Gareth Russell talks about Anne Boleyn’s long-neglected Irish ancestry

I am so very excited to have Gareth Russell talking at my online event, “Anne Boleyn, the Woman who Changed England”. Gareth is an excellent historian and a very gifted speaker – I could listen to him all day!

Gareth’s talk is on Anne Boleyn’s Irish ancestry. For too long, Anne Boleyn’s aristocratic Irish ancestry has been downplayed, ignored, or overlooked. Gareth looks at how the shadow of Kilkenny Castle, the ancestral home of her Irish family, loomed over every major decision in her early life.

Not only that, but the Boleyns played a major role in the development of the so-called ‘Irish constitutional revolution’ of the sixteenth century. It was Irish Margaret Butler, not English Geoffrey Boleyn, who was the ancestor that mattered more to Anne’s family and this talk explores the fascinating, magnificent story of Anne’s Butler family tree.

Gareth Russell gained his history degrees from Oxford and then Queen’s, Belfast, with a research paper on the queen’s household in the thirteenth century and a thesis on Catherine Howard’s household in 1540-1.

He is the author of the bestselling biography of Queen Catherine, “Young and Damned and Fair,” as well as “The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era,” which was named a Book of the Year by the Times and a Best History Book of 2019 by the Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of “A History of the English Monarchy”, “The Emperors”, and “An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors”.

He has just finished “The Palace,” a book about the people who have lived at Hampton Court, which is due for publication this year, and he is presently writing a book on the Queen Mother, “Do Let’s Have Another Drink”, which he describes as “a confection of 101 of Queen Elizabeth’s memorable quips, put-downs, and larger-than-life personality, one for each year of her life”.

Gareth was a contributor to the recent BBC docudrama “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family” and he presents the weekly podcast “Single Malt History”.

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