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HMS Barham Battleship: World War I and World War II

HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. Often used as a flagship, she participated in the Battle of Jutland during the First World War as part of the Grand Fleet. For the rest of the First World War, except for the inconclusive Action of 19 August 1916, her service during the war generally consisted of routine patrols and training in the [...]

By | 2018-02-21T22:08:09+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: World War I, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Harburg Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

The quaint medieval town of Harburg may be small and unassuming, but there is nothing small or unimpressive about its castle! The Harburg Castle is one of the largest, best-preserved castles in all of Germany. Visiting Harburg and the Harburg Castle is like stepping back into the Middle Ages! Harburg is a picturesque town of about 6,000 inhabitants and sits on the Wörnitz River in Bavaria (Bayern) along the famous [...]

By | 2018-02-21T14:28:29+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Château de Caen: Medieval Fortification in France

The Château de Caen is a castle in the Norman town of Caen in the Calvados département (Normandy). It has been officially classed as a Monument Historique since 1886. The castle was built c. 1060 by William the Conqueror (William of Normandy), who successfully conquered England in 1066. His son Henry I then built the Saint George's church, a keep (1123) and a large hall for the Ducal Court. On [...]

By | 2018-02-20T14:26:20+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HMS Resolution Battleship: World War II

HMS Resolution was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during World War I. Completed after the Battle of Jutland in 1916, she saw no combat during the war. The future First Sea Lord John H. D. Cunningham served aboard her as Flag Captain to Admiral Sir William Fisher, the commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. Design and description The Revenge-class ships were designed as slightly smaller, slower, [...]

By | 2018-02-19T15:48:19+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castillo de la Mota: Medieval Fortification in Spain

The Castle of the La Mota or Castillo de La Mota is a medieval fortress, located in the town of Medina del Campo, province of Valladolid, Spain. It is so named because of its location on an elevated hill, a mota (in Spanish), from where it dominates the town and surrounding land. The adjacent town came to be surrounded by an expanding series of walls in subsequent years, of which [...]

By | 2018-02-18T14:27:30+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bobolice Castle: Medieval Fortification in Poland

The Bobolice Castle is a 14th-century royal castle in the village of Bobolice, Poland. The complex is located within a semi-mountainous highland region called the Polish Jura. The castle in Bublitz was built by King Casimir III the Great in the middle of the 14th century, probably in place of an earlier wooden structure. The castle was a part of the defence system of royal strongholds protecting the western border [...]

By | 2018-02-17T13:12:07+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of the Golden Spurs: Medieval Wars

The Battle of the Golden Spurs, also known as the Battle of Courtrai, was a battle fought between the Kingdom of France and the County of Flanders at Kortrijk (Courtrai in French) in modern-day Belgium on 11 July 1302. In 1302, after several years of unrest, the people of Flanders revolted against French rule and massacred many Frenchmen in the Belgian city of Bruges. King Philip IV of France immediately [...]

By | 2018-02-16T14:25:01+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Cedynia: Ancient Times

In the Battle of Cedynia or Zehden, an army of Mieszko I of Poland defeated forces of Hodo or Odo I of Lusatia on 24 June 972, near the Oder river. Whether or not the battle actually took place near the modern-day town of Cedynia is disputed in modern scholarship. Mieszko I, Poland's first documented ruler based in Greater Poland, had successfully campaigned in the Cedynia area, then a West [...]

By | 2018-02-15T16:33:51+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , |0 Comments

Skipton Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and has been preserved for over 900 years. The castle was originally a motte and bailey castle built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, lord of the multiple estates of Bolton Abbey. Shortly after 1102 Henry, I extended Romille's lands to include all of upper Wharfedale and [...]

By | 2018-02-14T14:34:53+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kenilworth Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Kenilworth Castle is located in the town of the same name in Warwickshire, England. Constructed from Norman through to Tudor times, the castle has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as "the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form, and quality of workmanship". Kenilworth has also played an important historical role. The castle was the subject of the six-month-long [...]

By | 2018-02-13T14:35:01+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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