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Quest for a Lost Queen

Inspired by the hit TV drama Wolf Hall , Graham Sherwoodgoes in search of historical sites associated with Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s ‘pomegranate Queen'

Certain British TV dramas have a big appeal to audiences, especially overseas, due to their use of iconic filming locations that show off our country’s best assets to the full.

The BBC’s latest historical heavyweight, Wolf Hall, the hugely successful dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning tome, could become the inspiration for a tour just as Inspector Morse has done for Oxford and Downton Abbey for many of our stately homes, including the location at Highclere Castle in Berkshire.

Detailing the political machinations of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII, Wolf Hall features the life, rise to power and eventual demise of both Catherine of Aragon and subsequently Anne Boleyn.

In addition to the well–known palaces in and around London that have hosted our royalty throughout the ages, such as Hampton Court and Windsor Castle, Catherine of Aragon during her latter years took a journey to some far less salubrious destinations before her early death in 1536.

It’s a trail north from London through the home counties to her eventual resting place in Peterborough Cathedral. Some of the places she visited, first in triumph then in exile from the royal court, still exist in part. If your interest was raised by the TV drama, here are some of the places where you can perhaps get a flavour of the ‘pomegranate Queen’.

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