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  • Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold turn the clock back as they learn how to build a medieval castle using the tools, techniques and materials available in the 13th century.
    Although Britain has some of the finest remaining castles of the medieval period, many of their secrets have been lost to time.
    Peter and Tom set to work straight away, learning the skills of the medieval stonemasons to construct a beautiful spiral staircase. After digging stone out of the quarry, they take it to the tracing floor, where every stone is marked out using the most closely guarded knowledge of the medieval castle builders: geometry. Then each step is hand-carved, a three-day task, before being winched into place using the treadmill-powered crane.
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  • @TimelineChannel
    @TimelineChannel  4 ปีที่แล้ว +122

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    • @sunray8458
      @sunray8458 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      efdarchive.org/details/DebatesOfAliSina

    • @prilk1704
      @prilk1704 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      If they paid wages in gold coins, I would participate in building the castle :)

    • @ianm4
      @ianm4 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      I have a question about the mortar mixture.
      @22:06 time lapse of the video, the guy was saying 25 baskets of this sand and 50 baskets of the other sand. Which one was the quarry sand, and what type of sand was the other?
      Thanks in advance.

    • @paulacornelison243
      @paulacornelison243 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Did they use plastic spoons to eat the porridge?

    • @gregoryeverson741
      @gregoryeverson741 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      sorry i have to point on the hook on the bucket is fake, lol, but i understand why

  • @gormauslander
    @gormauslander 5 ปีที่แล้ว +468

    There are so many phrases like "daily grind" and "pothole" that now hold a level of significance I'd never imagined.

    • @1jmass
      @1jmass 3 ปีที่แล้ว +12

      There are phrases like this defined in all of these series. I think this info is so interesting.

  • @lionelspencer-ward3527
    @lionelspencer-ward3527 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1543

    We live in France, in the Paris area. When my daughter was ten years old (six years ago now) she visited this site several times on school trips. There are of course tons of interesting things they learned but one thing was discreetly pushed by teachers. The master builders room, where the full- size plan of the spiral staircase was laid out.
    Mathematics can be a 'dry' subject at school, with many children thinking it is a waste of time. The division of circles and the bisection of angles is taught at this age in French schools. The children were not shown how the staircase was constructed but were asked how could they create twelve equal steps on the circle drawn on the floor.
    The 'aha moment' occurred and the connection between the classroom and real life was deliberately created and indelibly marked in the child's mind.
    The timing of the visit and the age of the children was not an accident.

    • @moonrock41
      @moonrock41 5 ปีที่แล้ว +27

      It certainly is a useful experiment in practical application of craft skills as well as a real-life demonstration of medieval life, though I can understand why someone might question its relevance to the 21st century. Without the presumption that civilization may return to a more-or-less feudal social order, can we really claim that this is but little more than a means of satisfying curious historians and archaeologists?

    • @Tuberuser187
      @Tuberuser187 5 ปีที่แล้ว +50

      @@moonrock41 Different math problem but, I remember my father who was a coal miner with no education complaining about me learning things like trigonometry at school. A long time later I was putting up a fence with him at my home and it required some measurements for angles and lengths when we where planning it and buying the material and Dad was just confused without an item in his hands to measure and some simple early secondary school math solved it.

    • @GeoffsSousChef
      @GeoffsSousChef 5 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      cooool

    • @alistairt7544
      @alistairt7544 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      That is incredible awesome! Children are seeing the knowledge being applied and it creates a lasting mark and imprint in them.

    • @dakkan5433
      @dakkan5433 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      David Witt Sadly whatever the system requires we’ve got to learn even if it means we will never need it

  • @123cappadocia
    @123cappadocia 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1484

    my hats off to the French for making a great learning site for people and children. and creating a living history project!

    • @jugementalshoelase1533
      @jugementalshoelase1533 3 ปีที่แล้ว +51

      Andrew Riches oh honey our very existence is a waste of time so why not have some fun whilst we wait to die :)

    • @jrojala
      @jrojala 3 ปีที่แล้ว +27

      It’s just wonderful.
      Time is a construct- it can’t be “wasted.”

    • @jugementalshoelase1533
      @jugementalshoelase1533 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      @@jrojala time is a tool you can put on a wall or wear it on your wrist the past is far behind us the future doesn’t exist

    • @sunnyjim1355
      @sunnyjim1355 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      Yeah. It's a very worthy project, we can learn more about our past and heritage. Just a pity the presentation is so cringe.

    • @alexandrouful
      @alexandrouful 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      @@jugementalshoelase1533 whats the Time?
      Its quarter to nine, Time to have a bath
      What do you mean? We are already clean!

  • @tackyman2011
    @tackyman2011 5 ปีที่แล้ว +608

    Gotta love Ruth. She's so enthused about whatever she is doing.

    • @markojack15
      @markojack15 5 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      She's still a ginner though..(thats Yorkshire for ginger)

    • @harbl99
      @harbl99 5 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      Yeah, getting media training a few years back ruined her personal presenting style. She went from being 'really enthused and knowledgeable friendly Ruth' to 'generic BBC talking head #5034'.

    • @colinmarble2552
      @colinmarble2552 5 ปีที่แล้ว +15

      No, I do not love Ruth,.. could do with someone to replace Ruth, what an irritating, whiny voice!
      Quite the drama queen... or should we say peasant.
      very interesting series, except Ruth.

    • @Preussengeneral
      @Preussengeneral 5 ปีที่แล้ว +18

      Exactly! She is so cute when she explains something :)
      51:28 Easy Peasy :D

    • @ivx8345
      @ivx8345 5 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      I LOVE Ruth!

  • @bimscutney1242
    @bimscutney1242 4 ปีที่แล้ว +570

    For everyone commenting about “non period” construction items being used they have to follow modern safety standards as well in order to conduct this project.

    • @thomasgarcia1995
      @thomasgarcia1995 4 ปีที่แล้ว +133

      I like the mix of modern shoes and precautions it lets me know they aren't crazy

    • @kev3d
      @kev3d 3 ปีที่แล้ว +134

      I would not be too keen on chiseling stone without eye protection. I would not be willing to go blind for the sake of historical purity. Also toilet paper, I would still use toilet paper.

    • @TheBandit7613
      @TheBandit7613 3 ปีที่แล้ว +25

      @@kev3d Steel toe shoes when working around heavy stones.

    • @Spartan265
      @Spartan265 2 ปีที่แล้ว +16

      @@kev3d Yeah certain things like that is understandable.

    • @EternalShadow1667
      @EternalShadow1667 2 ปีที่แล้ว +43

      Yeah exactly. Honestly, back in the 13th century, there probably would have been an abundance of skilled masons, woodworkers etc who would have had the skills and the experience to go about this (fairly) safely even without modern day safety gear. Today it’s a very different story. Although I don’t doubt these people’s skill and experience, this is the first time a truly medieval castle was built in a very, very long time. It’s a largely experimental affair, heightening its danger.

  • @frankieamsden7918
    @frankieamsden7918 4 ปีที่แล้ว +52

    I love Peter. He's always so appreciative of Ruth's cooking

    • @aorta321
      @aorta321 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Except that one time he made a face at her cottage cheese sarnie! 🤣

  • @easymac79
    @easymac79 5 ปีที่แล้ว +114

    This is incredible. I was just thinking "I'd like to learn more about medieval times, too bad there weren't cameras back then." Then I discover this series with people doing exactly that, deducing what it was probably like and documenting it on video. Absolutely fantastic what is being done here, I cannot wait to see more.

  • @dtaylor10chuckufarle
    @dtaylor10chuckufarle 4 ปีที่แล้ว +369

    Note To Self: Never go to Medieval times without Ruth.

    • @angelosumugat6653
      @angelosumugat6653 3 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      Nor the victorian era

    • @TBx46
      @TBx46 3 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      I love her

    • @dtaylor10chuckufarle
      @dtaylor10chuckufarle 3 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      @@angelosumugat6653 Aye! Nor WW2 either!

    • @dtaylor10chuckufarle
      @dtaylor10chuckufarle 3 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      True! I loved Wartime Farm, they were all amazing!

    • @asavannah7439
      @asavannah7439 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Ruth is the best! My husband and I are watching all the programs with her in it.

  • @faelnicolini
    @faelnicolini 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1628

    So... is that the R E A L History Channel?
    I need more documentaries like that in my life, not stupid pawn house or alien conspiracy shows

    • @f4eL5K
      @f4eL5K 2 ปีที่แล้ว +10

      Verdade véi, chega de besteira alienígena

    • @julianshepherd2038
      @julianshepherd2038 2 ปีที่แล้ว +25

      The Norman's are well known to be Aliens.

    • @DillonRust
      @DillonRust 2 ปีที่แล้ว +26

      Is the History Channel run by Corporate Reptilian Aliens? 👽
      *Ancient Astronaut Theorists Say Yes* 👍

    • @oliver3909
      @oliver3909 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      they didnt talk about aliens so id say no ;)..... its WAY BETTER

    • @joshlanders
      @joshlanders 2 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      Yup, the USA history channel is just trash, this is European and perfect for learning

  • @GobanShodan
    @GobanShodan 4 ปีที่แล้ว +204

    Don't know why but I teared up a few times watching this, its fascinating how humans are able to create such things with our minds alone.

    • @Spartan265
      @Spartan265 2 ปีที่แล้ว +6

      We can do incredible things when we put our minds to it.

    • @cbillings85
      @cbillings85 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      That's the longing in your DNA from your ancestors

    • @jasongr3219
      @jasongr3219 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      Aliens teach us things, we don't realize where the ideas originate.

    • @dechezhaast
      @dechezhaast 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@jasongr3219 ideas can seem alien yes, but im somewhat sure that we grew as a species not through extraterrestrial intervention, but rather due to the fact that someone smarter than you and I made something revolutionary; like the computer you used to write this comment, the wifi that transmitted it, and the cell towers that received it - I wouldn't suppose you think those too were the works of aliens?

    • @jasongr3219
      @jasongr3219 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@dechezhaast How it works is that extra terrestrials and hyper-dimensional people give information to humans, who then teach it to the rest of us through secretive means. They then carefully write the narrative of history to make is seem as though humans naturally evolve to upgrade, which we only do slowly and not very much. For example, "aliens" will give us a new invention, then people keep it a secret because the public doesn't know how to handle such a thing. Then the public is carefully programmed to understand it, through movies, tv shows, subliminals, etc. Then once we're ready for it, the invention gets rolled out to the general public, presented as something humans came up with. Then deep psychological warfare is used to make "aliens" seem mythical and absurd, because human armies would slaughter the aliens if they found out certain things they've been doing to people.

  • @TannerRawlings
    @TannerRawlings 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1809

    cue archeologists 1000 years from now excavating france...
    "Okay, so Theres 2000 year old castles, 1000 year old primitive electronics, aaaannnnd a, castle the same age as the electronics? what?..."
    *Thus began the 50 year pop-culture obsession with cybernetically enhanced medieval knights*

    • @KnightsWithoutATable
      @KnightsWithoutATable 5 ปีที่แล้ว +108

      And their cybernetically enhanced horses.

    • @MiguelBaptista1981
      @MiguelBaptista1981 5 ปีที่แล้ว +82

      That DLC sucks.

    • @romchompa6858
      @romchompa6858 5 ปีที่แล้ว +11

      How retro!

