Bringing the mightiest fortresses the world has seen to life.
What makes a castle impregnable? When were the fates of nations and empires decided by the thickness of walls, number of arrow slits and defensive positions? Battle Castle with Dan Snow brings to life a number of history's mightiest fortifications and the sieges they resisted.
Follow Dan as he explores the military engineering behind Dover Castle, Krak des Chevaliers in Syria and Gibralfaro in Spain and details the legendary battles that testified to their impregnability. During the Middle Ages these fortified structures were the ultimate authority in any region in which they were built. Both defensive and offensive, they were centres of administration, symbols of power as well as concentrations of military might. But what was it that made each successful?
Through dynamic location footage and immersive visual effects, this six-part series reveals the bloody history behind these fortifications and the weapons designed to defeat them. Each episode will climax with the ultimate test of each castle s strength: examining the epic battles that changed the course of history.
Learn the details behind the one hundred most significant breakthroughs in the history of mankind! Take a journey through history and examine the discoveries, breakthroughs and eureka moments that have transformed all of our lives for the better. Host Bill Nye travels the world, meeting eminent scientists in various fields, to explore and explain the principles behind the most significant developments in the history of mankind. Each of the 100 Greatest Discoveries, in eight different fields of knowledge, is examined both in terms of the principles and personalities involved. Over 500 years of scientific advances are distilled and presented in this accessible, entertaining series to give you a good understanding of HOW many of science s toughest riddles were solved, WHO it was that solved them, and WHY these solutions are so significant.
The boys mission is straightforward: to get off lifes humdrum path for a more exciting, daring and off-the-beaten one. In just four days, the guys trek approximately one hundred miles across life-threatening landscapes including steep mountains, insufferably hot deserts, freezing-cold canyons and snake-infested jungles on foot, raft, skis and even skateboard, in search of the most extreme places on earth.
This is the epic story of how World War I changed the face of battle forever. This war was a war of firsts , a transitional war from old style hand-to-hand combat with small guns and fixed bayonets and cavalry charges to high-tech weaponry that are still features of present-day armed conflicts. Firsts include aerial bombardment of cities, epic tank battles, fight for control of the skies, development of submarines, chemical and bunker warfare. Troops who were bunkered down in vast trenches became overwhelmed by powerful, new weapons including tanks, WMDs, submarines and the first blitz. World War I had horrible consequences 15 million died and 20 million were injured. Through experts, eyewitness testimony, riveting archive and special recreations seamlessly blended into an archival background, each episode features the story of one of these weapons. This mini-series event will bring the legendary, unrecorded events of World War I to life to create a seamless account of how people born into a simpler age learned to deal with the future shock of rapid technological advances driven by the engine of total war.
Take a whirlwind journey to more than thirteen countries as we stop everywhere from Australia and Italy to Mexico and Cambodia. If its worth seeing, well take you there! The show, hosted by Albin and Melanie Ulle, travels around the world showcasing some of the Earths vast beauty. The programme also explores the diverse cultures of several amazing countries and approximately one hundred of the one thousand places from the book, with an eye towards unearthing local charms and traditions.