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FLINT CASTLE – CASTELL Y FFLINT

There are not many photos of ruins of ancient neglected castles in my archive and I have rarely used one for a presentation at TE.
For Flint Castle, I want to make an exception and post three photos of this historic place for two reasons.

The first reason is the special combination that has been realized here between the whimsical remains of the castle and a modern attempt to make the castle more attractive for the modern tourist.
An ultramodern staircase has been placed in one of the towers, which leads to a beautiful viewpoint on top of the tower. (at least when the weather is good)
The first two photos show this modern “work of art” that stands out beautifully in this dilapidated environment.

The second reason is the inspiring thought that a scene from one of Shakespeare's famous plays has been situated here in front of the castle.
I have investigated this further for you.
It turns out to be the 3rd scene from the 3rd act of Richard II.

If you look at the 3rd photo with the overview of the castle, you can imagine yourself participating in the next conversation.

ACT 3, SCENE 3. The Life and Death of Richard the Second by Shakespeare
Wales. Before Flint castle.
Enter, with drum and colours, HENRY BOLINGBROKE, DUKE OF YORK, NORTHUMBERLAND, Attendants, and forces

HENRY BOLINGBROKE
So that by this intelligence we learn
The Welshmen are dispersed, and Salisbury
Is gone to meet the king, who lately landed
With some few private friends upon this coast.
NORTHUMBERLAND
The news is very fair and good, my lord:
Richard not far from hence hath hid his head.
DUKE OF YORK
It would beseem the Lord Northumberland
To say 'King Richard:' alack the heavy day
When such a sacred king should hide his head.
NORTHUMBERLAND
Your grace mistakes; only to be brief
Left I his title out.

■ Picture 1: ◄ TOP DOWN ► https://i1.trekearth.com/photos/15099/te855-1.jpg
■ Picture 2: ◄ BOTTOM UP ► https://i1.trekearth.com/photos/15099/te855-2.jpg
■ Picture 3: ◄ RICHARD II ► https://i1.trekearth.com/photos/15099/te855-3.jpg

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