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Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace

Release date: Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Reconstruction of Henry VIII's private chamber.

Reconstruction of Henry VIII's private chamber. ©

The story of Windsor Castle's transformation from the wooden fortress built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century to the Palace that today serves as an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, has been brought to life in new artist's impressions.  Based on the evidence of new research, historic manuscripts, drawings and paintings, and recent GPS surveys, the illustrations were specially commissioned for the new book Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace. 

The most comprehensive study of the Castle in more than a century, this book sets the architectural and artistic history of Windsor against the backdrop of wider social, political and cultural events in the life of the Monarchy and the nation.

The illustrations include those showing Windsor's earliest form as a motte (mound) and bailey castle, a defensive fortress built by William I (r.1066–87) around 1086 to guard the Thames valley.  Also imagined is King Henry VIII's private chamber, decorated with painted and gilded wood and stonework, and richly embroidered tapestries on the walls.  The room would have been part of the monarch's inner sanctum, where Henry met with close advisers such as Thomas Cromwell.


Find out more about Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace.