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Theme - Villains

Dick Turpin and Richard III are just two historical figures associated with York who are popularly characterised as ‘villains’. But were they really villains and what was their association with York?

Past events

Dick Turpin in reality and myth: South, North and North again

19 June, 7.30pm, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Despite the associations which the city of York has built with him, Dick Turpin, who was executed at York in April 1739, was born in Essex, and came north under an assumed name when things got too hot for him in the London area. Join historian Jim Sharpe as he explores the life and subsequent legend of this famous highwayman.

Admission: Free, ticketed


Richard III: History's man and Shakespeare's villain

23 June, 3.30pm, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

What do we know about the real Richard III, and how has he provided such wonderful material for tales of villainy to subsequent ages? Historians Chris Skidmore and Mark Ormrod reveal more about Richard III the historical figure and his relationship with York; with the help of actor Nick Armfield, Shakespearean and film expert Judith Buchanan considers a history of performances of Shakespeare's Richard on stage and screen.

Admission: Free, ticketed