By Peter Bramley
A special guidebook to 150 surviving ancient websites linked to Henry VIII, his other halves, and his mistresses—battlefields, castles, monasteries, and churches
In his hunt for a male inheritor Henry VIII broke with Rome, instigated the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and bought six other halves successively. of those, have been done, a chilling first in English heritage. From those tumultuous occasions a shocking variety of old websites associated with the Tudors live on, available now via this fantastically illustrated publication. The guidebook is prepared by means of zone and covers England and a bit of Europe. With instructions to every web site, in addition to complete information of the Tudor occasions and personalities associated with them, this guidebook will entice all who locate traveling an old web site brings existence and colour to the examine of history.
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At Barking Tye, take the minor highway left to Offton and Somersham. firstly of Somersham, take the very minor street left for 1 mile to the hamlet of Nettlestead. a captivating spot, set in gorgeous nation-state. The Chace subsequent to the church used to be outfitted at the website of the medieval corridor of the Wentworths, lords of the manor because the 15th century. An arch from the corridor is all that continues to be of the present development. within the nave of the church is a small ground brass exhibiting a medieval knight in armour. it really is dated to round 1500, which inserts good with Sir Henry Wentworth, who was once lord of the manor until eventually his loss of life in 1499/1500. Sir Henry was once the daddy of Margery Wentworth, spouse to Sir John Seymour and mom to Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s 3rd queen. The Wentworths got here from a Yorkshire kinfolk with powerful Lancastrian sympathies (as had such a lot of in Yorkshire). With Clifford and Ros blood from the feminine strains, plus a descent from Edward III’s youngest son, Margery used to be relatively a trap for the Seymours. Their robust affinity was once associated with the Duke of Suffolk. Sir Henry’s Lancastrian father, Philip, have been completed after the conflict of Hexham in 1464, yet Henry used to be married to Anne Saye who had a Yorkist historical past. Anne predeceased Henry, who then married Elizabeth Neville, niece of Warwick the Kingmaker, yet there have been no young ones of this union. Henry and Anne’s eldest son, Thomas, used to be made a peer in 1529 and used to be buried in Westminster Abbey on his dying in 1550. Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, the ill-fated minister of Charles I, used to be additionally a right away descendant. OXBOROUGH, corridor and St John’s Church *** � Signposted off A134 Thetford–King’s Lynn highway, 2 miles north-east of Stoke Ferry. (NT) 01366 328258 This early Tudor moated home is a superb survival. outfitted from 1482 by way of Sir Edmund Bedingfield, Pevsner describes the gatehouse as ‘tremendous’. initially a Yorkist, Sir Edmund controlled to prevent Bosworth, after which joined Henry VII for the conflict of Stoke box. After his dying in 1496, his estates have been held through his 3 sons successively. His 3rd son, one other Sir Edmund Bedingfield (d. 1558), acted as Catherine of Aragon’s ‘gaoler’ whilst Henry VIII moved her to Kimbolton fort in 1535. She followed a coverage of non-cooperation with Sir Edmund and so they didn’t see each other for weeks. He used to be current whilst she died in early 1536. He used to be married to Grace Marney, who used to be leader Mourner at Catherine’s funeral in Peterborough Abbey. There are similarities among this corridor and Layer Marney Tower, in Essex, outfitted via Grace’s father and brother. St John’s Church stands outdoor the corridor grounds, controlled by means of the nationwide belief. It homes the luxurious terracotta monuments to the 1st Sir Edmund and his spouse, Margaret Scott, plus the tomb of Sir Henry Bedingfield (d. 1583), who used to be the son of the second one Sir Edmund above, and who into his father’s line of labor – he was once Governor of the Tower of London in Mary I’s reign and taken care of Princess Elizabeth whereas she ‘resided’ there. PETERBOROUGH, Cathedral **** within the urban centre.