Battle Castle brings to life mighty medieval fortifications and the epic sieges they resist: clashes that defy the limits of military technology, turn empires to dust, and transform mortals into legends.

Castles conjure thoughts of romantic tales, but make no mistake, they are built for war.



Conwy Castle

Conwy was built by King Edward I of England in the late 13th century in Snowdonia, northern Wales. Part of the famous “Iron Ring” of fortifications, it was designed by Edward’s top military architect, Master James of St. George, to suppress Welsh rebellions against English rule.


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Crac des Chevaliers

Crac des Chevaliers was built by an elite order of Christian warrior monks in the 12th and 13th centuries.
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Dover Castle

Dover Castle was commissioned by King Henry II in the late 12th century as a mighty fortification to guard the region of Kent, situated at the shortest crossing between Britain and the Continent.


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Gaillard Castle

Chateau Gaillard was constructed by King Richard I in the late 12th century. Otherwise known as “Richard the Lionheart”, this legendary English ruler engineered the castle to counter French attempts on England’s holdings in continental Europe.
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Malaga Castle

Malaga was transformed into a military stronghold by Muslim leader Yusuf I and his successors in the 14th century.

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Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle was forged by the Teutonic Knights, a powerful order of German crusaders, in the 13th century.


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Dover: Prince Louis’ key to England. Malaga: the Granadans final stronghold. And Crac des Chevaliers: Crown Jewel of Crusader castles. Through dynamic location footage and immersive visual effects, Battle Castle reveals a bloody history of this epic medieval arms race.


As siege weapons and technology become more ruthless, the men who design and built these castles reply … or perish. Follow host Dan Snow as he explores the military engineering behind these medieval megastructures and the legendary battles that became testaments to their might.

Produced by Parallax Film Productions Inc., each episode will climax in the ultimate test of the castle’s military engineering – a siege that will change the course of history. Which castles will be conquered and which will prevail? You’ll have to watch to find out.


Battle Castle is produced in association with Shaw Media, Discovery Knowledge UK, with participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.