Posts tagged “Henry VIII

Hampton Court Palace

Posted on February 1, 2012

Only thirty miles up the River Thames from the Tower of London and 35 minutes by train from Waterloo station stands one of Britain’s most magnificent palaces, Hampton Court Palace. Built by Cardinal Wolsey in 1520, and seized by Henry VIII after his failure to broker his marriage to Anne Boleyn, it stands as a monument to his reign, his consolidation of power and most notoriously to his six wives: two of whom were executed, Anne Boleyn and her cousin Catherine Howard; two divorced, Katherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves; one who died in childbirth, Jane Seymour; and one who surprisingly survived, Katheryn Parr. Wander through the old Tudor Palace, visit the Great Hall, the Great Watching Chamber, the Chapel Royal and the largest surviving Renaissance kitchen in…