The 1215 siege of Rochester Castle

Rex iterum refectis copiis armatorum, V idus Octobris (Sunday, 11 October 1215), die Dominica, Roffensem civitatem improvisus occupavit et ingressus castellum obsedit, machinis multimodis obsessos infestans. Erant autem in castello praecipui Willelmus de Albegni, et Reginaldus de Cornhulle, Willelmus de Amesforde, et alii plures nobiles cum plus quam centum militibus et servientibus, ac balistariis stenuisContinue reading “The 1215 siege of Rochester Castle”

The King and his castle: how Henry II rebuilt his reputation

taken from the BBC History magazine Henry II spent vast sums making Dover Castle the mightiest fortress in the land. Yet, as┬áJohn Gillinghamargues, he did so not to protect his realm but to save face following the murder of Thomas Becket On the evening of the fifth day of Christmas 1170, as the monks ofContinue reading “The King and his castle: how Henry II rebuilt his reputation”