Queen of Castles, Castle of Queens
ISBN: 978 1 78551 012 0
Size: 210 x 220 mm / 8.25 x 8.75 in.
In association with: Leeds Castle
Date published: April, 2009
UK £10 /US $
- Informed text traces the castle’s story, from Norman stronghold and royal palace to elaborate 1920s private home
- Superb colour photography illuminates a fascinating story
- Revised edition issued in 2015 with a new cover
Listed in Domesday Book as a Saxon manor, Leeds Castle in Kent has played many roles in the intervening centuries. It has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th-century playground and retreat for the influential and famous; and finally, in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. This guidebook, illustrated with a selection of stunning colour photography, traces the castle’s long link with the English Crown, which placed it in the forefront of national politics, and celebrates the extraordinary beauty of one of England’s best loved historic homes.
This superb and substantial guidebook has been revised and updated with a new cover for 2015.