Constructed around 914AD on the orders of Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, Warwick Castle was at first only an earthen rampart on top of a hill built to protect the citizens of Warwick from Danish invaders. Over the centuries, several additions were made to strengthen the defenses and update the fortification.
- 914 – Earthen rampart constructed by Ethelfleda
- 1068 – William the Conqueror constructs a motte & bailey castle
- 1088 – Henry de Beaumont becomes the1st Earl of Warwick
- 1242 – The castle estate passes from Thomas (the last de Beaumont Earl of Warwick)to his sister, Margaret, and her husband John Du Plessis
- 1260 – Stone is used in the castle construction in place of wood
- 1264 – Simon de Montfort, the Earl of Leicester, and his rebel forces attack the castle during the Baron’s War
- 1268 – On the death of William Mauduit, the castle passes to Mauduit’s nephew William de Beauchamp
- 1312 – Piers Gaveston is tried and and sentenced to death for treason
- 1395 – Guy’s Tower is completed
- 1431 – Richard de Beauchamp, the Earl of Warwick, supervises the trial of Joan of Arc
- 1445 – Henry de Beauchamp appointed as the first (and last) Duke of Warwick by King Henry VI
- 1449 – Richard Neville, husband of Henry de Beauchamp’s sister, becomes the next Earl of Warwick. During his time as Earl, Richard managed to depose both Henry VI and Edward IV, effectively earning himself the title of “Kingmaker”
- 1471 – Richard Neville dies as the Battle of Barnet
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