Hampton Court is a significant place to Tommy and Nick. It’s where they are brought to meet Henry VIII for the first time in Traveler. I just returned from London where I was able to walk some of the rooms and hallways where Henry actually lived. Much of the palace was updated later for other monarchs, but some of Henry’s rooms have been preserved, as you will see.
In Henry’s time, Hampton Court was a beautiful new palace. (It’s still beautiful, just not new.) It was actually built by Henry’s Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Henry liked the palace so much that Wolsey was pressured into giving it to him. There’s more to the story, but I’m keeping it short.
All of Henry’s six wives lived/stayed here at some point. His son, Edward, was born here and third wife, Jane Seymour, died here after giving birth to Edward.
This is the palace where fifth wife, Katherine Howard (she’s in the books), was arrested, later beheaded, and where Henry married sixth wife, Katherine Parr.