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Alnwick Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

The castle Alnwick was first mentioned in 1136 when it was captured by King David I of Scotland. At this point, it was described as "very strong". It was besieged in 1172 and again in 1174 by William the Lion, King of Scotland and William was captured outside the walls during the Battle of Alnwick. Eustace de Vesci, Lord of Alnwick, was accused of plotting with Robert Fitzwalter against [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:06:33+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Corfe Castle: Medieval Fortification in Dorset

Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. The first phase was one of the earliest castles in England to be built at least partly using [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:07:43+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pembroke Castle: Medieval Castle in Wales

The unsurpassed strength of this mighty Norman Castle, sited on a high ridge between two tidal inlets, gave it the distinction of never have fallen to the Welsh. The strategic position, on a major routeway, was chosen early in the first Norman incursions into south-west Wales, when the castle was founded by Roger of Montgomery in 1093, and it stood firm against Welsh counter-attacks in subsequent years. Pembroke's strategic [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:09:09+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cardiff Castle: Medieval Fortification in Wales

At first glance, Cardiff's city center seems an unlikely place to find a castle. The capitol of Wales is a typical city, busy, laden with traffic, shoppers searching for a good buy. Government buildings glisten in the sun. The National Museum of Wales offers impressive exhibits of Welsh history and cultural development. However, in the midst of this urbanization, Cardiff's ancient past is grandly displayed, in the form of [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:11:01+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Discoveries, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Edinburgh Castle: Fortress of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The Edinburgh Castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:12:22+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Conwy Castle: Medieval Fortification in Wales

Conwy Castle dominates the mouth of the River Conwy and the medieval walled town of Conwy in North Wales like a huge goliath and serves as the major tourist attraction in the county of Conwy. The castle was built on the orders of King Edward I of England and construction began in 1283 under the direction of Edward's chief architect James of St. George. Today the castle is one [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:15:50+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Alcázar of Segovia: Spanish Fortress

The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle) is a palace and a fortress of Spanish kings in the in the historic district of Segovia city, Spain. The castle is situated on a cliff, located at the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Claymores, near the Guadarrama mountains (part of the Cordillera Central). The Alcázar is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:05:18+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stirling Castle: Famous Castle of Scotland

Stirling Castle is the grandest of Scotland's castles and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country. 250 feet above the plain on an extinct volcano, Stirling became the strategic military key to the kingdom during the 13th and 14th-century Wars of Independence and was the favorite royal residence of many of the Stuart Monarchs. Many important events from Scotland's past took place at Stirling Castle, including [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:17:17+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Château de Chillon: Medieval Castle

Château de Chillon is a romantic castle in Lake Geneva near Montreux. Chillon Castle is the most-visited historic monument in Switzerland and a great family-friendly destination. It is a fine day-trip excursion from Geneva, Lausanne, and ski resorts in the nearby Alps. Château de Chillon has a beautiful location on a small island in the far western end of Lake Geneva between Montreux and Villeneuve. This romantic castle was long [...]

By | 2017-12-07T00:59:56+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

Harlech Castle: Medieval Fortification

As if its spectacular situation, foreboding might, and great power were not sufficient to ensure the fame of this magnificent castle, Harlech is also inseparably linked in Welsh myth with the tragic heroine of Branwen, the daughter of Llyr, of the Mabinogion. Mythology aside, it is small wonder that this is one of the most familiar strongholds in Britain. Seen from the bluff of rock to the south of [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:29:43+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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