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Kenilworth Castle Sources Warwickshire is the heart of England and Kenilworth lies at the centre From first when the Clinton family built the castle in 1122 during its colourful history such royals have radically modified the castle as King Henry II appropriated the fortification for the crown and he and his successors King John and King Henry III spent a great deal on improving the defences But now in the 20th Century Kenilworth can be seen as ruins and the most striking feature of the castle has been lost the Great Lake that once surrounded the castle However over the years many different sources of information were created about the castle some depicting Kenilworth castle in some very lavish ways some were entwined with fiction and truth but others were just the bare fact It my task to analyse cross-reference and compare the provenance of 9 sources of information about Kenilworth castle and its intriguing history These sources were created at different time periods so I endeavour to decipher who wrote the sources when they were created why the sources were created and what evidence about the castle are the sources based on The First source was an introduction to a guide book written for English Heritage by Dr M W Thompson Ma PhD FSA You can tell from the letter after his name and the way he describes the Kenilworth castle that he is an educated person and a most probably is a specialist in History Kenilworth castle is one of the finest and most extensive ruins in Englandwithin the encircling walls built by King John are the remains of John of Gaunts Great Hall As you can see from the picture above Kenilworth castle does look like an extensive ruin which is mentioned in the source However Dr Thompson also says that Kenilworth castle is the finest ruins in England I very much doubt that he had visited every castle ruin in
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