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Hampton Court
  • Feb 09, 2004
    480 p., 9 3/4 x 12
    300 b/w + 120 color illus.
    ISBN: 9780300102239
  • Cloth: $65.00 
Art and Architecture
History


Series Information
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in Britis

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Hampton Court

A Social and Architectural History

  • Simon Thurley
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Reviews

“With the help of lavish illustrations and reconstructions, Thurley lays bare the history of the palace. . . . Simon Thurley’s account is unlikely to be superseded.”—Giles Worsley, Daily Telegraph (London)

“Hampton Court is not so much a building as a national icon, whose image and story are familiar to everyone who has ever been to school. The triumph of Simon Thurley’s stupendous new work of scholarship is to show how much more there is to know than one could have ever imagined . . . it makes the history complete.”—Clive Aslet, Country Life

“This is a brilliant book, the definitive history of one of our greatest national architectural treasures vividly brought to life in a breathtaking panorama which sweeps us through five centuries of our history and a gallery of kings and queens, princes and princesses, not to mention architects, builders and gardeners. . . . Everyone should be eternally grateful to [Thurley] for providing us with surely one of the best building biographies ever written.”—Roy Strong, Evening Standard

“Dr Thurley’s approach is to combine admirable scholarship on the architectural development of the palace, with its social, economic and political aspects. . . . Dr Thurley has succeeded in providing the new standard work of reference. With numerous superb illustrations it is also good value.”—Philip Venning, SPAB News

“This is a brilliant book, the definitive history of one of our greatest national treasures, vividly brought to life in a breathtaking panorama which sweeps us through five centuries of our history and a gallery of kings and queens, princes and princesses, not to mention architects, builders and gardeners. . . . Surely one of the best building biographies ever written.”—Roy Strong, Eastern Daily Press

“Hampton Court is not so much a building as a national icon, whose image and story are familiar to everyone who has ever been to school. The triumph of Simon Thurley’s stupendous new work of scholarship is to show how much more there is to know than one could have ever imagined.”—Clive Aslet, Country Life

“Admirably written and superbly illustrated. . . . An exemplary account of an underrated building.”—Robert Thorne, Architect’s Journal

“This thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated, and clearly written account of the famous English palace of Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII, and William and Mary, just west of London, sets the architecture in its full social and political context in a lucid and compelling manner. . . . It is a feast for the eye as well as a very well documented account with extensive endnotes. Essential.”—Choice

“The most comprehensive study of the palace for a century, lucidly written and illustrated with lavish photography. . . . Impressive, groundbreaking.”—Royalty Monthly

“This engrossing book offers both a detailed account of one English palace, its contents and surroundings, and also an overview of the sweep of European history.”—Alice Crabb, Historic Gardens Review

“The rarest of things—a coffee table book that is also a supremely engaging read.”—Bill Bryson, The Times (London) (‘My Choice’ section of the Christmas Books page)

“Admirably written and superbly illustrated. . . . An exemplary account of an underrated building.”—Robert Thorne, Architect’s Journal

“This thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated, and clearly written account of the famous English palace of Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII, and William and Mary, just west of London, sets the architecture in its full social and political context in a lucid and compelling manner. . . . It is a feast for the eye as well as a very well documented account with extensive endnotes. Essential.”—Choice

“Hampton Court is not so much a building as a national icon, whose image and story are familiar to everyone who has ever been to school. The triumph of Simon Thurley’s stupendous new work of scholarship is to show how much more there is to know than one could have ever imagined . . . it makes the history complete.”—Clive Aslet, Country Life

“With the help of lavish illustrations and reconstructions, Thurley lays bare the history of the palace. . . . Simon Thurley’s account is unlikely to be superseded.”—Giles Worsley, Daily Telegraph (London)

“This is a brilliant book, the definitive history of one of our greatest national architectural treasures vividly brought to life in a breathtaking panorama which sweeps us through five centuries of our history and a gallery of kings and queens, princes and princesses, not to mention architects, builders and gardeners. . . . Everyone should be eternally grateful to [Thurley] for providing us with surely one of the best building biographies ever written.”—Roy Strong, Evening Standard

 

“This engrossing book offers both a detailed account of one English palace, its contents and surroundings, and also an overview of the sweep of European history.”—Alice Crabb, Historic Gardens Review

“The most comprehensive study of the palace for a century, lucidly written and illustrated with lavish photography. . . . Impressive, groundbreaking.”—Royalty Monthly

“Dr Thurley’s approach is to combine admirable scholarship on the architectural development of the palace, with its social, economic and political aspects. . . . Dr Thurley has succeeded in providing the new standard work of reference. With numerous superb illustrations it is also good value.”—Philip Venning, SPAB News

“The rarest of things—a coffee table book that is also a supremely engaging read.”—Bill Bryson, The Times (London) (‘My Choice’ section of the Christmas Books page)

"The subject and the author are well matched. . . . An interesting story becomes a pleasure to read. . . . An impressive achievement."—Kenneth Fincham, Sixteenth Century Journal

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