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Here's another from the Great Tower at Dover Castle.
When Henry II built his Great Tower keep at Dover Castle in the 12th century, he was as mindful of its position as a symbol of power as its function as a strategic defence against enemies and invaders. With his eyes focussed uneasily on the steady stream of Medieval tourists on their way to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket, he created a splendid Royal Court within the castle walls, representing an unequivocal and majestic emblem of his authority and wealth.
Now the huge interior of the keep at Dover Castle has undergone a major transformation by English Heritage, restoring the splendour of Henry's court for a new generation of tourists, albeit ones with less pious ambitions. The developments have been informed by new research by Professor John Gillingham, who believes that the spectre of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered in 1170 by four of the King's knights, was the main reason for the King building this impressive icon at Dover.
Thank you for your time and as always, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah J x
PS here's a link to the Time Team Special on the Restoration of the Great Tower at Dover Time Team Special
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