Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:
Battle Castle: host Dan Snow details Malbork’s “VIP” prison
Battle Castle host Dan Snow shares the story of an elite medieval “guest” who was held captive in Malbork Castle’s prison and details the mystery behind his escape. This cell, which is said to have held “VIP” prisoners in the Middle Ages, is positioned in the High Castle. The stronghold, believed to be the largest brick castle in the world, was built by Christians during the Baltic Crusades. Historically known as Marienburg, this fortification was besieged by Polish and Lithuanian forces after the Battle of Tannenberg in 1410, and defended by Heinrich von Plauen.
Dan’s vlogs will be released every Thursday on YouTube, unveiling details related to the stories that will be profiled in the Battle Castle shows.
Medieval siege tip of the week:
@Battlecastle Nov 17,
Several things are needed to construct siege engines: skilled engineers, considerable labour, accessible material … and so on – K. Nossov
3 ways to #gomedieval
Awesome medieval moments on the web, chosen by The Gatekeeper:
Take in the Crown Jewel of crusader castles … lego-styles
Get 5 insider tips on how to siege a Battle Castle
Stock up on turrets
“What happens when a former Battle Castle PA is left alone in a warehouse full of boxes to stack? … Crenellations happen, that’s what!” Sean Dobbyn via Facebook
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