There is something deeply evocative about castles. Perhaps it is the sense of drama one gets just from a wall
Thornbury Castle is one of those places. BTW, you can overnightt here. What an idea, by jove! And the food aint too bad neither!
In fact, these walls were not built for the traditional reason – dlefense – they were part of the early tudor style. It was the idea of the third Duke of Buckingham, who wanted to upgrade the manor house that had sat there since 930.
Sadly, the duke ran afoul of Henry VIII who had him beheaded. It was said that Buckingham was one of the few aristocrats that Henry VIII had executed who were actually guilty. Of what? Conspiring to take the throne, of course. Henry then moved in for a time with Anne Boleyn. After the civil war things went south until the…
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