Castles in Lincolnshire
This page Bolingbroke Castle - Somerton Castle
Bolingbroke Castle was the birthplace of Henry IV. During the Civil war a Royalist army besieged Parliamentary defenders for a month before the garrison surrended. Much of the castle is in now in ruins, but there are excellent interpretive panels detailing the history of Bolingbroke.
Built on the orders of William the Conquer, a Magna Carta exhibit and the Prison Chapel reconstruction add extra interest to this marellous medieval fortress. In addition, there are a variety of special events at the castle throughout the summer months.
The ruins of Somerton Castle stand 2 miles from Boothby Graffoe, south of Lincoln. The remains of two towers still stand, surrounded by a moat. One of the towers has been incorporated into an Elizabethan farmhouse.
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This conflict between King John and his most powerful nobles resulted in the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215
King John's failure to live up to the terms of the Magna Carta prompted the nobles to offer the crown to Louis of France
A second conflict with the same name errupted between Simon de Montfort and Henry VI in the late 13th century
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05 March, 1133
Henry Plantagent, later Henry II, is born
Henry's mother is Matilda, daughter of Henry I, his father is Geoffrey, Count of Anjou