By Suzannah Lipscomb
Using position as a lens in which to view historical past, come take a shiny and appealing trip via England's such a lot bright era
For the armchair traveller or for these trying to make a journey again to the colourful time of Henry VIII and Thomas Moore,A trip via Tudor England takes you to the palaces,castles, theatres and abbeys to discover the tales in the back of this famed period. Suzannah Lipscomb visits over fifty Tudor locations, from the well-known palace at Hampton court docket, the place risky court docket intrigue was once rife, to much less famous homes equivalent to Anne Boleyn’s adolescence domestic at Hever fort, or Tutbury fort, the place Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned.In the corridors of strength and the courtyards of state homes, we meet the passionate yet tragic Katheryn Parr, Henry VIII’s final spouse; woman Jane gray, the nine-day queen; and are available to appreciate how Sir Walter Raleigh deliberate his journey to the hot international. during the locations that outlined them, this vigorous and interesting e-book unearths the wealthy heritage of the Tudors and paints a vibrant and pleasing photo of what it should were prefer to stay in Tudor England. sixteen pages of B&W and colour photos
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But Edward’s half-sisters were only in the line of succession because in 1536 Henry VIII had established that it was the king’s right to determine his successor beyond the usual principle of male primogeniture. This meant Henry could later add Mary and Elizabeth to the line of succession while retaining his profound belief in their illegitimacy — for they had been declared bastards when his marriages to their mothers failed. Their claim to the throne was not by right: it was a gift from the King, and what one monarch had given another could take away.
Strangely, the place instantly recalled when thinking of the Tower — the iconic White Tower itself — is that least associated with captivity and execution. Today it houses the collections of the Royal Armouries, including Henry VIII’s armour. Look out for the exquisite horse armour made for Henry in 1515: beautifully engraved all over with foliage, Tudor roses and pomegranates, its skirt bears the intertwining initials H and K, for Henry and Katherine of Aragon. As it was made to measure, it also shows that in 1515 Henry had a chest of just thirty-six inches, in contrast to the enormous size of his field and tournament armour of 1540, which you can also see here.
In April 1534, every man in the country had been required to swear the Oath of Succession, in which they promised ‘to be true to Queen Anne [Boleyn], and to believe and take her for the lawful wife of the King and rightful Queen of England, and utterly to think the Lady Mary daughter to the King by Queen Katherine, but as a bastard, and thus to do without any scrupulosity of conscience’. This incredible attempt by Henry VIII to make the whole kingdom complicit in his decision — even in their very thoughts — meant that everyone was forced to agree to the King’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon and, according to the oath’s preamble, to his position as Supreme Head of the Church (in place of the Pope).