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