A floriated initial letter capital “T” used as a 14-line drop cap at the start of a chapter. Drop capitals should normally align exactly with the the baseline of the nth line of text, but this design does not need exact alignment. It features flowers such as bluebells and pansies. [more...][$]
Hastings Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1070 or so, together with the chapel of St. Mary. Coastal erosion, and, later, French attacks, meant there wasn’t much left by 1400. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the land became used for farming. It was excavated in the 1820s, and further damaged by bomb in the Second World War. It [...] [more...][$]
A dramatic view of Alnwick Castle in a storm, with its towers, castle walls and battlements standing high on the hillside. The wood engraving is signed J. W. Whimper; this is the same person as J. W. Whymper. Josiah Wood Whymper was a painter, wood engraver and etcher, and used both [...]
Reading Abbey was founded in 1121 by King Henry I; it became very wealthy, no doubt in part because of the corruption that was endemic to the Roman Catholic Church. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 the Abbot refused to accept the authority of the King, and was executed; the property thus passed to the Crown and was used as a royal [...] [more...][$]
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