Enjoy your insider's guide to exploring some of the well-known - and not so well known - features of the Tudor palace, once a jewel in the crown of Henry VIII's great houses.
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As lovers of Tudor history, visiting places associated with the period gives us a chance to connect in a completely unique way with our Tudor heroes and heroines. 'Your Tudor Day Out ... at Hampton Court Palace' is your insider's guide to unlocking the secrets of this awe-inspiring, Tudor building and getting up-close to the giants of the Tudor age.
Hampton Court is surely at the top of any Tudorphile's travel itinerary. It is a unique time capsule, where you can draw back the veil of time and almost touch the Tudor court. This guide will take you on a tour of the royal apartments, drawing your attention to many of the features not so often mentioned in the guide books, including the location of Anne Boleyn's apartments before she became queen, Henry VIII's 'lost' bedchamber and the intriguing story of what once lay behind 3 blocked-up doorways.
So, start planning your Tudor day out to Henry VIII's jewel in his architectural crown with this guide in hand, and make sure you don't miss out on the hidden story of the palace!
If you are reading this, I know that you are in love with the Tudor period, and that you probably can't get enough of this most fascinating of dynasties. Believe me; I know exactly how you feel!
I have been utterly lost in the sixteenth century; its glamour, intrigue and treachery, since I was eleven years old. It started out with an obsession with Anne Boleyn; a woman of such strength and personal courage that I have long looked to her as a source of inspiration: to be brave, bold and to be myself, no matter what others may think.
This passion remained a very private affair though, until a visit to Hever Castle in 2010 sparked an unstoppable need to tell the story of Anne Boleyn's innocence. The detailed research I conducted while writing Le Temps Viendra: a Novel of Anne Boleyn took me deep into understanding that my love of visiting buildings with strong ties to the Tudor era was an unconscious desire to connect as deeply as possible with my Tudor heroes and heroines.
I began to see that by being in a physical location, only time and not space, separated me from the people and events of the era. Often, there was a strong energetic presence, that I could almost reach out and touch. As a result, I understood more about the lives of the people that so intrigued me - sometimes it was as if I was seeing them through new eyes.
Since then, I have researched and written extensively about Tudor locations, specialising in recreating places as they would have been during the sixteenth century, both in the blog, and in two books co-authored with my Tudor co-conspirator, Natalie Grueninger: In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII. Today, alongside Natalie, I may well have written more about the places associated with Henry VIII and his wives than anybody else alive!
It is my passion to share this time machine with you, so that you too can enjoy experiencing your Tudor history afresh, and make new and deeper connections with the Tudor characters you most admire during your own Tudor adventures.
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