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Historic Royal Palaces Podcast

Historic Royal Palaces are a team of people who love and look after six of the most wonderful palaces in the world. This fortnightly podcast brings you the history and stories of those palaces.

You’ll hear from our experts and the people who bring our palaces to life, as we create space to explore how history moves us, telling stories about the monarchs you know, and uncovering the lives and histories of the people you don’t.

Just like our palaces, this podcast is a mix of old and new. Each episode will have a different feel, from previously recorded live talks, to exciting new discussions and discoveries. You’ll have every opportunity to share in the history we love.    

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Mar 23, 2023

For this week’s episode we’re bringing you another talk from our archives given by our Curator Alden Gregory.

We all know Henry VIII was an extravagant King, but in this talk we hear how he carried this extravagance into temporary palaces that travelled with him to events such as the Field of Cloth of Gold. These temporary structures really help to contextualise the importance of show and display for a renaissance king.

In part one we’ll hear from Aldon Gregory on timber temporary structures, and in the second part, Charles Farris will talk through the experimental archaeology project Portable Palace. 

These live talks were recorded in 2018 in the run up to the 500th Anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold.

For further reading on Charles and Aldon’s research, as well as more on tents!