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  Stirling Castle Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland
The Castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public all year round and seven days a week.
With the exception of the Outer Defences, most of Stirling Castle dates back to the 100 year period between 1496 and 1583, and to the efforts of three Kings, James IV, V and VI and one of their Queens, Mary of Guise.
The Nether Bailey, the lower area of the castle occupying the northern part of the castle rock.
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk /stirling/stirlingcastle   (611 words)

  The English Castle
Castles were primarily the residences of the nobility and the gentry and the life lived in them was very much akin to that of the later country house.
The first Norman castles were hurriedly constructed of earth and timber, in many cases using forced labour and most conformed to a basic plan; that of the motte and bailey.
Motte and bailey castles came in a variety of configurations but the most common was a single mound and enclosure, with the motte at one end of the bailey and separated from it by its ditch.
www.britannia.com /history/david1.html   (1870 words)

  Conwy Castle
The castle was an important part of King Edward I's plan of surrounding Wales in "an iron ring of castles" to subdue the rebellious population.
Castle and town walls were all built in a frenzied period of activity between 1283-87, a tremendous achievement in which up to 1,500 craftsmen and labourers were involved during peak periods.
This was the heart of the castle, the area occupied by the private apartments of the king and queen.
www.castlewales.com /conwy.html   (2066 words)

  Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A castle (from the Latin castellum) is a structure that is fortified for defence against an enemy and generally serves as a military headquarters dominating the surrounding countryside[1].
Castle walls, together with lodgings (keep) suitable for a Lord, as well as lower grade housing within the walls to accommodate some of the key population of the local area, served this purpose.
Castles were also developed to defend key part of the countryside such as a mountain pass or river estuary, and often made use of the natural geography to support the defensive walls through exploitation of cliffs, rivers, hills, and the like.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Castle   (3704 words)

 Kilkenny Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland.
The castle was sold to the Irish government in the middle of the 20th century for £50.
Kilkenny castle was the venue for the meeting of the General Assembly, or parliament, of the Confederate Ireland government in the 1640s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kilkenny_Castle   (569 words)

 Prague Castle   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Throughout the whole Middle Ages the seat of the monarchal power, the spiritual center of the country and the scene of the negotiations of the estates fathers were the symbol and expression of the unity of the Czech state.
Prague castle was enlarged and renewed on a grand scale by the Premyslids in the 13th century and in the following two centuries by Charles IV and King Vladislav Jagiello.
And then it was brought to Prague Castle at great cost; because of its great size they broke several cart wheels and subsequently they brought it on a low cart with rollers, and before that arrived to the Castle with it they had to spend five nights in the street.
www.castles.org /castles/Europe/Central_Europe/Czech_Republic/czech5.htm   (2532 words)

 BBC - Nottingham 360 - Virtual tour of Nottingham Castle
Nottingham Castle was first built in 1068 by William the Conqueror on a narrow sandstone ridge.
The castle is closely associated with the legend of Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Continue past the cannon positions and exit at the bottom of castle rock, sparing a moment to have a look back at where you've been, as well as the Miller's cottage.
www.bbc.co.uk /nottingham/360/where_to_go/castle/index.shtml   (270 words)

 Bunratty Castle & Folk Park   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The castle was restored for the King of England but was laid waste in 1332 by the Irish Chieftains of Thomond under the O'Briens and MacNamaras.
The castle was surrounded by beautiful gardens and it was reputed to have a herd of 3,000 deer.
They left the castle in 1804 (allowing it to fall into disrepair), to reside in the more comfortable and modern Bunratty House, which is open to the public in the grounds of the Folk Park.
www.shannonheritage.com /Bunratty_Day.htm   (779 words)

 Caernarfon Castle
The castle was intended to and capable of accommodating the household of the king's eldest son (created Prince of Wales under Edward I), with his council, family and guests also in attendance.
As mentioned before, this was as the castle was intended as the capital of a new dominion, and a palace for the dynasty of the new Prince of Wales.
Edward's strongest castles were concentric, providing optimal defensive capabilities, but the use of castle and town walls provided up to two lines of defence, with the benefit of an ostentatious appearance - essential when considering Caernarvon's intended purpose.
www.castlewales.com /caernarf.html   (2091 words)

