The Siege of Exeter (Rougemont) Castle in 1136

In mid-May 1136, King Stephen was preparing to cross to Normandy when he received news from the citizens of Exeter in Devon that the royal castle in the city had been seized by Baldwin de Redvers. The newly crowned king at once resolved to punish Baldwin and led his army to besiege the castle. ThisContinue reading “The Siege of Exeter (Rougemont) Castle in 1136”

The Rebuilding of Edinburgh Castle in the Reign of Edward III

Edward III, king of England, is most well-known for the victories he won in France during the Hundred Years’ War, notably his remarkable triumph at the Battle of Crécy in 1346. Yet in the early part of his reign his energies were focused further northwards. By entering into an agreement with Edward Balliol, a claimantContinue reading “The Rebuilding of Edinburgh Castle in the Reign of Edward III”

The Escape of the Empress Matilda from Oxford Castle in 1142

The recent heavy snowfall we have been experiencing in the United Kingdom has inspired me to write this blog post about an episode that took place in 1142 during a civil war known as the Anarchy (1139-53). In the winter of that year, the Empress Matilda succeeded in escaping from Oxford Castle, which was besiegedContinue reading “The Escape of the Empress Matilda from Oxford Castle in 1142”

A tour of Launceston Castle, Cornwall

The modern-day town of Launceston is dominated by the remains of the castle that towers over it. Located close to the River Tamar, the border with Devon, Launceston’s strategic importance has meant that it played an important role in the history of Cornwall. History The first reference to the castle is made in the DomesdayContinue reading “A tour of Launceston Castle, Cornwall”