The BBC series Battle Castle airs on KLRU-Q this Thursday (5/2), as a mini-marathon, beginning at 9 pm! In this series, historian Dan Snow unravels the stories of three of the world’s most famous castles, from Europe to the Middle East. These are the sites of some of the most legendary power struggles of all time and all are prime examples of their era, a testament to the engineering and military expertise of the day. Medieval warfare was an ongoing game of innovation and counter-innovation, with weaponry and techniques constantly being modified and adjusted. Find out what forces each commander of the castle put in place to repel the invaders, and what strategies the attackers used.
Crac Des Chevaliers – 9:00 pm
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.
Dover – 9:45 pm
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.