Thursday, May 05, 2005

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

The name Blenheim derives from a decisive battle that took place on the 13th August 1704 on the north bank of the river Danube, near a small village called Blindheim or Blenheim, where the French leader, Marshall Tallard, had fixed his lines. Here John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, won a great allied victory over the forces of Louis XIV, thus saving Europe from French domination.

In reward for his services in defending Holland and Austria from invasion by the French,a grateful Queen Anne granted to Marlborough the Royal Manor of Woodstock and signified that she would build him, at her own expense, a house to be called Blenheim.

Blenheim Palace
Blenheim: Landscape for a Palace


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