted by the University of Leicester.

The event, "Bringing History to Life" has been organised by the University's Re-enactment Society.

It will cover the time of Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire in 1485.

And passers by can watch combat demonstrations, try on chain mail, and hear from researchers about the uncovering of human remains, at the possible site of King Richard III's burial.

A statue of King Richard III, who could have been found in Leicester
A statue of King Richard III, who could have been found in Leicester Credit: University of Leicester

"We are delighted that students studying a wide range of subjects in the University are interested in the re-creation and presentation, and especially pleased that students have shown so much enthusiasm for the Grey Friars Project and the Richard III investigation."

– Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Members of the University's re-enactment group, have even been approached with the offer of appearing as extras in film and TV shows, including the hugely successful HBO series Game of Thrones and Faintheart.

"If anyone wants to know more about medieval combat, this will be a brilliant event to come along to and ask questions. Many of our members have specialist areas of history they research, which they will be happy to talk about. I am particularly interested in the history of women in combat.

"The event is a first for us and we hope we can do it frequently in the future."

– Alexandra Finn, president of the Re-enactment Society