The Boleyns: Behind the Scenes of A Scandalous Family

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The Boleyns: Behind the Scenes of A Scandalous Family

September 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Boleyns: Behind the Scenes of A Scandalous Family
by Dr Lauren Mackay & Dr Estelle Paranque

The story of Anne Boleyn is famous, but that of her family, those who shaped her life, is less known. This talk focuses on these under appreciated voices, how they as a family influenced Tudor politics, but also how they themselves were influenced as a family by domestic and foreign affairs. This infamous dynastic narrative has recently been the subject of a groundbreaking three part documentary series on BBC TWO and in this talk, Dr Lauren Mackay and Dr Estelle Paranque will delve into the history and the stories behind the series, providing an insight into the Boleyn family, and moving beyond the myths and stereotypes that have tarnished their reputations for centuries.


Dr Lauren Mackay is an Early Modern historian, author, and lecturer. Her first book, Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and his Six Wives through the eyes of the Spanish Ambassador, is the first and only biography of Imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys. Her second book, Among The Wolves of Court: the Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn, is the first scholarly biography of Thomas and George Boleyn, lifting the lid on their rise as highly skilled ambassadors and courtiers who negotiated their way through the complex and ruthless game of politics. Lauren gives talks regularly around the UK and has been an expert contributor for the Smithsonian series Henry VIII and the men who made him and BBC TWO’s The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family.


Dr Estelle Paranque is an Assistant Professor in Early Modern and Public History at New College of the Humanities at Northeastern and earned a PhD in Early Modern European History from University College London in 2016. She is the author of Blood, Fire, and Gold: The Story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici which will be published by Ebury Publishing in summer 2022. She has participated in award-winning international historical documentaries, including France 2/3’s Secrets d’Histoire and BBC TWO’s The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family, and appears frequently on radio (BBC 4 Great Lives) and podcasts (HistoryHit etc.)



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September 3, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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