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Royal Buildings. Part 1.
This topic is about Royal Palaces, houses, castles and forts that were used or visited by monarchs in Tudor times.
▫1. The Tower of London – Famous for being a palace, the place where Kings and Queens spent the night before their coronations, a place of refuge in times of danger, a seat of government, a prison and a place of torture and execution.
▫2. Hampton Court Palace – Originally built as a lavish palace by the ambitious Cardinal Wolsey, this house was acquired by Henry VIII when Wolsey fell from grace and renovated to become a palace fit for a King.
▫3. Windsor Castle – This castle, which dates back to medieval times, is known for being a royal residence and the resting place of monarchs like Henry VIII.
▫4. Greenwich Palace and Park – Greenwich was used as a royal residence from the 14th century and was the location of many important events – the birth of Henry VIII, the births of Mary I and Elizabeth I, and the death of young Edward VI. Like Edward IV and Henry VII, Henry VIII worked on the palace enlarging it and remodelling it to suit his tastes and needs. Unfortunately, it was demolished in the 17th century but is now the location of the Old Royal Naval College and the National Maritime Museum & Royal Observatory.
▫5. Hatfield Old Palace – Once the nursery of Henry VIII’s children and the “sanctuary” of Elizabeth I, during Mary I’s reign, this Tudor palace can still be visited today. The gardens are beautiful and there is a Jacobean mansion, Hatfield House, which was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury. Although much of it was destroyed in the 17th century, you can still see the hall where Elizabeth I had her very first Council of State.
▫6. Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire– This is a medieval castle but was an important building during Tudor times, being the home of Elizabeth I’s favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. English Heritage have done much to improve the castle and you can now see exhibitions, an audio tour and a spectacular recreation of Elizabethan gardens.
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