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Visit the sets of The Other Boleyn Girl & The Tudors


Orion Baxter Holly | January 17, 2008


LONDON — Whether you have a fascination with the historical implications of King Henry VIII�s reign or simply have lust in your heart for Henry Cavill who plays the kings best friend Charles Brandon on the hit Showtime series, The Tudors, there can be little doubt that England has provided an excellent backdrop for some of the greatest dramas of the cinematic age.

With the new movie The Other Boleyn Girl out soon as well as season two of The Tudors, travelers to Britain will be inspired to explore Tudor England (1485 � 1603) which included the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Based upon the book of the same name by Phillippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Scott Thomas and Eric Bana, tells the story of two sisters competing for the love of the handsome and much written about dick that changed the world, King Henry VIII, while The Tudors continues to explore the reign of King Henry VIII starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and an exceedingly attractive court filled with supporting players. (Also, just in case you missed it, Elizabethan Britain is also showcased in the DVD release of Elizabeth: The Golden Age out soon).

Kent, a favorite retreat of Henry VIII, was the filming location for much of The Other Boleyn Girl. Leeds Castle was one of the King�s royal properties, and he invested heavily in improvements including exquisite windows, fireplaces and banqueting halls still on view today.

Knole House boasts a magnificent deer park – another location featured in the upcoming movie. The house itself was owned by a good friend and aide of Henry VIII, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. Penshurst Place is another film location – a stunning stately home where Henry VIII lived while secretly courting Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle, the childhood home of the two Boleyn girls, set within magnificent gardens that are also open for visits.

Nearby is the village of Chiddingstone, unique in that it is almost entirely owned by the National Trust. The village is considered to be �the most perfect surviving example of a Tudor village in the country.�

Meanwhile, Hampton Court Palace near London boasts the largest surviving Tudor kitchen in the world. The kitchen was recently re-interpreted, and recreates the large-scale production required to feed King Henry VIII�s 1,200-strong Royal Court in the 16th century.

Guests are invited to view the palace�s Tudor Cooks prepare meals in the Great Kitchens on select dates throughout the year, including March 1st and 2nd, and March 21st through 24th 2008. Visitors to Hampton Court can also expect to catch a glimpse of the �Young Henry VIII� exhibition which tells the story of what really happened during the early years of Henry�s reign through the eyes of the people who shaped it.

The exhibition includes historic paintings from the Royal Collection alongside interactive displays telling the story of the dashing, highly educated Prince Henry, how he inherited the throne after his older brother�s early death, and his long relationship with Katherine of Aragon, a powerful and respected Spanish Princess. The exhibition also explains how Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a butcher�s son, rose to become one of the royal court�s most influential advisors and senior clergymen in the Roman Catholic Church.

Another location in Britain where The Other Boleyn Girl was filmed is Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, considered by many to be one of the finest medieval and Tudor houses in England.

Royal residences, sexual intrigue, deception, duplicitous lovers�King Henry VIII�s life is a gay treasure trove waiting to be explored. Grab your bags, strap on your seatbelt and clutch your pearls because the Tudor legacy is one of this year�s leading gay thrill rides.

For more information go to The Other Boleyn Girl or watch the trailerGay Link Content


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