    • @LLYoutube565
      @LLYoutube565 5 ปีที่แล้ว +14

      OMG YES HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • @harbl99
      @harbl99 5 ปีที่แล้ว +62

      Heritage is a gift we give our descendants. Cyberchivalry is the type of gift that one slightly dangerous uncle with a colourful past gives his nephews. I approve.

  • @leftyfourguns
    @leftyfourguns 5 ปีที่แล้ว +208

    This whole series is absolutely incredible. So grateful you're allowing us to watch them for free as well. It's so fascinating getting to see how they actually worked back then. The assembling of the wooden furniture in particular is almost exactly like Japanese sashimono, but developed completely independently from each other on opposite sides of the world. It just goes to show that no matter how far we are separated by time or space, we're still connected, we're all humans

    • @derekk.2263
      @derekk.2263 4 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      And that wood is the same everywhere.

    • @Thepourdeuxchanson
      @Thepourdeuxchanson 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      That first thing he made for Ruth started off as wood split and shaved with an axe but ended up as smooth as machine sanded plywood and mortise & tenons done by router. Which it was of course.

    • @KKhhoorrnniittee
      @KKhhoorrnniittee 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@Thepourdeuxchanson oh come on, we all can see that. Just don't spoil the mood (-!

  • @dianewalker9154
    @dianewalker9154 3 ปีที่แล้ว +54

    I like how the head stone mason says that he is a conductor and he listens for the music of the Stone masons, which should have a rhythm.

    • @millinom
      @millinom 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      I didn't quite get it when he talked about it at his introduction, but later when he mentioned the music of the masons, it instantly gave me a new perspective on how and why rhythm and pattern recognition in general are so densely integrated into the human mind.

    • @justinbrewster2012
      @justinbrewster2012 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      It almost seems like he's implying that the music is a sign of patterns that help you produce a product but also distracts you from a long work day. Just like music can help people today with tasks.

  • @ericvandenhaas
    @ericvandenhaas 5 ปีที่แล้ว +542

    Hats off to the French for doing this, this is what _real_ historical science is all about. Truly an amazing project, wish there were more men with these skill sets. Modern western world and we are losing most of our life skills Castle looks amazing

    • @TheAsvarduilProject
      @TheAsvarduilProject 5 ปีที่แล้ว +29

      Yeah, I feel like for emergency situations, being familiar with medieval technology and how to literally turn rocks and wood into useful machines is a very, *very* good idea.

    • @marcellarisa7239
      @marcellarisa7239 5 ปีที่แล้ว +25

      TheAsvarduilProject You never know what could happen
      You might get trapped by a serial killer, where only your knowledge of castles can save you
      What will you do then huh?

    • @TheAsvarduilProject
      @TheAsvarduilProject 5 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      Depends on how much time one has to prepare, and what one has near at hand. Obviously I can't know my attacker's methods, so closing myself off from defeat must come first. I can count on my attacker attacking however.

    • @justsoicanfingcomment5814
      @justsoicanfingcomment5814 5 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      Anyone who is a carpenter, a mason, a plumber and can differentiate geologically useful earth for mining or moving land [phosphor, aluminum, limestone, clay miner etc] [bulldozer/backhoe operator] and has smelted lead, copper, aluminum and steel etc for scrapping can do it with ease.
      Basicaly anyone who has the inclination to learn can do so quite easily.

    • @robbygee2539
      @robbygee2539 5 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      Todays men would certainly parish if they had to live as they did even in the 1800's... Adaptation is easy if advancing, not so much when going the other direction.

  • @grammgale58
    @grammgale58 5 ปีที่แล้ว +175

    My dad died in 1977. He was a welder, a brick layer and a teacher where he taught welding as well in the high school he helped build.Yes, he had a degree. It takes an education for all that people don't realise. He just happened to have one. I thought he could do anything! He just about could! After my mother died 3 yrs ago at 92. I have 3 of the metal end tables, with shelves he made her with glass tops. I already had a small one since I was 19! It has a fiberglass top. I used it for everything. This time, my HP printer sits on it! It use hold my turntable stereo as well. I wish I had the stereo he had given me at 19 for my birthday! The tables were wrought iron tables. So, he taught the students how to make them and they were so proud to take something to take home to mom and dad!

    • @creepychris420
      @creepychris420 5 ปีที่แล้ว +6

      Aw that's cool :) made me smile. Thanks for sharing

    • @CatherineSTodd
      @CatherineSTodd 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @ishopatkmart foru : you made a ridiculous, senseless comment which should be removed.

    • @likasil
      @likasil 4 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      I believe you on the degree thing. They said in the video people apprenticed for 7 years in stone masonry. A degree to learn to do such things now isn’t a stretch to believe.

    • @dtaylor10chuckufarle
      @dtaylor10chuckufarle 4 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      God bless your dad!

  • @joegiotta7580
    @joegiotta7580 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    I'm sure I've never heard someone speak so gloriously of a chalk-line. This series was riveting. Such a group of artisans, educators, creators, historians...Simply lovely.

  • @LabGrownDracula
    @LabGrownDracula 2 ปีที่แล้ว +9

    I really appreciate that the guys never said anything like "you've got it easy" to Ruth, because her tasks are just as labor intensive as their's and arguably more essential.

  • @Peahjay
    @Peahjay 3 ปีที่แล้ว +23

    As a lover of history I love these documentarys. I also love thes series becaus they explain eveything and as a blind person I am grateful. It reminds me of some of my favorite USA History teachers same excitement.

  • @johnmurphy7108
    @johnmurphy7108 2 ปีที่แล้ว +18

    As a third generation GC/home builder (and someone who loves history), this is awesome, the way the they did things back then that we take for granted now is incredible, love that 1300s chalk line :)

  • @gusjohnnson9641
    @gusjohnnson9641 5 ปีที่แล้ว +24

    I just watched this in my Medieval History class, and boy, was this fantastic! I'm going to watch it again with my family tonight.

