Our Next General Meeting – Saturday 8 February 2014 – 2:00 PM
Our guest speaker will be former Member for Strathfield, Mr Bruce MacCarthy (above), speaking on ‘The Angevin Kings and Queens’. His interest in the Plantagenet dynasty was sparked at the age of 5 when his father was given a copy of their family tree, which was originally prepared as evidence in an unsuccessful application to the House of Lords for a vacant peerage. At the top of this family tree he saw the name of a king – King Edward III.
Bruce explains that the claim was not proven, as there was an area of doubt in the late 1600’s; but the idea of having a King as an ancestor fascinated him as a boy, and sparked his avid lifelong interest in genealogy. In 2010, he and his wife paid a visit to Fontevraud Abbey in France’s Loire Valley, where King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine (above), and King Richard the Lionheart are buried.
PLEASE NOTE: The meeting will be at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt St, Sydney.