Tag Archives: Medieval Times

Stephen Biesty’s Castles

A Fabulous Book on Castles !   A Review of Stephen Biesty’s Castles ISBN 1-59270-031-4 If you feel that you have seen every viable book on castles and that they can’t be bested, then you must either buy or at … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Buckinghamshire’s Baileys and Barbicans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9gQHYJ0wYQ Stretching out fifty miles north of London and Windsor Castle’s boundaries, Buckinghamshire became a hostile area toward castles during the middle ages. Long-abandoned Norman edifices include Buckingham Castle, Castlethorpe and Bolebec. Boarstall Tower is the only medieval stone castle … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sleepy Surrey’s Strongholds

Surrey’s charming countryside is surrounded by larger and more encroaching counties than itself- being Hampshire on the west, the Sussex counties along the southern border, Kent on the east and London and Berkshire northeast and northwest, respectively, with Windsor Castle … Continue reading

Posted in History, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

West Somerset Strongholds

Somerset’s western sector, delineated by the M5, has quite a few castles of every variety plus, as you progress further west into the county, you’ll find yourself in the middle of one of the most beautiful national forests you may … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Southern Somerset Strongholds and their Gardens

The sage enchanter Merlin’s subtle schemes; The feats of Arthur and his knightly peers; Of Arthur, who, to upper light restored, With that terrific sword Which yet he brandishes for future war, Shall lift his country’s fame above the polar … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bath’s Battlements, Bishops and … Baths

Only a mutilated gateway survives from the medieval city wall which surrounded Bath and the Bishop’s Palace there but in the 18th century Bath became a fashionable spa town thanks to the promotions of Richard ‘Beau’ Nash. The Roman Baths … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Somerset Strongholds

Somerset, the gateway to the west country, is a county of contrasts and abounds with genuine castle hotels, castellated follies and the actual (and factual) location of Camelot! If you do a thorough investigation, you will find sandy beaches at … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Exploring Bristol’s Northwest Somerset

If you find the junction of four separate counties at the Gloucestershire/Somerset border a bit strange and unnecessary, you’ve got a lot of company. For twenty-two years, from 1974 to 1996, an area formed from portions of the historic counties … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Bombardment of Bristol Castle and City

Readers will have to forgive me for not having mentioned this previously but it bears taking careful note because I understand that many of you navigate my county-by-county England tours more often by auto rather than by train or bus. … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Florinda and Yoringal

A Bros. Grimm fairy tale has typical elements of castles, witches and magic spells but quite a few, in the original German, were much darker and gruesome than would have been considered appropriate for children in the past or even … Continue reading

Posted in Amazing Stories | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment