Leicester Castle has a fascinating history but so has John of Gaunt. I could write pages about both but I shall limit myself to something a tad more snappy - five facts about John of Gaunt and five facts about Leicester Castle:
Five Facts about John of Gaunt
|Part of a portrait from c.1593|
probably modelled on his tomb effigy.
2. He was the son of Edward III, brother of the Black Prince, Uncle to Richard II and Father of Henry IV.
3. Born in 1340, he was an attractive man and well known as a womaniser.
4. He was not popular with the people and during the Peasants Revolt of 1381 they set fire to his London Savoy Palace residence.
5. Just before his death his son, Henry Bolingbroke, was banished from the country and the trauma may have contributed to his death.
Five Facts about Leicester Castle
1. It was first built as a motte and bailey castle in 1068.
2. The Great Hall, built some time in the1100s, had an impressive timber-beamed structure and was used until recently as Leicester's Crown Court.
3. England's Parliament met in the Great Hall in 1349, 1414 and 1425.
4. Gun holes, punched into the castle's walls during the Civil War when Parliamentarian Leicester was under siege, can still be seen today.
5. John of Gaunt's cellar, a popular feature of the castle, is most likely the remains of an old stone kitchen.