Episode guide

Secrets of the Castle

Series 1

Secrets of the Castle

  • Why Build a Castle?

    Find out how medieval castles were built, as Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold revisit the 13th century. Hear how medieval stonemasons made spiral staircases.

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  • Defending the Castle

    Hear about the ingenious features that medieval castle builders devised in order to withstand attack - a legacy of bloody crusades and dynastic tussles.

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  • Inside the Castle

    Enter the surprisingly colourful world of medieval interior design as the castle construction continues. Peter and Tom render and limewash the inside walls of a guard tower.

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  • The Castle's Community of Skills

    Discover the secrets of the skilled communities who built medieval castles in the 13th century, from making tools to the erection of timber scaffolding.

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  • Beyond the Castle Walls

    Join a medieval construction project in France and discover the secrets of 13th century castles. The team help build a spectacular limestone window for the chapel.

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