Battle Castle with Dan Snow

Series 1 - 1. Crac des Chevaliers

Radio Times
Review by:
James Gill

It’s ironic that the first castle explored in this series charting the history of siege warfare is the imposing Crac des Chevaliers in modern-day Syria. As Dan Snow clambers over the colossal limestone ramparts, it’s easy to see why this Crusader-era fortress held such sway over the landscape. This documentary was filmed before the castle was once again plunged into conflict.

About this programme

1/6. Documentary exploring medieval fortifications and the sieges they resisted, re-enacting battles that changed the course of history. Dan Snow begins with the 1271 attack on the Crac des Chevaliers, a military base for the Crusaders in what is now Syria, by Baibars, Sultan of Egypt, and his massive army.

Cast and crew


Dan Snow


Ian Herring