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Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Detail of floor in main hall - The castle was built by William Forbes, 7th Laird of Tolquhon, between 1584 and 1589 as an extension to the earlier tower house known as Preston's Tower. Although ruined, the castle has been described as "the most characteristic château of the Scots Renaissance"..

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Detail of floor in main hall - The castle was built by William Forbes, 7th Laird of Tolquhon, between 1584 and 1589 as an extension to the earlier tower house known as Preston's Tower. Although ruined, the castle has been described as "the most characteristic château of the Scots Renaissance"..

Tolquhon Castle, Scotland - Main hall from above with surrounding countryside

Tolquhon Castle, Scotland - Main hall from above with surrounding countryside

Tarves Medieval Tomb, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, tomb of William Forbes, 7th Lord of Tolquhon.

Tarves Medieval Tomb, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, tomb of William Forbes, 7th Lord of Tolquhon.

Castle Rising, Norfolk England. It was built in about 1138 by William d Albini, 1st Earl of Arundel, who also owned Arundal Castle.

Castle Rising, Norfolk England. It was built in about 1138 by William d Albini, 1st Earl of Arundel, who also owned Arundal Castle.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland - Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet.  Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland - Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet. Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.

Castle Rising is a ruined medieval fortification in Norfolk, England. Built around 1140 by William d'Aubigny. It passed into the de Montalt family in 1243, who sold the castle to Queen Isabella, who lived there after her fall from power in 1330. Isabella extended the castle buildings and enjoyed a regal lifestyle, entertaining her son, Edward III, on several occasions. After her death, it was granted to Edward, the Black Prince, to form part of the Duchy of Cornwall.

Castle Rising is a ruined medieval fortification in Norfolk, England. Built around 1140 by William d'Aubigny. It passed into the de Montalt family in 1243, who sold the castle to Queen Isabella, who lived there after her fall from power in 1330. Isabella extended the castle buildings and enjoyed a regal lifestyle, entertaining her son, Edward III, on several occasions. After her death, it was granted to Edward, the Black Prince, to form part of the Duchy of Cornwall.

Vufflens-le-Château - Vaud, Switzerland The castle was built in 1425 on the site of a previous medieval castle by Henri de Colombier. In 1530, it was set on fire by Bernese troops. In 1641 it was acquired by the de Senarclens family. The castle is currently privately owned and cannot be visited.

Vufflens-le-Château - Vaud, Switzerland The castle was built in 1425 on the site of a previous medieval castle by Henri de Colombier. In 1530, it was set on fire by Bernese troops. In 1641 it was acquired by the de Senarclens family. The castle is currently privately owned and cannot be visited.

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