Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 – I LOVED Hampton Court Palace!
In 1514, in the parish of Hampton, Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York began building a magnificent palace on the north bank of the River Thames.
Henry VIII received the palace from Wolsey in the mid-to-late 1520's, although the Archbishop retained apartments there, (as well as at all the other royal palaces ). He later fell from favor and was arrested (and subsequently died before he could be executed). Some research claims that Wolsey gave the palace to King Henry VIII as a gift, other research indicates that it was seized.
It was so fascinating to walk where King Henry VIII and his wives walked. Throughout the day there were re-enactments of the King and various other players in the King's court. The theme today ay was a re-enactment of Henry getting the news that Anne Boleyn had been unfaithful (the news ironically delivered by Jane Seymour's father). Henry was making plans to divorce Ann Boleyn because of her infidelity.
In the re-enactment he confided to Jane Seymour's father that he felt he was getting older and his first wife, nor his second wife, Ann Boleyn, had given him a son. Ann Boleyn did deliver a boy but he was stillborn so Henry was anxious to have a wife that would give him a son to be heir to the throne.
Henry told him that he didn't really want to divorce Ann Boleyn because proceedings could take 5 years which would make it 5 more years before he was free to marry again and by then it might be too late for his new wife to give him a son. Jane Seymour's father planted the idea that Anne Boleyn committed treason which allowed Henry the right to have her beheaded and paved the way for him to marry his daughter, Jane, immediately.
I thought it interesting that no proof was presented confirming Ann Boleyn's infidelity or treason, there was only the word of Jane Seymour's father. Historically there may have been more proof but in the re-enactment, he went on the word of Jane Seymour's father.
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