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David Macaulay: Castle (1983)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Animation, History  |  1983 (USA)
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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 (

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A great documentary on the construction of castles and medieval life!
5 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I show this documentary every year to my world history classes at the high school I work at and my students find it both informative and entertaining. Based on the well written and illustrated works by David Macaulay, the film is part documentary and part animated story revealing not only how and why European castles were built, but also about life in medieval Europe, especially town life and the role of the nobility. I highly recommend it to any person interested in medieval European history or for teachers wanting to employ its use in the classroom. At only sixty minutes in length, it is perfect for teachers to show on overview of medieval European life without having the film take up too much of classroom time.

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