Royalty, Romance & Renaissance
James Parry with Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe
Set in the beautiful Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle exemplifies popular perceptions of the romantic English country house. The final resting place of King Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, it is partly castellated and its centuries-old ruins are festooned with roses. This book, the first comprehensive publication about this remarkable castle, traces over 1,000 years of illustrious history from the time of King Aethelred the Unready through the castle’s Tudor heyday and its subsequent decline and fall, before its dramatic rescue during the second half of the 19th century by the Dent-Brocklehurst family, whose descendants still live there.
James Parry is a writer on history, art and the environment. He writes extensively for a wide range of international publications, as well as appearing regularly on radio and television. Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe has been the chatelaine of Sudeley Castle for over 50 years. She has overseen the survival and successful development of Sudeley as a major heritage destination.