January 29, 2014

KING ARTHUR, HIS KNIGHTS & THAT ROUND TABLE ...


Linked to Scenic Weekends,Shadow Shot Sunday,Straight out of the Camera Sunday,Our Beautiful World,I heart Macro,Macro Monday,Monday Mellow Yellows,Blue Monday,Ruby Tuesday and Alphabe-Thursday where *K* is for
 *K*ing Arthur, Jane Austen & other denizens of Hampshire ...

Hampshire, a county on the south coast of the UK, has at its heart the county town of Winchester, the former capital city of England.

It has a number of points of interest (apart from being the setting of my latest thriller, Retribution (here and in sidebar opposite!) in particular:

The Great Hall & King Arthur’s Round Table (detail above & below inside The Great Hall)
 
The Great Hall, “one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century”, contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle. The Castle was originally constructed for William the Conqueror in 1067 to help secure his hold on the city after the Norman Conquest. It housed important aspects of government such as the Treasury and the Exchequer.

Whilst Lancelot and Guinevere were canoodling just good friends in Camelot, Cornwall (don't believe everything you read in medieval tabloids!), Arthur was secretly cavorting and playing away from home busy with his Knights of the Round Table here in Winchester.  





According to legend, the Round Table (inscribed with their names) is the the one around which King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table met, and famous for centuries for its associations with the legendary 'Once and Future King'. As its name suggests, it has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status.


 Winchester Cathedral

God Begot House, Winchester

Highclere Castle – location of TV’s Downton Abbey

St Catherine’s Hill – an early Iron Age hillfort

HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson’s flagship (Portsmouth)

Jane Austen’s house/ museum

Ruins like: King Johns’ Castle, Odiham

Lots of thatched cottages like this one in Wherwell

Attractive villages like Hurstbourne Priors

And bluebells at dawn as here in Micheldever Woods

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Enjoy!

NORA & LOLA:)


46 comments:

New Jersey Memories said...

What beautiful photos! I want to visit England so much.

Karen S. said...

Oh what fun it was to ride this exciting K adventure! No jet lag either. Excellent photos and story as well.

Maria Kristina Maano said...

Hi Nora & Lola,

I feel bad I missed these places when I visited the UK...

I went to Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh but I really wish I can go back for these!

Cheers,
Maria

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful tour of amazing buildings! Your pictures are wonderful.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I always learn so much here...

Carol L McKenna said...

Lovely photo tour ~ thanks,

carol, ^_^
www.acreativeharbor.com

fredamans said...

I have a new-found love for Downton Abbey!!

bettyl-NZ said...

I have a long-time love affair with medieval England. Love your photos and all the info!

edenhills said...

I've always enjoyed the King Arthur tales. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful pictures. I'm sure I'll never get there to see them for myself.

Eva said...

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Sue said...

Loved this, as I have always been fascinated by King Arthur.

=)

Melody Harrison said...

Oh! I love this, Nora! I will bookmark this for future reference. Hugs to you and Lola.

Have a lovely weekend.

Melody xoxo

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the tour! Next best thing to being there.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I really like the ruins of King John's Castle.

Shadowy Stream

EG CameraGirl said...

So charming!

genie said...

All those years I was taking 8th graders to London and England, I was teaching King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable a la nauseum. LOVED your post and all the photos and especially the ones of places I had been in the past. I adore all of you UK bloggers and also the ones from Scotland. I do not seem to find many Irish.

BLOGitse said...

Thanks for the tour!
Lola rocks! :)
BLOGitse

BLOGitse said...

Thanks for the tour.
Lola rocks! :)
BLOGitse

Angie said...

Great bunch of shots, thanks.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the bluebell wood

Milagros C. Rivera said...

Wow a truly fantastic post, thanks for sharing it with us at Our Beautiful World!

DeniseinVA said...

It is lovely to see all these beautiful photos from my homeland, and so interesting with the history. I have enjoyed it very much and Lola is beautiful too, a sweet pup! Thanks so much for visiting me. I have enjoyed taking a look at your wonderful blog.

Ileana said...

All pictures are beautiful! Good post1
Have a nice week!

Wandering Wren said...

Just stopping by for Blue Monday to admire that amazing bluebell forest with the sun twinkling between the trees...
Wren x

Laura said...

BEautiful views and a plethora of info, thanks Nora! And thank you for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro too:-)

SmilingSally said...

Hello Lola,

We twice visited England; what a gorgeous country, rich with history!

Thanks for sharing these interesting blues.

Happy Blue Monday!

Gillena Cox said...

i'm a fan of Camelot stories and movies; this is quite interesting

Have a nice Monday

much love...

Rhondi said...

I love visiting England, so much history. One time there we visited Tintagel Castle, the supposed castle of King Arthur!

Jim said...

Impressive post.

jeannettestgermain said...

Hubby loves these books - gotto show it to him! Great photos:)

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Wonderful post! There is so much history here and breathtaking views!

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful tour. I've always been fascinated by the Arthurian legend.

Lee Ann L. said...

I think my mother would have loved this. She was a fanatic of all things Britain and UK.

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Great tour. Beautiful views and story!

LV said...

Thank you for this very informative lesson in history.

LV said...

Thank you for this very informative lesson in history.

RamblingRound said...

Guess I am going to have to tune in to Downton Abbey!

Joy H said...

Great post, love the photos!

Christian WeiƟ said...

Wow, mystical areas and beautiful photos.

Ralph said...

Were Lancelot and Guinevere merely friends and acquaintances? Inquiring minds wonder...Castles and thatched roofs are what I think of regarding olde England. The lawns are so lovely, like emeralds in their resplendent green...much classier in its old style than we see. The southwest is beautiful!

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

A beautiful part of England that I haven't been able to visit. Love all the photos you shared. Visiting through Mellow Yellow Mondays, have a blessed week!

Tanya Breese said...

what an interesting post this was!!

Lady Lilith said...

The photographs are amazing. Thanks for sharing them.

Jenny said...

I'm all for the shameless self-promotion... Keep it coming!

This post was filled with all different kinds of interesting information!

The photograph of Admiral Nelson's flagship is my favorite.

Thanks for linking to the letter "K".

A+

Wendy AppleApricot said...

How beautiful those historic buildings and the gorgeous flower-tapestry in the woods... Thank you for joining us at OBW :-)

Milagros C. Rivera said...

Amazing post Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Our Beautiful World!