I was chatting to a great group of 5 enthusiasts whilst guiding a tour of Lincoln yesterday. I was telling them about the siege of Lincoln in 1191. It is far less known than three other famous sieges.

In the first famous siege in 1141 King Stephen was captured at the Battle of the Jousts in Lincoln, in the second in 1217 the Comte Du Perche met a gruesome end at the hands of William Marshall. Interestingly the Marshall who turned the tide against the French invasion through this action at Lincoln was inaugurated as a Templar at his death and is buried in the Templar church in London. Almost 800 years later the Da Vinci Code was in part filmed at Lincoln Cathedral with Templar mythology as its central theme. One aficionado of Templar legends thinks the Holy Grail might actually be buried hard by the Cathedral in Lincoln. History is full of connections

The third more famous siege came in 1644 when the parliamentarians, albeit their ladders were too short, overthrew the castle in 30 minutes of savage fighting.

There can be little doubt that the end of the 12th Century was perhaps the most turbulent in the City’s history. 16 years before the 1217 Battle of Lincoln, whilst his brother Richard the Lionheart was on crusade King John (who looms large in the life of Lincoln) decided to seize England. This led Richard’s agent William Longchamp to lay siege to Lincoln Castle for 40 days. Whilst this event is mentioned in the Castle Guide Book I could find very little in the way of other references to it around the castle.

I think its worth a bit more exposure and will continue to make it a key footnote in our tours