Castles: Britain's Fortified History is a History Documentary programme.

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Castles: Britain's Fortified History

Series in which historian Sam Willis traces the story of Britain's castles and their unique role in British history, art and literature, from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. He begins by taking the castle from its first appearance with the Normans in 1066 to the longest siege on English soil at Kenilworth Castle 200 years later. The castle arrived as an instrument of invasion, but soon became a weapon with which unruly barons challenged the crown. Tingtagel Castle, the place King Arthur is said to have been conceived, is also on the itinerary. It remains one of the most evocative of castles to this day, drawing visitors from around the world with its tales of myth and legend. episode 1.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Castles: Britain's Fortified History next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 June 29th, 8:00pm and on BBC 4 June 30th, 1:35am. See more...