Fountains Abbey is a glorious 12th century Cistercian monastery located 4 miles from the cathedral city of Ripon in North Yorkshire. Whilst disestablished during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1549, much still remains and it is one of the grandest abbey’s in the country. Foundation The first monk’s of Fountains Abbey were originally Benedictine… Read More Echos of the Past at Fountains Abbey
Bolton Castle is situated in the Yorkshire Dales 54 miles to the north west of York. Permission for the castle to be built was given by Richard II, and it was complete by 1399. (I wrote more about it’s history here) Quadrangular in design, it was built with defense in mind, and the living quarters… Read More Stories of Bolton Castle Part 2: Mary, Queen of Scots.
Mary, Queen of Scots, portrait at Hatfield House Early Life Mary, Queen of Scots was born at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland on the 8th of December, 1542 and was the only legitimate child of King James V of Scotland, and his wife Mary of Guise. She was the great niece of Henry VIII, and a cousin… Read More A Brief Biography of Mary, Queen of Scots