Motte and Bailey Castle for Sale in Wales

Castell Gronw

The remains of a 13th-century Motte and Bailey castle has been put up for sale together with a fully renovated five bedroomed farmhouse, gardens, stream and wood for £650,000

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle - photo by James Turner

While Caernarvon was the ultimate manifestation of Anglo-Norman occupied Wales wrought into stone and mortar, Pembroke was its beating heart. Today ensconced upon a spur of rock, the Cleddau estuary flowing gently by, Pembroke Castle stands still, its long shadow silent and serene.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Caernarfon Castle

caernarfon castle - photo by Kris Williams / Flickr

Perhaps more than any other castle found within the British Isles, Caernarfon embodies that most terrifying of a castles aspects; a tool for the aggressive and utter domination of territory.

Wales marks 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

Raglan Castle - photo courtesy Cadw

The Welsh Government is highlighting the important role the country played in this historic event in honour of its 600th anniversary.

Holt Castle in Wales reopens

Holt Castle in 2007, before restoration - photo by Peter Craine / Wikimedia Commons

Holt Castle, near Wrexham in northern Wales, was re-opened last week after the completion of a four year restoration project.

White Castle and the Dating of the Towers

White Castle Wales - photo by Rob Phillips / Flickr

Paul Remfrey makes a detailed case for dating the towers to 1229-31, and 1234-39, built by Hubert de Burgh.

Owain’s Revolt? Glyn Dŵr’s role in the outbreak of the rebellion

Owain Glyn Dwr statue at Corwen-  photo by Lyn Dafis / Flickr

This article asserts that Owain Glyn Dŵr was neither the instigator nor, initially, the sole leader of the revolt for which he has become well known. It also challenges the idea that there was just one rebellion and casts doubt on the notion that he proclaimed himself Prince of Wales on 16 September 1400.

Researchers reveal medieval drawings erased centuries ago

Black Book of Carmarthen  -  New text and image revealed under UV light (f. 39v). - Image courtesy National Library of Wales

One of the Wales’s most important medieval manuscripts is throwing up ghosts from the past after new research and imaging work revealed eerie faces and lines of verse which had previously been erased from history.

Forgotten Ruins? The castles of the Welsh Princes

Dolbadarn Castle - photo courtesy CADW

This article offers a fresh look at some of the castles built by the Welsh princes during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Were they built for defensive purposes, or were they merely a status symbol for the princes who commissioned them?

Medieval Maps of Britain

Britain in the Anglo-Saxon Mappa Mundi

How did people depict England, Scotland and Wales in the Middle Ages? Here are 15 images of maps created between the 11th and 16th centuries, which shows how maps developed over history.

New bridge installed at Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle bridge - photo courtesy CADW

A new bridge was installed at Harlech Castle last month, which will allow visitors to enter the site through the original historic entrance for the first time in more than 600 years.

Owain Glyndwr and the siege of Coity Castle, 1404-1405

coity castle - photo by Ben Salter / Flickr

The siege of Coity was indeed significant for its length and its importance, and it was indeed historic, because it is the most famous event associated with the castle in the entire 900 years of its existence. Yet we know very little about the siege and the circumstances surrounding it, even though it lasted for a good part of two years

Archaeological discoveries uncovered at Caernarfon Castle in Wales

Caernarfon Castle - photo by Markus Schroeder / Flickr

It seems if you dig anywhere around Caernarfon Castle in Wales you will be able to turn up a wide variety of historical artifacts. The construction of a new ticketing entrance has led to new finds of ancient, medieval and early modern origins.

Over 21 000 medieval items found in England and Wales in 2013

papal bulla

Over 21,000 medieval objects were discovered in England and Wales in 2013, according to the latest release of the The Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report. Since its inception in 1997, over one million historical objects have been recorded by the scheme.

Amending the Ascetic: Community and Character in the Old English Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Saint Mary of Egypt - British library

Among the most eligible saints for such treatment, Mary of Egypt deserves particular consideration: her popularity is evidenced by over a hundred extant Greek manuscripts of her Life and her uniquely prominent position in the Lenten liturgical cycle in the Eastern Church.

Reflection of the Wars of the Roses in Thomas Malory`s Le Morte D`Arthur: Literary-cultural analysis

Edward Burne-Jones - The Last Sleep of Arthur

The aim of this research paper is to analyse the Morte D’Arthur and find certain historical moments incorporated in the book. Firstly, as the goal of work follows a hypothesis that Thomas Malory reflected manifold incidents from the Wars of the Roses in the Morte D’Arthur, it was inevitable to understand author’s position in this civil war, which meant investigating in the authorship.

Medieval nunnery discovered in Wales

Map of Wales

Archaeologists working in western Wales have discovered the remains of a medieval nunnery that was turned into a Tudor mansion.

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Wales

top 10 medieval castles wales

Wales is home to some of the most fascinating castles on the British Isles – these medieval fortresses have fought over for hundreds of years and display some unique architectural heritage

Edward I and the Appropriation of Arthurian Legend

King Arthur

I recount some of the various activities of Edward I where he appears to use Arthurian legend in a political context, making no attempt to draw conclusions about the nature of national identity in thirteenth century England, but rather to demonstrate the potential of this era for re-evaluation and reinterpretation by those interested in pursuing such matters.

Time, space and power in later medieval Bristol

Medieval Bristol - Robert_Ricart's_map_of_Bristol

With a population of almost 10,000, Bristol was later medieval England’s second or third biggest urban place, and the realm’s second port after London. While not particularly large or wealthy in comparison with the great cities of northern Italy, Flanders or the Rhineland, it was a metropolis in the context of the British Isles.

Did the Battle of Hyddgen even take place?

Memorial to the Battle of Hyddgen - Photo by Lyn Léwis Dafis

The Battle of Hyddgen is said to be the first victory of the Welsh leader Owain Glyndŵr and many historians believe it played a central role to his revolt in the early fifteenth-century. A historian is now questioning where the battle took place, and even if the encounter took place at all.

New Project to look at Medieval Miracles in the British Isles

Miracle from the Life of St. Cuthbert

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have started creating an online database to categorize the miracles found in saints’ lives that were written in Britain and Ireland between 500 and 1300.

When was Offa’s Dyke built?

when was offas dyke built

Historians have long believed that Offa’s Dyke was built in the late eighth-century, but new evidence suggests it might be 200 years older.

The Augustinian Canons in England and Wales: Architecture, Archaeology and Liturgy 1100-1540

Augustinian - Canons Regular

The Augustinian canons remain very much the Cinderellas of British medieval monastic history.

The derivation of the date of the Badon entry in the Annales Cambriae from Bede and Gildas

Battle of Badon

The battle of Badon [Bellum Badonis], in which Arthur carried the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ for three days and three nights on his shoulders and the Britons were victorious.

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