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Filename: J020151.jpg

Size: 4776 x 3659 (20.1MB)

Date: 11th December 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Artist

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Dover Castle siege J020151

DOVER CASTLE, Kent. The siege of 1216. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team) of mining under the North Gate East tower

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Battle Field Graphic Medieval


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Dover Castle Siege J020151: A Reconstruction of the Medieval Battlefield This evocative reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn of Historic England transports us back to the turbulent year of 1216 and the siege of Dover Castle. The scene unfolds before us as the English forces, led by King John, prepare for a relentless assault on the rebellious barons who had taken refuge within the castle's formidable walls. The North Gate East tower, a prominent feature of Dover Castle, stands defiantly against the onslaught. But the barons were not idle. They had dug deep mines beneath the castle's walls, hoping to undermine the very foundations and bring the structure crashing down upon their enemies. The drawing captures the intensity and danger of the siege, with soldiers and miners toiling in the darkness, the ever-present threat of an enemy counterattack looming. The smoke from the siege engines and the fires of the camp add to the chaotic scene, as the fate of the castle and the outcome of the rebellion hang in the balance. This reconstruction drawing is not only a testament to the skill of Peter Dunn and the Historic England Graphics Team, but also a powerful reminder of the brutal realities of medieval warfare. It invites us to imagine the courage and determination of the soldiers and the strategic brilliance of the commanders as they fought for control of this iconic fortress. The siege of Dover Castle in 1216 was a pivotal moment in English history, and this reconstruction brings the story to life in a way that words alone could never achieve.

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