t Greenwich on the southern bank of the River Thames in London Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester constructed new buildings on the site of an old medieval abbey starting in 1433. He built a tower as a lookout to watch out for invasion fleets coming up the Thames. The tower's location is now occupied by the Greenwich Royal Observatory and the palace is now the site of the Royal Hospital. Originally the building was called Greenwich Castle or the Manor of Pleazaunce. The palace featured heavily during the Tudor period and Henry VIII was born there in 1491.
King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich Palace. Catherine was the wife of Henry's elder brother, Arthur, who had died in 1502. Henry had to obtain permission from the Pope for the marriage, but not everyone agreed that is was lawful.
At Greenwich a treaty was signed by the Scots and King Henry VIII swearing firstly peace between the two nations and secondly the agreement that Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, should marry Henry's son Edward. Although these two treaties were initially agreed they had been rejected by the Scots by the end of the year. King Henry at first wanted Mary to be brought to England but two sides agreed that she should remain in Scotland until her tenth birthday.
King Edward VI died at Greenwich Palace as the age of 15.
3D Virtual Reconstructions
Transport yourself back up to a thousand years and explore historical buildings as they may have appeared in the past. Built using the popular game development tool Unity 3D, these reconstructions will run in the most of the popular web browsers on your desktop or laptop computer.
Uncover the lives of the hundreds of kings, queens, lords, ladies, barons, earls, archbishops and rebels who made the medieval people an exciting period of history to live through.
Selection of references used:
1. Timbs & Gunn, Abbeys, Castles & Ancient Halls of England & Wales