Power and Architecture

Derek's Grand Adventure

On this trip we looked at architecture that showed power through design, function, and patronage. The first stop was to a true English castle. Kenilworth Castle is located between the cities of Coventry to the north and Warwick to the South. Kenilworh castle was originally built in the 1120’s by Geoffrey de Clinton. Geoffrey was a very trusted member of court to King Henry I and Geoffrey was tasked to built this castle to quell any thoughts of rebellion from the people of Warwick.

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In the 14th C. John of Gaunt, the third son of King Edward III, member of the House of Plantagenet, built his own addition onto the castle. His addition was to serve as a grand residence for himself. Being the third son of a king, John was not likely to become king, so he used his still formidable strength to take ownership of Kenilworth and build…

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