This is a book that is all that it promises. Fantastic quality paper, print and extensively illustrated with drawinga, paintings, maps and photographs, it describes not only the architectural history and Development of Whitehall Palace, but also all of the historical events that took place there.
I bought the book to find out about the history of Whitehall Palace before it burnt down. This book is packed with reconstructions, pictures and plans, and is a most interesting read. I feel it filled a gap for me - now when I read other books about the Tudors and Stuarts, I will have a much better idea about this part of London.
It's a wonderful collection of books. I have all of them. They're great and very well written. They key be used as reference books and also make interesting reading. Wonderful pictures also. Great graphic quality.
So little is left of Whitehall Palace that not many people who do not have an interest in the history of London would even know it had existed. The modern street called Whitehall runs through the edge of the site, the palace being located between the street and the river, around the area now occupied by the Ministry of Defence and Department of Health buildings. This book is a superb introduction, combining authoritative learning with an accessible style and lavish use of paintings, sketches and maps to illustrate views that have simply vanished in the modern landscape. The building works are set in the context of the monarch who ordered it, including the only surviving fragment which is the Banqueting House on Whitehall. Designed for King Charles's father, tis was famously to be the site of his execution as well. The tone of the writing was spot-on for me, giving insights into the social history and architecture without becoming academic. Currently retailing on Amazon for less than £10, this is excellent value.