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Tudor castles and palaces
September 1, 2010
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Let's discuss the royal and noble residences! Which do you think are the prettiest? Do you like one the least? If you could live in one, which one would you choose?…

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September 2, 2010
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There are too many for me to even remember, lol!  I do have a soft spot for Hampton Court though.  This is based on pictures as I have never been to Europe.  Frown

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September 2, 2010
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Wreckmasterjay, how could you not love the Tower of London?!! It's wonderful, isn't it?

I too have a soft spot for Hampton Court, TeamAnne, and I would probably have to say it ties the Tower for my favorite royal residence, though my favorite noble residence is by far Hever (hmm, I wonder why? Couldn't be that it was our Anne's childhood home, could it? Smile). Hampton Court's gardens are magnificent, and the exterior and interior of the building are beautiful and ornate. Plus, I got my Anne Boleyn doll from there! And don't worry, TeamAnne, I'm sure you'll get to Europe someday. England is the place to go!!

Hever is very lovely, very picturesque. When I went, I pretended I lived there…well the fantasy was fun while it lasted! But it's gorgeous, and to think Anne walked and breathed the same places I did…

I've never visited Hatfield, but I've always wanted to. Has anyone visited Hatfield?

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September 2, 2010
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Royal Palace: my 1st choice would be Hampton Court. 2nd choice: I would love to visit Greenwhich where Henry and Elizabeth were born.  3rd: Kenilworth hoping to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth and Dudley's spirits walking in the gardens.

noble residence and place I would want to live: Hatfield. Elizabeth's residence for so many years of her youth. So many things, good and bad happened to her here.  I think it would be a marvelous place to live.  This residence is in the country and I'm quite sick of city living.

All I have to do is get to England.

I would also like to visit Kettlethorpe.  Kathrine Swynford's residence.  I know her building is gone, but I would love to walk around the area.  Katherine and John of Gaunt's story has always been a favorite of mine.

September 2, 2010
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Sharon said:

 2nd choice: I would love to visit Greenwhich where Henry and Elizabeth were born. 


But the palace doesn't exist anymore – there's only a plaque on the ground Cry

September 3, 2010
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Oh well! Then I'd visit a plaque in the ground.  There is a park at Greenwhich, I believe.  I'd still like to go there.

September 3, 2010
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What about Richmond? I thought Richmond, not Greenwich, was the one that burned down. Perhaps not?

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September 4, 2010
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I've only been to The Tower and loved it! In November I'll be going to Hever Castle and Hampton Court. I can't wait. I know I'll love both!

September 4, 2010
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Lotte, you're going to absolutely love both!!! They are both sooo amazing. Both are beautiful and very historical–make sure you see the Anne portrait at Hever! And go to the Hever water maze, it's for kids but really fun 🙂 And don't miss the gardens at Hampton Court!

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September 4, 2010
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Boleynfan said:Lotte, you're going to absolutely love both!!! They are both sooo amazing. Both are beautiful and very historical–make sure you see the Anne portrait at Hever! And go to the Hever water maze, it's for kids but really fun 🙂 And don't miss the gardens at Hampton Court!


We plan on spending a whole day at Hever.  Smile Are the gardens any good in November?

September 4, 2010
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Boleynfan said:What about Richmond? I thought Richmond, not Greenwich, was the one that burned down. Perhaps not?


 Sheen burned and Henry VII rebuilt it as Richmond. Some remnants of Richmond still exist.  Like the gatehouse.  A little bit more than a plaque, right?  I'd go to this sight also. Elizabeth died here.

September 5, 2010
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Sharon said:Oh well! Then I'd visit a plaque in the ground. 


I seeCool. Greenwich IS a lovely place, only that sadly nothing of the Tudor age remains.

September 5, 2010
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Lotte – I've only been to the Hever gardens during the summer, but I'm sure they would be wintery and beautiful during November as well 🙂

Sharon – Thank you for the info. Elizabeth did die there, so I agree that it would be worth the trip.

Iguazu – I have never been to Greenwich either, unfortunately. What is it like? There are so many Tudor bad memories though, I believe. Not sure off the top of my head what many of them are, but I read a biography on Henry VIII and it mentioned that.

