Audiovisual Resources for Teaching Richard III and the Later Middle Ages


  • The History Channel
    Many videos on medieval topics, including the new In Search of the Missing Princes of England (premiered October 15, 1998), a one-hour documentary on the life and reputation of Richard III including interviews with A. J. Pollard, Colin Richmond, Peter Hammond, and others.
  • The Middle Ages in Movies
    Maintained by professor William Schipper, Memorial University, Newfoundland, for ORB, the online resource book for medieval studies. Film lists and commentary, with links to important film databases.
  • Medieval Films
    Maintained by Paul Halsall at Fordham University as part of the Internet Medieval Sourcebook
  • University of Toronto Information Commons Medieval Video Collection
    The University of Toronto has one of the best programs in medieval drama in the world, and is one of the American continent’s premier centers for medieval studies. Their offerings cover many aspects of medieval culture and thought. Especially interesting for Ricardians: a complete performance of the York Cycle Pageant as it might have been performed in 1485. The pagent was an important part of York civic life; Richard and his wife Anne were members of York’s Corpus Christi Guild.
  • Horrible Histories TV Shows & Books for children & adults
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences, P. O. Box 2053, Princeton NJ 08543-2053, 800-257-5126, 609-275-1400
    Their catalog includes several dozen films with medieval topics, including one on medieval London.
  • Society Lending Libraries: Both the parent society and the American Branch have audiovisual lending libraries for the use of their members. Information is included in new member materials.
  • See also Lorraine Attreed and James F. Powers, “Lessons in the Dark: Teaching the Middle Ages with Film,” AHA Perspectives, January 1997. A review of films used the Attreed and Powers in their Medieval Film Series at the College of the Holy Cross, together with many reflections on the use of film in teaching the middle ages.
  • Other Sources: Many mail order video catalogs offer programming that may be helpful: some examples include a re-enactment of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross (1461); a documentary on the armory of the Tower of London narrated by Robert Hardy; David Macaulay’s excellent documentaries on castles and other medieval topics.