Hampton Court Palace is a short jaunt from London; just under 12 miles or 20 kilometers. The quickest and easiest way to get to the Palace is by train. As you exit the train there are signs to guide you to the palace gate. When you arrive at the gate, you get your first view of this incredible palace:
The Haunted Gallery
There have been numerous stories of ghosts within the Palace. The most famous account involves the ghost of Catherine Howard, Henry's fifth wife.
Catherine was in her teens when she married the King. He, being considerably older, found renewed vigor in his relationship with Catherine. Unfortunately, rumors began to circulate concerning the queen's relationships with younger men, both friendly and sexual. Catherine was accused of adultery, a treasonable offense, and was sentenced to death by beheading. While passing through the Gallery, she saw Henry at the opposite end, heading toward the palace chapel. Catherine ran to him to plead for her life, but to no avail. In modern times, her ghost has been seen by many guests and palace workers repeating the run. I have yet to see anything of the like while there, but I have noted a cold and eerie feeling to the room that made me feel as though I was being watched!
"'We’ll just go in here, so that you can say you’ve been, but it’s very simple. It’s absurd to call it a maze. You keep on taking the first turning to the right. We’ll just walk around for ten minutes, and then go and get some lunch.’
"So said Harris, from Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (1889). The tourists he led into the Maze subsequently got lost for hours."
Hampton Court Palace plays an exciting role in "The King's Deception". Steve will share his inspirations with us, at the palace! Ghosts, Gardens, The Maze, and
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