Category Archives: The Tudors

Greenwich Palace: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Greenwich Palace.

  • Greenwich Palace was built during the 15th century by Humphrey, the Duke of Gloucester. It was located on the south bank of the River Thames in Greenwich, about 15 km along the river from Westminster.
  • It was conveniently located close to the royal dockyards at Deptford and Woolwich. The dockyards were used for building ships and for repairs until they closed in 1869.
  • It was originally known as the Palace of Placentia.
  • After Humphrey’s death in 1447, King Henry VII moved in and made improvements which included adding three large courtyards.
  • Greenwich Palace was one of the most modern and luxurious buildings of its time. It boasted fine furniture and paintings, as well as tennis courts, an armory, kennels and stables.
  • Henry VIII added gardens, orchards and a large fountain. He also built a special area outdoors where knights could take part in jousting events and competitions.
  • Several English kings and queens were born there during the next 200 years, including Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
  • Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves in the palace.

Greenwich Palace

  • Elizabeth played as a child in an oak tree in Greenwich Park. The huge tree fell over during a storm in 1991 but can still be seen lying on its side.
  • Oliver Cromwell took over the palace during the English Civil War of 1642 to 1651. He used the building as a biscuit factory and a prison, after unsuccessfully trying to sell it.
  • Much of the building was demolished in the 1660s to make way for Charles II’s new palace. This later became the Royal Naval College, and today is part of the University of Greenwich.
  • The Queens House is the only part of the original Greenwich Palace still standing. It was designed by the architect Inigo Jones and was the first classical designed building in Britain.

Tudor Music: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about music in Tudor times. Tudor music was important in both everyday life and religious life. Musicians were often supported by the Church or the city, and were in demand at palaces and castles. Travelling musicians in Tudor England had to have a licence to perform. Tudor music for the poorer… Continue Reading

Richmond Palace: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Richmond Palace. Richmond Palace was built by Henry VII in the early 1500s. It was built on the site of a former palace. It is located on the south bank of the River Thames in London, upstream of the Palace of Westminster. In 1502, at Richmond Palace, Henry’s daughter, Princess… Continue Reading

Martin Luther: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a 16th century German professor of religion, and a Catholic priest. He is best known for beginning the Protestant Reformation in Europe. He was born in 1483 in Eisleben in the Holy Roman Empire, which today is Germany. He studied Latin, grammar and logic and… Continue Reading

Pieter Bruegel: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Pieter Bruegel was a Flemish Renaissance painter, who lived from about 1525 to 1569. He is well known for his paintings of peasants and landscapes. Painting peasants in everyday life was rare in Bruegel’s time and his work gives us an important insight into everyday life… Continue Reading

King Edward VI: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Edward VI, King of England and Ireland. Edward VI was born on 12th October 1537 in Hampton Court Palace, England. His father was Henry VIII and his mother was Jane Seymour. Although Jane Seymour appeared to recover quickly from the birth of Edward VI, she died on 24th October 1537.… Continue Reading

Spanish Armada: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Spanish Armada. The Spanish Armada was a fleet of ships which fought against England in 1588. The intention of King Phillip II of Spain was to overthrow the Queen of England, Elizabeth I. The planned invasion of England was supported by the Pope who was promised money if Spain… Continue Reading

Globe Theatre Facts

Here are some facts about the Globe Theatre, London. The original Globe Theatre stood in Southwark, London, on the south bank of the River Thames. Today, an accurate replica stands on the site of the original building. The Globe was built in 1599, by the acting company of which William Shakespeare was a member. It… Continue Reading