Tudor History: Palaces of King Henry VIII with Dr. Elizabeth Norton
Tudor History: Palaces of King Henry VIII with Dr. Elizabeth Norton

Tudor History: Palaces of King Henry VIII with Dr. Elizabeth Norton


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Henry VIII owned over sixty palaces during his lifetime, ranging from small hunting lodges to grand palaces and castles. There was Windsor Castle, a favorite of the medieval kings of England, as well as the new acquisitions of Hampton Court, Whitehall, and St James's Palace. Henry stayed in the much smaller Oatlands Palace, which has all but disappeared today, while his grandest creation - Nonsuch Palace - exists now only in a few marks in the grass where it once stood. He is remembered as one of England's greatest builders.

Our conversation will look at the palaces owned by Henry VIII, considering both the improvements he carried out and the changes he made. We will also consider what life was like in the palace. How did members of the royal family live? Who lived there with them and who were the servants who tended to their needs? We will consider the kitchen staff, who often went naked due to the heat of their work, as well as the serving staff who slept on rolled mats in the great hall. At the same time, we will look at Henry VIII's grand apartments, hung with a tapestry collection that was the most lavish England had ever seen.

Led by an expert on the Tudor period, Dr. Elizabeth Norton, this Conversation will look at the palaces of Henry VIII. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of what life was like in the great palaces and castles of the period.

Dr Elizabeth Norton is a British historian, specialising in the Tudor period. She has degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge universities and King's College London. She is the author of twelve books, including 'The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women', 'The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor' and biographies of four of Henry VIII's wives. She regularly appears as an expert on television.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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