Isabella inherited the estates of her husband, William de Fortibus in 1260 at the age of 23. Two years later her brother, Baldwin de Redvers, died and she inherited his lands in the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Devon. This meant that by her 26th birthday she had become one of the great landowners in England of her day. It was unusual at that time for a woman to hold such great power and in order to maintain and enforce her rights Isabella became fiercely litigious. Many or her records…
Inside Gaudi's 'La Sagrada Familia' in Barcelona. Thought Pugin's gem of a church in Cheadle would be top of my church list, but having just been taken to Barcelona for my birthday celebration, this has to top the list by far!
20 of the Most Beautiful Fairytale Castles in the World
20 of the most beautiful fairytale castles in the world. You won't even believe some of these are real! These are some of the most beautiful castles from all over the world. Including the best castles in Germany and other parts of Europe. Add them to your Europe bucket list and enjoy summer travel bliss.