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Title:
The strange history of Buckingham Palace : patterns of people
Author:
Wright, Patricia, 1932-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 1999.

©1996
Physical Description:
212 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles (some color), genealogical table, map, plan, portraits ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 1996.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780750912839
Format :
Book

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Central Library DA687.B9 W75 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Neither conventional history nor guide, this book reveals how Buckingham Palace came to be the place it is, from a time when it probably formed the escape route from a Roman battle nearly 2000 years ago to the establishment of the first gentleman's house there in the 17th century, and on into a chequered royal history. The first of several female owners was a Saxon queen whose lust for power vied with that of her husband's courtiers. The monks of St James's once also owned part of the site and were condemned by their superiors for scandalous relations with virgins meant to be in their care. Even James I's ambitious plans to found an English silk industry, in what are now the Palace gardens, were soon subject to covert takeover bids that converted his mulberry garden into a pleasure park for assignations and feasting which defied killjoy spies of a Puritan republic.


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