This week TV shows & schedule – Medieval History

History Channel:

2/28/2011

Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Commandoes (11:00am-12:00pm)
Exactly as they do today, ancient commandos fought deep behind enemy lines in some of the harshest terrains know to man. Battle through storms and five foot snowdrifts to reveal the tech and truth behind the world earliest known ski commandos. Journey to the deserts of Egypt and reveal how a tiny army beat off a major invasion force using deception and a bunch of farm animals. The famous Bayeux tapestry that tells the story of the last invasion of England in 1066 hides a secret clue to the triumph of an elite fighting force. We reveal how the simple stirrup changed the entire course of history. Then, uncover the secrets of the Naftun–one of the ancient worlds most feared and successful commando units

3/3/2011

Cities of the Underworld: 11 – Dracula’s Playground (10:00-11:00am)
Rich in legends and folklore visit the city of Bucharest, Romania and learn about its most famous citizen, Vlad the Impaler, more commonly known as Dracula. Travel underground to separate the myth from reality as secret prisons, caves and dungeons are revealed. Only through the bleak subterranean stretches can one come face-to-face with the Impaler and the truth about this infamous Romanian ruler. Join host Don Wildman as he braves eerie tombs and clandestine tunnels to discover the “Son of the Devil.”

The Real Dracula (11:00am – 12:00pm)
In a country torn by bloody civil war, a young man seizes power. In his native tongue, he is called Dracula. This is not the vampire, Count Dracula, but a real historical figure: a Romanian prince. Dracula was a warlord who became known all across Europe for both his breathtaking courage and his terrifying cruelty. But he also left an enduring legacy. Not just in blood, but also in brick, mortar, and stone. He constructed palaces. He founded the city that was to become his country’s capital. He also built one of Eastern Europe’s most breathtaking mountaintop castles. Now, with state-of-the-art computer animation, we’ll bring Dracula’s lost world back to life: his birthplace in the fortified town of Sighisoara; the gothic splendor of Transylvania’s Bran Castle; the sumptuous palace of Targoviste; and the real castle Dracula, Poenari.

National Geographic Channel

2/28/2011

Lost Gold of the Dark Ages (7:00-8:00pm)
Lost Gold of the Dark Ages chronicles the amazing story of how an amateur metal-detecting enthusiast discovered a gold hoard of more than 1,500 artifacts dating back a millennium, and valued at over $5 million.

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