Our Native Land, Its Scenery and Associations Volume 1-5
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...in truth," says a sympathetic writer, " a palace worthy of our Monarchs, rising proudly on a steep which commands prospects unrivalled on all sides." Says Mr. Thorne: --" Seated on an eminence which overlooks the broad valley of the Thames, with the town at its base, the massive proportions of the Castle--its proud keep, and long array of turrets, walls, and battlements--display themselves to great advantage, whilst from towers, windows, and terraces stretches far away 'that incomparable prospect, ' as it was designated two centuries ago, which fills every one with wonder and delight when gazed upon for the first time, and which no familiarity renders wearisome." A castle seems to have been planted on this height before the Conquest. William enlarged and strengthened it, confiding the charge of it to William Fitz-Other, first "Constable of Windsor Castle." It was inhabited by William Rufus, who at one time imprisoned here the Earl of Northumberland and his partisans on a charge of treason. In 1106, Henry I. held his court at Windsor, and received not only his English barons, but those of Normandy. Here, in 1122, he married Adeleis, or Alice of Louvain; and here, four years later, assembled the Great Courfcil which nominated his daughter, the Empress Matilda, as his successor. The first to take the oath of fealty was David, King of Scotland. He was followed by Stephen, Earl of Boulogne, and then by the English Barons in order of precedence, each one pledging himself to maintain his succession. 60 EDWARD THE THIRD AT WINDSOR. Stephen and Henry II., in due course, dwelt beneath its roof; and the latter, in his unhappy old age, when his sons had rebelled against him, caused to be painted on the walls of his...
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