“[...] Hugh Bigod, who had sworn that Henry had appointed Stephen his successor, was the first to hold out against the king in the Castle of Norwich, which his ancestor had built. Norwich was a regular fortress, with a wall and ditch, an outer, a middle, and an inner court, and a keep. The bridge over one of the ditches and the keep still remain. [...] [more...] [$]
“The successor of Henry Beauclerk was also an usurper. The rival pretensions of Stephen of Blois and the Empress Matilda filled the land with bloodshed and terror for nineteeen years. From the north to the south, from the Barbecans of York (Fig. 386) to the palaces of Winchester (Fig. 400), the country was [...] [more...] [$]
The Temple Church was built by (or for) the Knights Templar in London in the 12th Century. Some time after the Knights Templar were destroyed (in 1307) the temple was given by Edward II to the Knights Hospitaller, who in turn rented it out to the Inner Temple and Middle Temple, [...] [more...] [$]
“It is a rare consolation for the lover of his country’s monuments, to turn from castles made into prisons, and abbeys into stables, to such a glorious relic of ‘Old England’ as Warwick Castle. Who can forget the first sight of that beautiful pile, little touched by time, not vulgarized by ignorance? (Fig. 417). As he enters the portal through which [...] [more...] [$]
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