Intressant inlägg om slott i Wales, med flera fina bilder. Jag har själv besökt Beaumaris och Caernarfon 1999, skulle vara trevligt att se andra också. Nu får jag lust att plocka fram mina egna bilder, även om de är dåligt inscannade, hade ju ingen digitalkamera på den tiden…

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England’s monarchy has long been associated with the territory of Wales. From Edward of Caernarfon, the first heir presumptive to be named Prince of Wales in 1301, to Elizabeth II’s son Charles, who assumed the title in 1958, it has been portrayed as a indispensable part of the royal inheritance. Such claims, however, were only made possible by the conquest of Wales and the death, in 1282, of the last native prince of Wales–Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. These events drew to a close with the appropriation of the princely title, but not before their main architect–King Edward I–left his indelible mark upon the Welsh landscape.

Throughout the northwest corner of Wales known as the Kingdom of Gwynedd (now Snowdonia) Edward built a series of castles unlike anything seen in the country until that time. Raised between 1283 and ca. 1300, the fortresses at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris, and Caernarfon(to name only the most spectacular)…

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