Romance of Ashby-de-La-Zouch Castle
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1902 Original Publisher: Cornish Brothers, Ltd. Subjects: Architecture / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: THE BUILDER OP THE CASTLE. CHAPTER I. A. d. 1460-1485. OUR first acquaintance with the Castle introduces to our notice a great personage of the declining mediaeval age, a man who largely held the fortunes of England in his mailed hand. We recall the dark and barbarous epoch of the Wars of the Roses, when the candle of the ancient chivalry had almost flickered out, and the bloody dynastic quarrel of the rival houses of Lancaster and York convulsed the realm of England. The story of the first baron dates backward to the root period of that horrible dispute, reanimating such old world characters as saintly Henry, vindictive Margaret, heroic young Edward of Lancaster, and the ambitious Duke of York. KIKBY MUXLOE. A curious interest centres in the ruins of the ancient brick castle of Kirby Muxloe, more real than the unsupported tradition that Jane Shore once languished therein, a prisoner of love, and pining for the society of London. The time-worn walls still invite the passing interest of the traveller, chiefly because their substance is of unusual bricks. In the rude days of the early 15th century a fortress stood upon their site, thit passed by inheritance to a retainer and knight of the House of York, Sir Leonard Hastings, and in which he established his home. Little is known of Sir Leonard but this, that nature endowed him with an aspiring ambition. He boasted a lineal descent from William Hastings, a steward of Henry II., and through him from Norman progenitors. By dint of hard blows and unflinching fidelity to his Lord...
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