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posted 06-25-2002 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for queen_of_budha   Click Here to Email queen_of_budha     Edit/Delete Message
Hi im 15 and doing Gcse History and i recently went to kenilworth castle, can you tell me how Kenilworth castle changed from being a fortress to a stately home?


posted 06-25-2002 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ipflo   Click Here to Email ipflo     Edit/Delete Message

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In 1364 John of Gaunt, duke of lancaster, started to turn the fortress castle into a palace with the addition of domestic quarters. The Duke greatly improved and enlarged the castle, the centre-piece of his work being the Great Hall.

When John of Gaunt's son, Henry Bolingbroke, became king, his possessions as Duke of Lancaster were united to the crown. Kenilworth therefore remained a royal property without interruption until the reign of Elizabeth I.

In 1563 - the fifth year of her reign - Queen Elizabeth I bestowed Kenilworth castle upon Robert Lord Dudley, her favourite. A year later she titled him Baron of Denbigh and Earl of Leicester. He made extensive additions and alterations to the castle to continue John of Gaunt's transformation of the fortress into a palace. Some of the Norman features were modernised with fashionable Tudor to please Elizabeth. For example, he replaced arrow slits in the Keep with large windows to allow more light into the building.

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i hope this answers your question

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