  • @Alex.T1
    @Alex.T1 4 ปีที่แล้ว +74

    To me, the most mindblowing thing is how they would use ash on greasy bowls and utensils to make "soap". truly incredible.

    • @alexwohlgemuth4099
      @alexwohlgemuth4099 3 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      Ash makes lye, and lye makes soap!

    • @wijnantann
      @wijnantann 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      No better product than ashes to remove hair dye stains on the skin ;-)

    • @patrikcalloch7953
      @patrikcalloch7953 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      la cendre de bois est bien efficace pour nettoyer une casserole dans laquelle le lait a brulé .

    • @creambeast8178
      @creambeast8178 2 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      actually ashes still being use today in Indonesia to clean dishes

    • @Koozomec
      @Koozomec 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      They can made Potash too. Very handy chemical.
      (Potasse in french)

  • @uncannybeagle7512
    @uncannybeagle7512 5 ปีที่แล้ว +132

    I was amazed by how they made wooden stuff without most of the tools and materials of today. I took a curniture class with modern tools and my table was still shittier than what the experts of the of medieval ages could make. Absolutely amazing.

    • @Rainaman-
      @Rainaman- 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      same here.

    • @a0flj0
      @a0flj0 5 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      Google Paul Sellers' and Frank Klausz' videos on YT. There are still master craftsmen out there. Working wood, iron or making earhenware. Also weavers and paper makers and tanners.

    • @dorianleakey
      @dorianleakey 5 ปีที่แล้ว +11

      @@a0flj0 Curniture and Earhenware. i am going go deliberately misunderstand these typos and come up with entertaining ideas what these words could mean.
      Haha, what is happening in my mind now is very amusing.

    • @sleepynightowl1550
      @sleepynightowl1550 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@dorianleakey what‘s happening in my mind amuses me, too - and that is 2 years after your post 😂

    • @dadevi
      @dadevi 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      It's not about the tools. It's about the skill of the craftsman. No beginner can make a masterpiece on their first try.

  • @phillip_iv_planetking6354
    @phillip_iv_planetking6354 5 ปีที่แล้ว +154

    I wish we had castle building 101 in school.
    In stead the local band of kids and I would dam and then un-dam canals for fun.
    Working with the earth feels so natural and right.

    • @MrFiddleedee
      @MrFiddleedee 2 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      fond memories of diverting small ravines just for fun as a kid.
      agreed

    • @talanock
      @talanock 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      what a waste of time. much more important things to learn in school. this is a niche passion project not something th eaverage person needs to know

    • @insertname4032
      @insertname4032 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@talanock someones in a bad mood. You say that but I can gurantee you if the thing I "learned" in school interests me I will remember it, the other stuff? Gone after a year

    • @insertname4032
      @insertname4032 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@Tetronoid It was an example. Never heard people say school sucks? I can gurantee you in my class 80% of the people were either "sick", played something or acted like they were working. If you want to tell me it's better to learn like that (aka, nothing) than learning anything then that's on you as well.

    • @valarkov6455
      @valarkov6455 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      Long live the King!

  • @Belenus3080
    @Belenus3080 2 ปีที่แล้ว +6

    I love the interaction at 8:20, because that’s exactly how it would have played out in that time period in England. The supervising mason, a Norman French speaker, telling the goofy English laborers how to work the stone. The laborers joke about how they don’t fully understand how to use the tools, but they are jovially eager to learn.

  • @josephsatricleofevillanuev3194
    @josephsatricleofevillanuev3194 5 ปีที่แล้ว +56

    Now, this is what I call "Living History"!

  • @noemie6804
    @noemie6804 3 ปีที่แล้ว +18

    I went there in CM1 (equivalent year 5 in Britain or grade 4 in the US). It was a truly amazing experience. I was already a history fan back then, so it was even more eye-opening.

  • @joshfump8238
    @joshfump8238 4 ปีที่แล้ว +16

    I work in construction and it's super cool to see they use the exact same tools I use such as plumb line chalk line etc.

  • @elizabethbush5293
    @elizabethbush5293 5 ปีที่แล้ว +6

    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!☺ i wish they had more shows like this on tv ! Because you can actaully learn something

    • @BRO-yn2vh
      @BRO-yn2vh 5 ปีที่แล้ว

      Ain't it? Very relaxing material. I love Edwardian Farm as well.

  • @claidheamhdalaimh3694
    @claidheamhdalaimh3694 5 ปีที่แล้ว +226

    This is one of the best documentaries that I've ever seen. I love castles and the entire medieval period. The use of period tools and clothing makes the castle building so much more authentic. It was nice to be able to see the various trades needed to make the building of a castle possible as well. I hope I can find the other videos in the series.
    Another fine documentary from the folks at Timeline. Thank you for posting this Timeline - World History Documentaries.

    • @terrandroid
      @terrandroid 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Claidheamh da Laimh there are 5 episodes, they should be floating around on TH-cam somewhere

    • @99smite
      @99smite 5 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      You can actually visit Castle Guedelon in burgundy.
      www.guedelon.fr/en/
      I once visited a castle near Colmar in summer, where they had some special events for children during summer break. That time, they had craftsmen and artisans, carpenters and stone masons who worked with medieval tools, using medieval methods to demonstrate how people built castles in medieval times. The carpenter was specialised in ancinet methodology and is an expert for restauration project in medieval french castles...

    • @I_am_a_cat_
      @I_am_a_cat_ 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      ... Best documentaries ever, huh?
      I mean, I now know how to build a castle, so i suppose thats a good thing.
      The best documentaries are ones about the universe, though :)

    • @claidheamhdalaimh3694
      @claidheamhdalaimh3694 5 ปีที่แล้ว +12

      @@I_am_a_cat_ Thank you for your comment. Yes, the universe is very interesting and I watch documentaries about that, too, but my main interests are in history, specifically, the Middle Ages and World War II. I am, however, rather eclectic in my viewing and will watch just about anything.
      It would be a very boring world if we all liked the same thing.
      Have a good day.

