Standing in open countryside above a broad loop in the river Wye, near the Anglo-Welsh border, Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles. It was owned successively by the Marshal, Valence and Talbot families, many of them important figures in war and national politics.
Despite its border setting, the castle led a mostly peaceful existence until it was besieged and captured by Parliamentarians during the Civil War of the 17th century. Its ruined state is the result of a single violent episode during that conflict.
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