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Photographer: © Zbigniew Siwik (Gallery)(25th March 2014)
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Fotheringhay is a village and civil parish in Northamptonshire . It is most noted for being the site of Fotheringhay (or Fotheringay) Castle which was razed in 1627. There is nothing left of the castle to be seen today other than the motte on which it was built that provides excellent views of the River Nene.On February 8, 1587, an event that forever changed the course of this country’s history took place. Mary, Queen of Scots, a cousin of and rival to Queen Elizabeth I for the English throne, was beheaded after 19 years in custody . The power play between Elizabeth and Mary is infamous. Less well-known though is that its finale was acted out in what is now a very quiet, tiny and unassuming village just a few miles to the south west of Peterborough. The Queen of Scots spent the final months of her life at Fotheringhay, in the impassive motte-and-bailey castle that once stood there beside the River Nene. Months later, her coffin was taken by torchlight procession to Peterborough Cathedral where it was entombed until King James I had her moved to Westminster Abbey in 1612. Her grave there is, incongruously, just 30 feet away from Queen Elizabeth’s.

A picture of: Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire ( More pictures of Fotheringhay by Zbigniew Siwik )

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Northamptonshire, English Castles, Bygone Era, Remembrance

Canon Canon EOS 5D Focal length: 17 mm, Aperture: f 9.1, ISO: 100 Exposure time: 1/60 sec
Date/Time Creation: March 22, 2014, 12:03 pm

ImageID:1188996, Image size: 4368 x 2912 pixels


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Comment by rustyruth(25th March 2014)

Very nice scene, I like the lone tree in the shot on the right.

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Comment by Pat Trout(25th March 2014)

Lovely scene Zbig

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Comment by Vince Hawthorn(25th March 2014)

Well done as usual, both pic and info.

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Comment by Rod Burkey(26th March 2014)

So well composed and the words add true meaning.

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