    • @drg.naufal
      @drg.naufal 5 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      It's good to be a lord, and very bad to be a serf

  • @prokrastnation6071
    @prokrastnation6071 4 ปีที่แล้ว +5

    Watching Ruth has given me so much joy. What a wonderful person.

  • @erikhalvorseth3950
    @erikhalvorseth3950 5 ปีที่แล้ว +19

    Hello from Norway. Fascinating to see such a dedicated group of people building something this big the medieval way :)

  • @KossolaxtheForesworn
    @KossolaxtheForesworn 5 ปีที่แล้ว +45

    funny thing I remember about the Olaf's Castle here in Finland, that was build between 1475-1485 (side of having more added along 500 years or so) was that when it first started, the wood work was easy for Finns to do since it was something people had used to doing, but stone was a bit harder thing so workers were hired form all across scandinavia, and then they staid in the country and so we have some last names that originate to those people who came from outside.

    • @Tombombadillo999
      @Tombombadillo999 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      Kossolax the Foresworn i dont think thats the main reason. Sweden had plenty of colonies in finland. There were plenty of foreign travellers that reached scandinavia allot after those years aswell. Many germans, scots, and dutchmen also came to scandinavia for various reasons. Some helped building cities and fortifications. The dutch for example helped build the canals that still can be seen in gothenburg today. The germans built the old fortifications of the city. And much of this was after the medieval period.

    • @arthas640
      @arthas640 5 ปีที่แล้ว +6

      im kind of jelaous of Eurpeans. I live in the Pacific Northwest and there isn't really anything here dating back more than 150 years with 99% of buildings being built after 1900 and very few even older than WW2.

    • @arthas640
      @arthas640 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      @Celto Loco that's insane. One the oldest buildings in my hometown was only about 120 years old and the 140 year old building became a landmark and listed as a historic building by the government

  • @Accio_Eloise
    @Accio_Eloise 4 ปีที่แล้ว +7

    I love Ruth's enthusiasm! She's infectious.

  • @yesterdayschunda1760
    @yesterdayschunda1760 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    There needs to be a season 2 of this, so much has changed at the castle since this series

    • @ElectroBotVideo
      @ElectroBotVideo ปีที่แล้ว

      Kirsten Dirksen just put out a 30 min video covering the project made this year about it: th-cam.com/video/Ajqort8ldXA/w-d-xo.html

  • @skeletalbassman1028
    @skeletalbassman1028 5 ปีที่แล้ว +86

    Personally, I would never set off on a time-traveling adventure to old Europe w/o Ruth Goodman.

  • @TheEyez187
    @TheEyez187 5 ปีที่แล้ว +12

    Even if I hadn't of been an archaeologist, I still would have found this thoroughly fascinating, even the origin of the term "pot-holes"!
    On to part 2.

  • @imwyrmfood9925
    @imwyrmfood9925 5 ปีที่แล้ว +9

    What an incredibly detailed look into life back then. Literally everything was interesting in this. thank you.

  • @batintheattic7293
    @batintheattic7293 4 ปีที่แล้ว +30

    Love this. The sheer ingenuity is so inspiring and instructive. Often I am flummoxed as to how to do a particular task with a modern tool. We rely on a belief that a modern tool can do a thing, perfectly. I'm starting to think it might just be better to reunite ourselves with logic and gravity. I loved the pedal lathe. I loved the plumb line. I loved the horn/string/ochre thing.

    • @macstrong1284
      @macstrong1284 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      Yeah this is a great set of techniques! If you want to turn a 2 year project into at 15 year one lol

    • @user-gh8bm8ct5t
      @user-gh8bm8ct5t 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      @@macstrong1284 That 15 year project will last centuries and offer an invaluable depth of religious, cultural and aesthetic merit, the kind that a community can pride in for generations; modern infrastructure is barbarous, ugly and dilapidates in decades, if that! Patience is key :)

  • @j-cemmarancoud-guillon4949
    @j-cemmarancoud-guillon4949 5 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    Quel talent dedication. what an amazing project.long vie a cette France profonde BRAVO du Vermont.

  • @2msvalkyrie529
    @2msvalkyrie529 3 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    Thank you France for this amazing project !!

  • @lopp5260
    @lopp5260 5 ปีที่แล้ว +9

    44:35
    Still around today. Amazing.

  • @faolair3320
    @faolair3320 5 ปีที่แล้ว +19

    Lol, I always understand 'Get-Along-Castle' xD
    Sounds like a place where an annoyed mother would send her fighting children:
    'To the Get-Along-Castle, both of you! And don't come out until you apologized to each other!'

  • @gemsoft2607
    @gemsoft2607 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    This is probably the best medival living documentary in the world, 5 stars

  • @sebastianfries274
    @sebastianfries274 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    Finally, a history documentary with people who aren’t just talking about a subject but actually going and showing real people doing real things

  • @Kate4267
    @Kate4267 4 ปีที่แล้ว +9

    Absolutely loved this series! I can watch it again & again! I appreciated the information about the simple machines & tools used. This series would be great addition to any medieval history course!

