Viking Ships

Viking Ships

Viking ships strike a powerful image of the battle-hardened, invading Norsemen of Scandinavia. With their low sides, tall bow and stern, their silhouette on the water was something to be feared. Design of the Viking Ships Viking ships were incredibly well designed for the time, with …

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. For almost 1000 years Windsor Castle has been home to 39 Kings and Queens, and continues to do so. It is the oldest royal residence in the British Isles to be continually inhabited, …

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The Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London stands proudly in the heart of London, commanding an intimidating position over the river Thames. The castle dates back over 1000 years, and has been embroiled in centuries of war, uprisings and murder whilst playing keeper to the priceless Crown Jewels and various …

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King Henry I

Henry I

King Henry I of England was the youngest son of William the Conqueror. He was also the only Norman king who could read and write. This education came from his upbringing in the church, unlike his siblings. Henry I had a long and successful reign …

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Medieval Shields

Medieval Shields

Medieval Shields were essential for the protection of soldiers during medieval warfare. They came in all sorts of shapes and sizes, tailored to their specific use on the battlefield. They provided not only protection, but also a medium to display their heraldry and colours, to rally …

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Rochester Castle in Kent

Rochester Castle

Rochester Castle is a Norman fortress with centuries of stories to be told, most famous of all being the great siege by King John in 1215. Rochester castle has one of the tallest keeps in all of England, and being located strategically on a bend of the river Medway …

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Dunster Castle – Somerset

Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle, a grand medieval stronghold and now a fine fortified house, has been home to the Luttrell family for 600 years. Commanding a superior defensive position above Dunster medieval village, the stronghold was built to guard the north Somerset coast line. Today it has …

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