From this week forward, we’ll be sharing highlights from our current production, Battle Castle, on our blog.
Hosted by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow, Battle Castle profiles the military architecture and engineering of some of the world’s greatest castles, as well as the medieval weapons technology they faced during the epic sieges that tested them.
This action documentary series is scheduled to air on History Television in Canada and Discovery UK early next year. It’s also slated for distribution by BBC Worldwide.
Battle Castle reveals the stories of:
-Dover – The Key to England
-Crac des Chevaliers – The Crown Jewel of Crusader Castles
-Malaga – Ferdinand and Isabella’s bloodiest siege
-Conwy – King Edward’s Iron Ring
-Chateau Gaillard – Richard the Lionheart’s stronghold
-Malbork – The Teutonic Knight’s red-brick glory
In addition to these broadcasts, Battle Castle also features an extensive online world that continues to grow every day.
This trans-medieval journey includes exclusive web content, behind-the-scenes material, and plenty of opportunities to #gomedieval.
Here’s what’s going on this week in the Battle Castle universe:
Battle Castle: Gaillard – Dark Discovery
Camera and Director of Photography Sean F. White and Technical Assistant Rory Lambert explore an unexpected opening found at Chateau Gaillard. The French army, led by Philip Augustus of France, laid siege to English King Richard I’s stronghold in Normandy in 1203-1204. Battle Castle: Gaillard reveals how Richard the Lionheart’s castle builders constructed the fortifications, which included securing the castle, an island fort, and the town of Petit Andely, and details the medieval weapons used to attack it.
Battle Castle: Malbork – a medieval feast
Photos of an exhibit at Malbork Castle, meant to recreate what a meal served at the fortification during the Middle Ages may have consisted of, shot during the filming of Battle Castle: Malbork with host Dan Snow in Poland. The show profiles the siege of 1410 when Polish and Lithuanian forces attacked the brick stronghold. The offensive, which was led by King Jagiello and Grand Duke Vytautas, occurred after the Battle of Tannenberg. The castle, historically known as Marienburg, was built by the Teutonic Order, crusader knights who occupied this area of the Baltic in medieval times.
Medieval siege tip of the week:
Dare to compare medieval cooking … stay for the Sweet Frumenty, avoid the Plague (no really, it’s a drink)
Writer Merry Farmer rolls out medieval-themed blogs every Monday. Bonus points for the alliteration
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