Sunday, 1 April 2012

Amberley's Lustful Bishop

A-Z Challenge 2012 - A

Amberley’s Lustful Bishop

Amberley Castle is located in West Sussex, England. It was built as a 12th century manor house by Bishop Luffa. It was fortified in 1377 when Bishop Reede received a license to crenellate it from Richard II. It then had a stonework enclosure with high curtain walls, towers, a hall and a massive gatehouse. The Bishops of Chichester used Amberley as a fortress.

The castle passed to the Crown and became a royalist stronghold in the English Civil War. Charles II took shelter there after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 prior to heading for exile.

Amberley Castle
The castle remained in private hands after its purchase by the Duke of Norfolk. After 1989 it became a luxurious country hotel.

However you will find no mention in the hotel’s literature of the castle’s one time servant girl. Made pregnant by a lustful Bishop, poor Emily, deserted in her hour of need, died in childbirth. Her ghost is said to haunt the kitchens and to return to the top of the battlements from where she had leapt to her death.

Amberley Castle Walls

  • Amberley Castle, East Sussex; author Jonathan Day; Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0 
  • Amberley Castle walls; author Colin Day; Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0


DW96 said...

I'm tackling this challenge, too, Bob, and it's aleady driving me nuts.

Great opening post. Good luck with it.

Jessica Bell said...

Interesting! Will you be posting about historical monuments throughout the challenge? Nice to meet you. New follower :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Lovely post I love castles and have visited many here in the UK.

Good luck with the challenge.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. no my A is not Amberley - interesting about the haunting - I expect there were many poor girls in this situation back then ... I didn't know about Emily .. but the story line around a lustful bishop is rather titillating ..

Cheers enjoy the challenge .. Hilary

martine said...

Hi, interesting post, but surely the young lady in question either died in childbirth or leapt to her death, she can't do both?
visiting via the a to z challenge
thanks for sharing

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Amberly Castle seems like a great place to visit unless you are a servant girl. Good luck with A to Z.

Bish Denham said...

Oh goody, looks like we're going to get another tour of places. Yes, please?

Rosalind Adam said...

It looks amazing and that ghost story is begging to be written into a novel by someone.
I’m doing the A to Z Challenge too at A to Z of Nostalgia

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Ah! I want to go here so bad. Living vicariously through your blog - new follower :)

Tonja said...

Castles are fascinating. Great post.

Journaling Woman said...

I'm in love with Castles.


Little Nell said...

Perhaps it was the lustful bishop who leapt to his death, full of remorse when he heard that the poor girl had died - as if :)That Charles II got around didn't he?

November Rain - k~ said...

Thank you for the journey into Amberley Castle. I would love to take a tour (maybe a year long tour heheh) of the castles across the "big pond" just for the sake of taking photos, and experiencing their magnificent history.

A-Z 2012

Bob Scotney said...

Oops! A lesson for all researchers - don't take just one source for your material. I didn't, I used more than one for poor Emily. However thay had different versions of her death,
She died in chidlbirth and her ghost haunts the kitchens OR her ghost is seen on the battlements from where she leapt to her death.
Note to self: Must do better.
Thanks to all who commented.
More castles and ghosts to come.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Uh, can I live there? May sound weird, but I love the idea of living in a beautiful haunted castle, kept company by sorrowful ghosts. Poor Emily.
Great blog! Happy A-Z challenge!

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

Yes, poor Emily, but what a beautiful castle to haunt. Theme: A World of Crime

Joanne said...

love this post - great pics and cool history. I'll check back. Very nice.

nutschell said...

Wow! what a beautiful castle, and what an interesting history! Great start to the A-Z!

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Bob
How did Emily die in childbirth and also leap to her death? Legends are strange that way aren't they?

Bob Scotney said...

Nancy - I can't claim it was April 1st yesterday, See my earlier comment beginning Oophs!

Sarah Pearson said...

Poor Emily, however she died!

I've visited a few castles in England, not this one though.