A long time ago, I read a book
called Katherine, by Anya Seton. The main characters spent a lot
of time at Kenilworth Castle, and I'd always wanted to visit.
I was in England for a week in 1997 (before I drank all the beer
in Germany). We hopped the bus at Victoria Station and went north.
It's a beautiful place, and I'm glad I finally got to see it.
It's built from the most beautiful red sandstone, native to the
area. King John owned it, the Mortimers owned it, John of Gaunt
owned it, and Elizabeth I's favorite Dudley owned it. It has quite
The Great Hall. It originally
had a floor and the foodservice area was underneath the Hall,
so the diners would get their food while it was still warm.
One of the doorways into the
The old Norman Keep.
One of the gates -- there's a
fireplace back there. Maybe the guards kept supper on?
Oliver Cromwell had the castle
dynamited and shot with cannon. He thought it was too close to
London and Royalists might use it as a defensive stronghold from
which to launch attacks on him. This was obviously a pretty castle
and I don't think much of ol' Ollie for beating it down.