Castles, keeps, and other fortified structures
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-01-18 15:24
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-01-04 14:45
Mr. McGroovy's website has plans to build a large, cardboard castle from refrigerator boxes. It's guaranteed to brighten the day of any SCAdian child!
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-12-27 07:22
SCAdians Char Branstetter and Cara McCandless longed to live their dream of owning a real castle, so they built one — in Pittsburgh! Patterned after Bodiam castle near Hastings in southern England, the structure includes wooden framing with a stone veneer.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-12-02 09:27
Odescalchi Castle, the site of the November 18, 2006 nuptials of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, is a 15th century residence with a great deal of history including the family of Pope Innocent XI and a murderous noblewoman.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-11-29 21:42
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that little prince or princess? How about a personal "play castle?"
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-10-25 14:35
The United Nations cultural body UNESCO has warned that the Tower of London may be in danger of losing its World Heritage status, and has asked the United Kingdom to submit by 2007 a report on measures being taken to protect the Tower.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-10-03 08:16
Recent bombing and a resulting oil spill in Lebanon have damaged two World Heritage sites, says an inspection team from UNESCO. Roman remains at Tyre and a medieval tower at Byblos are in urgent need of repair.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:09
Welcome to the modern Middle Ages! Researchers and craftsmen are working together to construct an authentic medieval castle in the forests of Burgundy, France. Ten years into the project, Guedelon Castle is about 1/3 completed.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-08-30 17:40
Channel 4's Time Team may have discovered evidence of the existence of the original round table at Windsor Castle. The team has found some evidence of a round structure built by Edward III constructed to house the table and the original 300 Knights of the Garter.
Submitted by Justin on Sun, 2006-08-13 10:32
Several years ago, Glynn Mapes of the Wall Street Journal wrote this wonderful article about Hew Kennedy, a wealthy eccentric in Shropshire, England, who entertains himself and his guests by hurling everthing from grand pianos to automobiles hundreds of meters through the air, using a trebuchet he and a friend built.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-08-07 15:12
Researchers excavating a site in Bolsterstone, England believe they may have found the home of Robin Hood. Experts base their claim on the belief that the mythical Robin Hood was based on the son of the Earl of Huntingdon.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-07-26 08:24
The recent telecast of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy which featured a member of MSR's Kingdom of Acre has generated a great deal of discussion on the various lists. Richard Blackmoore shares some additional information about the setting for the feast featured during the program.
Submitted by Karen on Fri, 2006-06-16 14:37
The Australian reports that sections of the King's Table, an elaborately-carved stone table used for English coronation feasts and state banquets as far back as the 13th century, have been found under the floor of the Palace of Westminster.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-06-12 18:17
Have a hankering to own some period vacation property? Wists Social Shopping provides a list of "fantasy castles" for sale.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-06-10 07:37
The popular Romanian tourist attraction Bran Castle, associated with Vlad the Impaler and known as "Dracula's Castle," has been returned to the heir of the Habsburg family. The state had seized the castle when Communist rule began in Romania after World War II.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Fri, 2006-05-05 17:32
Swallowfield Manor, a 17th century house with moated 13th century gardens bordering the River Loddon, is for sale.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Tue, 2006-05-02 17:51
In the market for a genuine Welsh castle? Granted, it was built in 1819, but Gwyrch Castle, located near Abergele in north Wales, is still a crenellated, towered and turreted wonder of architecture on 40 acres of land.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-04-17 11:57
If you're visiting Jersey in the Channel Islands this summer, you can see a demonstration of period falconry.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-04-16 14:10
After decades of searching, the ruins of the Bishop of Glasgow's palace have been discovered outside the city. The 13th century building stood for three centuries before being destroyed in the Reformation.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-04-16 08:30
For sale: Knights Templar Castle in Barnton, Edinburgh, Scotland. Great for studying the Da Vinci Code.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Tue, 2006-04-04 19:07
Historians working at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire have discovered a charter, from the reign of Henry I, granting a manor to St Peter's Abbey.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Mon, 2006-03-27 08:53
More than half of the Camino de Santiago, medieval Europe’s most important pilgrimage route, passes through the ancient kingdoms of Castille and León.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Wed, 2006-03-08 08:24
Ely Cathedral is to receive a UK£107,000 grant to restore the blackened East side of the building - some of which has not been maintained since the 19th century.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Tue, 2006-03-07 19:09
Students from three Cornish schools today supported the Royal Cornwall Museum's (in partnership with English Heritage) new initiative to develop an exciting interactive learning experience today in Truro.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Tue, 2006-03-07 13:53
Vandals (modern-day) attacked the 15th century baptistry at Madron over the past weekend, causing damage to the structure of the ancient building just four months after major restoration began.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Tue, 2006-02-28 14:27
Several castles in Scotland were either built from new — Lochmaben, in Dumfriesshire — or substantially rebuilt and extended — Roxburgh, in the Scottish Borders — by the English during the Wars of Independence of the 14th century. But there is one famous English castle that can claim to be Scottish.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-02-11 11:58
The crumbling tower of the 15th century Newark Castle was the scene of one of the bloodiest incidents between the English and the Scots. Now the UK's biggest private landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch, has agreed to take on the task of preserving the monument.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Tue, 2005-12-27 15:52
In an effort to bolster flagging tourism, the Welsh town of Caernarfon is stepping up its plans to utilize its medieval castle as the center of its marketing campaign for 2006.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Thu, 2005-12-15 18:32
Carlisle Castle was back to its festive best on Dec. 9, 2005, after Mayor Sandra Fisher threw the switch to light the Christmas tree on the city’s battlements.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Mon, 2005-12-12 15:12
Raglan Castle, a 15th century Welsh structure that was originally a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, is being threatened by plans for a cattle market to be built around the site.