The Elements of Medieval Enchanted Castles:

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An indispensible feature of the castle of a great lord was the chapel where the lord and his family heard morning mass. In rectangular hall-keeps this was often in the forebuilding, sometimes at basement level, sometimes on the second floor. By the 13th century, the chapel was usually close to the hall, convenient to the high table and bed chamber, forming an L with the main building or sometimes projecting opposite the chamber. A popular arrangement was to build the chapel two stories high, with the nave divided horizontally; the family sat in the upper part, reached from their chamber, while the servants occupied the lower part. The living quarters of a castle invariably had one basic element is the hall.  Castle halls can be on the moot, in the bailey, inside the walls of the shell keep, or as a separate building within the great curtain walls of the 13th century.  A large...

Favorite Castles

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This is Nunney Castle which is located in Somerset, England. Nunney Castle had a deep moat surrounding it and built in a french style. In 1373 Sir John Delamare built this castle. The first Marquess of Winchester, William Paulet Owned the Castle at one time. in 1577 Swithun Thorpe owned it and sold it to John Parker, but a year later sold it to Richard Prater for a surprising cost of 2000 English Pounds. Later Colonel Richard Prater lost Nunney Castle to Fairfax, the commander of Crowell’s Army. The Castle was never lived in again after that. This is Kylemore Abbey located in Connemara, Ireland it was originally called Kylemore Castle and was built in the 1860’s. After the death of the Original owner Mitchell Henry the Castle became an Abbey for the Benedictine Nuns in 1920. The Abbey had been a boarding school which is closing in 2010. Gresham’s Castle is actually an...

The world’s coolest castles

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For most of us commoners, visiting a castle is the closest we’ll ever get to living like a king or queen (and maybe that’s a good thing — it’s hard enough to keep an ordinary house clean, much less a palace with hundreds of rooms!). If you’re looking to tour a royal residence on your next trip, check out our list of the world’s top 10 coolest castles. Some have great historical significance, like the citadel in Syria that played a crucial role in the Crusades, while others made our list for their amazing architecture or over-the-top opulence. Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, England Home to the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland for 700 years, Alnwick Castle (pronounced “Annick”) is one of England’s largest inhabited castles. If it looks familiar, you may have seen it on the big screen — it’s appeared in a number of films, including...

The Legend of Catherine Hill Apple Day at Nunney Castle

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Back in the mists of time, two men whose names have long been forgotten, rode off with a sack of apples from Nunney Castle. They were chased by soldiers from the castle, who caught them at the top of Catherine Hill. They paid dearly for their crime – the soldiers beheaded them and then rolled their heads down the hill. They betted on the winner, with ‘winner takes all’ for the head that reached the bottom first. They deemed this such good fun that they decided to do it every year – and so a tradition was born. These days it is nice to know that they use apples and not heads!

Medieval Castles in Europe and Asia

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The Middle Ages are a period of time that range from about 500 AD until 1600 AD. The period came about after the fall of the Roman Empire and paved the way for new styles of architecture. One of the most common symbols of the middle ages is the castle. Medieval castles can be found throughout Europe and Asia. Although they served similar purposes European castles and Asian castles greatly differed in form. Although commonly associated with knights and princesses, early European castles originally had a practical purpose. They were built as massive defensive structures. Castles practically became a necessity in the British Isles towards the end of the 9th century as a response to the numerous Viking incursions (Ching 363). Built to withstand attacks, castles were an important part of warfare and the protection of the kingdom. These early castles were influenced by the fortified temples...

Medieval marvel

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King Charles and his queen Elizabeth of Pomerania walk past in their regal velvet and gold costumes. Knights in armour on horses decorated with vivid coat of arms follow the royal couple. It’s a medieval fashion show — up next are some tall jugglers and stilt walkers who play to the gallery and twirl around till everyone gets a good camera shot… belly dancers sway to peppy polka music, snake charmers, fakirs, this is an eclectic procession. There is a man in a medieval costume with a large basket of green grapes — he offers me some as I aim the camera at him. This 250-member procession has people of all ages, even toddlers and babies, and is truly a journey back in time and a celebration of history and wine. There are jousting competitions and court magicians who entertain the crowd with their tricks. It takes you to the days of the Czech King Charles IV, a multi-lingual...