Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Visit Philippa Gregory Country With Style

If you're a fan of the Philippa Gregory novels, or the adaptation of some of her books in the recent hit tv series The White Queen, why not take a tour of some of the UK's historical sites mentioned within the books and tv show? Perhaps even make a holiday out of it as you stop off around the country, staying in different B&B's nearby. It would be the perfect opportunity to indulge your inner lady! So which historic properties should you visit? Take a look below for details of some of the most well known historic sites and properties from the books – and don’t forget to pack for the occasion, with ladylike skirts and blouses and regal colours being the order of this mini-break!

Warwick Castle

This magnificent stronghold has over a thousand years worth of history contained within its walls. It was home to the mighty Kingmaker, Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick and, later, his daughter Anne Neville and her husband Richard, Duke of Gloucester, before he became King in 1483. You'll be able to experience what life was like here while Neville was in residence in 1471, raising an army for battle at Tewkesbury, thanks to an excellent exhibit that transports you back in time with its sights, sounds and smells.


Although the manor house, once home to Lady Elizabeth Woodville and her parents before her marriage to King Edward, is no longer here, the village of Grafton Regis, (known as Grafton Woodville back in the time the Woodvilles lived there) remains to tell the tale. There's so much history here that it's certainly worth a visit if you're interested in this period of history. The Church of St Mary the Virgin has remained in the village for around a thousand years and the remains of the hermitage where it's thought Elizabeth married the King are located nearby. 

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury is mentioned a lot in the books and the tv series and is where George, Duke of Clarence is buried alongside his son and wife Isabel of Warwick. It's also where in 1471 Edward VI broke sanctuary after the Battle of Tewkesbury to drag the defeated Lancastrians out of the abbey and to their death. The son of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou is also buried here, following the Battle of Tewkesbury, and you can see the brass plate on the floor of the sanctuary where he was buried at just seventeen years old, after fighting to return a Lancaster heir, his father, to the throne.

Other great sites of historical interest to visit that will allow you to follow in the footsteps of King Edward, Queen Elizabeth and their court are the Tower of London, where you'll see the spot their sons, the infamous Princes in the Tower, are said to have been buried under the stairs. It's also where Edward's brother George was drowned in malmsey wine at his execution. You can also visit the site of the Battle of Bosworth field, where Richard III was killed and his crown taken by Henry VII, marking an end to the notorious cousins wars and commencing the reign of The Tudors.

It’s nice to have some new clothes to pack for any trip, especially one as decadent as this - but entry fees to places of historical interest all add up. If your budget is definitely shy of a King’s ransom you can stock up on all the holiday and day trip essentials you'll need for your visit including pretty but practical skirts, ladylike blouses and comfortable shoes at George, so you can enjoy your trip in true high-born style.

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