  • @esotericexplorersmartinez493
    @esotericexplorersmartinez493 2 ปีที่แล้ว +5

    I adore Peter and Ruth 💜
    Peter is hilarious and I love Ruth’s enthusiasm for teaching it’s infectious 💜

    • @viagragaming2259
      @viagragaming2259 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      She so cringey though

    • @esotericexplorersmartinez493
      @esotericexplorersmartinez493 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@viagragaming2259 really how does she seem cringey to you tho? Lol I’m interested

    • @viagragaming2259
      @viagragaming2259 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@esotericexplorersmartinez493 she just so enthusiastic in her facial expressions and voice. kinda triggered

    • @esotericexplorersmartinez493
      @esotericexplorersmartinez493 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@viagragaming2259 lol 😂😂😂😂

  • @trivialtrav
    @trivialtrav 6 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Ruth and the boys have made some amazing programs. I prefer the older periods more so this is one of my favorites, but all of the farm periods are great as well.

  • @joanhelenak
    @joanhelenak ปีที่แล้ว +1

    I love any series with Ruth and Peter. About the hovel flooring, I'm wondering if the reeds were more like a simple mat versus a sort of nest. We do have art showing reed mats plaited for castle floors that were replaced twice a year, the same people weaving those mats would be using those reeds in their home. Maybe keeping them in small bundles as Ruth suggests, but also tying them together so they aren't flopping around everywhere, but not taking as much time as actual plaiting together as would be required for a lord's castle.

  • @Massivecarcrash
    @Massivecarcrash 5 ปีที่แล้ว +21

    The audio is perfect now, thanks!

  • @bcn1gh7h4wk
    @bcn1gh7h4wk 5 ปีที่แล้ว +142

    should research Treadmill Crane....... +20% construction speed.

    • @kvltizt
      @kvltizt 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      Indeed! A fine bit of medieval engineering there.

    • @arthas640
      @arthas640 5 ปีที่แล้ว +16

      I got A's when we studied medieval history, ancient history, and ancient mythology in school without having to do any studying or any work thanks to hundreds of hours spent of games like Age of Empires, Civilization, and Age of Mythology.

    • @MaryJane-lp7di
      @MaryJane-lp7di 5 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      thinking of the average life expectancy in those days, time really was money, intelligent minds wouldve been incredibly valued in regards to optimizing construction practice

    • @Raz.C
      @Raz.C 5 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      @@arthas640
      And yet, for some reason, my history teacher gave me a funny look when I told her about Napoleon's battles against Genghis Khan's hordes...
      By the time I got around to explaining how Gandhi defeated the Roman Empire, she'd lost all interest in my 'work.'

    • @RandomPlaceHolderName
      @RandomPlaceHolderName 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      @@Raz.C I mean, we all know Gandhi is one of the worlds worst tyrants and warmongers. How could see turn you aside like that?!

  • @pluscarnalivero
    @pluscarnalivero 2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Ruth, Peter and Tom are my favorite polycule.

  • @JessieCochran37
    @JessieCochran37 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    I absolutely love Ruth, Alex, Peter, and Tom! All of their works are fantastic and a feast for a historian and writer like me. If, after watching this, you-the general reader-are so inclined, check out their BBC Historic Farm Series, where they "travel back in time" to Tudor, Stuart, Victorian, Edwardian, and Wartime periods. Goodman, Langlands, Ginn, and Pinfold, you are amazing, never stop what you so clearly love!

  • @I_am_a_cat_
    @I_am_a_cat_ 5 ปีที่แล้ว +20

    I built one of these in my backyard once.
    It's pretty goooood. Keeps out all those damn red coats.

    • @neildahlgaard-sigsworth3819
      @neildahlgaard-sigsworth3819 5 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      Cat no wonder you've been banned from Butlin's.

    • @RicTic66
      @RicTic66 4 ปีที่แล้ว

      Typical yank who has no concept of history. Castles were built 100s of years before the Redcoats and 100s of years before America was even thought about.

    • @LB-ou8wt
      @LB-ou8wt 4 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      RicTic66 why are you assuming redcoat is an American thing? It was first used by Irish in the mid 1500s and was widely used throughout the colonies over the next few hundred years.

  • @kripkethechameleonfriends4505
    @kripkethechameleonfriends4505 4 ปีที่แล้ว +7

    I truly enjoyed this, with the rope makers, castle building etc👍

  • @kenrobinson5176
    @kenrobinson5176 2 ปีที่แล้ว

    The enthusiasm of these three is infectious. They are the best!

  • @dhr.woltemade6387
    @dhr.woltemade6387 9 หลายเดือนก่อน

    This video answered so very many questions ive always had everytime I visit a medieval castle in europe. Im gonna need watch this again.

  • @tx-sweet-pjg3547
    @tx-sweet-pjg3547 5 ปีที่แล้ว +28

    Well , I enjoyed that immensely, I would love to be Ruth’s helper , I’m quite handy, and make a delicious dandelion salad , looking forward to your next video, you guys are awesome , thank you

  • @PaulinOsakanow
    @PaulinOsakanow 5 ปีที่แล้ว +11

    Great documentary find, it was a joy to watch I do hope there are many more to come.

    • @billie-jobenway8658
      @billie-jobenway8658 5 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      If you are into these types of shows here is a list of the ones I have seen and highly recommend listed in order according to historical timeline. They are all Ruth, Peter, and either Tom or Alex. They spend from 6 months to a year living the life of simple farmers throughout English history.
      Tales from the Green Valley: 01 th-cam.com/video/iSpqpwJ__Ek/w-d-xo.html
      Victorian Farm Episode I th-cam.com/video/4apIM4l0laY/w-d-xo.html
      BBC Edwardian Farm Episode 1: September th-cam.com/video/wndXABdzieg/w-d-xo.html
      Wartime Farm Part 1 of 8 th-cam.com/video/CUsU5s0ofYo/w-d-xo.html
      There are also a set of series that show regular people trying to live like people in the past. Some are British, some American, but all worth watching.
      The 1900 House th-cam.com/video/lNCMRWTLLu8/w-d-xo.html
      BBC Coal House Episode 1 th-cam.com/video/rDMgNi-JHnQ/w-d-xo.html
      BBC Coal House at War Episode 01 th-cam.com/video/1fVR47jRvvE/w-d-xo.html
      Colonial House EP01 th-cam.com/video/PTUP95AmIcA/w-d-xo.html
      Frontier House Part 1 th-cam.com/video/4m7ovkbu7cw/w-d-xo.html
      Texas Ranch House (have to fish around for all episodes) th-cam.com/video/TS4rTgihmkA/w-d-xo.html
      If you are into Archaeology I HIGHLY recommend watching the videos posted by these two incredible people. Between then they have every episode of Time Team and the series and accompanying specials, live shows, etc. are outstanding.
      Reijer Zaaijer th-cam.com/channels/G6L225D2o0af7jdbnS2TxA.html
      Fillask th-cam.com/channels/MXfL7HNKKwngFN2Jozg1qQ.html

