Bury St Edmunds Abbey ruins, Suffolk, England, UK. In 1214, the Archbishop of Canterbury and 25 barons swore at the high altar that they would make King John sign the charter that would become Magna Carta. He signed it (under protest) at Runnymede the following year. The top and bottom photos show the high altar where the barons made their vow; the middle engravings mark the spot and list the 25 barons. The town’s motto is “Shrine of a King; Cradle of the Law”.
Corfe Castle, Corfe Mullen, Dorset. Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.
The Pre-Raphaelite paintings of King Arthur, the Arthurian Legends, and the Lady of Shalott
The Lady of Shalott is based on the story of Elaine who in other stories was the unloved wife of Lancelot and the mother of Galahad. She is also called the Donna di Scalotta which was the Italian memory of her name Scota or Scotia. She is also remembered as Elaine of Astolat or Ascolat as well as Elaine of Corbenic, Elaine the White and Elaine the Fair. She is also associated with the Lady of the Lake in some legends and in others she is called the Grail Maiden or Grail bearer."
England’s missing monarchs: Richard III may have been found but
Henry IV (reigned 1399–1413). He was born at Bolingbroke Castle, hence his other name, Henry of Bolingbroke. His father, John of Gaunt, was the third son of Edward III, and enjoyed a position of considerable influence during much of the reign of Henry's cousin Richard II, whom Henry eventually deposed. Henry's mother was Blanche, heiress to the considerable Lancaster estates, thus he became the first King of England from the Lancaster branch of the Plantagenets.