08/30/2011 11:43 am ET | Updated Oct 30, 2011

14 Picturesque English Castle Ruins

Cragged edges, haunting facades and fascinating back stories, all things that combine to produce the compellingly beautiful ruined castles of England - whose green and pleasant land is veritably pock-marked with such historical sites.

These dramatic vestiges stand as testimony to a history full of conquests and battles, of devastating civil wars and the clashes of kingdoms.

Now, history travel website takes us through some of the most picturesque examples of these stunning ruined castles.

14 Picturesque Ruined English Castles