Secrets of Great British Castles: Series 2
Historian Dan Jones explores the turbulent history behind six of Britain’s most famous castles: Behind the walls of these celebrated strongholds are stories of intrigue, drama, romance, rebellion, and murder. Dan Jones recounts some of the many classic tales from 1000 years of British history, featuring a stellar cast of kings, queens, rogues, rebels, victims and villains.
Part 1: Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh’s handsome hilltop bastion is Scotland’s most popular paid tourist attraction, but it also packs some formidable defences.
Part 2: Cardiff Castle
Dan Jones explores the history of the Welsh capital’s landmark, Cardiff Castle, and discovers more about the various incarnations over the centuries.
Part 3: York Castle
In medieval England, the North was ruled from York. Dan Jones explores the history of its castle, from the Viking Jorvik and the Normans, through the dark days of the anti-Jewish pogrom and the imprisonment of the Knights Templar, to one of its most colourful inmates – the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin.
Part 4: Leeds Castle
Dan Jones explores the 900-year history of the beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent, from its origins as a royal Saxon family’s manor and Norman stronghold to the private property of six medieval queens, a Tudor palace, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion and an elegant 20th-century retreat for the rich and famous.
Part 5: Lancaster Castle
Dan Jones visits Lancaster Castle to explore its grisly history of crime and punishment, including the infamous Lancashire Witches trials and the martyrdom of the Jesuit priest Saint Edmund Arrowsmith.
Part 6: Arundel Castle
Dan Jones visits the heart of the English countryside to explore Arundel Castle and the dramatic history of the Earls of Arundel.