In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The Visitor's Companion to the Palaces, Castles & Houses Associated with Henry VIII's Iconic Queens

In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The Visitor's Companion to the Palaces, Castles & Houses Associated with Henry VIII's Iconic Queens


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In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The Visitor's Companion to the Palaces, Castles & Houses Associated with Henry VIII's Iconic Queens by Sarah Morris, Natalie Grueninger

This book provides a fresh perspective on the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives by embarking on a journey through the manors, castles and palaces in which their lives were played out. This journey traces their steps to the Alhambra in Spain, childhood home of Katherine of Aragon; to the very room at Acton Court where Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII publicly dined; through the cobbled grounds of Hampton Court Palace, which bore witness to both triumph and tragedy for Jane Seymour; into the streets of Düsseldorf in Germany, birthplace of Anne of Cleves; among the ruins and picturesque gardens of St Mary’s Abbey in York where Catherine Howard and Henry VIII rested at the pinnacle of the 1541 progress; and to Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire, where Katherine Parr lived as daughter-in-law of the irascible Sir Thomas Brough.Each location is described in a fascinating narrative that unearths the queens’ lives in documents and artefacts, as well as providing practical visitor information based on the authors’ first-hand knowledge of each site. Accompanied by an extensive range of images including timelines, maps, photographs and sketches, this book brings us closer than ever to the women behind the legends, providing a personal and illuminating journey in the footsteps of the six wives of Henry VIII.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445671147
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: In the Footsteps of ... Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 827,168
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sarah Morris runs the website, dedicated to her non-fiction and fiction writing about England’s most famous queen consort.Natalie Grueninger is a researcher, writer and educator, and founder of, a site about Anne Boleyn and Tudor England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 10

Map A Locations in Spain 14

Map B Locations in France, Belgium and Germany 15

Map C The Journey of Anne of Cleves from Germany to England in 1539/40 16

Map D Locations in Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire 17

Map E Locations in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Greater London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey 18

Map F Locations in London 19

Map G Locations in Cambridgeshire, Greater London and Kent 20

Map H Locations in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Cumbria 21

Part 1 Principal Royal Residences 23

Eltham Palace, Greater London 25

Greenwich Palace (The Palace of Placentia), Greater London 29

Whitehall Palace (York Place), London 33

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey 37

Richmond Palace, Greater London 45

Windsor Castle, Berkshire 49

Part 2 Katherine of Aragon 53

Introduction 53

Archbishop's Palace, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid 56

The Royal Palace of Medina del Campo, Valladolid, Castile and Leon 60

Alcazar of Seville, Andalusia 64

Alcazar of Cordoba, Andalusia 69

Alhambra, Andalusia 71

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Galicia 78

Ludlow Castle, Shropshire 82

Leeds Castle, Kent 87

Buckden Palace, Cambridgeshire 90

Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire 96

Part 3 Anne Boleyn 105

Introduction 105

Hever Castle, Kent 107

St Peter's Church, Hever, Kent 112

Mechelen, Flanders 113

Chateau d'Amboise, Indre-et-Loire 117

Huns don House, Hertfordshire 120

Haseley Court, Oxfordshire 124

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire 127

Chertsey Abbey, Surrey 131

Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire 135

Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire 138

Acton Court, Gloucestershire 142

Winchester, Hampshire 146

The Vyne, Hampshire 150

The Tower of London, London 153

Part 4 Jane Seymour 163

Introduction 163

Wolffian1, Wiltshire 166

Beddington Place, London 171

Chelsea Place, London 173

Westminster Abbey, London 177

Mercers' Hall, London 179

King's Place, London 183

Chester Place, London 187

Part 5 Anne of Cleves 193

Introduction 193

The Anne of Cleves Panels 196

Schloss Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf 201

Schloss Burg an der Wupper, Solingen 205

Schloss Düren, Niederzier 209

Schwanenburg, Kleve 214

The English House, Antwerp 218

Bruges, Belgium 222

The Exchequer, Calais 226

Deal Castle, Kent 230

Dover Castle, Dover, Kent 233

St Augustine's (Austin's) Abbey, Kent 236

St Andrew's Priory, Kent 240

The Manor of Bletchingley, Surrey 245

The King's Manor House, Kent 249

Part 6 Catherine Howard 257

Introduction 257

Norfolk House, London 260

Oatlands Palace, Surrey 264

Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire 270

Lincoln, Lincolnshire 272

Pontefract Castle, West Yorkshire 277

Cawood Castle, North Yorkshire 282

The King's Manor and St Mary's Abbey, North Yorkshire 287

Thornton Abbey, Lincolnshire 293

Cherries Manor House, Buckinghamshire 296

Syon Abbey, London 298

Part 7 Katherine Parr 303

Introduction 303

Rye House, Hertfordshire 305

Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire 309

Sizergh Castle, Cumbria 312

Snape Castle, North Yorkshire 316

Church Stowe Manor, Northamptonshire 320

Charterhouse Yard, London 323

Woking/Oking Palace, Surrey 329

Otford Palace, Kent 334

Nonsuch Palace, Surrey 337

Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire 341

List of Illustrations 348

Further Reading 353

About the Authors 361

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