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Kensington Palace: The Official Illustrated History Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Jul 2003


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858942055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858942056
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ground-breaking and elegant new study - MAJESTY MAGAZINE Edward Impey used to be curator of Historic Royal Palaces and so knows Kensington Palace well, as can be seen by this admirable book which packs a thorough social and architectural history into the economical framework of an extended guidebook - COUNTRY LIFE

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dward Impey, an executive director of English Heritage, was formerly Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and a Research Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He has written widely on architectural and historical subjects, and has been involved in the history of Kensington Palace, and its presentation to the public, since 1995. He has also written widely on medieval domestic and military architecture in England and northern France, and has directed much historical and archaeological research on the Tower of London.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Over 120 pages the author gives a relatively detailed history of Kensington Palace from its initial construction as the home of Sir George Coppin in 1605 up to the present time. The story starts with the manor of Chenesiton in Domesday Book. What adds to the book's attraction is that attention is also given to the lives and times of the palace's occupiers as well as to the construction and reconstruction of the edifice itself.

Chapters are titled "Kensington Before the Palace"; "The Royal Residence - Kensington under William & Mary"; "Kensington under Queen Anne"; "The Royal Palace - Kensington in the Reign of George I"; "George II & Queen Caroline"; "Kensington Palace"; "Victorian Kensington"; "The Palace in the 20th Century"; and "Kensington Since the 1970s".

As expected, much of the story is told by means of sumptuous illustrations, featuring full-colour reproductions of contemporary portraits of the royal occupants, their architects and decorators, as well as contemporary views of the house and surroundings, together with wonderful reproductions of maps and plans.

Written in an easy style, but not deficient in authority, this official history is highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charn Murphy-York on 9 Oct. 2014
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As described, very useful product with interesting facts on Kensington Palace. Good use of pictures as well as the important facts
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jackio on 2 Oct. 2014
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Informative as a history book not a guide or Royal tell all 16 Nov. 2003
By A. Burchfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An extremely nice paperback history book about Kensington Palace. You get the history of the place from it's beginnings (there's been something built on the site for about a 1000 years) but mostly covering the period from the 17th century onwards through today.
There are a lot of photographs of various sections of the building complex, some more than 100 years old,both inside and out as well as maps and diagrams from past centuries.
The history of the place is very detailed with period illustrations and covers many of the occupants as well as the structure itself.
I really like the book and would recommend it to anyone who has been or is thinking of going to London. You will learn a lot about the Palace but be warned, this isn't a guide book. You will learn about a lot of what is there but you aren't told just what isn't open to the public (if you are it isn't very clear and I missed it)and there is no Prince(or Princess)lived here detail (Charles & Diana barely mentioned in comparison to some past inhabitants).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Large and Colorful Illustrated History 13 Feb. 2014
By L. M. Keefer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an illustrated history, not a tour guide, of Kensington Palace which details its origins and Royal Occupants from 1605 to the present day. Kensington had private owners until 1689 when it was bought by King William and Queen Mary and passed into Royal hands. We learn from this illustrated history that Kensington's survival was in question until Queen Victoria came along. It was her childhood home, and she had great affection for it so ensured that it endured. More recently it was the home of Princess Diana and is now home to Prince William and Kate.

There are a lot of images of its royal occupants throughout history, floor plans, paintings of rooms and some photos. There are not a lot of images of recent interiors as it has been a private home to royalty. You can see photos of the rooms which Diana occupied on pinterest, if you are interested.

However, this is an excellent illustrated history with about 2/3 text and 1/3 images. One of its more fascinating occupants which I learned about in this history was Princess Louise who lived in Kensington Palace from 1875 to 1939. She was the daughter of Queen Victoria and attended art school and knew many of the leading artists and aesthetics in the late 1800's. She created the sculpture of her mother, Queen Victoria, in her coronation robes which is at Kensington Palace today.

If you are fascinated by English royalty and their homes, this is a large, colorful, appealing and comprehensive history.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
better than going there. 7 Sept. 2009
By St. Mym - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Read this instead of going there - there's very little content, even for those wanting to worship at the Shrine of Diana, and what is there is not very well explained or presented - the paintings in particular are very badly lit, almost unviewable in fact. Hampton Court is (just) worth the 15 quid they charge to get in, Kensington at 12.50 is a complete rip off by comparison. Stick to the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating history of an often overlooked royal palace in London. 11 July 2013
By JNolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Kensingtron Palace will likely receive more attention by Americans now that Prince William and the Duchess Catherine of Cambridge are about to make it their home. This book provides a detailed history of the palace including why the location was chosen for a royal palace. It also gives a history of the many royals who have and do call it home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not exactly what I had expected 22 Aug. 2013
By British History Buff - Published on Amazon.com
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The guide is very informative, however, I was at Kensington Palace in 2011 when it was being refurbished and had hoped this new guide would include photos of the completed renovation. Not so much.
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