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Britain’s Treasures

The royal seat of Anglo-Saxon kings, Bamburgh’s chequered past has seen it besieged, destroyed and rebuilt several times over

BAMBURGH CASTLE Northumberland

Bamburgh is perhaps most famously the court of King Oswald of Northumbria - later St Oswald - who founded the priory at Lindisfarne
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TOWER OF JOY

Medieval writer Thomas Malory reports that some believed Bamburgh to be the fabled Joyous Gard, home of the Arthurian knight Lancelot.

GETTING THERE

Bamburgh Castle is 53 miles north of Newcastle and easily accessible from the A1. Take the B1342 towards Bamburgh. Regular buses run from Berwick-upon Tweed.

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In AD 79, Pompeii was wiped out by a huge volcanic eruption that buried it beneath a thick carpet of ash and debris. We look back at fateful day – the day an entire Roman city died – and find out how the ruins offer us a glimpse into the lives of everyday Romans. Plus: Globetrotter Marco Polo meets Mongol warlord Kublai Khan; how the Night of the Long Knives made Hitler untouchable; inside the Victorian freak show; and all you need to know to survive an Edwardian dinner party