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Warwick Castle f.12

Warwick Castle f.12

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f.12

Length: 18.4

Width: 25.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

William the Conqueror built a timber structure on this site in 1068. Soon after that it became the seat of the Earls of Warwick. Since the earldom was inherited through the female line, the castle was occupied by several families. In 1604, James I presented Warwick to Sir Fulke Greville. By this time the castle had fallen into rather a dilapidated state. Sir Greville then proceeded to strengthen and modernise his new home, making it ready in 1617 to accommodate James I who was in retreat from enemy troops who wished to topple him from the throne.

Sir Greville met an untimely death in 1628 when he was murdered by his servant, Ralph Haywood. When Greville made his will, Haywood believed his master had cheated him out of his just reward for all his years of loyalty. There was a violent confrontation between the two men. Haywood then produced a knife and stabbed Greville. He then turned the knife on himself and died almost instantly. Greville managed to cling to life for nearly a month before infections from his wound finally killed him.

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