Inspiration – Castles

My stories take place mostly in fantasy lands, but here are six castles that have inspired portions of settings in my stories.

MalborkCastlebyLimoncello841160_-medMalbork Castle, Poland, was founded in 1274. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress, and is the world’s largest brick gothic castle.

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Warwick Castle, England, was built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Originally a wooden motte-and-bailey, it was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century.

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The Château de Chenonceau, France, is mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance architecture.

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The site of the Alcázar of Segovia, Spain, dates back to Roman times. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy.

scottishlocationsbylucasem816187-medEilean Donan is a small island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. The original castle was built in 1220 for Alexander II as a defense against the Vikings.

CastleCarcassonnebymichi20046248-medCarcassonne is a fortified French town. The main part of the lower courses of the northern ramparts dates from Gallo-Roman times.

Photos:
Malbork: Magda Prokopowicz
Warwick: Sheep purple, CC By
Chenonceau: Magda Zych
Alcazar: Juan Carlos Rodríguez
Eilean Donan: luca zaninoni
Carcassonne: Michael Zimmermann

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