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 | 2017-10-22T10:54:55+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Castles, Medieval|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 | 2017-10-18T07:49:46+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|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 | 2017-10-15T11:23:43+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|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 | 2017-10-13T17:44:21+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|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 | 2017-10-08T18:01:58+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|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 | 2017-10-06T19:50:51+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|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 | 2017-10-02T11:45:42+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Castles, Medieval|0 Comments

Château Gaillard: French Medieval Castle

Standing for more than 800 years on a spur, the Château Gaillard looks over Les Andelys and one of the most beautiful meanders of the river Seine in Normandy. Built in a very short time in order to protect the river Seine and the city of Rouen from the ambitions of the King of France, Philip Augustus, the Château Gaillard is regarded as a perfect model of the military [...]

By | 2017-09-30T14:27:50+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|0 Comments

First Battle of St Albans: Wars of the Roses

The antagonism between the Houses of Lancaster and York commenced in 1399 when Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster overthrew his unpopular cousin King Richard II. A grandson of Edward III, through John of Gaunt, his claim to the English crown was relatively weak compared to his Yorkist relations. Ruling until 1413 as Henry IV, he was forced to put down several uprisings to maintain the throne. On his death, [...]

By | 2017-09-04T09:11:32+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Medieval|0 Comments

Battle on the Marchfeld: Medieval Wars

The Battle on the Marchfeld at Dürnkrut and Jedenspeigen took place on 26 August 1278 and was a decisive event in the history of Central Europe for the following centuries. The opponents were a Bohemian (Czech) army led by the Přemyslid king Ottokar II of Bohemia and the German army under the German king Rudolph I of Habsburg in alliance with King Ladislaus IV of Hungary. Although both sides [...]

By | 2017-09-04T09:14:40+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Medieval|0 Comments

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