Castles

Castles, keeps, and other fortified structures

Sawayama Castle excavation captures romance of feudal Japan

Archaeologists working on the excavation of Sawayama Castle in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, hope that their discoveries will give new understanding to its owner, Ishida Mitsunari, whose defeat marked the end of the feudal Sengoku (Warring States) period.

Castle builders "go medieval" in France

A group of medieval enthusiasts in Burgundy in France are building a castle using only medieval tools and techniques. An MP3 version of the radio story is available to download online.

Launceston Castle damaged by vandals

Officials at English Heritage are "very angry" over the vandalism of Launceston Castle in Cornwall. The 11th century structure was originally built by William the Conqueror's half-brother in 1075, and largely reconstructed in the 13th century. (video)

Palace of the Khan discovered by satellite

A Russian information satellite may have located the remains of the palace in the the ancient Bulgarian capital of Volga-Kama Bolghar. The city existed from the 7th through 13th centuries, until the empire was overthrown by the advance guard of Genghis Khan's army.

Palace of the Great Khan may lie beneath Khara Khorum

In the 13th century, Kublai Khan, grandson of the great Genghis Khan, moved the ruling city of China to Beijing, but prior to the time, the Mongolian capital, Khara Khorum, was an international city of great renown. Now archaeologists believe they know the whereabouts of the Palace of the Great Khan.

Armoured combat covered on French TV

Sir Angus O'Niall, Founder of the Academy of Knightly Arts, reports that French National television recently covered a documentary in which he participated involving "a bunch of steel fighters" who fought tournaments in castles in southern France.

New Dig at Bodiam Castle

The need for better sewage facilities to deal with visitors has created an opportunity for a dig at Bodiam Castle in Sussex, England. The 14th-century building is considered an outstanding example of a late medieval moated castle.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 22, 1370

On April 22, 1370, the first stones of the Bastille were laid in Paris. Initial construction of the fortress was completed in 1382.

Mysterious message of the Alhambra decoded

Researchers and lovers of the Alhambra, the 14th century palace in Castile, Spain, have long puzzled and marveled at the Arabic inscriptions which cover the walls and arches of the building, wondering "What are these walls telling me?" Now Juan Castilla, from the School of Arabic Studies at Spain's Higher Scientific Research Council, has produced a video which claims to translate 3,116 of more than 10,000 inscriptions carved around the building.

ABC News tours Prague Castle

Prague Castle in the Czech Republic is the largest castle in the world. Covering acres of ground, the castle was recently the focus of several reports for ABC's Good Morning America.

Crusader castle project could prove value of new technologies

Archaeologist Katharina Galor believes technology might just help eliminate hours of tedious recording and cataloging during a dig, and she plans to test her theory at Apollonia-Arsuf, a crusader castle in Israel.

Robert the Bruce's palace found

Lost for more than 700 years, the palace of Robert the Bruce may have been discovered in Renton "a run-down area of West Dunbartonshire." Experts have found artifacts and foundations matching historic documents relating to the Bruce's home.

Videos highlight AEthelmearc couple's castle

Byron of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that several of his creative students have produced humorous videos involving the castle. They are posted on YouTube.

Alcohol factor in wave of vandalism of British historic sites

Drunken youths are being blamed for the wave of vandalism targeting Britain's historic buildings. More than 170 incidents involving castles, monasteries and stately homes, have been recorded during the past year.

Pictures from Raglan Faire and Nibelungen War

Racaire has posted her photos from the recent Raglan Faire and Nibelungen War on her website. The events took place in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Castell Aberlleiniog to be rescued in Wales

"For over 20 years I have observed the progressive deterioration of this site as the mound suffered from erosion by livestock, and the masonry became increasingly unstable and overgrown by vegetation," said Mike Yates of Cadw, the Welsh historic monuments' agency, about Castell Aberlleiniog near Llangoed, which is being rescued from further deteoration.

Right castle, wrong stone?

New research at Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland points to the possibility that the stone kissed by millions may not be the "Blarney Stone" of legend.

How castles work

On the How Stuff Works website, Dr. Craig Freudenrich discusses how castles work, including a history of castles, how sieges are accomplished and how defenses work.

"Modern" medieval castle built in Poland

A new castle has been constructed in Byczyna near Opole, Poland for the purpose of studying medieval construction and life. The Polsko-Czeskie Centrum Szkolenia Rycerstwa (The Polish-Czech Center of Knights Training) was constructed for 4.5 milion of polish zloty.

Nuremburg Castle stormed - with bare hands!

Crazy British guy (and Drachenwald Earl Marshal) Master AEthstan can storm a castle single-handed - and unarmed! A five-minute video posted on YouTube demonstrates how. Stop!

Vintner honors Italian ancestors with castle

Daryl Sattui, a Napa Valley, California winemaker, has spent 13 years and over US$30M to build a castle, complete with towers and dungeons, to honor his Italian ancestors.

Edinburgh's lost tower found

Archaeologists working at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland have found what they believe to be remnants of the Constable's Tower, destroyed during the reign of Elizabeth I. The tower was thought to have been lost forever.

Secrets of Assassins' fort unearthed in Syria

Nestled at the foot of Syria's coastal mountains, an ancient citadel has been put on the tourist map by restoration and excavation that revealed mysteries of the medieval Assassins sect that was once based there.

Medieval village at Kenilworth Castle

Visitors to Kenilworth Castle in England were treated to the spectacle of real medieval life recently as the castle sponsored a Medieval Village complete with costumed re-enactors. The village ran from May 27 - June 3, 2007.

Building the perfect castle

House plans for people who have everything, or at least for dreamers! Ultra Luxury Custom Homes, Villas and Estates by design offers a catalog of castles and mansions. (drawings)

Pre-Iron Age findings in Edinburgh Castle

A team of archaeologists working at Edinburgh Castle believe they have discovered traces of the sites original castle.

Massachusetts castle for sale

Residents of the East Kingdom may be pooling their paychecks in expectation of purchase of the Searles Castle in the Berkshires. Asking price? A cool US$15 million!

16th century Welsh castle for sale

Boverton Castle in Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, is being auctioned starting at a mere UK£55,000. architects advise, however, that necessary renovation of the site could cost at least six figures.

"Unusual building features" found inside Bodiam Castle

Archaeologists are puzzled by the discovery of a wall and "circular feature" inside the Great Hall area of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, England. The mysterious ruins might be part of an 18th Century gardener's cottage, or they might be part of the original medieval hall.

Dracula's castle for sale

Bran Castle, near Brasov, Romania, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. Now the 14th century castle is up for sale for a "paltry" UK£40 million.