Author(s): CHARLES PHILLIPS
The Tudor and Stuart period is one of the most fascinating in British history, not least of all thanks to their impressive architectural legacy. These grand royal residences and historic houses, the lasting symbol of those magnificent times, are illustrated and interestingly described in this comprehensive reference book. Divided into four chronological sections this fabulous book opens with the early Tudor palaces such as the well-known Hampton Court Palace, the beautiful Leeds castle and the hilltop Edinburgh Castle. The next section covers the so-called ‘Prodigy Houses’ of the Elizabethan era from Hardwick Hall to Montacute House which are followed by an inspiring selection of Jacobean palaces and stately homes including Knole and the Queen’s House, Greenwich. The final section explores the more modern buildings of the Restoration style, the most celebrated of which must be Windsor Castle itself. More than 200 lavish photographs, paintings, reconstructions and maps help bring to life the true majestic glory of these houses and their times. The intriguing individual histories of each castle or stately home are expertly described in a stimulating and entertaining way, while fact boxes explain the developments in architecture and focus on some key architects including Robert Smythson, Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren. Useful timelines and maps of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland help to put the individual buildings in context, creating an interesting overall impression of the development during those times. Captivating, compelling and enchanting, the castles and stately homes of the Tudor and Stuart period make for an engrossing study and this exceptional book is an essential reference guide.
Charles Phillips is a contributing author to The Chronicle of the Royal Family, and is the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Kings and Queens of Britain, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Tartan, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aztec & Maya, and The Aztec and Maya World (all published by Lorenz Books). He is an established writer of popular history, and a contributor to Cassell’s Dictionary of Modern Britain, and to The Chronicle of Britain. He has a keen interest in British history and the story of the Royal Family, and was a key writer of Time Life's Myth and Mankind series, which blends mythology with the art and history of ancient cultures. Charles is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of Westminster, London. Consultant Professor Richard G. Wilson FRHS since 2003 is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of East Anglia. He has written numerous books, essays and articles on various topics of 18th- and 19th-century social and economic history, including (with Alan Mackley) Creating Paradise: The Building of the English Country House, 1660-1880 (Hambledon Press).