The political and personal machinations of the Tudor age were superbly brought to life by Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bringing Up The Bodies and the (rightly) garlanded BBC adaption of the former.
It was certainly one of the more turbulent periods in our history. Born out of the Wars of the Roses, it was a dynasty never far from conflict: the split with Rome, dissolution and creation of a new church; Mary’s vain (and bloody attempts) to restore the catholic faith; the looming threat of The Armada; and the tricky tightrope that all the leading protagonists had to walk to stay the right side of the executioner’s axe.
But it wasn't all about royalty and religion. The influx of land and money from the dissolution created systems of governance that were arguably the forerunner of the modern civil service and, amidst the turmoil, England created its own version of The Renaissance that included the birth of modern theatre in the hands of the likes of Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, Christopher Marlowe and the Burbages.
However, thanks to the 1666 Great Fire, physical traces of the age are hard to find in current day London. Unless, of course, you know where to look…
Join me to track down the locations behind the stories of the people of Wolf Hall and the events that changed England forever.
This walk includes a visit to the Great Hall at the Guildhall (subject to access being available).
Meeting point is directly outside the main exit to Blackfriars Station on Queen Victoria Street and the walk finishes near Liverpool Street, Aldgate and Bank stations, walk duration is about 1¾ hours.
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Blackfriars Station (outside main exit opposite Unilever House)