‘That which no equal has in Art or Fame, Britons deservedly do Nonesuch name’, translates the comment of a German visitor to Nonsuch in 1568. Nonsuch Palace in Surrey was the greatest piece of dynastic propaganda erected by the English crown before the 19th century. Built by Henry VIII to rival the palaces of the French King, Francis I, Nonsuch no longer survives as it was demolished by a mistress of King Charles II in 1682-90. However, thanks to research carried out over decades by an Oxford professor, a huge model has been unveilied that provides an accurate recreation of the palace that once symbolised the power and the grandeur of the Tudor dynasty.
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