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  1. Doune Castle - It's not a model

    jake on 2003.09.16
    at 02:42 pm

    Doune CastleThis past weekend I was pointed to the article about Doune Castle in the local paper. Coincidentally I am giving the Collector’s Edition of Holy Grail to my little bro for his birthday. My friends and I growing up made sure he loved all things Python, he actually requested it as a must have. Well after Soul Caliber II.

    I figured this was a good way to christen the image capabilities I recently added. I had a hard time coming up with the first picture to post. Anything relating to Monty Python is a good candidate in my book. It probably has some bugs to work out, but it seems to be functioning fairly well.

    Now, about that article, the most interesting thing to me is the real history behind the castle. It is one the best preserved castles in Scotland. And though it was built a hundred years later it is in a region where people like William Wallace traveled.

    Overlooking a picturesque river just south of the brooding Scottish highlands, Doune Castle is in a region once roamed by Scottish heroes like Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

    The 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge — in which a force led by Wallace defeated the English — took place eight miles southeast of here. A monument at Stirling pays homage to Wallace, long revered in Scotland but little known in the United States until Mel Gibson portrayed him in the movie “Braveheart.”

    Doune Castle is considered the best-preserved medieval castle in Scotland. It was built at the end of the 14th century by Robert Stewart, the first Duke of Albany, whose story is laced with intrigue.

    Of course people wandering around there randomly spouting quotes from the movie is pretty sweet too.


    Image from Talin’s Illustrated Travel Journal

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