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September 6, 2010
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Boleynfan said:

Iguazu – I have never been to Greenwich either, unfortunately. What is it like? There are so many Tudor bad memories though, I believe. Not sure off the top of my head what many of them are, but I read a biography on Henry VIII and it mentioned that.


You could write pages about Greenwich, so just have a look at wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich

Of course Greenwich is now famous mainly for the Greenwich meridian, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and all those things related with astronomy and maritime things. It is a wonderful place for a day out. Lots to see, and the view over the city of London from there is fantastic.

What do you mean by Tudor bad memories?

September 7, 2010
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Thanks, Iguazu! About Tudor bad memories: unfortunately I don't remember the majority of them, but I believe something prior to Anne's imprisonment happened there. Did Jane Seymour die there? Not sure, sorry! But perhaps they were just bad memories specific to Henry.

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September 8, 2010
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 Sharon said:

Royal Palace: my 1st choice would be Hampton Court. 2nd choice: I would love to visit Greenwhich where Henry and Elizabeth were born.  3rd: Kenilworth hoping to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth and Dudley's spirits walking in the gardens.

noble residence and place I would want to live: Hatfield. Elizabeth's residence for so many years of her youth. So many things, good and bad happened to her here.  I think it would be a marvelous place to live.  This residence is in the country and I'm quite sick of city living.

All I have to do is get to England.

I would also like to visit Kettlethorpe.  Kathrine Swynford's residence.  I know her building is gone, but I would love to walk around the area.  Katherine and John of Gaunt's story has always been a favorite of mine.


I just read Alison Weir's biography of Katherine Swynford. Good call wanting to visit Kettlethorpe!

I wish all the time that the last time I was in England I could've visited all these places.  Next time!

Ainsi sera, groigne qui groigne.

September 8, 2010
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So many castles, so little time.  I would need a month just to visit the sites around London, let alone the rest of the country.  I'd have to spend another month in Scotland.  Maybe when we retire my husband and I should just move to England.

I would also like to visit the area of the Savoy.  And St. James park and palace. Fitzroy is buried here and Mary's heart is buried here. Also would like to see Whitehall.  Boleynfan ,maybe this is the castle you were asking about.  This one did burn in 1698.  Only the Banqueting Hall was left.  It is now used for some gov't offices. More offices were made on the location of Henry's tennis courts.

September 8, 2010
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Boleynfan said:

I've never visited Hatfield, but I've always wanted to. Has anyone visited Hatfield?


I loved Hatfield, but it was a long time ago I visited. The manor house is Jacobean of course, only the Banqueting Hall remaining from Tudor Times. Unfortunately the Banqueting Hall wasn't open to the public then because it was used for festivals and organized historic banquets you could book. No idea whether now there are times when there's access for the ordinary tourist.

But although the main house is Jacobean there were memorabilia ascribed to ELizabeth I on display, and besides, the place still exuded the atmosphere of Tudor times I thought. I just loved being where Elizabeth had spent such a large part of her youth.

September 8, 2010
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Has anyone been to the Charterhouse? I haven't unfortunately.

 I didn't know it existed until I recently read in an essay in Elizabeth. The Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum that the Charterhouse was one of only four buildings in London that Elizabeth I would still recognize today, the other three being the Tower, Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral.

Elizabeth I stayed at the Charterhouse for five days in 1558 on her way from Hatfield to London.

You have to pre-book a tour there well in advance, but I think this is a place I must definitely visit yet during one of my next visits to London.

http://www.thecharterhouse.org…..index.html

September 8, 2010
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Melissa – I just bought Alison Weir's bio of Katherine Swynford. What did you think of it??
Sharon – Thank you!! I believe Whitehall is the place I was thinking of. Poor Whitehall. Government offices on Henry's tennis courts? Horrible, we should preserve them not build things on them!

Iguazu – Thanks for the review of Hatfield! It sounds great, next time I get to England (which I really hope will be soon!) I will definitely try to see it. I haven't been to the Charterhouse either, but again next time I go to England it will be on my list.

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