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About The Show

An audacious gamble of imagination and architecture that propelled the Earl Charles Howard and his family into the highest realms of English nobility.

Episodes

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Episode 1

Howard Castle

An audacious gamble of imagination and architecture that propelled the Earl Charles Howard and his family into the highest realms of English nobility.

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Episode 2

Carcassonne

Europe's best preserved fighting fortress and a monument to religious tolerance, having saved thousands of heretics from being murdered by the Papal army in 12th century France.

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Episode 3

Alhambra

Built by Moorish monarchs in the 13th century, this is the most important reminder of the Islamic influence on the Iberian Peninsula.

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Episode 4

Karlsejn

Legend claims that the ghosts of 12 maiden servants, murdered by a worker's wife, still haunt Karlsejn Castle. Plus, it was the treasury for Bohemia's crown jewels.

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Episode 5

Guimaraes Castle

The birthplace of Portuguese independence that was home to Prince Alfonso, who audaciously knighted himself at age 14 and, later, became King.

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Episode 6

Odescalchi

A massive castle in Bracciano that once served as the feudal seat of the politically influential Orsini family who were ill-famed for their cruelty and murders.

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Episode 7

Malbrook

Malbrook served as military headquarters to the Teutonic Knights, German crusaders that conquered Prussia and made it a powerful state in the Middle Ages.

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Episode 8

Riegersburg

Riegersburg was built on top of the extinct volcano, Graz Mountain. Its mighty fortifications prevented it from ever being taken in battle.

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Episode 9

Wawel Castle

Legend claims that beneath Wawel Castle, once the royal capital of Poland, lives a man-eating dragon that terrorised the castle's inhabitants.

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Episode 10

Edinburgh

Legend claims that beneath Wawel Castle, once the royal capital of Poland, lives a man-eating dragon that terrorised the castle's inhabitants.

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Episode 11

Montreuil Bellay

A richly decorated castle, once a military fortress, lying in France's Loire Valley. The 15th century interiors include what may be the widest spiral staircase in France.

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Episode 12

Frederiksborg

Steeped in history, a magnificent symphony in stone that was left by the colourful Danish king, Christian IV's.

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Episode 13

Wartburg

The resting place of many famous figures in history, including poets like Goethe, Schiller and Von Eschenbach and home to Johann Sebastian Bach.