Thursday, 3 September 2015

Summer Holidays.......

I guess September marks the end of the summer in the U.K.  As well as my visit to Rome, I also did some 'castle visiting' - all ones I've been to in the past, but if you get the chance to go, well, you just have to, right?  So here's some of the 'best of pix'.  Hope you enjoy!

An old favourite - Sudeley Castle.  

The Victorian tomb for Katherine Parr.
Not surprisingly, Sudeley has a huge focus on Richard III at the moment.  As Duke of Gloucester, Richard held the castle during his brother Edward IV's reign.   There is a replica of the head made of Richard III, as well as information about his life when Duke of Gloucester.  You can even buy a white rose flag in the gift shop!  Of course, as a Lancastrian supporter, I quickly passed by!

Next on my visits was Windsor Castle.  I hadn't been there for nearly 20 years!  It's not one of my favourite castles, but I always visit the chapel of St. George.  I'm always amused that Henry VIII has no fine tomb, and lies under a slab in a vault.

St. George's Chapel

Hampton Court is celebrating 500 years this year.  I've visited the palace quite a few times, and naturally prefer to Tudor part of the palace.   There are lots of celebrations and events taking place, so if you can get there,  Unfortunately, the 'mini-timeplays' have ended.  Highlights included the arrival of Henry VIII's court, entertaining us with singing and dancing.  Anne Boleyn was amongst the performers.  Elizabeth 1st interrogated a Scottish envoy about her cousin Mary, Queen, of Scots, Shakespeare and his company rehearsed  a play for King James, Barbara Villiers, mistress of Charles II, argued with his wife, Catherine of Braganza and George 1st had an English lesson.

Henry VIII's court arrives at Hampton Court.

Anne Boleyn, as a lady-in-waiting, is escorted into the palace.


Kasia Ogrodnik said...

Anerje, I have just pictured as you - the Lancastrian suppoerter- passed by :-) I, the Yorksist supporter, would have passed by as well. I think that all the hype did Richard only wrong.

Kathryn Warner said...

Lovely pics! I haven't been to Windsor since I was fifteen. Am well overdue a visit! I've never been inside Sudeley but had a look around outside when we were visiting Hailes Abbey a while ago.

Anerje said...

Hi Kasia - you could also buy Richard's boar badge - in all its plastic glory:). I am currently reading a book which contains chapters on the backlash over commercialisation.

Kathryn, I only realised on this visit to Sudeley that Hailes Abbey was so close. If I'd known, I would have pencilled in a visit. Windsor is 'too modern ' for me - too much focus on the 18th century and the current royal family.

Gabriele Campbell said...

I want a Playmobil Richard. ;-)