Is there anyone else out there who has followed the tv-series about the Tudors? It’s rather fascinating with “sex, drugs and rock & roll” set in a Tudor-setting. Henry VIII led a ruthless life , taking 6 wives where he beheaded two of them, divorced 4 and was rather an unpleasant partner I would guess? If you are into history and Henry VIII this is the year to visit some of the palaces and places connected to the late King.
Hampton Court Palace, which he more or less stole from his lord chancellor Cardinal Wolsey is one. The cardinal “volunteered” to give it to the former King but was still beheaded a few years later. So much for being generous! Now it’s 500 years since Henry VIII became king and at Hampton Court Palace an extensive makeover has been done to the state apartments. New furniture and decorations to really catch the lavish Tudor feeling. The celebration at Hampton Court called “Henry VIII: Heads and Hearts” is going on the whole year.
Further more, a visit to The Tower of London, where several of Henry VIII’s enemies (or people he just didn’t like) were imprisoned and beheaded, will be essential. Here the exhibition “Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill” will go on the entire year. The exhibition claims they have gathered together, for the first time since the 16th century, the largest number of objects that belonged to Henry,- and of course, just a few yards away from the exhibition at the Tower you’ll find the site of Ann Boleyn’s execution.
There are several other places in London,- and other parts of England, where they will celebrate the 500 year anniversary . The British Library in London, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with Henry’s favourite warship Mary Rose, Windsor Castle and Hever Castle in Kent will all have exhibitions and activities. Please contact us by email for more information.
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