Sunday, May 21, 2006

Question from Jill - Lists of locations of courts


Does anyone know a book or website that lists the location of Henry's court (as well as the courts of his wives and children) during their lives? I know they usually moved the court twice a year but would like to know specific dates and places.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!



3 Comments:

Blogger BritishNut56 said...

Henry's court was moved more often than twice a year. Henry had several properties to chose from, and his entourage (family, courtiers, government officials, etc) never stayed static in one location for more than a few weeks, especially during the summer months.

Alison Weir a wrote good book about all the aspects of Henry VIII. "Henry VIII, The King and His Court" is the perfect book for your research.

May 21, 2006 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! I'll look into that! Thanks again! :D
-j

May 22, 2006 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Kings court moved often between his many castles, palaces and houses. Mainly so that they could be cleaned.

Sometimes the king moved because of the sweat or the plague.These diseases and others were rife in the summer months.He often went on progress at this time visting his subjects in other parts of England.

More often though it was for housekeeping and toilet cleaning reasons! His children lived in the country away from disease ridden London.

Henrys wives did not have their own courts but shared Henry's. Two of his children had their own practice courts when they came of age. So they could experience heading up a court.They were Princess Mary (Mary lst sometimes called bloody Mary)This was an unusual step as Princesses were not usually trained up to be Queens because it was not thought they were competent to rule, being women. And it shows the measure of the kings desperation for an heir. The other was Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, Henrys bastard son by his mistress Elizabeth (Bessy)Blount. At one point Henry considered marrying Mary to Richmond to protect the throne. Richmond died in his teens. And Mary was bastardised when Elizabeth was born. (Elizabeth was also made illegitimate when her mother died.) Henrys will made it possible for Elizabeth and Mary to rule if their half brother Edward died. Which of course he did allowing both women to rule one after the other,proving some women didn't rule so well and others were outstanding!

June 17, 2006 2:26 PM  

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