  • @ottersarah8812
    @ottersarah8812 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    Tom teasing Peter about being all dirty at 23:40 was giving me major Legolas & Aragorn vibes. "You're late. You look terrible."

  • @martinvasak1901
    @martinvasak1901 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    7:05 One of the most effective way how to perform history is to say it in calm voice and nice music.. :)

  • @sunlightpictures8367
    @sunlightpictures8367 4 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    This was an excellent episode! I learned so much. It really gives you an appreciation for how life was back then.

  • @ittdust
    @ittdust 5 ปีที่แล้ว +20

    45:00 this tool still exists in modern hardware stores

    • @arthas640
      @arthas640 5 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      Alot of old designs are so perfect that we cant really improve on them. All modern stadiums are based on Roman amphitheater and coliseum designs, alot of leather working tools havent changed much since the stone age (some tools made of bone outperform modern metal or plastic tools for example).

  • @lindaclement3407
    @lindaclement3407 4 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    I love this series! I was about to watch another documentary about castles, but when I saw this I decided to watch it first, to better understand what I see when I look at medieval castles, and I'm so glad I did! Early in this episode M. Clement says that this technology of building was used until a couple of centuries ago, but I was a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books as a child and these are the same techniques that her Pa used in the late 19th century to build their homes in Wisconsin and Kansas, as well as their furniture. Much of the United States was homesteaded in just this way because metal tools and nails cost so much to import from the East. We owe more than castles to these master builders. So interesting to see this great legacy brought to life!

  • @johnkilcher477
    @johnkilcher477 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    Absolutely kept me at the edge of my chair. I always reflect on the 7 basic simple tools that I learned about, 'way back when and it still rings true to today. This castle building is indeed fascinating.

  • @DK-cr7hn
    @DK-cr7hn 4 ปีที่แล้ว +8

    56:53 look at the face of the man, as he eats that "porridge"

  • @gaunjee4182
    @gaunjee4182 5 ปีที่แล้ว +8

    This is so interesting!! Im definitely applying things i have learned to the world building of my D&D campaign.

  • @IAsimov
    @IAsimov 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    This documentary was spectacular. I am a massive history buff, and work in construction. This is a massive eyeopener. I loved this so much. Thank you for uploading this. And massive props for that history project. I'm so jealous of everyone who got to visit it!

  • @curtisthornsberry4236
    @curtisthornsberry4236 2 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    What always gets me really excited is seeingall the little tools you'd never see today. like that guiding block for the rope making, or a manual lathe. Like imagine being the guy who was doing that sort of labor by hand and coming up with that solution. Such as "How to I make my rope more precise?" then thinking up a block of wood with some grooves, maybe he'd seen a button or thought of a round comb.

    • @KKhhoorrnniittee
      @KKhhoorrnniittee 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      I doubt buttons were around at that time.

  • @kaizen5023
    @kaizen5023 4 ปีที่แล้ว +84

    I used to be an experimental archaeologist like you. Then I took an arrow to the knee.

    • @elodiejones7727
      @elodiejones7727 4 ปีที่แล้ว +5

      Congrats on your marriage! Hope its fruitful!

    • @richardsanchez9190
      @richardsanchez9190 4 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      And I hope nobody steals your sweet roll

  • @emilyfulton728
    @emilyfulton728 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    i will literally watch anything these three do

  • @hilldwler420
    @hilldwler420 2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Love these period pieces with Ruth, Peter and Thomas. You all make our history and heritage come alive. Thank you.

  • @janhardin8481
    @janhardin8481 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    I know I speak for others as well as myself when I say a huge thank you for posting these videos, and for free too! I have watched all of the "Farm Vids" many times and I am always learning something new still. Thank you!!!

  • @BryantVonMiller
    @BryantVonMiller 5 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    Such an amazing upload! Showing facts, how things actually went.. The processes of the noble makings of such the fine pieces of our history. Ah, I envy these people. I wish to be there to help make the castle, live a old life style like they.

  • @kripkethechameleonfriends4505
    @kripkethechameleonfriends4505 4 ปีที่แล้ว +9

    My back aches just watching this. I tip my hat to all builders👍

  • @hefeibao
    @hefeibao 2 ปีที่แล้ว

    I think someone said it better than I can: this is a better history channel than the History Channel. Why aren't all history lessons like this?

  • @michaelluczak3019
    @michaelluczak3019 5 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    Amazing series. I like the parts about making the cross bow and the food preparation.
    I would love to see that castle in person. I admire the work these historians put into the series.

  • @ivx8345
    @ivx8345 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    I absolutely LOVE these small facts about our language 34:20

  • @3monsters014
    @3monsters014 5 ปีที่แล้ว +12

    I would love to see this done in Egypt with the pyramids.

    • @ViolentKisses87
      @ViolentKisses87 3 ปีที่แล้ว +3

      I beleive there were some experiments with moving the same sized stones used in the pyramids to see how it was done on a documentary about 8 ish years ago.

