David Baldwin (historian)

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David Baldwin is a British historian, author and former university Lecturer. He lives near Leicester, England.[1]

Baldwin specialises in late Medieval history—"the great medieval families of the Midlands"—and has written several books about the people and events of the Wars of the Roses.[2] Now retired from teaching,[3] Baldwin previously worked as a lecturer at both the University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham.[2] In 1986, over 25 years before the 2012 excavation and the discovery of the king's body, he predicted that Richard III's remains would be found at Greyfriars, Leicester.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

In his 2010 book, Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked, Baldwin argued that the 'real' Robin Hood was Roger Godberd, a disinherited supporter of Simon de Montfort.[1] He drew attention to the many similarities between Godberd's career and the stories told of Robin in the earliest ballads, and to a grave slab in Loxley churchyard in Warwickshire which appeared to be identical to one associated with Robin in earlier centuries.[1]

In his 2007 book, The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York, Baldwin discussed the possibility that the younger of the Princes in the Tower, Prince Richard, survived, and was the "Richard Plantagenet" who died in December 1550 at Eastwell in Kent. Richard had worked as a bricklayer at St. John's Abbey, Colchester, until 1539, but, unusually for someone of his class, could read Latin.[10] He is sometimes said to have been an illegitimate son of King Richard III.[11]

Baldwin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2012.


Baldwin is the author of several books and has contributed to a number of historical journals. In addition to teaching at Leicester and Nottingham Universities, Baldwin has professionally lectured for societies and conferences.[2]


  1. ^ a b c PARSONS, CHRIS (2 April 2011). "Is this the grave of Robin Hood? Historian claims farmer buried in an unmarked tomb is the outlaw behind the legend". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Amberley Publishing. "David Baldwin". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  3. ^ University of Leicester (28 September 2012). "'What was Richard III really like?' – A new study of the last Plantagenet king". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  4. ^ University of Leicester (28 September 2012). "New study from historian who 'predicted' whereabouts of the remains of King Richard III". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Leicester historian who predicted discovery of Richard III site in book launch". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "University of Leicester announces discovery of King Richard III". University of Leicester. 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Richard III dig: DNA confirms bones are king's". BBC. 4 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Burns, John F (4 February 2013). "Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Richard III dig: Eyes of world on Leicester as Greyfriars skeleton find revealed". Leicester Mercury. 13 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "What happened to the Princes in the Tower?". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  11. ^ BBC Kent: "Richard Plantagenet: Illegitimate heir's tomb in Kent?" 27 August 2010. Accessed 5 September 2013

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