House Book of York on display at Yorkshire Museum

The civic archive of the city of York, England has loaned the 15th century House Book of the city to the Yorkshire Museum until December 2013. The book will be on display for the first time in history. The manuscript details public opinion of King Richard III.

Considered one of the most important medieval documents in Yorkshire, the House Book discusses the king's visit to the city. "It talks of the pomp and circumstance of his visit to the city – where people were made to clean the paths in front of their doors and put up banners from their windows. It describes his murder being a ‘grete hevynesse of this citie’ and how Henry VII’s messenger was afraid to visit after Richard’s death. But it also shows that even then the city wasn’t united in their support for Richard – rumour and reality were still deeply intertwined,” said curator of archaeology Natalie McCaul.