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About this collection

The Castles of Wales Collection brings together primary and secondary source materials regarding castles built by King Edward I of England during the thirteenth century during his subjugation and conquer of the Wales region. Known as the "Iron Ring", these castles played an important role in serving as both administrative centers and defenses for maintaining English control over Wales. Their ruins are among the best preserved medieval castles in Europe. 

This collection is primarily organized as a compilation of images and other media for use in academic and personal research and for those with a specialized interest in Edwardian castles. Although some resources within this collection can be useful for understanding the historical context of these castles, it is important to note that the collection assumes users already have some familiarity with these as well.

This digital library includes images and artwork of four different castles: Conwy Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Harlech Castle, and Rhuddlan Castle. There are also some texts and other materials discussing the history of the Edwardian conquest of Wales between 1273 and 1301.  

 
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