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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 The Medieval City—A Feast for the Senses
Begin with an immersion into the sights, sounds, and smells of the medieval city. Explore the rich sensory details of markets, monasteries, churches, and religious and civic events. Learn about…
Episode 2 Rothenburg—Jewel on the Romantic Road
In this beautifully preserved German medieval city, explore the imposing mansions of the city's former elite, the grand fountains, and the market square with its remarkable gothic Town Hall. Also…
Episode 3 Mdina—The Silent City
Discover Malta's Mdina through the history of the legendary Knights of Malta, who ruled the island for nearly 300 years. Visit the great palaces of the knights and Maltese nobility,…
Episode 4 Mdina and Rabat—In the Steps of St. Paul
Learn about the Roman history of Malta and St. Paul's internment on the island. In Rabat, experience key sites such as the splendid Roman villa, the Grotto of St. Paul,…
Episode 5 Palermo—A Mosaic of Cultures
The sumptuous interiors of the Norman Palace are your entry point to Palermo and its rich multicultural history. Grasp Norman Sicily's historical role as the richest and best-governed state in…
Episode 6 Palermo—Celebrating Throne and Altar
Visit the most magnificent of the city's medieval palaces, the Palazzo Chiaramonte. Learn about the eras of German, French, and Spanish rule, and explore the Zisa Castle, richly decorated churches,…
Episode 7 York—Wool and Prayer
In the living museum of York, stop first at the romantic ruins of the abbey of St. Mary's, the Abbot's palace, and York Minster cathedral with its stunning stained glass…
Episode 8 York—Vikings and Merchants
Taste medieval life in York's "ginnels," narrow passageways offering shortcuts through the town, and in the Barley Hall mansion and Merchant Adventurers' Hall, with their views into the lives of…
Episode 9 Avignon—The Babylonian Captivity
Traveling now to France, contemplate the unusual history of Avignon as the 14th-century seat of the papacy--an era that created the medieval city we see today. Visit the extensive circuit…
Episode 10 Avignon—Papal Splendor
Continue with an in-depth visit to Avignon's Palace of the Popes--one of the most elaborate and luxurious palaces of the Middle Ages--highlighting the sumptuous private apartments and the settings of…
Episode 11 Carcassonne—Fortress of the Languedoc
The fortifications of this exquisite, romantic city were considered virtually impregnable. Study in detail Carcassonne's complex military defenses and the brilliant strategy behind their use. Then visit the monumental Castle…
Episode 12 Carcassonne—Cathars and Crusaders
Here, encounter the heretical Cathars, who opposed the Roman church, and the resulting Albigensian Crusade, called to destroy them. Follow the response of the church in the grim events of…
Episode 13 Barcelona—The Gothic Quarter
Walk the streets of Barcelona's beautifully preserved medieval center, reflecting on the remarkable Palace of the Generalitat and the calm elegance of the Catalan Gothic cathedral and cloisters. Delve into…
Episode 14 Barcelona—Imagination and Inspiration
Continue with the jewels of Barcelona, among them the Royal Palace complex, richly decorated Gothic and Romanesque churches, the 15th-century hospital, merchants' mansions, and craftsmens' shopfronts. Visit the Maritime Museum;…
Episode 15 Dubrovnik—Pearl of the Adriatic
In its construction, this lovely medieval city and former maritime republic was intended to rival Venice. Enter through the perfectly preserved city walls and study the elaborate fortifications. Trace Dubrovnik's…
Episode 16 Dubrovnik—City of Seven Flags
Probe deeper into Dubrovnik's remarkable political system, highlighting its ingenious diplomatic strategies and progressive policies, such as a free public health service. Visit the sites connected to this history, including…
Episode 17 Kraków—The Royal Way
Enter this great Polish city through the historic Wawel Royal Castle with its Gothic towers and imposing Room of the Envoys. From there, walk the ceremonial route of Polish kings,…
Episode 18 Kraków—Crossroads of Europe
Now enter Krakow's Market Square, the largest medieval square in Europe. Visit treasures such as the 16th-century mercantile Cloth Hall, the historically significant Church of St. Mary, the remaining medieval…
Episode 19 Prague—Freedom of Mind and Spirit
In this famously beautiful city, travel the royal road from the ceremonial Powder Tower to Prague Castle. Pause at the Courtyard of the Merchants and the spectacular Old Town Square,…
Episode 20 Prague—Castle Hill
Prague's political and religious history comes alive as you climb Hradcany Hill to Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Explore the castle's large medieval complex, noting historical sites such as…
Episode 21 Bruges—Built on the Sea and Trade
Begin at the Markt, the medieval commercial center of Bruges, and learn about the city's great mercantile empires and valiant 14th-century uprising against the French that established civic liberty. Visit…
Episode 22 Bruges—Commerce and Community
Visit the sublime Church of Our Lady, with its Baroque interiors and masterworks of art, paramount among Bruges's riches. Then enjoy vivid glimpses of medieval life in the 12th-century St.…
Episode 23 Siena—Good Government
Siena's turbulent medieval history is vividly represented in the city we see today. Trace the republic's defining 13th-century victory over the Florentines, visit the fortified palaces of the great feudal…
Episode 24 Siena—The Gothic Dream
Learn about the significance of the palio, the Sienese ritual horse race of absolute medieval authenticity. Explore treasures including the Baptistry, and the spectacular interiors of the Duomo and the…

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