A Concise History and Description of Kenilworth Castle: From Its Foundation to the Present Time

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H. Sharpe, 1825 - 36 pages
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Page 22 - ... which pleased the Queen so much, that she gave them a brace of bucks, and five marks in money, to bear the charges of a feast. Likewise on the pool there was a Triton riding on a mermaid, eighteen feet long ; as also Arion on a dolphin, and rare music. The costs and expenses of these entertainments may be guessed at by the quantity of beer then drank, which amounted to three hundred and twenty hogsheads of the ordinary fort; and, for the greater honour thereof, Sir Thomas Cecil, son and heir...
Page 21 - Hocks-Tuesday, setting forth the destruction of the Danes in King Ethelred's time ; with which the queen was so pleased, that she gave them a brace of bucks, and five marks in money, to bear the charges of a feast.
Page 20 - July, 1575, and was surprised at her entrance with the sight of a floating island on the large pool there, bright blazing with torches, on which were clad in silks the Lady of the Lake and two nymphs waiting on her, who made a speech to the Queen, in metre, of the antiquity and owners of that castle, which was closed with cornets and other music.
Page 20 - Silvanus; sundry rare fruits, by Pomona; of corn, by Ceres; of wine, by Bacchus; of sea-fish, by Neptune ; of all the habiliments of war by Mars; and of musical instruments, by Apollo.
Page 26 - Wood, with fifteen several coppices lying altogether, containing seven hundred and eighty-nine acres within the same ; which, in the Earl of Leicester's time, were stored with red deer, since which the deer have strayed, but the ground is in no sort blemished, having great store of timber and other trees of much value upon the same. " 7th. There runneth through the same grounds, by the walls of the castle, a fair pool, containing one hundred and eleven acres, well stored with fish and wild fowl :...
Page 13 - Sagar is a fine sheet of clear water, about half a mile long and a quarter of a mile broad.
Page 40 - In 1657 these petty lords, attended by some of the inhabitants of the parish, took a survey and gave in an estimate of all the lands within the liberties of the said manor, and in the following year, on the fourteenth of June, made their perambulation and went their procession round the bounds of the parish.
Page 25 - The rooms of great state within the same ; and such as are able to receive his Majesty, the Queen, and Prince, at one time : built with as much uniformity and conveniency as any houses of later times; and with such stately cellars, all carried upon pillars, and architecture of free-stone, carved and wrought, as the like are not within this kingdom ; and also all other houses...
Page 27 - The circuit of the castle, manors, parks, and chase, lying round together, contain at least nineteen or twenty miles, in a pleasant country; the like both for strength, state, and pleasure, not being within the realm of England.
Page 19 - Here, in July 1575, having completed all things for her reception, Lord Leicester entertained Queen Elizabeth for the space of seventeen days, with excessive cost, and a variety of delightful shews, as may be seen at large in a special discourse then printed, and entitled " The Princely Pleasures of Kenilworth Castle.

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