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First Reading

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Per L&M Companion:

(d. 1686) Governor of Dover Castle, 1660-86. A volunteer in the King's Guards 1658; captain 1st. Foot Guards at Dunkirk 1661: Major 1678; Lt.-Colonel 1682, 1684. Pepys consulted him in the '80's about the history of the Cinque Ports and the question of territorial waters in the Channel.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

By the Tudor age, the defences themselves had been superseded by gunpowder. They were improved by Henry VIII, who made a personal visit, and added to it with the Moat Bulwark. During the English Civil War it was held for the king but then taken by a Parliamentarian trick without a shot being fired (hence it avoided being ravaged and survives far better than most castles) in 1642. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dov…

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