An Englishman’s castle?

How well do you know your Welsh castles?   I’ve devised a fun quiz for you!    (Scroll down for the answer).

Ruling from 1239 to 1307, Edward I of England was known as ‘the Hammer of the Scots’, and he wasn’t particularly pleasant to the Welsh, either.   In Wales, Edward constructed an ‘iron ring’ of castles designed to subdue a country loyal to its native Welsh princes, a line which ended with Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, otherwise known as Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf, (‘Llywelyn our last leader’).

Answer:    The two castles not built by Edward I are Castell y Bere and Dolwyddelan.  Both are believed to have been constructed by Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great). 
Pictured above is Caernarfon Castle.  Photo via Wikimedia (credit Russavia)
You can find out more about the castles of Wales on the website of CADW.


  1. My guesses were a complete stab in the dark, but I’m looking forward to seeing if I got either of them right by pure fluke!

  2. He reigned for 35 years and with all that oppression and construction he was so fond of he must have been a busy man! (I think your history quiz is a really good idea.)

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