On leaving the army he sought a place in the court of Elizabeth The First. This he never achieved, though he was rewarded with a pension from the queen when he was over seventy!
From 1560 onwards he published a variety of works. He travelled much and in his later years, went “sundry times of purpose” through Wales to give a description of the country. “The Worthiness of Wales” was produced in 1587 (and dedicated to Queen Elizabeth).
Here we have a section of that work. After describing Monmouth, Raglan, Chepstow, and Usk, and referring to the castles of Grosmont, Skenfrith, Whitecastle, and Llangibby, he turns his attention to Caerleon: