Time travelling

24 Apr

making marzipan

On our recent trip to Hampton Court Palace we were transported back to 12th July, 1543, the day of Henry VIII’s marriage to Katherine Parr.  We entered the kitchens to find them preparing the wedding feast, the centrepiece of which was to be a marzipan crown, made from almonds and sugar, a hugely expensive commodity in Tudor times.  The children helped grind the almonds with the assistance of a historian, dressed in period costume, who, with other historians, gets the Tudor kitchens working a few times a year.  He is a man who clearly loves his job.  We checked back before we left for the day to find the crown under construction.  Sadly it wasn’t due to be completed until the following day, but you can see a sketch of the proposed finished article in the photo below.  It was going to be decorated with boiled sugar ‘jewels’.  It was a fun way to learn about English history, and really brought the palace alive.

marzipan crown

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12 Responses to “Time travelling”

  1. marina villatoro 24/04/2009 at 6:38 pm #

    How very cool is that!!!!! we were just in a chocolate plantation where they make chocolate for you like they did back in 1910. granted it’s not 1543, but i just love all stuff like that!!!!!
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    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 25/04/2009 at 1:26 pm #

      I would really enjoy that. I’m not a big fan of marzipan, but chocolate…

  2. Lucia 24/04/2009 at 11:08 pm #

    Time travel is always fun especially when it involves a sweet activity!

  3. Motherofalltrips 25/04/2009 at 2:19 am #

    Love it! My oldest would be all over this.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 25/04/2009 at 1:27 pm #

      My eldest is 7 and we had to drag her away as the two and four year olds were getting bored and restless. I could have happily spent all day in there with her.

  4. Lorraine 25/04/2009 at 3:31 am #

    Interacting with history, what a wonderful way to learn.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 25/04/2009 at 1:29 pm #

      It really is. I visited Hampton Court many times as a child and only really enjoyed the maze as they didn’t make any efforts to interpret it in those days and I didn’t really learn much from all those visits. I bet my daughter will remember turning the spit in the huge fireplace when she’s an adult.

  5. Jen 25/04/2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I adore all things Henry VIII so I will have to see this! Mine are still a little young to appreciate things like this, but soon I will be dragging them to Williamsburg, etc. for time travel of our own!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 26/04/2009 at 5:14 pm #

      Hampton Court is definitely the best place to see Henry VIII stuff as it’s the last standing Tudor palace in England.

  6. Dominique 28/04/2009 at 5:36 pm #

    I love the whole “living history” ting like this where you can really get a feel for the time and particular place.
    From the sketch, I can see why it takes a couple of days to complete the project!

  7. wandermom 02/05/2009 at 4:45 am #

    OK, next time we’re passing through the UK, I’m going to have to make a side-trip for this – my kids would love it!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 04/05/2009 at 1:44 pm #

      If you want any other tips let me know. We have more favourite places I haven’t blogged about

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