The Magic Garden is now closed for winter and will re-open in Spring 2018.
Discover how a female queen in a man's world changed the state of power play.
Subjected to adoration, speculation and threat, Elizabeth I confidently and cleverly used her gender to manipulate a court filled with men. What of the female members of court? Their friendship and loyalty came at a price. In a court of gossip, rumours, scandal and suspicions discover how a female queen in a man’s world changed the state of power play.
Anna Whitelock, writer, historian, broadcaster and reader in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London. She lectures on political, social and cultural history in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Anna is a regular contributor to live television broadcasts for the BBC, Sky and ITV. In addition, she has also published numerous books, including Mary Tudor: England's First Queen and Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen’s Court.
This is part of our season of evening talks at Hampton Court Palace on finding favour at court. The Tudor royal court entertained a vast community of people who provided the engine of the monarchy. From mistresses to politicians and servant to nobleman, who held the positions of power? Join us this autumn as we explore how courtiers moved up and down the Tudor court hierarchy in a dangerous game of snakes and ladders. Did they succeed or fail?
A heart-warming Christmas story for all the family, set at the court of Queen Elizabeth I and performed around the palace.
22 to 23 December and 27 December 2017 to 1 January 2018
Meet the 'pin-up' prince before he became notoriously fat and tyrannical. The Young Henry VIII exhibition at Hampton Court Palace tells the stories of the people who knew him best.