The Richard III Society and John Ashdown Hill's Facebook page have recently shared the awful and very sad news that John has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Here is what the Richard III Society shared on their page:
"As some of you will be aware, John Ashdown-Hill's health has deteriorated in recent months. We have now been given permission by John to advise members of the present situation. We do so in order that you may understand why John is now unable to accept bookings for talks. However, John is still working on books and articles. Also, following his recent talk at Middleham, in which he added much more text to his Powerpoint slides, John is hoping to post updated versions of some of his talks on his website, so that, if they wish, Branches and Groups could access that material for a presentation which would not require John himself to come and speak. John has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). In his case, this makes speaking and eating difficult, and John is losing weight. The Society will offer John what support it can, at the same time sending him it's best wishes and positive thoughts. Clearly we cannot ask for a recovery, but we can hope that the remainder of John's time will be comfortable and free of pain."
I'm sure that Tudor Society members will join with the Tudor Society team in sending our very best wishes to John and our thanks to him for being so giving in sharing his knowledge with us.