Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 2

Castles & Dungeons

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 07, 2003 on The History Channel
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Castles & Dungeons
Some of the most imposing structures ever built, medieval castles withstood both bloody assaults and the test of time. Designed like machines with nearly every architectural detail devoted to defense, castles represented the perfect fusion of form and function. Journey back to that unruly era as we examine the complexity of their construction and the multipurposes they served--homes to kings and nobles, economic centers, courthouses, treasuries, prisons, and torture chambers.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The Dungeon of the "Little Ease" in the White Tower of the Tower of London measured a mere four feet by four feet. The cell was so small that a prisoner could neither stand upright nor lay completely outstretched.

      • A 1400 yard stone wall with 21 towers surrounds the town of Conwy and connects to the castle. There are approximately 480 loopholes in the wall and the castle combined.

      • The "building season" for Edward's castles lasted through the spring and summer months. Construction halted in the winter because freezing temperatures tended to crack wet mortar.

      • Upon landing in England, William the Conqueror built a motte and bailey castle neat Hastings for defensive reasons, even before the decisive victory at the Battle of Hastings. The local English were forced to do much of the work.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Towers, torture and trebuchets, Motts, moats and murderholes, these fortifications aren't your Disneyland variety; Sleeping Beauty doesn't have the guts to live here. Now: Castles & Dungeons, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Pamela Marshall

        William Allcorn
        Fortification Historian

        Eddie Grantham
        Head Guide, Lincoln Castle

        Martin De Lewandowicz

        John Goodall
        Castle Historian

        Neville Hortop
        Chief Guide, Conwy Castle

        John France
        Professor of History, Univ. of Wales, Swansea

        Jill Burton
        Educator Officer, Chirk Castle

        Javier Guerrero
        Curator, San Diego Museum of Man

        Teresa Cunillera Tugues
        Guide, Alcazar de Segovia

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Luke Ellis
        Producer: Luke Ellis
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Julian Gomez
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Production Manager: Gary Reid
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Production Coordinator: James Wiser
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Production Assistant: David Falciani
        Assistant Editor: Scott R. Martin
        Post Production Coordinator: Danny Kim
        Post Prodution Assistant: Laura Steinhoff
        Voice Over Coordinator: Beata Genin
        Online Editor: Tim Dornan
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Scott Boyer
        Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
        Camera: Brandon Green
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Historical Consultant: William Allcorn
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Special Thanks:
        Alcazar De Segovia
        CADW: Welsh Historical Monuments
        Caebnarfon Castle
        Karen Carciero
        Castle Studies Group
        Chirk Castle
        John Conway
        Conwy Castle
        Jaime Fernandez
        Lucy Fernandez
        Historical Tours, Wales
        Lincoln Castle
        The National Trust, Wales
        Newark and Sherwood District Council
        San Diego Museum Of Man
        Tourist Office of Spain
        Teresa Cunillera Tugues

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions

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