12:30: Salomone Duo - Songs from Across Europe
1:00: Una Cantante - Traditional Music
1:30: Salomone Duo - Songs From Across Europe
2:30: Salomone Duo - Songs From Across Europe
3:00: Friar Nyp Plays the Kemence
3:30: Salomone Duo - Songs From Across Europe
4:00: Majesta Chanters - Sung Gregorian Chant
The castle of Edward I at Caernarvon succeeded first a Roman fort, and then a Norman motte and bailey - built by Hugh of Avranches around 1090. This motte was incorporated into the Edwardian castle, but was destroyed around 1870 (Dr Lawrence Butler suggested to me that there is a good argument for a new resistivity survey to be carried out for the investigation of this). The Welsh retook the original motte in 1115 and retained control until Edward's invasion and colonization in 1283. The site's previous history also demonstrates the strategic importance of the site.
Edward's building was initiated by his march from Chester, and work probably began in May 1283. Edward wanted to create a nucleus of English influence in this area, which was previously so rich in Welsh tradition and anti-English feeling. He also wished to create Caernarvon as the capital of a new dominion - hence the incorporation of a town and market into the strong walls of the site.
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