Those of you that have read The Crimson Castle will have seen in my byword that the nefarious Lord Tibald's Etone Castle was loosely based on Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. I thought it would be fun to share a few images of the castle with you and explain a little of its history so you can get a feel for what it was like when The Crimson Castle was set.
|The Norman Keep at Kenilworth|
Kenilworth Castle is most well known for being the home of Robert Dudley, Elizabeth 1's great love, and he created a grand castle here to impress her.
However, at the time The Crimson Castle was set (late 1100's) it would have been a square Norman keep, having been converted from a motte and bailey castle a few decades before.
Kenilworth was actually a very small settlement, unlike Lord Tibald's demesne, and it's not really understood why such a grand castle was built there.
If you'd like to learn a little more about the history of the castle then take a look at the English Heritage website.
*Photos courtesy of Kenilworth Castle, by Derek Benn