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Hampton Court Palace


Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is a former royal palace that has been open to the public since 1838. It is located in Richmond upon Thames, in Southwest London.

Today, Hampton Court Palace is a popular tourist attraction. It is especially known for its distinctive architecture, for the collection of art and furnishing displayed (which are from the Royal Collection), for its maze and formal gardens, and for the astronomical clock in the Main Gatehouse.

Additionally, an ice rink is normally set up in the forecourt of the palace from early December to about mid-January.

For more information about Hampton Court Palace, please visit the official website:

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Hampton Court: A Social and Architectural History

By Simon Thurley

Yale University Press
Hardcover (450 pages)

Hampton Court: A Social and Architectural History
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This fully illustrated study of what is `probably Britain's most important secular historic building complex' is based on the premise that the architecture of Hampton Court cannot be understood without a consideration of the agendas of the remarkable people who built it. Soundly based on a multitude of sources, including many original plans and surveys as well as recent archaeological evidence, the book begins with the earliest Court built by Lord Daubeney in the 15th century; a structure that has almost entirely disappeared. Thurly goes on to examine the plans and structures of Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII and the Tudors, demonstrating how the `rapid and sometimes astonishing turns in Henry's private life' impacted on his building programme at Hampton Court. The book compares and contrasts the use of the Court by the Stuarts, who largely regarded it as a place for entertainment and hunting, before examining its transformation under William and Mary who saved it from a long decline. The evolution of the gardens, the embellishments of the Georgians, the destruction of the Victorians, the influx of tourists and the conservation efforts of today are all illustrated and authoritatively discussed by the Chief Executive of English Heritage.

Historic Royal Palaces Hampton Court Palace Gardens Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

Flame Tree Publishing
Released: 2019-08-15
Calendar (15 pages)

Historic Royal Palaces Hampton Court Palace Gardens Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)
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The Historic Royal Palaces bring six palaces and their stories to life: the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. This calendar features 12 beautiful shots, celebrating all of the seasons from the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Informative text accompanies each work in this art calendar and the datepad features previous and next months views.

A Journey Through Tudor England: Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London to Stratford-upon-Avon and Thornbury Castle

By Suzannah Lipscomb

Pegasus Books
Released: 2013-06-04
Kindle Edition (336 pages)

A Journey Through Tudor England: Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London to Stratford-upon-Avon and Thornbury Castle
 
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From King Henry VII to Queen Elizabeth I, this detailed English history brings the past to life through the sights and personalities of the Tudor dynasty.

This lively and engaging book will transport the armchair traveler with a taste for the colorful time of Henry VIII and Thomas Moore to palaces, castles, theaters, and abbeys to uncover the stories behind the politically dynamic Tudor era.
 
Author Suzannah Lipscomb visits more than fifty historic sites, from the luxurious palace at Hampton Court, where dangerous intrigue was rife, to lesser known estates such as Hever Castle, Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, and Tutbury Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned.
 
In the corridors of power and the courtyards of country houses, we meet the passionate but tragic Kateryn Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife, and Lady Jane Grey, the Nine–Days’ Queen, and we come to understand how Sir Walter Raleigh planned his trip to the New World.
 
A Journey Through Tudor England reveals the rich history of the Tudors and paints a vivid, captivating picture of what it would have been like to see England through their eyes. It is “a genuinely useful and discriminating guide for all Tudor fans” (Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall).   

