I ran a poll a couple of weeks ago on favourite castles. Thanks to everyone who voted and thanks to all who put in ‘other’ options. I now have more castles to go and visit. I figure you’ve all had enough time to vote now so here are the results.
I have to say I am quite pleased with this result as Chepstow is one of William Marshal’s castles. Thanks again to everyone who voted and please feel free to let me know if you think there are others that should be on the list. I might do an open poll in a couple of months.
Seeing as it is St Patrick’s Day… The Rock of Cashel, also known as St Patrick’s Rock, is one of Ireland’s most historic and most spectacular sites. It is home to a myriad of history: The 12th century Cormac’s Chapel with truly spectacular surviving wall paintings. The 13th century Cathedral of St Patrick. A very early 12th century round tower. The inhabitants would hide inside if they were raided. They would take all their valuables into the tower and burn the steps. The 15th century Hall of Vicar’s Choral.And the 12th Century Cross of St Patrick. There have been repeated stories that the stone at the bottom of the cross was the inauguration stone of the Kings of Cashel. This is, however, unlikely as it is clear that the base stone matches the rest of the cross. The Rock of Cashel was the ancient home of the Kings of Eóganacht and it was there that, according to tradition, St Patrick baptised the grandsons of the King. According to legend St Patrick accidentally put the point of his crozier through the foot of Óengus, one of the grandsons, but Óengus thought it was part of the ritual so he stayed silent. The Eóganacht lost Cashel to the Dál Cais in the 10th century and in 1101 Muircheartach Ua Briain, King of Cashel gave the Rock to the Church. This succeeded in both confirming his position as a true son of the Church as well as ensuring that the Eóganacht could never reclaim their ancestral home. The Rock of Cashel is a beautiful place that is inextricably linked with St Patrick. There is an immense concentration of history on the one rock. However when I was there, dodging the bus loads of tourists, it is Cormac’s Chapel in particular that truly stood out. The wall paintings are amongst the finest I have seen anywhere. For more information see. http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/media/NEW%20Rock%20of%20Cashel_3.pdf The photos are all mine.
Just a short post. The vatican’s archive allows extremely limited access. This has given rise to significant numbers of conspiracy theories as to what it might contain. The truth is we simply don’t know. Though I doubt the conspiracy theories are correct there is still a fascinating wealth of unknown information there.
Just a very short post. I was wondering what everyone’s favourite castles are. I have listed a few of mine in the poll below, but please feel free to add your own answers or to chose one of mine. Also I’d love to hear some of the reasons in the comments.
For inspiration here are photos of the castles I’ve listed.