Rochester Castle was first built in 1127 CE, on the site of an earlier Roman Fort (43 CE) designed to protect the bridge across the River Medway. It had a long and varied history: referred to (indirectly) in the Domesday Book; Henry I had the keep built as part of an exchange with the Archbishop of Canterbury; repaired in 1206 by King John (for £115), it was seized by rebel barons in 1216, besieged by John and taken; repaired by Henry III (over £1000) after John's death, it was again besieged (this time unsuccessfully) in 1264 by more rebel barons; Edward III repaired it in 1367; the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) passed it by; in 1554, Thomas Wyatt's Rebellion took the castle during the uprising; thereafter it went into disrepair (being expensive to support); today, it's part of the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England (English Heritage).
Read up on the history of this castle - it's a useful resource for gaming, whatever the setting.
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