Henry VIII – The Making of a Tyrant
The making of a tyrant
Travel with a leading authority on Tudor history – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, former curator at Hampton Court Palace – as we chart the rise and fall of Henry VIII from acclaimed, athletic young king to paranoid and cruel monarch. We examine loves, politics and perils at Henry’s court; war; the dissolution of the monasteries, the establishment of the Church of England and of course Henry’s colourful marital history.
We begin with a visit to the Tudor gallery at the National Portrait Gallery to view the magnificent Holbein portraits including his iconic portrayal of Henry VIII for which he is of course most famous. We continue to the Charterhouse Monastery and Museum, which after its dissolution was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1537. The buildings were used for storage of the royal tents and pavilions. Later, we spend the afternoon at the Tower of London where having moved heaven and earth to be with her, Henry VIII had Anne Boleyn beheaded on 19 May 1536.
We spend the day at beautiful Hampton Court. Originally begun by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century, it was later remodelled by Henry VIII who made many additions to the palace and laid out the overall plan for the gardens, the basic structure of which is still seen today. We examine the architecture and visit the kitchens, State Apartments and Young Henry VIII exhibition to look at the nature of his court and how the palace functioned. We also trace the stories of Henry’s last four wives through their associations with the palace.
Today we visit Anne Boleyn’s childhood home at Hever Castle situated in the lovely Kent countryside. Some believe that Anne was born at Hever though there is little evidence to suggest this. After Anne’s relationship with Henry Percy was abruptly ended, she once again took up residence at Hever and was later visited there by Henry VIII. Anne owned the house until her death in 1557 when it was given to Anne of Cleeves as part of the divorce settlement. We take a special guided tour of the house and later explore the extensive, award winning gardens.
On our last day we end our tour with a guided tour of Windsor Castle ending the day at the perpendicular chapel of St. George’s at Windsor and the simple black marble slab that marks the resting place of Henry and his third wife, Jane Seymour.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Andante Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with water (wine with dinners)
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
- Field Notes
- Hotels - Accommodation in hand-picked hotels.