Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, stands in a romantic
park created by the famous landscape gardener 'Capability' Brown. It was
presented by the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of
Marlborough, in recognition of his victory in 1704 over French and
Bavarian troops. Built between 1705 and 1722 and characterized by an
eclectic style and a return to national roots, it is a perfect example
of an 18th-century princely dwelling.