His Majesty King Edward of England, First of that name (r. 1272 – 1307), has had a fairly good press. Biographies of him abound. The large and strong castles which he caused to be built in north Wales stand as very permanent memorials to his uncompromising policy, while his reign stands in sharp contrast to those of his predecessor, the well-meaning but lamprey-obsessed and rather dim Henry III, and of his successor, the hopelessly ineffectual and eventually horribly murdered Edward II. 1,466 more words
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Harlech Castle is located at Harlech, in Gwynedd, North Wales. The mediaeval fortress was constructed by King Edward I towards the end of the thirteenth century, as part of his ‘Iron Ring’ of castles, built around North Wales to subdue and conquer the Welsh. 216 more words
Lichfield, in pre-Conquest times was a great see covering most of Mercia, these days its very much smaller and well worth a visit with its beautiful gospels and carved angel. 499 more words
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In the heart of Sherwood Forest lies the picturesque, yet unassuming, village of King’s Clipstone. Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries one of the very largest royal palaces ever to have graced the Mediaeval landscape stood there.