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In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The visitor's companion to the palaces, castles & houses associated with Henry VIII's iconic queens Kindle Edition
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I was eager to read this book as I thoroughly enjoyed Morris and Grueninger’s first book and I can say with confidence that not only did this book live up to expectations I feel it surpassed their first.
Moving in sequence Morris and Grueninger explore the locations, sites, palaces, manors etc. that each of Henry VIII’s wives would have known throughout their lives starting with Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon. The authors then examine each of Henry VIII’s subsequent wives, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr, detailing each woman’s life and their involvement with the locations listed.
The authors provide an abundant amount of information about each location and this allows the reader to gain a wonderful insight into what the houses, places, manors etc. would have looked like during the time that each of Henry VIII’s wives visited or lived. In addition Morris and Grueninger detail where each woman would have slept, eaten, spent their past times as well as important events that took place at each location. The authors also explain why each woman visited or lived at the various locations and approximately how long she stayed or how many visits she made. They then move on to talk about what the location looks like in modern times, if it survives, or what part of the building still stands. At the end of each location the authors provide a fantastic addition called ‘Visitors Information’ which outlines addresses, contact details, visitor information and any other little bits and pieces visitors may need to know. This is a wonderful addition as it gives the reader valuable information if they wish to visit the site.
The multitude of high quality photos, paintings, manor layouts and images of the different places that are described and detailed within the book are simply fascinating. They are a fantastic edition as they allow the reader to not only read about each location but to also look at a picture or painting and gain an idea of what it looks like in today’s times or even better what it would have looked like during the Tudor age. The images are very captivating and I have to say I spent a great deal of time studying each image and imagining each of Henry VIII’s wives walking through the gardens or halls of each location.
“In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII” is a wonderful overview of the lives of six incredible women who are forever etched into the pages of history. It is obvious that this book is extremely well researched and because of this the reader is able to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of Tudor England and make a personal connection with each wife through the locations listed.
Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger’s second collaboration is utterly brilliant. I recommended their first book “In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn” and I would also highly recommend this book. Written with an eye for detail this is the perfect guide for visitors wishing to learn more about the locations and places associated with the wives of Henry VIII.
This book takes readers to some of the key locations associated with each wife, the Castles, Palaces, and Manor Houses, that experienced triumph and tragedies for each wife. My personal favourites are the locations of Spain for Catherine of Aragon, France and what is now modern-day Belgium for Anne Boleyn, Germany for Anne of Cleves, and the Castles and Manors in the North of England for Katherine Parr, as it was these locations that shaped these fascinating women. Our favourite and well known sites are featured, including the Tower of Lomdon, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Hever Castle, Sudeley Castle, and Leeds Castle. Locations which either barely survive, or have disappeared entirely such Greenwich Palace, Whitehall Palace, Richmond Palace, Eltham Palace etc. Are all featured. Every location has details of what the places would have looked like to every Queen, so you MUST take this book with you when you visit them. For example, although only the Great Hall of Eltham survives, as you are walking there, whip out this trusty guide, and discover where the Tiltyard, Moat, and lodgings of Cardinal Wolsey, and Thomas More would have stayed in. When I used visited the site where Richmond Palace once stood, although only the Gatehouse survives, by taking along their previous book "In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn", I was able to look past the modern-day Richmond and be transported back in time to the 16th century, with the Palace brought back to life.
Other gems in this book include, Wolf Hall, the Seymour residence in Wiltshire, now made famous thanks to the best-selling novels. And Oatlands Palace in Surrey, where Henry VIII married his fifth wife Catherine Howard. Again, barely anything of Oatlands survives, but Sarah and Natalie, bring the Palace back to life beautifully.
Other highlights include the discovery of the Anne of Cleves heraldic panels, which Sarah worked with Dr Jonathan Foyle on, and the many pictures drawings and sketches, of the locations, street plans, reconstructed lost locations, and in particular, the Coronation Procession of Anne Boleyn and many more.
Like "In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn", Sarah and Natalie bring the past beautifully to life, I shall now be carrying this book with me whenever I visit any of the locations listed- as well as "In the Footateps of Anne Boleyn". Sarah and Natalie are a splendid team, their accounts and writings draw you in and bring the past back to life for you. This really is a gem of a book, and it is perfect for anyone with an interest in buildings, architecture, history, Tudors and rediscovering the past. Walking in the footsteps of those that have lived before us, helps us understand these people better, it is an amazing concept of a book.
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