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Constantinople was built on a narrow promontory projecting out into the waters of the southern Bosporus straits and the Black and Marmara Seas. The steep cliffs that comprised the coastline worked together with a mighty sea wall to make it nearly impossible for the south side of the city to be breached.
In the Middle Ages, walls were essential as a first line of defence for castles and cities, and both were augmented with gates, towers, staircases, passageways, ditches, moats and other water defences to maximize their efficacy.
The tenth to twelfth centuries saw almost continual, rapid innovation in the design and construction of fortifications in medieval Europe.
As outnumbered as Constantinople’s defenders were by their Ottoman attackers at the siege of 1453, the city’s fall was not a foregone conclusion at the conflict’s outset. Even though the city possessed only a fraction of its former wealth and influence, its natural and man-made defences were still among the most formidable of the fifteenth century.
Open communication lines were essential components of the design of many medieval fortifications.
Executive Producer and Director Ian Herring and the crew capture footage as the sun sets at Dover Castle in Kent, England for Battle Castle: Dover, which brings to life the siege of 1216.
Ian Herring and the crew bring to life the siege of 1216 for Battle Castle: Dover.
Ian Herring and crew capture explosions at a British MOD testing facility for Battle Castle: Malaga.