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BBC documentary series Secrets of the Castle DVD

‘Utterly fascinating’  The Observer

BRITAIN HAS some of the finest castles of the medieval period but many of their secrets have been lost. Now in a fascinating new BBC documentary series Secrets of the Castle, historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold turn back time to learn the skills of the medieval castle builders as they join the largest archaeological experiment in the world. 

Secrets of the Castle is currently airing on BBC Two and comes to DVD as a two-disc set courtesy of RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn Label on 26 January 2015.

This eye-opening series follows Ruth, Peter and Tom as they travel to Guedelon, in the Burgundy region of France, where an ambitious project is under way to build a medieval castle from scratch using only the materials and tools available in the 13th century.

As the trio get to grips with the skills and crafts of medieval construction, they recapture an era and a camaraderie not often seen today in the workplace. For six months they experience the daily rigours of life in medieval times, from how to dress to the art of combat. Across five episodes they discover the secrets of building a castle’s defensive structure, and explore the art of medieval combat. 

We are introduced to the surprisingly colourful world of medieval interior design as the team delve deeper into the secrets of the skilled communities who built the castles. The stonemasons working on the castle walls, the blacksmiths magical metalwork and carpenters employing sophisticated geometry. This series’ intriguing look at history comes together as the team help construct one of the castle’s most ambitious projects to date, the spectacular limestone window for the chapel.

Secrets of the Castle brings medieval history to life in a fun and informative way.

(Special features include: Behind the Build Featurette, Picture Galley)

Competition closing date

Sunday, 8 February 2015 - 11:59pm

Competition prize

We have 5 copies of the Secrets of the Castle DVD to give away; to enter just answer the question below:-


David Jackson, James Bruce, Jason Langford, Christina Apostolopoulou and Andrew Kadir-Buxton

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