[Kenilworth Castle.] 21.[The Castle was built in 1122 by Geoffrey de Clinton, Chamberlain to Henry I. In the reign of King John, the Castle reverted to the Crown, the King paid several visits to it and he is believed to have constructed Lunn's Tower in the western corner. The Castle played an important part in the history of this country, and is associated with Simon de Montfort, the father of the British Parliament, and with Queen Elizabeth who was sumptuously entertained there by her favourite, Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. These entertainments were of times most fantastic and extravegant, and one costing Leicester £1,000 a day is reported to have lasted seventeen days. Sir Walter Scott has made Kenilworth almost as famour as Shakespeare did Stratford. It is thought likely that Shakespeare when a boy may have travelled to Kenilworth to see some of the gorgeous entertainments given by the Earl of Leiciester, and that in "Midsummer Night's Dream" he re-produced his youthful impressions.]
[n.d. c.1920.] Copyright. F. & M. Ltd., Bedford, Eng.
Etching. 257 x 288mm. 10 x 11¼".
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