Se­crets of Great Bri­tish Cas­tles

CHAN­NEL 5, 8PM

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Television -

New se­ries. His­to­rian Dan Jones ex­plores the tur­bu­lent past of six of Bri­tain’s most fa­mous strongholds, be­gin­ning by head­ing to the southeast of Eng­land to visit Dover Cas­tle. He re­veals that Henry II or­dered its con­struc­tion not only as a state­ment of royal power, but also out of guilt for the mur­der of Thomas Becket, the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, in 1170. Dan dis­cov­ers how a vast net­work of tun­nels was used to de­fend the cas­tle, in­clud­ing un­der­ground bar­racks built dur­ing the Napoleonic Wars and a nu­clear bunker cre­ated dur­ing the Cold War.

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