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BBC – Majesty and Mortar: Britain’s Great Palaces (2014) 2of3 Inventing a National Style

Majesty And Mortar Britains Great British Palaces S01E02 C4TV

From the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace, Dan Cruickshank tells the story of a thousand years of palace building, the mystery of why so many have vanished and the magic of the ones that survive. Royal palaces are the most magnificent buildings in our history. Often built to extraordinary levels of luxury and excess, they express the personalities of our kings and queens since 1066. From the Tower of London to Hampton Court Palace, Dan Cruickshank reveals an extraordinary story of buildings, often fortified, that cemented the monarch’s claim to the throne. Palaces that reveal our monarchs like no other buildings – their taste for luxury, their fear of the mob, even their relationship with God. Palaces have been caught up in some of the most dramatic events in history – some survive in all their magnificence like Hampton Court while others have vanished from the surface of the earth as completely as if they’d never existed.

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