The royal palaces of the Tudor period - Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Greenwich Palace, St James' Palace, Nonesuch, Whitehall and Richmond Palace, amongst others - are the subject of this illustrated book, in which the author examines the way in which Tudor palaces functioned on the inside. Every aspect of palace life - from the deliberations of the Star Chamber to the tennis courts at Whitehall to the problems of providing sanitation for 800 people - is covered in detail, as well as the architectural history of not only the most important palaces, but also a selection of 'lesser' houses. Thurley begins with the castles and palaces of early medieval England and Burgundy, moves on through those built by Henry VII, focusing finally on the many palaces lived in and built by Henry VIII for his itinerant court. The result is both a study of the development of architectural style and form in the critical formative years of early sixteenth-century England and a work of social history which throws completely new light on the way in which Tudor government functioned and on the personality and changing habits of Henry VIII. The author is now responsible for Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace and the Tower of London: he recently masterminded the restoration of the Tudor Kitchens and the King's Apartments at Hampton Court.
At the time of his death in 1547, Henry VIII possessed over 60 royal residences. Thurley, in his capacity as Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, has thoroughly researched inventories, diplomatic notes, recent archaeological data, and contemporary accounts of these Tudor houses for this work. The result is a fascinating illumination of Tudor society's etiquette, hygiene, religion, government, recreation (from tennis and bowling to cockfighting), cooking, and the evolution of interior decoration. Tracing the royal residences from the two-room lodges of the Plantagenets, Thurley shows the Tudor mansions, which could cover dozens of acres, to have become true hubs of power. Including 200 black-and-white and 158 color illustrations, along with 15 pages of floor and ground plans, this stunning achievement is highly recommended.
- Joseph Hewgley, Nashville P.L.
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Descrizione libro Paul Mellon Centre BA, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110300054203
Descrizione libro Paul Mellon Centre BA, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0300054203