Houses of power simon thurley

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houses of power simon thurley

Houses of Power: The Places That Shaped The Tudor World by Simon Thurley

What was it like to live as a royal Tudor? Why were their residences built as they were and what went on inside their walls? Who slept where and with who? Who chose the furnishings? And what were their passions?
The Tudors ruled through the day, throughout the night, in the bath, in bed and in the saddle. Their palaces were genuine power houses - the nerve-centre of military operations, the boardroom for all executive decisions and the core of international politics. Houses of Power is the result of Simon Thurleys thirty years of research, picking through architectural digs, and examining financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct the great Tudor houses and understand how these monarchs shaped their lives. Far more than simply an architectural history - a study of private life as well as politics, diplomacy and court - it gives an entirely new and remarkable insight into the Tudor world.
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Simon Thurley

Houses of Power: The Places that Shaped the Tudor World by Simon Thurley

Fresh, learned, readable and full of life' Dan Jones, Mail on Sunday. Houses of Power is the result of Simon Thurley's thirty years of research, picking through architectural digs, and examining financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct the great Tudor houses and understand how these monarchs shaped their lives. What was it like to live as a royal Tudor? Why were their residences built as they were and what went on inside their walls? Who slept where and with who?

Simon Thurley

Please consider registering as a member of the International Spenser Society, the professional organization that supports The Spenser Review. There is no charge for membership; your contact information will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only to conduct the business of the ISS—chiefly to notify members when a new issue of SpR has been posted. London, New York: Bantam Press. ISBN Thurley is an architectural historian by profession, and a founder member of the Society for Court Studies. This book unites the material forms and settings of royal houses with the evidence for their social and symbolic uses, ranging from the evolution of the most private royal apartments to the vast scale of leisure facilities for the use of the court.

Welcome to my website and thank you for looking. This site tells you a bit about me and what I have done over the last 25 years as an historian, archaeologist, curator, writer, broadcaster, museum director and heritage crusader — although not necessarily in that order. It also tells you a bit about the rest of my life. This website links to a separate one about Clifton House where my wife Anna and I live. It is open to the public at certain times of the year and you would be most welcome to come and visit it. There are two illustrated podcasts by Simon covering thematic aspects of English Royal palaces. The first is called what is a palace and investigates the use of the word palace over the centuries and discusses what makes a palace today.

Few properties have provided stage sets for more thrills and spills over a single century than those owned by the Tudors. Simon Thurley, whose unrivalled architectural expertise and superb writing made The Royal Palaces of Tudor England the fastest-selling art book of , sets out in Houses of Power to tell the story of why the Tudor monarchs built their houses the way they did and what went on inside them. Room layouts, tastes in interior and exterior decoration, religious observances, construction costs, transport arrangements and the matter of who had access to the king or queen predictably get full treatment. He filled his properties with hundreds of yards of tapestries and fine textiles, personalising everything including stonework and woodcarving with his badges and heraldic arms. He equipped himself with stables, barges, gardens and hunting grounds.

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