“Thornbury Castle Revisited” Book Launch
Thornbury & District Museum are launching a new book: “Thornbury Castle Revisited”. The launch and book signing will be on July 9th at the Tudor Hall, Thornbury Castle. The event will be all ticket; free tickets can be obtained from the museum.
The story of the castle ranges over the last 500 years. During that time it has had many extreme ups and downs, as have some of its owners. The castle was built by Edward Stafford, third Duke of Buckingham in the reign of Henry VIII. Stafford managed to rile his sovereign on many occasions. It was one time too many in 1521 when Stafford was beheaded. Beheading became a family trait. Stafford followed his father and was in turn followed by two grandsons and a great grandson.
Stafford’s death brought an end to the building of the castle and so it was left incomplete. Nevertheless it is described by English Heritage “as being one of the finest examples of Tudor domestic architecture in the country, taking inspiration from royal buildings both lost and extant. The castle represents the height of architectural taste and craftsmanship”.
The fascinating story of Stafford, his ancestors and descendents are told in detail in the new book. So too are the tales of royal visitors to the castle and later owners. The book records the history of the castle from its origins right up to today. Other owners also had extraordinary lives although none quite matched the third Duke of Buckingham.
Portraits of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (visitors to the castle in 1535) are amongst the pictures included in the book. There are also many other pictures, many previously unpublished.
To obtain tickets to the book launch visit Thornbury & District Museum (opening hours 2pm-4pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays). The book will be available at the museum from 10th July, price £20.