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Corfe Castle f.128

Corfe Castle f.128

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.128

Length: 18.9

Width: 26.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This is a south-east view of the imposing castle ruins taken from the bridge at the foot of the town. The Parliamentarians ordered the castle's destruction in 1646 after the English Civil War considering it a bastion of Royalist sympathies. Indeed , Corfe had a long and bloody relationship with the Monarchy throughout the centuries and countless intrigues took place within its walls. It was here that the teenage King Edward was murdered by his step-mother's henchmen in 975, and where in the 13th century King John (the notorious Monarch of Robin Hood times), used the castle as a storehouse for his treasures and political prisoners.

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