Castle Story Told on CD-ROM; ENGLISH HERITAGE AND MULTIMEDIA COMPANY COLLABORATE TO PRODUCE HOME LEARNING AID FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN STUDYING HISTORY

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THE days when Kenilworth Castle was frequented by knights in armour are being brought into the computer age to appeal to a new generation of visitors.

Fascinating stories from its past have been chosen to feature in a new CD-ROM and book to help primary school children learn about history.

Real Castles, by authors Mike Corbishley and Michael Cooper, traces the history of castles from ancient forts to Second World War fortresses.

It features impressions of how Kenilworth Castle looked in Norman times and in the 16th century, when it was visited three times by Queen Elizabeth I.

The Queen granted the castle to her favourite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and he held it until his death in 1588.

The book is published jointly by English Heritage, which manages the castle, and specialist multimedia company TAG.

Mr Corbishley, who is English Heritage's head of education, said: "Kenilworth Castle was chosen because it is a magnificently preserved castle and very popular for school visits and with the general public.

"It also has an interesting connection with Elizabeth I.

"She visited in July 1575 (the third and last of her visits) and stayed 19 days. There were shows and rowing on the lake. The apartments she stayed in were refurbished especially for her."

Built in the 12th century, the castle has had a chequered history, playing host to numerous members of the royal family, being extended and rebuilt, and changing hands several times during the Civil War.

A spokesman for the publishers said: "With history once again featuring significantly in the national curriculum for primary aged children, Real Castles is an exciting and relevant way for parents to help their child make the most of school studies at home. …