Secrets of the Castle (2014–2015)
18 Nov. 2014Why Build a Castle?
The team arrives at Guédelon, in the Burgundy region of France, to join the world's biggest archaeological experiment - a 25 year project to build a medieval castle from scratch, using only the tools and materials available in the 13th century.
25 Nov. 2014Defending the Castle
Ruth, Peter and Tom look at the ingenious features medieval castle-builders came up with to withstand attack from an ever more formidable array of siege engines.
2 Dec. 2014Inside the Castle
Ruth, Peter and Tom enter the surprisingly colorful world of medieval interior design. The castles that we see today are in fact scarred by centuries of decay. Most of their original roofs, carpentry and interior finishes have long since disappeared, but in their heyday they were lavishly decorated.
9 Dec. 2014The Castle's Community of Skills
The team delve deeper into the secrets of the skilled communities who built medieval castles. The stonemasons working on the castle walls are dependent on blacksmiths, whose metalwork was magical to the medieval mind-set.
17 Dec. 2014Beyond the Castle Walls
The Team take a look at the castle's place in the wider medieval world. 13th century Europe was a busy, developing, connected place, where work, trade, pilgrimages and Crusades gave people the opportunity to travel across the continent and beyond.