A few weeks ago I visited Warwick Castle, which is located in Warwickshire, England. In 1068, William the Conqueror built the castle. Starting in 1088, the castle belonged to the Earl of Warwick. The castle symbolized the power of the Earl of Warwick until 1153 when Henry of Anjou (he became Henry II) seized the castle. The castle has been used to keep prisoners, including the English king, Edward IV. Warwick castle was utilized as a fortification until the early 1600s when Sir Fulke Greville changed it to a country house. The Greville family owned it until 1978.
Today the castle is a popular tourist spot. They had some attractions while I was there, including a bird show with bald eagles, vultures, and sea eagles and an archery exhibition. It was a fun visit and I would love to learn more about its history since I gathered that it was involved in many of the upheavals and wars throughout England’s history.
Please let me know if you have any reading suggestions, including historical fiction so I can appreciate this wonderful place even more.
Great photos TBM, but I have to know. Did you get put in the stocks???
I’m not allowed to talk about it, but that could be the reason why it took me a few weeks to post about this 😉
Oh Oh, were you a bad boy?? LOL
Not saying a word.
I love Warwick Castle – and it´s been really well restored I think. Any of the Phillipa Gregory Tudor novels might be of interest to you as they deal with the Medieval period..although based on fact, they are fiction though!
Cool…I’ve been meaning to pick up some Gregory novels. Whenever I would see them in the bookstore while stocking the shelves I thought I could really get into them. I love historical fiction.
I love historical fictions as well. The castle interior looks really well maintained.
wow! in one word, Magnificent!!!!
That’s how I felt when I was there 🙂
Now I want to go !!! Great history lesson here and the pics were fabulous!!!
I hope you do visit! It was a lot of fun. Thanks Beth Ann.
I loved it there am hoping to visit Cardiff Castle this summer, I haven’t read this yet but was gooling prior to my visit and found it you never know it may be interesting and fit one of your reading lists http://archive.org/details/warwickcastlehis01pric
Excellent…thanks! I hope you enjoy Cardiff. I haven’t been yet so I’m curious to hear what you think.
What a wonderful place to visit!
It was…so glad I went!
How lovely post. I love old castle and this one seems to be marvelous. My favorite photo in the inside photo presenting art on walls, but I love all of Your photos.
The inside was amazing…I was stunned by all of the artwork, furniture, and such. Very beautiful. Thanks.
Love these pics. I have always enjoyed visiting castles and fortresses. There are plenty of those in Germany and we made many weekend trips. I have always enjoyed that sense of history!!!
It is an amazing part of history…the amount of wealth and power is astounding.
Wow, this castle seems to be in such a beautiful setting. I always try to imagine what it could be like to have lived in a place like that, but I can never quite get my mind around it. 🙂
I can understand why. I would get lost in a place like this!
Ohhhh, mind could wander here. The traiterous tales of deception and duplicity; romantic assignations; battles, feasts and staff intrigue. “Country home” indeed!
I laughed when I saw it was a “country home.” That is some country home. I bet the walls of this castle have some amazing tales.
thx for sharing. visited this lovely castle long ago
Thanks Rosa…I hope you enjoyed your visit.
I m speechless! What a wonderful old place!
It was amazing to see.
A Favorite spot of ours!
I can see why.
Wow! Fascinating to see a structure so old and to learn of it’s history! Very nice.
It was so cool to see it…I was like a kid on Christmas morning.
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I have not much knowledge of these old castles
I don’t either, but I hope to learn more about them.
So beautiful in the day time, but you would have to pay me big money to walk through at night. Creeeepy!
I wouldn’t want to be in the dungeon at night that’s for sure.
Wow – what a beautiful place!!! I love castles!!! 🙂 **
I haven’t been to many castles, but I think I’m becoming a fan 🙂
Seems like a wonderful place TBM!
It is…so much history there.
I love castles, especially in side of them… Thank you dear TBM, you captured so beautiful photographs. I felt I am walking in there… Love, nia
So glad you like it Nia. I hope all is well with you!
A real castle! I want to see one too! One of the things I love to learn about is the British Monarchy’s history and castles are a huge part of them. I could imagine being inside one and think, “Hundreds of years before, this or that king/queen/prince etc had been walking along these corridors” and all that.
That was so much fun, trying to envision the inhabitants from years ago wandering through the rooms.
I want to be in your shoes. *sigh*
Oh oh! Sorry I’m so late, but – I love Sharon Kay Penmans’ historical fiction, which is very well-researched and accurate, lengthy and dense, but engrossing and entertaining too. The Sunne in Splendour deals with the Warwicks. I highly recommend.
Wow…I’ll have to locate her books. She sounds perfect for me! Thanks so much! I just checked and it looks that my local library has some of her books on order. I’m pretty excited about this! Have a great weekend!