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Secrets Of Henry VIII's Palace

Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace — embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII’s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens. Learn how William and Mary demolished half of the Tudor palace to replace it with an exquisite baroque structure, making Hampton Court one of the most unusual palaces in the world. Go beneath the brick and stone of this true pleasure palace and now thriving tourist location to uncover an abundance of art and stories that bring Hampton Court alive. (Airs June 30, 2013)

Base Court, Hampton Court.

Base Court, Hampton Court.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

Wine Fountain in Base Court.

Wine Fountain in Base Court.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

The Great Hall ceiling, Hampton Court.

The Great Hall ceiling, Hampton Court.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

Ceiling detail in Hampton Court.

Ceiling detail in Hampton Court.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

King's Staircase, Hampton Court.

King's Staircase, Hampton Court.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

Detail on the chapel wall.

Detail on the chapel wall.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

Fountain Court.

Fountain Court.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

Palace view from Longwater.

Palace view from Longwater.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

The back of the Baroque Palace.

The back of the Baroque Palace.

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

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