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David Macaulay: Castle (1983)

The architecture and life of medieval castles are explored while we follow the story of one such English castle in medieval Wales.




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Our hosts give a tour through the nature of medieval castles and the people who live in and around them. In illustration, we also see the story of Aberwyvern Castle, an English castle built as part of King Edward I's long term strategy to conquer Wales. We see the design and construction of the castle to establish an impregnable English presence to the Welsh. Once established, the lives of its lord, Kevin le Strange, and the other inhabitants are featured both in peace and when the castle's defensive might is put to the test when Welsh forces lay siege to it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Badly dated.
19 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When "Castle" debuted in 1983, it must have seemed a lot less dated when I saw it today. The DVD comes off as incredibly dull and poorly animated and could REALLY use a remake, as the information about how they built castles was fascinating but the video segments were just dreadful. In many ways, this looks like a video bad history teachers show their students--and bore the kids half to death! Now don't misunderstand me. First, I adore castles and have visited several dozen and plan on visiting many more. Secondly, I am a retired history teacher and LOVED teaching about castles--and because of that, I know that this film could have been so much better. If you have interesting material, you STILL need to present it in an interesting fashion of you'll lose your audience--and this one lost me.

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