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

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 | 2017-10-31T14:31:08+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:29:03+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , |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 | 2017-10-30T02:29:34+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Shrewsbury: Medieval Wars

The Battle of Shrewsbury was the climatic battle of rebellion against King Henry IV of England and was fought July 21, 1403, during the larger Hundred Years' War (1337-1453). In 1403, during a lull in the Hundred Years' War, the powerful Percy family rose in rebellion due to perceived ill treatment by King Henry IV. The family's dissatisfaction stemmed from a feeling that they had been mistreated by the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:30:44+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Medieval Wars: Battle of the Ice in Lake Peipus

In the thirteenth century, the papacy sought to force the Orthodox Christians around the Baltic to accept papal supremacy. While earlier military efforts to this end had failed, a new attempt to create a church state in the Baltic was mounted in the 1230s. Preaching a crusade in the late 1230s, William of Modena organized a western coalition to invade the Russian state of Novgorod. This papal move to [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:52:44+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Medieval Wars: The Knights Hospitaller

The Knights Hospitaller were Knights of the Order of Saint John the Hospitaller who were also known by such names as Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta, Cavaliers of Malta, and Order of St John of Jerusalem. The Hospitallers grew out of a brotherhood for the care of sick pilgrims in a hospital at Jerusalem following the First Crusade in 1100 AD. The Growth of the Knights Hospitaller Many [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:34:14+00:00 January 28th, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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