This year’s lecture – Marlborough as a Royal Castle

Free entry

Introducing a new history of Marlborough Mound and Marlborough Castle

Speaker: Dr Richard Barber

In 2022, a new history of Marlborough Mound and Marlborough Castle will be published,
with contributions by experts who have given previous mound lectures. Writing about
the medieval history of the castle is difficult, as historians of the period tell us very little,
and there are almost no remains at all of the castle itself. Instead, we have a mass of
entries in the royal accounts, which have been specially transcribed for the Trust. These
were expected to produce new information about the buildings. Unexpectedly, there is
far more information about the use of the castle by the king in the twelfth and thirteenth
century, so this talk will focus on the activities of king John and particularly of Henry III.

The result is a history of the castle in terms of the people who lived there, rather than
its architecture, which is a highly unusual approach: few other castles have been
portrayed in this way. There are some intriguing scenarios – John assembling his treasure
at Marlborough to compile a list of his wealth, Henry III reshaping the royal chambers
after his marriage to his beloved Eleanor of Provence, the garden he built for her, and
even the fishponds which became a considerable local industry.

For further information, please contact Susanna Lamb 01672 892390