What was it like to be a Viking warrior, a soldier at Waterloo or a serviceman during WWII? Meet the men and women who fill their weekends finding out the battle re-enactors. Each episode tells the story of a single battle from a different period of history and takes an immersive look at life and death on the battlefield as our meticulous and often obsessive re-enactors attempt to recreate history.
King John faces a rebellion of his barons and needs to get back to London. But the castle of Rochester stands in his way. In the brutal siege that follows, he pounds the walls with artillery, assaults the outer bailey and digs a mine beneath the keep, bringing one corner crashing down.
Sometime around 500AD, the Romano-British defeated the Saxon invaders at a place called Mount Badon. In the centuries that followed, that victory was linked to the name of a hero - Arthur. Now, on a wet weekend in Wiltshire, Dan and Matt have gathered weekend warriors from all over northern Europe to re-enact this legendary battle.