The Six Wives of Henry VIII Setting & Symbolism

Alison Weir (historian)
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London

This is the capital city of England, the center of Henry's power, and the site of several of his homes.

The Tower of London

This is an ancient castle in the center of London. At various times throughout history, monarchs have used it as their principal place of residence, a military fortress, and a zoo. In Henry's time, it was primarily used as a prison, with several of its towers housing torture chambers. Countless executions took place here, mostly of nobility. Two of Henry's wives, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, were executed on Tower Green, an expanse of lawn in the heart of the castle complex.

Henry's Court

The term "court" refers less to an actual physical place than to a large gathering of people, servants and advisors and ambassadors, their escorts and servants, all striving to gain influence with the King and doing so through any...

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