Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Seriously Haunted Medieval Castle

A popular section on our Medieval Castles website is the one about haunted castles. Let's face it, a castle built in the medieval period will have seen centuries of human activity - from births to marriages and deaths plus a whole host of things in between. Such a degree of human existence must leave a mark of some kind which perhaps explains why ghosts or so called 'paranormal phenomenon' have been witnessed and reported in and around medieval castles.

One of the most intriguing and exciting accounts of a haunted castle has to be one about haunted Carlisle Castle in England which we recently published on our website. Contributed by a member of the public, the writer requested anonymity for fear they would receive comments of ridicule from those seeking to discredit 'paranormal' activity. We have respected their request because we believe their story is genuine and wanted to share it with the large number of people out there who are interested in reading 'ghost stories'. Whether you believe it or not is up to you but it makes for some of the most fascinating reading about a English medieval castle. If nothing else, it may just encourage you to visit Carlisle Castle and see for yourself - with over 900 years of often turbulent history to its name, the atmosphere alone has to be worth the trip!

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Medieval Dungeon Darkness

Say the word 'dungeon' and it conjurs up an instant notion of darkness and fear. Well it should too! Dungeons were an integral part of many medieval castles, particularly those castles built in areas of political and social unrest.

Take Carlisle Castle for example. Located on close to the border of England and Scotland, it has been a target for attack at different times in its turbulent 900 year history - from William Wallace to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite rebellion. It is not surprising, therefore, that when you visit Carlisle Castle, the dungeons at the base of its great keep make a strong and memorable impact upon the mind of the visitor. They are cold, damp and dark; their atmosphere is unique and difficult to convey in words. Suffice it to say, as you stand there absorbing this 'environment', it is easy to imagine the terrible plight of anyone who was imprisoned there. It is no surprise to learn that the medieval dungeon was also known as an oubliette - from the French oublier (to forget) and meaning a place where people were left to be forgotten and eventually die.

Read more about medieval dungeons and view pictures of carlisle castle's dungeons which we took on one very memorable visit.

We also have more about castle keeps.

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