Imagine all of this under one roof, which it was
Kenilworth Castle is located in the town of the same name in Warwickshire, England. Constructed from Norman through to Tudor times, the castle has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as “the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship”. Kenilworth has also played an important historical role. The castle was the subject of the six-month long Siege of Kenilworth in 1266, believed to be the longest siege in English history, and formed a base for Lancastrian operations in the War of the Roses. Kenilworth was also the scene of the removal of Edward II from the English throne, the French insult to Henry V in 1414 (said by John Strecche to have encouraged the Agincourt campaign), and the Earl of Leicester‘s lavish reception of Elizabeth I in 1575.
Let’s face it, Gloucester cathedral is a beautiful and historic place to visit, which thousands do, and unlike some other cathedrals non flash photography is allowed in here which means this peace of religious history is very well documented.
There is a vast amount of info online about the cathedral and of course the stained glass windows that are really magnificent so i will only share some with you that has not been covered as extensively for whatever reason.
“I must admit that i havent seen glass painted like this anywhere else, a bit of a modern futuristic feel in my uninformed mind”
At the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, the monastery was not thriving and in 1072 King William I appointed Serlo, a monk from Mont St Michel in Normandy to be its Abbot. An energetic, charismatic and devout man, Serlo built up the wealth of the monastery to the point where in 1089 he was able to start building the magnificent abbey church which so impresses the visitor today…http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/index.php?page=history
The story begins with Duke William of Normandy. After the defeat of Harold at the battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066, William marched with his army through southern England, pillaging as he went. Crossing the Thames at Wallingford, he reached Berkhamsted. Here he was met by Archbishop Ealdred, the Bishops of Worcester and Hereford, Earls Eadwin and Morcar, and the chief men of London, who swore allegiance to him, and offered him the crown.William proceeded to London where he was crowned king on Christmas Day 1066…. http://www.berkhamsted-castle.org.uk/