|Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England, the largest inhabited castle in Britain after Windsor|
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|Small denizens of Hogworts.|
But we had come in search of the medieval Alnwick Castle and there was plenty to see.
|The Percy lion.|
|Main castle within the walls where the duke lives, some rooms open to the public, but no photos allowed.|
|If you wondered how a fire arrow was assembled, here's a description.|
|Everyone owned a comb, some more elaborate than others, and they really did remove grease and lice.|
|I guess they felt so badly in accidentally killing Sammy, they had him taxidermied - there he is in their museum.|
|A beautiful cold-painted bronze statue of Hotspur.|
|Wouldn't want to be in Hotspur's way when he fought.|
After Maud de Lucy's brother, Anthony baron de Lucy, was killed in the Prussian crusade against the pagan Lithuanians in 1368 and her young niece succumbed in 1369, Maud became heiress to the de Lucy barony of Cumberland. When her much-older husband Gilbert, earl of Angus, died in 1381, she married the widowed Henry Percy, first earl of Northumberland. She had no surviving children, but her distinguished Lucy name was so important to her, she conditioned her marriage on the Percy men and their descendants quartering their heraldic lion with her silver fish (lucie was Norman-French for perch, a play on words, you see). She died in 1398, but Hotspur was wearing this quartered coat of arms when he met his death at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 (he and his father were attempting to overthrow Henry IV), as was his father Henry when he was killed in battle against the crown at Bramham Moore, Yorkshire, in 1408.
|Another Percy lion|
The next day we walked past the castle, crossed the Aln River over Lion Bridge, and strolled along the river through what had been the deer park in medieval times. It was a lovely day.
|View of Alnwick Castle from the deer park|