This comprehensive two-part special sweeps aside the veil of time to give viewers an authentic view into a past filled with far more than fascinating legends…
The special on “Knights” consists of an elaborate visual experiment featuring a young volunteer who spends an entire week in a medieval castle.
As well as being trained by experts in the use of the sword and lance that will lead up to a final, no-limits duel with an experienced swordfighter, he will be fully immersed in the demanding daily routines of a medieval knight.
Are the myths true? Was their armor as massive and impenetrable as it is portrayed in film? Did the lance make them truly invincible? Were they adored by beautiful maidens, and did they really live a lavish lifestyle including huge feasts?
In “Saints and Witches“, two modern-day women are transported back to an authentically reproduced village and monastery typical of that Dark Age. One to immerse herself in the role of a saint that had gained fame after having visions of angels and miraculously surviving a hanging.
The other in the persona of an accused witch that could supposedly fly with a magic ointment and who had been tortured into confessing her guilt…
The two women will conduct experiments overseen by the historian Prof. Christa Tuczay, who suspects that such a flying ointment could have actually existed and that there may be a rational explanation for the “miracle” of surviving the gallows.
“Knights, Saints and Witches” explores the exciting grains of truth that exist within these medieval legends – as unbelievable as they might be. Were there really invincible heroes, miracles – and those capable of devilish deeds?