Simon Thurley

Houses of Power
  • Houses of Power

  • Simon Thurley

    What was it like to live as a royal Tudor? Why were their residences built as they were and what went on inside their walls? Who slept where and with who? Who chose the furnishings? And what were their passions?

    The Tudors ruled through the day, throughout the night, in the bath, in bed and in the saddle. Their palaces were genuine power houses - the nerve-centre of military operations, the boardroom for all executive decisions and the core of international politics. Houses of Power is the result of Simon Thurley's thirty years of research, picking through architectural digs, and examining financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct the great Tudor houses and understand how these monarchs shaped their lives. Far more than simply an architectural history - a study of private life as well as politics, diplomacy and court - it gives an entirely new and remarkable insight into the Tudor world.


    · Baynard’s Castle
    · Bridewell Palace
    · Coldharbour
    · Durham Place
    · Eltham Palace
    · Friars’ churches at Greenwich and Richmond
    · Kennington Palace
    · Blackfriars
    · Palace of Westminster
    · Somerset Place
    · St James’s Palace
    · St Paul’s
    · Suffolk Place
    · Tower of London
    · Westminster Abbey
    · Whitehall Palace (formerly York Place)
    · Dartford Priory
    · Enfield
    · Esher Place
    · Hampton Court Palace
    · Hanworth House
    · Havering-atte-Bower
    · Nonsuch Palace
    · Oatlands Palace
    · Richmond Palace
    · Syon Monastery
    · Wanstead House
    · Windsor Castle
    · Woking Palace
    · Abingdon Abbey (now in Oxfordshire)
    · Reading Abbey
    · Ditton House
    · Basing House
    · Birling House
    · Cobham Hall
    · Dover Castle
    · Knole
    · Leeds Castle
    · Otford
    · Rochester Priory
    · St Augustine’s Priory, Canterbury
    · Westenhanger Castle
    · Woodstock Palace
    · Guildford Friary
    · Woking House
    · Cowdray House
    · Petworth House
    · Beaulieu (formerly New Hall)
    · Ingatestone Hall
    · Ruckholt Manor
    · Ewelme Manor
    · Thornbury Castle
    · Wolfhall
    · Loughborough Hall
    · Burghley House
    · Collyweston House
    · Fotheringay Castle
    · Grafton Manor
    · Nottingham Castle
    · Ludlow Castle
    · Kenilworth Castle
    · Royal House, Langley
    · Tickenhill Manor
    · Ampthill House
    · Ashridge Priory
    · Berkhampstead Castle
    · Hatfield House
    · Hitchin
    · Hundson House
    · Manor of the More
    · Theobalds House
    · Tyttenhanger House
    · Kenninghall Place
    · Hengrave Hall
    · Newcastle
    · Warkworth Castle
    · Hull Manor
    · Middleham Castle
    · Pontefract Castle
    · York Abbey

Dr Simon Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and was until 2015 the Chief Executive of English Heritage, the government’s principal advisor on the historic environment in England. Previous posts have included Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces and Director of the Museum of London. Simon is the author of a number of books on architectural history, including The Royal Palaces of Tudor England; Whitehall Palace and Hampton Court. In 2013 he published a major history of English architecture for HarperCollins, The Building of England. Simon is married to the historian Anna Keay and lives in Norfolk.