Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace: Hampton Court

HamptonCourtSuggested by Brad Nelson • Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace, built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and furthered by King Henry VIII. Its many rooms chart Henry VIII’s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer, and they tell the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I also have a fuller review here of the Hampton Court video, put up before I had started this “Videoshelf” format.

    And the reason I wanted a more formal place for this is to be able to talk about the other videos in this (so far) excellent series. One of these is Secrets of Highclere Castle. This place is perhaps better known as “Downton Abbey.”

    The Earl and Lady of the manor (who still exist and still own the place) perhaps are not as elegant as the Lord and Lady Grantham, but they do a fair representation. And, as it turns out, the Lord and Lady are good friends with Downton creator, Julian Fellowes, who had Highclere in mind when he wrote the series.

    And perhaps you, too, will shed a tear for the English aristocracy who were all but thrown on the scrap heap as the socialist mob took control of England and taxed many of the aristocracy quite literally out of their homes. Those who did survived often did so by selling their nation’s art treasures to America. Say what you will about the aristocracy, but it is almost certain that the money bled out of them has been shit-canned with nothing to show for it.

    It due to the great skill and determination of Lord and Lady Carnarvon (his great-grandfather is of King Tut fame) of Highclere Castle that their home and estate (and thus a precious piece of England’s history and culture) has been preserved. And the popularity of “Downton Abbey” has been a great bit of luck and a huge boost to them because of the revenue from tourism and such.

    Try as the socialists might, they have not yet destroyed all of England. But they’re working on it.

    Another interesting show in the series is Secrets of Chatsworth the ancestral home of the Cavendish family. This isn’t quite as good as the other two but still worth a look once you get hooked on the format of the series.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Of course, the English home I’d like to see a special on would be Borley Rectory, though the fact that it collapsed around 1940 or so would probably make it a bit difficult. Glamis Castle might do as a substitute.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Another interesting show in the series is Secrets of Chatsworth the ancestral home of the Cavendish family

    As I recall, Chatsworth is the home which a Polish born Labour minister basically tried to destroy by allowing mining of a low grade coal seam within, literally, a stone’s throw of the actual home.

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