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I hadn't realised – until I read this book – how much work Henry VIII's marital problems caused the stonemasons of Hampton Court. After years of carving the letters H&C all over the place, Henry got rid of Catherine of Aragon, so the Cs had to be reworked as As. But, no sooner was the last A in place than Anne Boleyn was executed on Tower Hill and the As had to become Js to suit Jane Seymour, who promptly died in childbirth. And there were still three more queens to go, so, lots more chiseling, presumably.

The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory

A Tudor tale of power and sibling rivalry

Who Goes There, BAC, London

Henry VIII, Bridewell Theatre, London

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Historic barges salvaged after decades in water

IN ITS 19th-century heyday, it was the workhorse of Britain's canal network, but a barge of a kind archaeologists had feared lost was handled with immeasurable delicacy in a pounds 20,000 operation to salvage it yesterday.

Racing: Real speed can triumph in a pulsating Tingle

SMALL CAN be beautiful and threatens to be positively stunning at Sandown today. Although one of racing's prevailing laments in recent weeks has been lack of runners and only six horses contest the afternoon's Grade One feature, the Tingle Creek Chase, quality, not quantity, is the point here. The field is just about perfectly formed and its composition - front-runners versus late pouncers - should ensure a spectacle to savour round the sport's most exciting two miles.

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`If anybody really is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England today, it is Tony Blair'

Confronting the myth of the sensitive child

BY THE time you read this, I shall have returned to the house where I was born. You may have been there with me, for the house is called Shelley Hall and it, or rather its moated island, was the star of last night's edition of the Channel 4 series Lost Gardens. They say that on the island there was once a Tudor garden created by one of Henry VIII's gardeners. The programme's task was to re-create it.

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Eltham is only associated with one thing in people's minds. But can a historic palace help it overcome its notoriety?

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