A conversation with Gareth Russell, author of ‘The Palace’
Great interview, Dan! And thank you to Garreth - hopefully he will do a book event near me in the states!! Hampton Court Palace was hands down my favorite spot when we visited London this summer. I would love to see more author interviews - Suzannah Lipscomb, Nicola Tallis, Tracy Borman, David Mitchell, Mary Beard, and whoever else you choose for us will be awesome! I’ve preordered “The Palace” and can’t wait for it to arrive!!
As usual, this is a good newsletter. I thought the grounds at Hampton Court Palace were excellent but I thought the inside smelled of the mustiness of decay. Maybe it was just time for a good clean. None the less, I liked your interview with Gareth Russell and I think having an interview with an author on occasion is a great idea. I have so many favourite historians that I'll leave it to you to make a selection. I would just say that there seems to be a saturation of narrative history lately. I'm much more interested in surveys mainly because they seem to have gone out of style so reading them seems fresh.
Thanks Dan - I think introducing new (in the sense they are unknown) historians would be a good idea. Lots of niche areas are coming to light which are fascinating
I recently listened to Unruly- David Mitchell which was hilarious- have you had a chance to read this?
I loved Hampton Court Palace. I felt very "historical' walking through it. The attendants were all delighted to answer my questions, they know absolutely everything.
Last year when i was in London and Edinburgh, the alternative tour if Windsor Castle was not available, was to Hampton Court Palace. I was a little disappointed not seeing Hampton Court, but I did enjoy the stroll over Henry VIII's grave at the chapel at Windsor. I imagine since Windsor was the primary residence of the late Queen, being able to record an episode of Secrets of Great British Castles would probably be Herculean. I have great sympathy for the camera person filming you going downstairs in the White Tower. I was not a fan of those stairs. Needless to say, I would last maybe two seconds in the Medieval period. Enough of me bloviating. Have a nice weekend.
I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks to both of you for an excellent preview. I just visited Hampton Court this past summer on my 3 week UK trip ( it was my third visit overall) and spent much time in my favorite spot - the Tudor kitchen. Also, got a peek for the first time into the incredible chapel. But it's the stories of people who lived or visited a place that make it come to life. Dan, your Castles tv series was outstanding in that regard. As to authors, Susannah Lipscomb, Tracy Borman, Matthew Lewis (I know you differ on Richard III, however both of you have produced wonderful books on the Middle Ages - Matthew has written "Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine" and "Rebellion in the Middle Ages" - good talking points!). Also, Lucy Worsley and Nicola Tallis! Thank you for the wonderful substack articles. I'm so glad I signed up - really enjoying them!
This was really interesting, so much I've asked for the book for Christmas!
I would love to see other author interviews.
Wonderful interview! Thank you! I think that's a great ideas to add some other interviews in your next year's production. I love learning new things.
Great interview Dan, such a fascinating building with what must be one of the best histories in the country. Would love to see more author interviews.
My visit to HC was in winter to join the rce skaters
Your comments on it were most enlighting. As usual thank you for your wonderful researched writing
Hope i get a second chance to attend with you in America. Will keep my eye out for a schedul for planning to sbe there. Ypur hard work on all subjects is well worth all the effort Thank you
Now I know what gift to myself for Christmas. Love Hampton Court, and I really enjoyed this post. Thanks, Dan!
I'd like a few author interviews. I'm sometimes looking for that new book (or other media) and having you introduce authors or works you like means I know where to start.
First of all, please do continue talking about the Princes in the Tower! And do it in the Scotsman's or Northampton's style. That would be a doozer.
Secondly, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one wanting to read your interviews. I love Nathen Amin's work, he would be great. Helen Castor and Susannah Lipscomb too, please!