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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Why I Love Edinburgh Scotland


As many of you know medieval history, as well as the middle Ages, are both subjects that fascinate me. This time period is brimming with war, religious disputes, and men that fought with honor for their homeland on their own soil. For that reason, the city of Edinburgh is one of my favorite subjects, filled with stories and legends of some of the most well-known and infamous figures in history. What I wouldn’t give to live down one of those quaint side roads, maybe on the West End, in one of those lovely Edinburgh apartments overlooking the Edinburgh Haymarket Railway Station. To live on the sidelines of history has always been something that I have craved, and I’m jealous of the residents in Edinburgh that get to do this every day.

Edinburgh was well established by the 12th century, founded on the infamous castle rock, a 2 million year old geological formation. I had read about it previously in a geology class, which is where my interest started to peak. A town that was fixed upon a formation created by millions of years of glacial shifting is just too hard to fathom. Not to mention that Edinburgh castle sites up on the volcanic plug of castle rock and was the seat of the first Scottish Parliament around the middle of the 12th century.

Edinburgh flourished throughout the Renaissance period, both economically and culturally, producing some of the most famous figures in history. I’m familiar with the exploits of Mary Queen of Scots, the most talked about of the Scottish Monarchs. This is partly because of my love of Queen Elizabeth, whom Mary Queen of Scots tried to assassinate on three attempts. She was tried and executed for treason for her involvement in all three plots against her first cousin, Queen Elizabeth.

It would take me years to explain why I love every aspect of Edinburgh history. It could be the stories of Robert Wallace and Robert the Bruce, or maybe even the fact the English occupied Edinburgh Castle for over 10 years, up until it was made part of a dowry for Ermengarde de Beaumont, a woman chosen for King Henry.

I’m sure many of my readers are from Edinburgh, so why do you love it? What aspects of Edinburgh’s history do you appreciate the most?

5 Comments:

Jay said...

I live in edinburgh and it is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Also a great place to be a blogger cos you do get a lot of inspiration from its beautiful scenary btw.

The Ancient Digger said...

@Jay

I am so entirely jealous. Let me just tell you that first. I will be visiting next summer for school. Well, I'll actually be at Cambridge or Oxford for a class, but I would still like to explore Scotland.

Richard Wing said...

Awesome history here, Lauren. Another fine article of interesting places and the historical value and fascination of Great Scotland. Cool article.

Caroline said...

OMG! You'll be in the UK this year!! We have to meet up!!I'll be your Scottish tour guide, first stop Edinburgh underground, to leave a present for the girl ghost Annie who was abandoned during a plague outbreak, then onto the Castle, (entry is free to all Historic sites in November)Up to Stirling, through Angus and have you seen the Highlands? Oh, we have to go there too!!!
Acutually I was going to send you a little silver Edinburgh castle charm that I've had for years. Would that be OK? lots of love Caroline xx

The Ancient Digger said...

@Caroline

Actually it's next summer. Once I have my orientation in June, I will be getting the specific. I think it will be for like a month, I'm not sure yet. I'll let you know.

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