Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fantasy Dreams - Castles

This one is for Anne. It's a bit more about Rochester Castle. There were two sieges:

"In 1215, garrisoned by rebel barons, the castle endured an epic siege by King John. Having first undermined the outer wall, John used the fat of 40 pigs to fire a mine under the keep, bringing its southern corner crashing down. Even then the defenders held on, until they were eventually starved out after resisting for two months."

"The royal court frequently visited the castle in the mid-13th century, but during a further siege in 1264, by Earl Simon de Montfort and barons rebelling against the king, the king’s hall and other bailey buildings were burned. The rebels captured the bailey but were unable to take the keep, and were eventually driven off by royal reinforcements. Soon after, however, the garrison was forced to surrender after a royal army was defeated in battle at Lewes."

There's some amazing pictures at

I particularly liked this one.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! Knowing more about a castle's history does make more interesting. It's not just a building when I know some events that happened there. {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin