Leeds Castle Across the Moat

Chris Lord

New York, United States

Artist's Description

Another take on the frequently photographed Leeds Castle in Kent, UK

The history of Leeds Castle England can be traced to the ninth century, when a Saxon lord built a manor on one of the islands on the River Len. A Norman nobleman, Robert de Crevecoeur, began constructing the stone structure in 1119. The castle came into the hands of the English monarchy in 1278. King Edward I and his wife, Eleanor of Castille, made many additions to Leeds Castle, giving it much of its present-day appearance. For the next three centuries in the history of Leeds Castle, this romantic fortress was a home to many medieval queens of England.
The most famous resident in the history of Leeds Castle was King Henry VIII, who made further additions to the structure, converting it from a fortress to a royal palace for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. In the more recent history of Leeds Castle, the grounds were used to host a meeting between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan in 1978.


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