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Houses of Power: The Places That Shaped the Tudor World [9780593074947]

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When Henry Tudor won the English throne in 1485, he inherited a network of residences, ranging from the mighty castles, such as Pontefract and Dover, to elegant Thames-side retreats. These were houses like no other: places not merely to live in but to govern from. For English monarchs ruled both day and night - at the table, in the bath, in bed and in the saddle. Whichever house they chose to stay in had to serve as Cabinet room, nerve-centre of military operations and theatre of international diplomacy. As a result, these royal buildings developed in very particular ways.

During the century that followed, five Tudor kings and queens built, extended and refurbished an extraordinary number of houses. In understanding how these houses evolved, we gain a detailed picture of the private life, character and convictions of each sovereign, how their vast households operated, and how sixteenth-century England and Wales were governed.

Houses of Power is the result of thirty years of research. Simon Thurley has picked through architectural digs, and examined financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct what the great Tudor houses looked like, why they were built that way and what went on within their walls: how their inhabitants worshipped, entertained and ate: who slept where and with whom: and how courtiers coped when the monarch came to stay. The result is far more than simply an architectural history. A study of private life as well as politics, diplomacy and court, it gives a remarkable new insight into the Tudor world.

'A supremely engaging read.' - Bill Bryson

'undoubtedly one of the best books ever written about an English royal palace or public building.' - Sir Howard Colvin


AUTHOR: Dr Simon Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and was until 2015 the Chief Executive of English Heritage, the government's principal advisor on the historic environment in England. Previous posts have included Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces and Director of the Museum of London. Simon is the author of a number of books on architectural history, including The Royal Palaces of Tudor England; Whitehall Palace and Hampton Court. In 2013 he published a major history of English architecture for HarperCollins, The Building of England. Simon is married to the historian Anna Keay and lives in Norfolk.
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20-Apr-2017
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496
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