The Irish Geraldines are believed to be cousins of the Gherardini, of Florence, in Italy, whose members had estates in the vicinity of that city. Their principal seat was near the Ponte Vecchio bridge. According to one Italian historian,’the Gherardi were among the most ancient and wealthy families of Tuscany in 900 A.D’. Family legend states that Anaes, a survivor of the siege of Troy, wandered for seven years after it’s overthrow, until he came to what was then called Latium, (now Italy).
Correspondence has survived between the Gherardini and the Irish Geraldines and is often referred to in histories of the Irish branches of the family, the Dukes of Leinster and the Desmond Earls of Munster. The fate of the Desmond Geraldines will feature prominently in the upcoming conference, so also the cadet branches of that family, the Knights of Kerry and Glin, and the White Knight (FitzGibbon).
Gerald O’Carroll, The Earls of Desmond, The Rise and Fall Of A Munster Lordship (paperback 2013)
“At last the complicated history of the Earls of Desmond has been unravelled into a readable format. Superbly researched and written, Gerald O’Carroll’s work is a resource of excellence for students of medieval Ireland, young and old.” (Michael Quinlan, Lough Gur)