Beauties of Antiquity ; Or, Remnants of Feudal Splendor and Monastic Times

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Page 10 - Winchester, obtained the restoration of this estate in 1610, to be applied to the purposes for which it was originally instituted. Camden says, the history of the Prophets, Apostles, and Disciples of Christ was very curiously described, with their several portraits upon the roof; and that Lord Sandes, the founder, was buried here. The ruins of the Holy Ghost Chapel are situated on a hill northward of the town; it was chiefly built with brick, but faced with stone; at the south-west angle is an hexagonal...
Page 15 - Its form is oblong, placed on all parts on the verge of the precipitous rock. One side is bounded by the river; another by a creek full of water at every tide, and most beautifully shaded by hanging woods ; the other two sides, face the town. Within are two courts; and, on the outside, project eight vast towers, each with a slender one, of amazing elegance, issuing from its top, within which had been a winding staircase.
Page 28 - Richard engaged to save his life, by interceding with his cruel master, Edward IV. The king at first refused his request; when Herbert told him plainly, that his highness might take his life, instead of that of the Welsh captain; or that he would assuredly replace Dafydd in the castle, and the king might send whom he pleased to take him out again.
Page 77 - This castle, once the seat of the Somersets, came into " that noble family, with the title of Lord Herbert, in " the reign of King Henry VII. by Charles Somerset's " marrying the daughter and heiress of William Herbert, " Earl of Huntingdon. Henry Somerset, Earl of Wor" cester (and afterwards Marquis), held out this castle in " a gallant and remarkable manner for King Charles I.; " for which, and other great services, as well as on " account of this family being descended from King " Edward III....
Page 28 - Merionethshire ; the captain of this place had been a soldier in the wars of France, whereupon he said he had kept a castle in France so long, that he made the old women in Wales talk of him ; and that he would keep the castle so long that he would make the old women in France talk of him...
Page 28 - Lancaster, distinguished for his valour and great stature. He was besieged here by William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, after a march through the heart of our Alps, attended with incredible difficulties ; for in some parts, the soldiers were obliged to climb ; in others, to precipitate themselves down the rocks ; and, at length, invested a place till that time deemed impregnable.
Page 32 - Norfolk. A fine tower, belonging to the transept, is seen to great advantage from a square area, leading to the apartments of the convent, now an orchard. The order of this abbey was that of Premonstratensian canons. ' Before the erection of the new abbey, viz. in the 6 Edward II. AD 1312, the abbot obtained a charter for a market and fair here, but both have been long disused.
Page 5 - CASTLE, CUMBERLAND. IT is uncertain when, or by whom, this castle was built, but it does not appear to have been of remote antiquity ; it was inclosed with a ditch, and was of a square form, but of no great dimensions, though according to Leland, it was, " A strong castel of the kinges." Camden mentions this castle's being repaired during the reign of Henry VI. Nothing worthy of remark occurs in history respecting this place, until it was inhabited by Richard III. who when Duke of Gloucester, that...
Page 26 - Ely-Tower," so named from Dr Morton, bishop of Ely, who was confined here by Richard III., and the scene of the conference of the bishop with the Duke of Buckingham : the scanty remains of the priory founded in the reign of Henry I.
Page 51 - Rieval, or Rivaulx Abbey, the first of the Cistertian order in Yorkshire, was founded in 1131, or the following year, by Walter Espec, a great man in the court of King Henry I. This Walter, having lost his son and heir, (who, by a fall from his horse, broke his neck,) built and endowed three monasteries; viz. Rieval and Kirkham, in Yorkshire, and Wardon, in Bedfordshire. • Many were the benefactors, and large the possessions, of this abbey; and Pope Alexander III. by his bull, dated 1140, confirmed...

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