Historical drama chronicling the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a humble blacksmith who became King Henry VIII's chief minister, as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor court

Wolf Hall - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2015-01-21

Wolf Hall - Wulfhall - Netflix

Wulfhall or Wolfhall is an early 17th-century manor house in Burbage, Wiltshire, England. A previous manor house on the same site, in the parish of Great Bedwyn, was the seat of the Seymour family, a member of which, Jane Seymour, was Queen to King Henry VIII.

Wolf Hall - Late medieval and Tudor manor house - Netflix

The medieval manor house was probably a timber framed double courtyard house, incorporating a tower (demolished 1569), a long gallery and a chapel. The Seymours reached the peak of their influence in the 16th century, when Jane Seymour became the third wife of King Henry VIII. Her son became Edward VI and ruled England from 1547 to 1553. At the beginning of Edward's reign, he was nine years old and his eldest uncle, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, was Lord High Protector of England, while another uncle, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, married Henry VIII's widow, Catherine Parr. Both Edward and Thomas Seymour were eventually executed for treason. Henry VIII stayed at Wulfhall during his royal progress of 1535. This may have been when he first courted Jane Seymour, leading eventually to the decision to execute his second wife, Anne Boleyn following her failure to produce a son and heir. There is a belief arising from the writing of nineteenth-century antiquary John Britton that Henry and Jane held a wedding feast in the Long Barn at Wulfhall. They were in fact married in the Queen's Closet at Whitehall Palace in London. Edward Seymour desired grander accommodation than Wulfhall could provide, and he intended to replace the house with a new mansion on a nearby hill known as Bedwyn Brail, with design and construction supervised by his steward, Sir John Thynne, founder of Longleat House. A correspondence survives, dated between November 1548 and June 1549, which shows Thynne directing the plans. The mansion was unfinished when Seymour fell from power, and was abandoned after his execution in January 1552. His son Edward was unable to maintain Wulfhall, which rapidly deteriorated. Wulfhall was “derelict and abandoned after 1571” as the family had relocated to nearby Tottenham Park. It was used as accommodation for servants until considerably reduced in size in the 1660s and finally demolished in 1723. A few ruins survived until the beginning of the 20th century, but nothing now remains. The barn, where King Henry and Queen Jane supposedly held a feast to celebrate their marriage, burnt down in the 1920s.

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