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This book with photos & drawings takes you on a journey through London visiting places associated with the Tudors including museums displaying artefacts. The great thing about this book is that all the places can be seen and/or visited - some well known and others not so but all have connections to the Tudor period. The author has personally taken the 'travel back in time' Tudor tour and relays her experiences to the reader making this book a truly interesting & informative read - keeping history 'alive'. The places to visit have been well researched & written in a way that does not overload the reader with information.
For those that wish to visit London, Natalie has put together a 3, 5, 7 & 10 'Tudor holiday' timetable so the enthusiast can 'travel back in time' however this book is also great for people like me who are 'armchair travellers'.
The format is straightforward & easy to follow. After the introduction it is split into 3 parts (Houses, Halls, Palaces & Castles, Churches & Religious Houses and finally Museums & Galleries). For each place there is the history and then the relation to the Tudor period followed by visitor information (sometimes even a mention of a place to eat!)
Please note: Natalie does mention that you may need to ring ahead/check websites to avoid any disappointment as some places change opening times, are closed due to functions, etc - this shows to me that Natalie wants the reader to fully enjoy their travel experience. From Natalie's writing you can sense she really wants you to be totally immersed in these places, even telling you to look out for particular areas/things that you could so easily miss.
If you are like me and 'travel' from your armchair, this book still takes you on an adventure and with Natalie's style of writing you sometimes feel as though you are actually visiting these places! I found this book to be very interesting as I was discovering not only new places but information too - a most enjoyable read.
If you have enjoyed this book I would highly recommend 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn' and 'In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII'
Taking you around the streets of the capital, to the Castles, Palaces, homes, Churches, Cathedrals etc, discover how these places looked back in the Tudor times. What survives from that period? What happened there? What are the opening times? How do you get there?
All this and more are answered in this perfect guidebook. From the nearest tube station, to what to look out for, to events that happened there, to the changes that have been made over the centuries.
Even for someone who has read a lot of the Tudor period, this book has unearthed many little gems across London that I now wish to visit.
This book, along with the authors other books “In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn” and “In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII”, are the perfect guidebooks for a Tudor pilgrimage across England.
The guide includes houses, halls, palaces, castles, churches, religious houses, museums and art galleries. The scene is set by the Tudor Timeline, the illustrative map groups places together and the itineraries help you plan your visit whether you are in London for a long weekend, a week or longer.
There are fascinating tips throughout which tell you what to look out for at each place and what was particularly interesting were the details of where places used to be (see ‘Visitor Information’ sections), for example the sites of Norfolk House, a former home of Katherine Parr and Chelsea Place.
Places linked to Lady Jane Grey include the Tower of London and the Guildhall. The places of burial of Jane’s mother (Frances Grey) and mother-in-law (Jane Dudley) are also listed (Westminster Abbey and Chelsea Old Church).
The book is the perfect size to fit in your bag. On my next trips to Hampton Court and the Tower of London, I will take this book with me, to make sure I don’t miss out.
Grueninger’s book is a fascinating guide on how to explore Tudor London in modern times.
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