 Threave Castle, Kirkudbright, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
The castle is on an island in the middle of the River Dee; even getting to it is an exciting and romantic experience in itself.
Sir Alexander Boyd of Drumcoll was put in charge, and the castle remained annexed to the crown until it was granted to Lord Maxwell of Caerlaverock Castle until it was abandoned in 1640.
Threave Castle is under the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public during the summer.
www.aboutscotland.com /threave/castle.html   (823 words)

 RPGnet: Review of Castle
The castle is created in the middle of the board, with the four cardboard strips forming four broad areas: the courtyard (16 spaces in a 4x4 grid), the walls (4 areas of 4 spaces each), the towers (4 areas of 1 space each) and the outside (a somewhat indeterminate space).
There are many stereotypical denizens of a Medieval castle and they all tend to have special powers that are really nice matches to the cards' names.
Castle is one of those games where the gameplay isn't entirely obvious from the rules.
www.rpg.net /reviews/archive/10/10757.phtml   (1728 words)

 Montezuma Castle National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)
Montezuma Well, a unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, is a place like no other in the world.
This unique geologic feature is located 11 miles from Montezuma Castle and is home to species of animals found nowhere else on the planet.
Montezuma Well which is located 11 miles from Montezuma Castle north on I-17 exit 293 and follow the signs.
www.nps.gov /moca   (341 words)

 AllRefer.com - castle (Architecture) - Encyclopedia
castle, type of fortified dwelling characteristic of the Middle Ages.
Fortification of towns had been in practice since antiquity, but in the 9th cent.
It served the twofold function of residence and fortress because of the conditions of medieval life, in which war was endemic.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/C/castle.html   (187 words)

 Castle UK - Loudspeaker Manufacturers
Since 1973 Castle has been a loudspeaker manufacturers in the truest possible sense with both design and manufacture of their world famous speakers housed entirely in one factory in Skipton England.
Castle is rare amongst loudspeaker manufacturers in that they not only manufacture the drive units and electronic components found in their speakers but also the beautifully hand crafted real wood veneered cabinets used to enclose them.
Because of this complete manufacturing base Castle is able to offer a full five-year guarantee on all their speakers.
www.castle.uk.com   (189 words)

 Welcome to Classic-Castle.com - The source for all your LEGO Castle Needs
His first castle set was 677, Knights Procession, and his first major castle was 6080, King's Castle.After about twelve, though, he went into a fifteen-year dark age.
He was also inspired by the fantasy feel of Castle Drachenschlaf, the landscaping and other design elements by Takeshi Itou, particularly the roof of the Snow Field Castle, and the photography of Col du Mont.
King Mathias' Castle of Morcia was released in 2004 for the Knight's Kingdom II.
www.classic-castle.com /index.html   (706 words)

 Prague Castle
The Prague Castle experienced one of its greatest periods during the reign of Charles IV (1346-1378) when it became the seat of the Holy Roman Emperor.
The expansion of the Castle continued during the reign of Charles' son Wenceslas IV, but the Hussite wars (1419 - 1437) and the subsequent decades during which the Castle was abandoned lead to its deterioration.
The reconstruction of the Castle culminated during the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II who became Czech king in 1575 and moved his court back to Prague.
www.myczechrepublic.com /prague/sightseeing/prague_castle.html   (1290 words)

 Japanese castles
The need for castles arouse after the central government's authority had weakened in the 15th century and Japan had fallen into the chaotic era of warring states (sengoku jidai).
Unlike the earlier castles, they were built in the plains or on small hills in the plains, where they served as a region's administrative and military headquarters, and became the centers of "castle towns".
The typical castle gate consists of two gates which are placed in a 90 degree angle to each other, creating a small inner yard which is heavily defended from all sides.
www.japan-guide.com /e/e2296.html   (508 words)

 The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle
The Magic Castle is the world's most famous club for magicians and magic enthusiasts and home to The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.
The Magic Castle is the showplace for some of the greatest magicians from around the globe.
Dinner is served at the Magic Castle in an atmosphere of Victorian elegance.
www.magiccastle.com   (296 words)

