Britain's Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court

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Britain's Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court
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Review

Lucy Worsley and David Starkey haven’t been on the best of terms in the past after his disparaging comments about women historians. But here they are, all smiles, presenting a BBC2 documentary together.

Worsley, based at Hampton Court (as Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces), wants to see it populated once again, so she and her new friend set about re-creating Prince Edward’s great christening procession of 1537.

Historical costumiers dress everyone lavishly and there’s even Tudor food, though, Worsley tells us, the BBC drew the line at re-creating a life-sized, canopied font – she has to make do with a measly architect’s model.

It all looks tremendously grand, though, as Hampton Court volunteers and a very amenable baby in the role of the tiny prince, Henry VIII’s short-lived male heir, make their way through the building.

Summary

Lucy Worsley and David Starkey present a recreation of the christening service of Henry VIII's son and heir Edward on October 15, 1537. The two historians reveal how Henry's household came together for an occasion that used every part of Hampton Court Palace, from the royal apartments and the kitchens to the Chapel Royal, producing a pageant that was deeply political as well as being a carefully stage-managed performance.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Lucy Worsley
Presenter David Starkey
Executive Producer Michael Poole
Producer John Das
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