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Historic Royal Palaces Podcast

This podcast is a collection of recorded talks and lectures given by curators and experts at our palaces. It explores how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

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May 5, 2022

The history of the English garden reveals more than expected about the past and its people. This series explores the theme of gardens as places of work, rest, and leisure.    

In this episode historian Dr Vivian Thomas gives a potted history of Shakespeare's use of plants and gardens in his plays.

This talk was recorded live at Hampton Court Palace in 2015. 

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