    • @dorianphilotheates3769
      @dorianphilotheates3769 3 ปีที่แล้ว +2

      For an archaeological the logistics - not to mention the skill set - would be insurmountable.

  • @NotoriousNUB
    @NotoriousNUB 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    I can’t believe I just spent an hour watching a video about how medieval castles were built but I’m glad I did.

  • @nefelibatacomingthrough2707
    @nefelibatacomingthrough2707 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    This is just so wonderful series. I do love how the effort can be felt while watching. It's not a simple thing to build a freaking castle. Big up! +1+1+1+1

  • @StyrbjornStarke
    @StyrbjornStarke 5 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    Really entertaining documentary, must be a dream come true for these craftsmen to get paid to build a medieval castle.

  • @jimtalbott9535
    @jimtalbott9535 5 ปีที่แล้ว +26

    I'd love to just see how they built the well initially.

    • @Aatell764
      @Aatell764 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      I've always wanted to see that myself I've dug a lot of holes but the deeper you go the wider you would have to go aswell I don't know how you pull it off without filling a bucket full of dirt and having someone up to pull it up to dump it, that would take agesssss hahaha

    • @beth8775
      @beth8775 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@Aatell764 I'm pretty sure the bucket thing is exactly how it worked.

    • @Aatell764
      @Aatell764 2 ปีที่แล้ว

      @@beth8775 Yeah you're probably right I don't see how else it could be done atleast with that level of technology.

  • @bubbaho-tep3468
    @bubbaho-tep3468 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    This is so cool. I never could get enough of these history videos. Thanks for the upload

  • @EverGreen1888
    @EverGreen1888 2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Anything narrated by Paul McGann is awesome

  • @liamailiam
    @liamailiam 5 ปีที่แล้ว +17

    Quest Completed: Create rope
    New Quest: get the bucket out the well

  • @pollyg562
    @pollyg562 5 ปีที่แล้ว +8

    im thinking, oh not another show on castles,ive seen them all and there all the same, as i was thinking of what else to watch,the opening few minutes plays, and all i can say is WOW NOW THIS LOOKS DIFFERENT,THIS IS SOMETHING UNSEEN,IM HOOKED i guess the ol cliche is right "dont judge a castle by its facade" or is it "book by its cover"?

  • @_luckicharms
    @_luckicharms 3 ปีที่แล้ว

    So glad all of these series are available for free

  • @yoseph420
    @yoseph420 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    Beautiful craftsmanship!

  • @supercomputer0448
    @supercomputer0448 5 ปีที่แล้ว +95

    Wow the Amish have really stepped up their game

    • @memento5113
      @memento5113 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

      supercomputer2004 i laughed out loud reading this 😂

    • @arthas640
      @arthas640 5 ปีที่แล้ว +7

      if we ever have a global nuclear war the EMP's will wipe out our electronics. Then Amish Empire shall rise and seize control...

    • @DecibelAlex
      @DecibelAlex 5 ปีที่แล้ว

      Amish people are just wannabes

    • @Dangerpurple
      @Dangerpurple 5 ปีที่แล้ว +8

      The Amish would of finished this castle in a year, tops.

    • @Dangerpurple
      @Dangerpurple 4 ปีที่แล้ว +6

      @alain mancini-brown
      It was a joke, lighten up.

  • @justinm4497
    @justinm4497 5 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    :O This is incredible, was just thinking about wanting to do something like this.

  • @specialunit0428
    @specialunit0428 4 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    I demand that a MASSIVE restoration project is launched across Europe to repair all castles.

    • @SuperLn1991
      @SuperLn1991 4 ปีที่แล้ว

      really? they are more than 30 000 castle and manor houses, just in France. That would be impossible for every european castle.

  • @niccoarcadia4179
    @niccoarcadia4179 4 ปีที่แล้ว +2

    What a great Timeline Show! That was a cool rope making lesson for me..Four separate mini ropes twisted right and then left holds/binds it all together? Fascinating! I want to try that!...Also the lathe was unbelievable, I wish I could see more, like the way the pulley(s) worked to turn the wood,. Beautiful hand carpentry as well, and now I know the Medieval people had lots more brains than I originally thought.

  • @hxcdanny3x
    @hxcdanny3x 5 ปีที่แล้ว +6

    amazing documentary! nettle is a very very nutritious plant, probably wasnt eaten as just "bulk"

  • @orion5964
    @orion5964 ปีที่แล้ว

    Absolutely great you guys, all school kids should be there to learn all over the World.

  • @samsmith2635
    @samsmith2635 4 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    21:27 I love this documentary! Im a Blacksmith in the traditional school as a profession. I would love to help out here if I can. I was a little disappointed you didn't have your smith make a medieval style slip hook with a hinged dog for the bucket. That modern drop forged hook takes away from all your cool stuff! I mean the rope makers, wood turners, masons, and the carpenter all had hand forged iron or steel. Probably has already been replaced with something period. Lots of love from Nearby Rhineland Palatinate & Saarland - Burgschmied von Bacharach

  • @ChittyBits
    @ChittyBits 5 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    this is fantastic! i could watch so many of these - when is episode 2?

  • @Uberdude6666
    @Uberdude6666 5 ปีที่แล้ว +4

    Imagine how much anger and frustration would have been involved if somebody dropped just one of those specially hand-crafted stone blocks and broke it

    • @stephanbranczyk8306
      @stephanbranczyk8306 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

      @@tripsupstairs , In France, if a maid broke a mirror, she had to work seven years for free to pay for the mirror. That's the origin of the superstition.

  • @johnny_pilot
    @johnny_pilot 5 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    What an absolutely fascinating programme! Ready for episode deux!

  • @pleasehadestakemetotheelys865
    @pleasehadestakemetotheelys865 2 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    This is roleplaying in a godlike level.