Houses of Power: The Places that Shaped the Tudor World (Hardback)Simon Thurley (author)
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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.
Over two decades ago, architectural historian (and subsequent Chief Executive of English Heritage) Simon Thurley authored the benchmark survey The Royal Palaces of Tudor England, which became one of the largest-selling art titles of the early nineties.
Now Thurley dedicates that same depth of exacting research and visual understanding to Houses of Power: The Places that Shaped the Tudor World, a phenomenally authoritative gazetteer to a culture now entirely lost. From basic room layouts to the detail of how these symbols of supremacy functioned on a daily basis, Houses of Power provides real and almost visceral meaning to our architectural heritage. 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.
‘The result is a triumph… a masterly collective biography of these buildings, replete with insights into their owners’ private lives and into politics, diplomacy and court etiquette.’ - John Guy, The Literary Review
‘Thurley’s reconstruction of these rooms is fascinating, but even more so is his description of what went on in them… he certainly loves his subject, an enthusiasm that steadily bubbles forth from Houses of Power. This is a suitably opulent book about a disgustingly materialistic family.’ - Gerard DeGroot, The Times
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 912 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 44 mm
This is a landmark book. Nobody interested in Tudor England can afford not to own a copy of this gateway into a lost world ... compulsively readable. -- Sir Roy Strong * Country Life *
Unrivalled architectural expertise... Superb writing...A triumph: a masterly collective biography of [Tudor Royal] buildings, replete with insights into their owners' private lives and into politics, diplomacy and court etiquette. * Literary Review *
[Simon Thurley] certainly loves his subject. An enthusiasm that steadily bubbles forth from Houses of Power....Thurley's reconstruction of these rooms is fascinating, but even more so is his description of what went on in them ... A suitably opulent book -- Gerard DeGrout * The Times *
Excellent... Fresh, learned, readable and full of life, [Houses of Power] is the Tudors At Home, as you've never seen them before. -- Dan Jones * Mail on Sunday *
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