Dunstanburgh Castle
Northumberland, England, 2006

Dunstanburgh Castle dates from a violent age, with intermittent war between England and Scotland, and frequent aristocratic feuding. Building was commenced by the Earl of Lancaster in about 1313, but he didn't enjoy his property for long, as he was executed by his cousin, King Edward II. The king was in turn disposed of by his wife Isabella and her lover, Mortimer, who were soon ousted by Edward and Isabella's son, also called Edward. King Edward III was successful in fathering an heir and several spares, but outlived the eldest, Edward, the Black Prince.

Unlike much of Dunstanburgh Castle, the Lilburn Tower, pictured here, survived the Wars of the Roses, fought out between factions claiming the throne for various Plantagenet descendents.

Dunstanburgh Castle