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Restormel Castle
  Restormel Castle (Lostwithiel) – Restormel is glorious old 12th-13th century castle, once the residence of Edward the Black Prince, Duke of Cornwall. Sited what was a Norman motte-and-bailey, the keep is encircled with a beautiful crenelated stone wall. Inside, there are ruins of the great hall, the kitchen, sleeping quarters. The castle was defended with a drawbridge and deep moat, now just a grassy area. As kids stand on the ramparts, looking out over the countryside, they can imagine knights, lords and ladies, pages and squires riding up to the castle for a big feast.
    Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Museum (Charlestown, near St. Austell) – See pewter plates, gold and silver coins recovered from wrecked ships and scenes of Cornish village life. A time honored tradition in Cornwall was to plunder shipwrecked ships, or better yet, help a ship come to grief on the rocks.
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Castle Diary  
Castle Diary
Richard Platt, Chris Riddell

Fictional diary of eleven-year old Tobias Burgess, sent to live as a page in his uncle's castle. A lively look at castle life from a kid's perspective – staying warm in the kitchen, eating too much rich food at a feast, sneaking out to the fields instead of doing lessons. Wonderful illustrations. (Chapter book, illustrations)


Castle (Eyewitness Books)
Christopher Gravett

Essential guide to castles – history, defenses and weapons, castle as a prison, great hall, chapel, kitchen (including photos of feast dishes), with info on shell keeps like Restormel. Detailed photographs, medieval artifacts and models of castles.
(Picture book)


Knights and Castles  
Knights and Castles
(Magic Tree House Research Guide)
Will Osborne, Mary Pope Osborne

A nonfiction companion book to The Knight at Dawn, find out how castles were built, fairs and feasts, tournaments, battles and seiges, arms and armor. Packed with historical details and drawings, perfect to bring on your trip. (Easy reader)


(More children's books on other Cornwall and England pages)
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