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Keep of Cardiffe Castle

Keep of Cardiffe Castle

Artist: Spurgeon, I. P.

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 9.d

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the Keep of Cardiff Castle. The castle was built by the Norman Robert FitzHamon in c.1091. During the 12th century the defensive value of reinforcing fortresses with stone was realised and the construction of a shell keep inside the castle complex was ordered. Situated on a motte from an earlier fortification, the keep stands 40 feet higher than the surrounding structures and is the largest keep in Wales. It has twelve sides and was very strong. Soon after the keep was built it became a prison and Robert, Duke of Normandy was imprisoned there for 28 years until his death in 1134.

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