Kenilworth Castle :: Shared Description

Kenilworth Castle is one of Britainís largest and most impressive historic sites. It began as a mediaeval fortress and became an Elizabethan Palace.

Geoffrey de Clinton began the massive Norman keep at the core of the fortress in the 1120s, and under Henry II Kenilworth became a royal castle. King John greatly strengthened it between 1210 and 1215, enlarging the surrounding watery 'mere' which effectively made it an island stronghold. Thus it could withstand an epic siege in 1266, when rebellious barons held out against Henry III's siege engines for six months, succumbing only to starvation.

During the late 14th century John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, rebuilt the splendid great hall and staterooms of Kenilworth's inner court, beginning the castle's transition into a palace and favourite residence of the Lancastrian and early Tudor kings.

However, the castle is probably best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley, Earl of Leicester, took possession of the castle in 1563. He then lavished fortunes on converting it into a great Renaissance 'prodigy house', designed to receive the queen and her close servants on her visits to Kenilworth in 1572 and 1575 during their ceremonial 'progresses' around her realm.

LinkExternal link - History of Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage)
by David Dixon
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SP2772 : Approaching Kenilworth Castle by Graham Hogg
SP2772 : Leicester's Gatehouse, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : Saintlowe Tower, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : The Stables, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : Kenilworth Castle, Leicester's Gatehouse by David Dixon
SP2772 : Leicester's Building and the Great Tower by Philip Halling
SP2772 : Lunn's Tower, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : The Great Tower, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : The Tiltyard, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : Leicester's Building, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : The Stables, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : North side of Kenilworth Castle by Jaggery
SP2772 : The porch of Leicester's Gatehouse by Philip Halling
SP2772 : Leicester's Gatehouse in Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : The Great Hall, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : Panoramic view west from Kenilworth Castle by David P Howard
SP2772 : Kenilworth Castle Inner Court by David Dixon
SP2772 : The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle by Graham Hogg
SP2772 : The stables at Kenilworth Castle by Graham Hogg
SP2772 : Leicester's Building, Kenilworth Castle by Philip Halling
SP2772 : The Elizabethan Gardens, Kenilworth Castle by David Dixon
SP2772 : The Elizabethan Garden, Kenilworth Castle by David Dixon
SP2772 : Great Hall View by Gordon Griffiths
SP2772 : The Elizabethan Garden, Kenilworth Castle by David Dixon
SP2772 : Kenilworth Castle panorama by Graham Hogg

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Created: Thu, 11 Aug 2011, Updated: Thu, 11 Aug 2011

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