Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:
BattleCastle.TV: host Dan Snow details Malbork’s impressive provisions
Battle Castle host Dan Snow explains the impressive grain stores at Malbork Castle in Poland. In medieval times, the Teutonic Knights would have lived off grain and other provisions during a siege. This staple was also one of their major exports. This 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 are released every Wednesday on YouTube, unveiling details related to the stories that will be profiled in the Battle Castle shows.
Battle Castle’s Castle Battle begins:
@Battlecastle Feb. 8,
Today, an epic medieval battle begins.
Over the next two months, the Battle Castle Six will go head-to-head in a standoff to determine which castle is king.
For week #1, we’re daring to compare each castle’s location.
We start our journey with pictures that reveal each castle’s strategic position.
Crac des Chevaliers, Gaillard, Dover, Conwy, Malbork or Malaga – which will be crowned the mightiest of all?
3 ways to #gomedieval
Awesome medieval moments on the web, chosen by The Gatekeeper:
Reads: discover 10 facts about Highclere Castle, home of “Downton Abbey”
Full article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2012/01/downton-abbey-location.html via @latimes
Inspiration: Make-a-Wish makes 12-year-old king of his own backyard castle
Full blog: http://www.medievalarchives.com/2012/01/30/make-a-wish-foundation-makes-a-castle/ via @MedievalArchive
In pictures: Medieval Times’ Buena Park location trots out new show
Full gallery: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/park-338863-xxbuena-.html?pic=1 via @OCReggie
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