Royal Castles and Coastal Defence in the Hundred Years’ War

(Dover Castle, Kent) In this blog post I discuss the research that I have carried out into the role of royal castles in coastal defence in southern England in the late fourteenth century. My findings have been published in full in the journal Nottingham Medieval Studies. To read more see, Dan Spencer, ‘The Castle at …

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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 claimant …

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Castle Hunting Trip to South Wales Part 2: Kidwelly, Llansteffan, Dryslwyn and Aberystwyth

This is part 2 of my blog post about the castles I recently visited in south Wales as part of a week-long castle hunting trip. In this instalment I discuss four wonderful castles I explored: Kidwelly, Llansteffan, Dryslwyn and Aberystwyth.   Kidwelly   The earliest castle at Kidwelly was built by Roger, bishop of Salisbury, …

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