Hampton Court Palace: The Official Illustrated History (Architecture New Titles)

By Lucy Worsley

Brand: Merrell Publishers
Paperback (128 pages)

Hampton Court Palace: The Official Illustrated History (Architecture New Titles)
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Tells the compelling story of one of the finest palaces in Europe, situated on the banks of the River Thames south-west of London and a centre of court life in England from 1529 to 1737. Celebrates one of the most visited and intriguing architectural ensembles in Britain, including the palace’s original sixteenth-century buildings of Henry VIII’s reign to the late seventeenth-century Baroque additions by Sir Christopher Wren. Includes full coverage of Hampton Court’s famous and ever-popular formal gardens, a precious survival of gardening three hundred years ago. Reveals the lifestyles of monarchs, mistresses and courtiers as well as life ‘below stairs’. In the same series as Merrell’s highly popular official illustrated histories of the Tower of London and Kensington Palace

The Story of Hampton Court Palace

By Lucy Worsley

Merrell
Hardcover (160 pages)

The Story of Hampton Court Palace
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Hampton Court Palace, to the south-west of London, is one of the most famous and magnificent buildings in Britain. The original palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey, but it soon attracted the attention of his Tudor king and became the centre of royal and political life for the next 200 years. In this new, lavishly illustrated history, the stories of the people who have inhabited the palace over the last five centuries take centre stage. Here Henry VIII and most of his six wives held court, Shakespeare and his players performed, and Charles I escaped arrest after his defeat in the Civil War. William III and Mary II introduced French court etiquette, and Georgian kings and princes argued violently amid the splendid interiors. Alongside the royal residents, there have been equally fascinating characters among courtiers and servants. Queen Victoria opened the palace to the public in the nineteenth century, and since then millions of visitors have been drawn to Hampton Court by its grandeur, its beauty and the many intriguing stories of those great and small who once lived here.

The Gardens and Parks at Hampton Court Palace

By Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Brand: Frances Lincoln
Hardcover (192 pages)

The Gardens and Parks at Hampton Court Palace
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Hampton Court Palace has the finest Baroque park and garden layout in Britain. Set within 2,000 acres of parkland and bounded on its south and east sides by the River Thames, the historic landscape possesses a rich overlay of garden improvements from the early 16th to the 21st centuries. This book explores the history of this landscape. Among the many themes it addresses are the role and impact of patrons, designers and estate workers; planting and horticultural techniques; statuary, fountains and other garden ornaments; and maintenance and conservation. The photographs by Vivian Russell that accompany the text constitute the most comprehensive topographical survey of the palace's gardens since the late 18th century.

All the King's Cooks: The Tudor Kitchens of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace

By Peter Brears

Souvenir Press
Released: 2011-05-01
Kindle Edition (209 pages)

All the King s Cooks: The Tudor Kitchens of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace
 
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The massive kitchens at Hampton Court were built to supply the entire household of Henry VIII. They were the first professional kitchens organised on such a scale. Brears provides a practical guide to their running, dispelling many of the misconceptions about the cooking and eating of meals in Tudor England.
Including authentic recipes from the period, adapted for modern kitchens, such as Chicken Farced and Smothered Rabbit and White Leach (a form of cool jelly), All the King's Cooks is fully illustrated with colour photographs recreating the life of the kitchens. With the author's own detailed drawings, no other book gets so close to the sights, sounds and smells of the Tudor kitchen.

Hampton Court Palace : Souvenir Guide Book

By Simon Thurley et.al.

Woodway Group
Paperback (49 pages)

Hampton Court Palace : Souvenir Guide Book
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Your Tudor Day Out...at Hampton Court Palace

By The Tudor Travel Guide

The Tudor Travel Guide
Released: 2019-09-14
Kindle Edition (32 pages)

Your Tudor Day Out...at Hampton Court Palace
 
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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!

A Summers Day at Hampton Court Being a Guide to the Palace and Gardens: With an Illustrative Catalogue of the Pictures According to the New Arrangement ... in the Apartments Recently Opened to the

By Jesse E. Edwards

HardPress
Released: 2018-06-17
Kindle Edition (191 pages)

A Summers Day at Hampton Court Being a Guide to the Palace and Gardens: With an Illustrative Catalogue of the Pictures According to the New Arrangement ... in the Apartments Recently Opened to the
 
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This is a reproduction of a classic text optimised for kindle devices. We have endeavoured to create this version as close to the original artefact as possible. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we believe they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.


 
 
 

 
 
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