The new blockbuster film Ironclad, released on 4 March, depicts King John's siege of Rochester Castle in 1215. Dave Musgrove paid a visit to Rochester Castle to find out more.
To coincide with the cinema release of the film Ironclad, starring Derek Jacobi, Brian Cox and Kate Mara, BBC History Magazine's editor, Dave Mugrove, recorded the magazine's first ever vodcast with Rochester Castle's curator, John Croucher, and found out what really happened during the siege of the castle in 1215.
The story of one of the longest sieges to take place in British history, the 1215 defence of Rochester Castle.
Sean McGlynn, author of the first book on the French occupation of England in 1216, considers the story of ‘bad’ King John and the Barons’ Revolt.
Visit Rochester Castle, with its strong Norman keep, and tales of long and bloody sieges.
Julian Humphrys goes to Rochester with great expectations and has a Dickens of a time.
Read the story of the nearby castle of Dover, also besieged in the revolt against King John.