St James's Palace was built by Henry VIII in the 1530s on the site of a former leper hospital, and as such is one of London's oldest royal palaces and host to some of the most extraordinary events in British history.
It was at St James's Palace that Mary Tudor signed the treaty surrendering Calais; where Elizabeth I held her Councils of War at the time of the Spanish Armada and where Charles I spent his final night before his execution.
Today, the Palace remains the official seat of the monarchy - 'the Court of St James' - playing host to many state and ceremonial occasions. This delightful book is filled with quality reproductions to illustrate the witty and informative text, bringing to life the history of the royal palace.
Sir Kenneth Scott, an author very familiar with the workings of a royal household, gives an illuminating and fascinating account of the history of St James's Palace, which is the only one of the Royal Palaces not open to the public.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 160 pages, 150 col
- Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/11/2010
- Category: Palaces, chateaux, country houses
- ISBN: 9781857596595