Society & Culture:History
Episode 2: 1278 to 1290 - Eleanor of Castile transforms Leeds Castle into a queenly paradise
It’s the remarkable and often overlooked Eleanor of Castile who’s the star of this episode, not her famously ruthless husband, Edward I. She not only transformed a standard Norman motte and bailey structure into the elegant castle we know today; she brought some much-needed civilisation to the English court and established a precedent for women (ok, queens) to become major property owners in their own right.
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