Royal Beaulieu

A monas­tic gate­house be­came the heart of this great coun­try house, now the home of the Na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum. Bruce Bai­ley re­ports

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - Pho­tographs by Justin Paget

Palace House, Hamp­shire The seat of Lord Mon­tagu of Beaulieu

Among the lurid sto­ries that cir­cu­lated about the death of King John at ne­wark dur­ing the stormy night of oc­to­ber 18, 1216, was the ru­mour that he had been poi­soned by a Cis­ter­cian monk (Fig 2). The tale had its roots in the King’s em­bit­tered re­la­tion­ship with the Cis­ter­cian or­der, which stead­fastly re­fused to loan him large sums of money. It was at Lin­coln in 1200, while patch­ing up the first in a se­ries

Fig 1 left: Blom­field’s ex­ten­sion to the house, com­pleted in 1874. Fig 2 above: A Cis­ter­cian monk of Swineshead, Lin­colnshire, of­fers King John a poi­soned chal­ice

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