The Palace

The Palace: From the Tudors to the Windsors, 500 Years of History at Hampton Court

History , British History, Tudor History
Hardback Published on: 17/08/2023
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The Palace
Hampton Court presents...
This wonderful history of Hampton Court is a must read for all those who have wandered round it's hallowed halls and wondered how exactly does this work.? ... READ MORE
The Palace
500 years of history from the point of view of an iconic building
Eminently readable, fluidly written and full of fascinating facts, of serious history without its boring side, this is a book to put in everyone's hands, a... READ MORE
The Palace
A delightful tour through 500 years of history!
This is a wonderful, easy-to-read tour through British history, from the end of The Wars of the Roses right up to the reign of King Charles III, as it rela... READ MORE
Elisabeth Gardiner
The Palace
An incrediblely detailed and accessable history of Hampton Court Palace. As one of Henry the eighth's favourite palaces we travel back deep into history... READ MORE
The Palace
A fine account of one of Britain’s best loved palaces
Because ‘The Palace’ concentrates on events that happen in Hampton Court Palace only it seems to omit some odd parts of history, the death of Wolsey and th... READ MORE
Eilish from Rustington
The Palace
I feel like I have had a private tour around Hampton court palace, looking into secret rooms and hidden passageways after reading this book. I love that th... READ MORE


For centuries, Hampton Court has been a place of power, scandal and intrigue: a stage for events that shaped the nation. The Palace raises the curtain on 500 years of British history with royals, politicians, criminals, and geniuses all playing their parts. Hampton Court has been an arc of monarchy, revolution, religious fundamentalism, sexual scandals, and military coups. In this rich and vivid history, Gareth Russell moves through the rooms and the decades, each time focusing on a different person who called Hampton Court their home. Beginning with the Tudors, Russell takes the reader from the kitchens of Henry VII and the dreams of Anne Boleyn to Elizabeth I's brush with death and the staging of Shakespeare's plays. To the commissioning of the King James Bible, the republican victories of Oliver Cromwell, the many mistresses of Charles II and their laxative-laced attempts to embarrass one another. The gossip and feuds of Georgian aristocrats lead into the era of the Windsors when Hampton Court becomes the place to host Elizabeth II's coronation ball and hide the last Tsar's sister. Fascinating and engaging, The Palace is as atmospheric as it is gossipy and through the many sovereigns and servants that lived and worked in its halls reveals the personal tragedy and political importance of this extraordinary place.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008436988
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 740g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 43 mm

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The Palace
A must read
‘Hampton Court is the finest and most magnificent royal edifice to be found in England, or for the matter in other countries.’ When this was revealed as G... READ MORE