This time last year, Mrs P and I were watching the last series of the Tudors. Mrs P was shocked at how the Catholic monks and nuns were brutally kicked out of their monasteries and convents. She was equally shocked at the shenanigans of the higher echelons of Catholicism in the Borgias too. Of course, we have to bear in mind that these shows tend to favour entertainment over historical accuracy. But to be fair, the regime of Henry VIII was far more brutal and gory than a television show would ever dare try to replicate.
But little did Mrs P know that a year later she would get to wander around one of those monasteries. Mottisfont Abbey was one of the lucky survivors though, saved from destruction, modified, added to and turned into a stately home. There must be a monkish ghost or two still wandering the halls though. It’s also a National Trust property, so it’s free! Well we are paid up members, so we didn’t have to pay any extra. Click here to see my photos on Flickr. Many of which were taken with my cell phone. Most of which, in fact. I should remember to charge my camera.