Warwick Castle

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.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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49 Responses to Warwick Castle

  1. Great photos TBM, but I have to know. Did you get put in the stocks???

  2. 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!

    • TBM says:

      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.

  3. deslily says:

    wow! in one word, Magnificent!!!!

  4. Beth Ann says:

    Now I want to go !!! Great history lesson here and the pics were fabulous!!!

  5. paulaacton says:

    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

  6. What a wonderful place to visit!

  7. Sartenada says:

    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.

  8. 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!!!

  9. zelmare says:

    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. 🙂

  10. Lynne Ayers says:

    Ohhhh, mind could wander here. The traiterous tales of deception and duplicity; romantic assignations; battles, feasts and staff intrigue. “Country home” indeed!

    • TBM says:

      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.

  11. Rosa says:

    thx for sharing. visited this lovely castle long ago

  12. wolke205 says:

    I m speechless! What a wonderful old place!

  13. meanwhilein3 says:

    A Favorite spot of ours!

  14. Fergiemoto says:

    Wow! Fascinating to see a structure so old and to learn of it’s history! Very nice.

  15. scrapydo says:

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I have not much knowledge of these old castles

  16. So beautiful in the day time, but you would have to pay me big money to walk through at night. Creeeepy!

  17. Wow – what a beautiful place!!! I love castles!!! 🙂 **

  18. Madhu says:

    Seems like a wonderful place TBM!

  19. niasunset says:

    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

  20. 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.

  21. pagesofjulia says:

    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.

    • TBM says:

      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!

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