Windsor Castle, Heart of the Monarchy

Windsor Castle is one of the most recognisable sites in England. Built in the 11th century just after the Norman invasion of England, it has inspired castles across the world and has been the hub of the English and British monarchy for centuries. The castle is the longest-occupied palace in the whole of Europe, the […]

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Royal People: Isabella of Woodstock, The Medieval Princess Who Controlled Her Own Fate

It is a well-rehearsed fact that in the medieval period princesses were political currency, pawns who were married off to foreign strangers as small children and were expected to fulfil their duty with grace and without complaint. But one woman who defied these expectations that we hold of medieval royalty was Isabella of Woodstock, the […]

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The Development of Castles in Britain (Part 1)

Today we are very lucky to have a guest author! Simon Forder, a writer, researcher and historian who specialises in castles, has written a great introductory post about their origins in Britain. Starting in the Norman period, he explores what different types of castles appeared in Britain after the conquest, and just how original they […]

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