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Bamburgh Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Bamburgh Castle occupies a strong defensive position on top of a long volcanic crag overlooking the North Sea. The site has been occupied since pre-historic times and, by the late Iron Age, was an important settlement of the Votadini tribe. A beacon was established on the site during the Roman era and it is possible Bamburgh acted as part of the warning system associated with the Saxon Shore defenses [...]

By | 2017-11-09T07:06:19+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Leeds Castle: Medieval Fortification in Kent, England

Leeds Castle in Kent, England, has been called the “loveliest castle in the world”. Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence, and a royal palace. Its situation is stunning, set on two islands in a magnificent lake. The Royal Manor was originally built in 857AD and owned by a Saxon royal family. After the Norman Conquest, work began on building the [...]

By | 2017-11-06T07:22:29+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Spis Castle: Medieval Fortification in Slovakia

In the lands of Spis, the north-western region of Eastern Slovakia, the large Spis castle is standing proudly on the hill above the plebs. The Spis Castle was built some 900 years ago, in the 12th century, on the site of an earlier castle. As an important political, economic and cultural center for this part of Kingdom of Hungary, several kings and families owned the castle. Now, a property of [...]

By | 2017-11-29T14:06:18+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

Pena Palace Castle: Romantic Castle in Portugal

The Pena Palace (Portuguese: Palácio da Pena) is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, in the municipality of Sintra, Portugal. The Pena Palace castle stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day, it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. Sintra also spelled Cintra, town, western Portugal. It is [...]

By | 2017-11-02T07:17:11+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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

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