ISBN: 1 85894 205-5
Год издания: 2003
Количество страниц: 128
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With the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, Kensington Palace, her residence in London, became known throughout the world. But as an architectural gem, a repository of great works of art, a favoured home of kings and queens, and the scene of many major events in English history, for many it remains to be discovered. Its story as a royal house began in 1689, in the wake of the "Glorious Revolution" that saw James II replaced by his daughter, Mary, and her husband, William of Orange; The new King needed a healthier alternative to the damp and smoky atmosphere of Whitehall Palace, and sought somewhere near enough to London that he could attend to parliamentary business. His eye soon lighted on Nottingham House, the modest early seventeenth-century villa of the Earl of Nottingham, which stood amid the fields and orchards between the small village of Kensington and Hyde Park. Sir Christopher Wren was charged with enlarging it, and did so with great ingenuity and...