Simon Thurley

Thu 21 July 2022

Palaces of Revolution: Life, Death and Art at the Stuart Court

Palaces of Revolution: Life, Death and Art at the Stuart Court

Life in the court of the House of Stuart has been shrouded in mystery: the first half of the century overshadowed by the fall and execution of Charles I, the second half in the complete collapse of the House itself. Lost to time is the extraordinary contribution the Stuarts made to the fabric of sovereignty. Former Chief Executive of English Heritage Simon Thurley takes us from Royston and Newmarket, where James I appropriated most of the town centre as a sort of rough-and-ready royal housing estate, to the steamy Turkish baths at Whitehall where Charles II seduced his mistresses. We see the intimate private lives of the monarchs, presented through the buildings in which they lived and the objects they commissioned.

Interviewed by Peter Moore.

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