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PLAN A- Kenilworth castle We went to Kenilworth castle to explore the question 'A fortress that became a palace' the original purpose of the castle was defence but as time went on it changed into a palace. Throughout this essay I will be showing why this happened. It was an ideal site for a castle to be built high ground and a natural source of water next to it this already gave the castle forms of defence. The original form the castle was a motte and bailey it had many defensive features like Thick walls, these were normally very thick about 6 to 8 foot thick, Arrow loops, crenellation and there aren't any thin walls but there are doors and windows. ...read more.


Stables were added to Kenilworth castle as it changed in to a palace the stable was home to the owners horses the was seen as very fashionable. Dudley also included Leicester's building (this is still present today) and the these features gave a clear view of the change. Kenilworth castle was very useful in displaying the changes from a fortress to a palace the remains gave a clear view of the alterations which made into a palace. The trip organized to Kenilworth castle was very important it showed us some of the features which was added by John of Gaunt and Dudley. Timeline 1120 Kenilworth Castle formed Henry I gave a portion of the Stoneleigh estate to Geoffrey de Clinton his chamberlain. ...read more.


1210 - 1215 Kenilworth Castle defences improved King John spent time and money on the castle at Kenilworth, building outer walls and raising the height of the lake. 1264 Summer Edward moved to Kenilworth Edward (I) was held captive at Wallingford Castle but after an escape attempt he was moved to Kenilworth Castle. 1266 Oct Mise of Kenilworth The rebel barons were given the option by Edward to buy back their properties. Edward was careful not to cause friction between the king and the barons that may have restarted a war. 1361 - 1399 John of Gaunt owns Kenilworth John of Gaunt married Blanche, the daughter of Henry, Duke of Lancaster. Henry owned Kenilworth Castle and when he died (?) John became Duke of Lancaster and took ownership of the castle. Gaunt rebuilt the hall and constructed new grand apartments ...read more.

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