History flows out of every part of this amazing country. The only way to truly appreciate and understand the complex history of the United Kingdom is to see it. With the AHA London Centre I am able to learn by experiencing the street of London and visiting places around the UK that we are learning about in the classroom. This week has been an exceptionally exploratory.
The Banqueting House has been apart of the London skyline since 1622 as part of the Palace of Whitehall. Inigo Jones designed the Palace of Whitehall in 1619 for James I, and in 1649 King Charles I was executed on a scaffold outside the Banqueting House in front of his kingdom created the Palace of Whitehall. After King Charles I execution England became a parliamentary government without the monarch. This was done because the monarch be lived they were divine rulers that could make any decision they wanted without concern for others. Oliver Cromwell, a brave soldier and ruler, became head of parliament and England had 40 years of parliamentary ruling. After Oliver Cromwell’s death the parliament decided to reinstate a monarch that would have little rule, and the parliament would have control over. In 1689, William and Mary accepted the throne in the Palace of Whitehall, and the kind of monarch control we know today begun.
In 1698, the Palace of Whitehall burned down and only the Banqueting House remained. It was used for dances, theatre productions, and entertaining rulers from around the world. It is now a beautiful example of the rich history of the United Kingdom.
Later in the week I was able to go to Portsmouth to learn about the naval history of the United Kingdom. Portsmouth is on the south coast of England and was a significant naval port. We went in and around the Mary Rose, and ancient ship found on the bottom of Portsmouth Harbour, HMS Victory, Nelson’s battleship, and HMS Warrior, the largest ship of her day. The British Naval force was not one to be reckoned with, and being able to see the ships that drove the force was amazing.
More exploring is going to happen later this week as I take my Spring Break trip to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales!