Personally Signed Book of Richard III

Book owned and signed by King Richard III

Book owned and signed by King Richard III

A 550 year old book containing stories of ancient honour and heroism which was presented to and personally signed by a young Duke of Gloucester (soon to become King Richard III) has been publicly released and will be put on display soon.

The book was found in a library in Longleat House, Wiltshire and contains the personal signature ‘R Gloucester’ of the young duke. Above the signature a small motto is seen, penned in French:

Tant le Desiree – So much desired

The duke would have been extremely well educated at the time, with the expectation of becoming a cleric in the future rather than the King of England.

Further Reading:

The Daily Mail’s article on the find

Our past post on the discover of His Late Majesty’s remains

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