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Prospect of Castle Cornet

Prospect of Castle Cornet

Artist: Bastide

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Ktop LV

Item number: 67.a

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on of the Channel Islands. The castle is situated on a rock in the sea- it was only joined to the main land in the 1860s- which meant that it was out of range of weapons used by the enemy on the shores of the island and was for long periods of time the castle was not controlled by the powers that ruled the island but rather by those who had naval supremacy. The Channel islands were of great strategic importance and the castle was built in the early 13th century to help defend Guernsey after King John relinquished Normandy in 1204. The castle complex includes a Citadel, two towers, a barbican, and a battery.

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