George Herbert the seventeenth century metaphorical poet said that castles are “forrests of stone” (I’ve not spelled it wrong.) And that’s your first quote for the week. Your challenge is to answer the ten questions linked to the castles in the five pictures:
And just to finish – Victor Hugo said that “if we don’t build castles in the air we don’t build anything on the ground” – how many fictional castles can you identify. Currently all I can envisage is a very large pink one with fireworks in the sky above it – which isn’t very helpful!
Pontefract Castle is often described as the “Key to the North.” With that in mind, how many castles can you identify in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Westmorland and Northumbria. I shall list my thoughts in alphabetic order next week but must admit that I’m taking a will leap into the dark- or even oubliette- with this particular challenge.
I will be returning to the Midlands, Wales and the rest of England in due course but we might take a break from wall to wall castling in between times.
If you’re looking for a good book on the architecture and history of castles then Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain is the book for you.