Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:
Battle Castle: host Dan Snow reveals how bad timing changed Chateau Gaillard’s history
Battle Castle host Dan Snow details King John’s attempt at thwarting the siege of Chateau Gaillard. The King of England, also known as John Lackland, planned a two-pronged attack, meant to triumph over Philip Augustus of France and his army, who were positioned outside English King Richard I’s stronghold in Normandy. 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 that the French used to attack it. Dan’s blogs will be released every Thursday on YouTube, unveiling details related to the stories that will be profiled in the Battle Castle shows .
Dan’s blogs will be released every Thursday on YouTube, unveiling details related to the stories that will be profiled in the Battle Castle shows .
Battle Castle: Malbork — Middle Castle gate
The Battle Castle crew moves one of five gates that mark the entrance to the Middle Castle at Malbork, Poland. The gate is cobbled, with stone plates that marked the way for carts so that they didn’t damage the gate jams. Battle Castle: Malbork 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:
@Battlecastle Oct 18,
In the mid-twelfth century, an average siege seems to last between four and six weeks – M. Keen
3 ways to #gomedieval
Awesome medieval moments on the web, chosen by The Gatekeeper:
Entertain guests with a food experience from the Middle Ages
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIC5bUX5RGE via hestonsfeasts
Taking up the ancient and impressive sport of falconry
http://www.redgage.com/photos/maggs224/a-falconer-with-one-of-his-birds-at-the-medieval-market.html via maggs224
Tips for dressing medieval on a budget
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFzRm3L14PI&NR=1v via aglanceatmyworld
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