Besieged Fortresses (2020): S01E04 – The Siege of Aleisa, Caesar’s Greatest Victory

Introduction Built at strategic points, and fitted with impressive fortifications, fortresses are thought to be impenetrable. Outline Currently unavailable. Episode in production. Besieged Fortresses Series You can find a full index and overview of Besieged Fortresses here. Production & Filming Details Release Date: ?2021. Running Time: 50 minutes. Rating: TV-PG. Country: France. Language: French and… Read More

Besieged Fortresses (2020): S01E03 – The Siege of Orleans, Joan of Arc’s Victory

Introduction Built at strategic points, and fitted with impressive fortifications, fortresses are thought to be impenetrable. Outline It is the most striking event in the Hundred Years’ War. Between 1428 and 1429, Orleans was subject to a violent and pitiless siege. Hidden away in the extraordinary walled enclosure, for 7 months, the French resisted an… Read More

Besieged Fortresses (2020): S01E02 – The Siege of La Rochelle, the Battle of the Megastructures

Introduction Built at strategic points, and fitted with impressive fortifications, fortresses are thought to be impenetrable. Outline La Rochelle. It is hard to believe that 400 years ago, this popular seaside destination was the scene of one of the bloodiest sieges in the history of France, and for the Catholic King, Louis XIII, it was… Read More

Besieged Fortresses (2020): S01E01 – The Daunting Fortress of Richard the Lionheart

Introduction Built at strategic points, and fitted with impressive fortifications, fortresses are thought to be impenetrable. Outline To protect his rich and strategic lands in France, the English king, Richard the Lionheart, decided to build and impregnable castle to bar the route along the River Seine, thus asserting his supremacy in Normandy. Four years later,… Read More

Besieged Fortresses Documentary Series Overview

Introduction Built at strategic points, and fitted with impressive fortifications, fortresses are thought to be impenetrable. Outline Built at strategic points, and fitted with impressive fortifications and ingenious systems to counter attacks, fortresses are thought to be impenetrable. And yet, certain skillful warlords have successfully stormed them. How did they manage this? By recounting how… Read More

Castles: Bastions of Power, Part 02 (2019)

Introduction Castles were bastions of power. Yet, what was life like behind their walls? When the enemy was at their gates, they had to withstand battering rams, catapults and sapping which called for ever new solutions by their defenders until, finally, large-calibre cannons spelt their end. Outline Part 2 examines their military function from the… Read More

Castles: Bastions of Power, Part 01 (2019)

Introduction Castles were bastions of power. Yet, what was life like behind their walls? When the enemy was at their gates, they had to withstand battering rams, catapults and sapping which called for ever new solutions by their defenders until, finally, large-calibre cannons spelt their end. Outline Part 1 of this documentary follows their development… Read More

Secrets of Great British Castles (2016): S02E06 – Arundel Castle

Introduction Secrets of Great British Castles is a British history documentary series produced by Dublin based Sideline Productions in 12 parts. It was first broadcast between 03 April 2015 and 09 December 2016 (6 parts per season). Outline Dan concludes the second series with a visit to Arundel Castle in West Sussex, which has been… Read More

Secrets of Great British Castles (2016): S02E05 – Lancaster Castle

Introduction Secrets of Great British Castles is a British history documentary series produced by Dublin based Sideline Productions in 12 parts. It was first broadcast between 03 April 2015 and 09 December 2016 (6 parts per season). Outline One of Britain’s oldest citadels, Lancaster Castle remains infamous for its long record of religious persecution, witch… Read More

Secrets of Great British Castles (2016): S02E04 – Leeds Castle

Introduction Secrets of Great British Castles is a British history documentary series produced by Dublin based Sideline Productions in 12 parts. It was first broadcast between 03 April 2015 and 09 December 2016 (6 parts per season). Outline Dan learns methods of medieval cooking at Leeds Castle in Kent, a centuries-old stately home for monarchs… Read More