Battle Castle

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (69)

From the BBC. English historian Dan Snow tells the stories of six of the world's most famous castles, their origins and strategic military significance. These magnificent structures offer a window into the political and military challenges, as well as the engineering capabilities, of their eras. This film takes us into the castles to explore their ingenious designs and evoke their glorious past.

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Malaga
6. Malaga
March 29, 2012
Located high above the Mediterranean coast, Gibralfaro Castle and its surrounding defenses are the monuments of a Muslim dynasty. Its daunting towers, brilliant water-storage, and one-of-a-kind passageways were engineered to withstand the most ambitious attacker. In 1487, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella descend to capture this city and destroy the legacy it represents.
Malbork
5. Malbork
March 22, 2012
Stretched along the bank of the River Nogat in modern-day Poland, Malbork Castle was built by an elite group knights during the Baltic Crusades. Its distinct brick architecture, soaring walls, and deadly battlements were built to intimidate the local population. In 1410, a pagan-turned king marches on the castle, determined to put an end to the Teutonic Order's reign.
Conwy
4. Conwy
March 15, 2012
Positioned in the wilds of northern Wales, Conwy Castle was one of several strongholds raised by King Edward I to rule over the Welsh. Its mighty towers, elongated arrow slits, and majestic water gate were built to intimidate. In 1294, a rebel force arrives to put the king's castles, and English domination, to the ultimate test.
Dover
3. Dover
March 8, 2012
High atop the white cliffs of southern England, Dover Castle was built by King Henry II to protect an empire. Its deadly gatehouses, layers of walls, and magnificent keep were engineered to crush the enemy. In 1216, an ambitious French prince and his determined troops descend to capture this key to England and with it, the English crown.
Ch
2. Ch
March 1, 2011
Towering above the River Seine, Chateau Gaillard was built by King Richard I to assert England's authority over his French holdings. Its multiple walls, deep moats, and ingenious geometry were designed to terrify any foe. In 1203, a French king and his massive army lays siege, determined to push the English from the continent.
Crac Des Chevaliers
1. Crac Des Chevaliers
February 23, 2011
Set high above the Syrian landscape, Crac des Chevaliers was built by the Knights Hospitaller to dominate. Its flawlessly cut stones, steep slopes, and deadly entrance are designed to resist any attacker. In 1271, a Muslim warrior king and his powerful army come to seize this crown jewel of Crusader castles and drive Christians from the Holy Land.
Description

From the BBC. English historian Dan Snow tells the stories of six of the world's most famous castles, their origins and strategic military significance. These magnificent structures offer a window into the political and military challenges, as well as the engineering capabilities, of their eras. This film takes us into the castles to explore their ingenious designs and evoke their glorious past.

  • Premiere Date
    February 23, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (69)