 Heidelberg Castle
Prince Elector Philipp (1476 - 1508) is said to have arranged the transfer of the hall’s columns from a decayed palace of Charlemagne to Heidelberg.
In the centuries that followed, the Castle was misused as a quarry - castle stones helped to build new houses in Heidelberg.
During the Heidelberg Castle Festival in the summer, the courtyard is the site of open air musicals, operas and theatre performances and classical concerts such as the famous "Castle Serenades" performed by the Heidelberg City Orchestra.
www.visit-heidelberg.com /tours/castle.htm   (340 words)

 Lancaster Castle   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Lancaster Castle is open to the public daily - except that when the Courts are in session, some of the Castle rooms are unavailable and the itinerary is changed.
There are also an attractive old painting of the Castle and Priory, an old map of Lancaster with the history of the town written at the bottom, and display cases containing copies of the last speeches or letters of people about to be executed and a hangman's small noose.
The current Constable of Lancaster Castle - the person responsible to the Queen for the safe keeping of the Castle, and holder of the keys in her absence, is Mr.
www.priory.lancs.ac.uk /castle.html   (2323 words)

 Edinburgh Castle   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Edinburgh Castle is visited annually by approximately one million people - if we except the Tower of London that is more people than visit any other ancient monument in the United Kingdom.
The Castle Esplanade is the venue of the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the annual occasion on which, over a period of three weeks in August, the Army presents a lively programme of music, marching and historical re-enactments under floodlights before large and appreciative audiences.
Before leaving the Esplanade, look in the north-east corner for a small iron wall-fountain; it is popularly known as the Witches' Well, and it commemorates the grim fact that, centuries ago, many women held to be guilty of witchcraft were put to death at the stake on this spot.
www.geo.ed.ac.uk /home/tour/castle.html   (529 words)

 Sites Detail
A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of our historic buildings.
A rich mix of architectural styles reflects the castle's complex history and role as both stronghold and seat of kings.
Edinburgh Castle was a prison for sailors from many countries in the 18th and 19th centuries, including crewmen who sailed with John Paul Jones, founder of the American Navy.
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk /properties_sites_detail.htm?propertyID=PL_121   (888 words)

 Castle Learning Center
By providing these castle research pages, we hope to encourage students, writers, and enthusiasts of all ages to explore castles and to stimulate their creativity.
Often the gatehouse of the castle was the focal point of refuge and attack.
The castle hall was the all-purpose structure in the castle.
www.castles-of-britain.com /castle6.htm   (654 words)

 Windsor Castle
The castle was used primarily for defense purposes until Henry II rebuilt the castle in stone, concurrently adding extensive expansions for Windsor's use as a State residence.
The Medieval Reconstruction of Windsor Castle during the reign of Edward III reflects the era's ideal of Christian chivalric monarchy and this new gothic palace became the seat of the Order of the Garter.
The castle was siezed by the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War in the mid 17th Century and was used as a prison.
www.angelfire.com /in/uktravelinfo/windsor.html   (939 words)

 Martin Castle
He and his ex-wife had the castle built to be a residence in 1969.
When contacted his ex-wife whom the castle was built for she said that she just wanted a house surrounded by ten foot walls and it just got a little carried away.
Over the years, the castle has become a favorite place for tourists to snap photos and it has even caught the attention of Queen Elizabeth and her entourage.
www.dupontcastle.com /castles/martin.htm   (3591 words)

 Castle - Wikimedia Commons
This is an illustration of a castle from Webster’s Dictionary circa 1900
The royal castle in Oslo, Norway from the front.
Reconstruction of the medieval castle Tunsberghus in Tønsberg
commons.wikimedia.org /wiki/Castle   (143 words)

 Inveraray Castle - A Magnificent Scottish Castle and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll
Of course we cannot hope to bring you the full magic of Inveraray Castle and hope you will be inspired to visit us.
Inveraray Castle is first and foremost a family home in which I have had the great privilege of growing up.
History can often be lost through the years, but here at Inveraray we have, over the decades, chronicled the past in order to share it with future generations.
www.inveraray-castle.com   (197 words)

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