Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: Castles were gross.
Quick synopsis: Author Dan Jones tells the stories behind a bunch of old British castles.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Want to know why rich people changed residences so much? Because they stunk, literally. When the privies were used too much, it stunk up the whole castle and they would move somewhere else while the poop aired out. Thank God for toilets!
Fun Fact for History Nerds: Way too many to count. This has tons of great nerd stuff.
My Take: Ever say it would be great to live in a castle? Guess what, that’s a terrible idea!
This is a great documentary series and I am seriously annoyed there are only two seasons. But at least it is two great seasons.
Dan Jones tells the history behind one old British castle each episode. He walks through each of them, discussing how the castle was used throughout the time periods it was active including many gory details (the best kind!).
I especially enjoyed the practical understanding of living in many of these places. They basically enhanced whatever terrible weather the area was experiencing. They were cold and drafty, unless they were hot and stuffy.
Verdict: This is fun and interesting. Give it a try.
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- Tales of Irish Castles