This map plots the settings and references in Prophecy

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Houses
Coughton Court
Creative Commons AttributionCoughton Court - Credit: Amanuensis on Flickr

Tudor houses were more comfortable than those of previous eras. Glass windows let in more light, and proper chimneys replaced holes in the roof, allowing rooms to stay warmer and less smoke-filled. The richer houses were built of red brick or stone; the poorer were 'half-timbered', with wooden frames and clay or brick filling the gaps.

None of the houses mentioned in the novel have survived.

 

Oxburgh Hall
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeOxburgh Hall - Credit: Bob Jones on Geograph
Kentwell Hall
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeKentwell Hall - Credit: Geoff Barber on Geograph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortlake

John Dee lived in his mother’s manor on the Mortlake estate, adjoining the estate of Richmond Palace. Bruno travels here at various points to visit his friend, or to consult his vast library.

 

 

 

Barn Elms

This is the house of Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, who recruits Bruno to spy on the French Catholics at the embassy. Today the area is an open space in Barnes, London.

 

 

Salisbury Court

Salisbury Court is the house of the French ambassador Michel de Castelnau, where Bruno lives. It stood at the western end of London, near the river. 

 

 

 

Arundel House

This is the town residence of Philip Howard, the Earl of Arundel. Castelnau sends Bruno in his place to a dinner party here. Bruno uses the opportunity to try to gather information on Henry Howard and the conspirators. The house is a short distance up the river from Salisbury Court. It is described as “one of these grand red-brick houses bristling with tall chimneys whose abundant lawns stretch down to the river’s edge.”

Below is an image of Charlecote Park, a Tudor building of similar description.

 

Charlecote Park
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCharlecote Park - Credit: yrrek on Flickr