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Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey and the English Renaissance
Jonathan Foyle Tuesday 08 October 2019

Hampton Court is best known as the main surviving palace of Henry VIII, but how much of it did he really create? The king had lost the principal medieval royal seat of Westminster to a fire in 1512, three years before Cardinal Wolsey began Hampton Court. Over a decade later, in 1528, Henry took it for himself. This talk explains the European cultural and political background to Wolsey’s magnificent creation. It shows how and why it was set out, presents reconstructions of lost interiors and how much of the credit for Hampton Court was due to the ambitious Cardinal before his reputation was shattered and his achievements defaced by the infamous king he served.