An Irish manor is ransacked in one of the largest art heists the world has ever seen; a stunning French chateau plays host to the illicit affair of a literary superstar; and a hill-top German castle is central to a tale of fraud, blackmail and a groundbreaking discovery.
In the picturesque Eure-et-Loir region of France, the Chateau de Maillebois was once the home of a daring and record-breaking pilot. Located in the scenic village of Great Bookham, England, Polesden Lacey is the venue where royal matchmaking took a salacious turn, and changed western history forever. Perched atop a cliff in Golden, Colorado, the sprawling Boettcher Mansion belonged to an innocent family who was devastated by a brutal kidnapping that shocked the nation.
A foreboding Transylvanian castle provides the chilling inspiration for an infamous literary villain; a stunning French chateau incites a bitter rivalry between two powerful women; and a mythical monarch steps-into the real world at a breathtaking English Abbey.
A German castle provides unlikely refuge for one of Christianity’s most controversial figures; a palatial British estate is the site of a bewitching tale of murders; and a secret romance that threatened the monarchy envelops the owner of a stunning French chateau.
A haunting tale of jealousy and murder plays out in an enchanting French castle; a brazen act of treachery leads to bloody revenge at an ominous Italian fort; and an English castle provides the inspiration for one of the most legendary heroes of all time.
A secret chamber within a British manor saves a fugitive King from execution; a powerful hilltop fortress is the launching ground for Joan of Arc's divine mission to save France; and one of America's first political sex scandals ends at an idyllic New York estate.
On a rocky outcrop in central Germany stands the forbidding ruin of a monstrous castle where a scientist conducted a series of sinister experiments that inspired a literary masterpiece. Hidden within one of England's most famous country manors is the story of long buried Egyptian treasure and the deadly curse unlocked by its discovery. And half a mile from the coast of France is the tiny island of Sainte-Marguerite, home to the forbidding Fort Royal, where a mysterious masked prisoner was locked up for decades, his identity hidden from the world.
From Holland's Loevestein Castle, comes the thrilling tale of one man's audacious escape from prison. Fifty miles west of London, Oxford Castle was once the setting for an incredible tale of false accusations and a miraculous survival. A tropical retreat in Key West, Florida is the lynchpin for one dedicated wife to try and save her marriage.
A medieval chateau in Southwestern France is home to an ailing boy who seeks artistic acceptance and acclaim; a Canadian castle serves as a top secret location for a vital wartime project; and a Scottish stronghold is at the heart of a legendary love story with a mythical twist.
From the seemingly impenetrable Tower of London comes the tale of a brazen plot to steal the British monarchy's invaluable Crown Jewels. A magnificent royal palace in Karlsruhe, Germany is said to be the birthplace of one of history's most infamous feral children. And a remote French stronghold once served as a prison for a notorious literary genius. Accused of indecent behavior, it was during his long incarceration that he penned some of literature's greatest and most scandalous works.
Located in the Alsace region of France, Hohenburg Abbey provides a breathtaking setting for a mystifying robbery that leads to a stunning discovery. From the imposing Thoresby Hall in central England comes a salacious tale of bigamy that shocked the aristocracy and brought down a duchess. The opulent Seelye Mansion in Kansas was home to a huckster who captivated the nation with a seemingly-miraculous potion.
An illegal card game at a stately British manor leads to a scandal that threatens a prince; a stunning Italian fortress provides the setting for a haunting tale of ill-fated love; and the shocking murder of an Austrian castle's owner sparks one of the biggest global disasters of all time.
For generations, a series of supernatural events have plagued the aristocratic owners of England's Cromer Hall -- inspiring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write one of his most famous works, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Along the banks of the Hudson River, just north of New York City, the white stone mansion of Lyndhurst was the country retreat of the unscrupulous Wall Street baron, Jay Gould, who got a taste of his own medicine when he fell victim to a brazen act of fraud. High on a hilltop in central Germany, Colditz Castle once served as a prisoner of war camp, and during World War 2, it became the site of the one of the most daring escape attempts on record.
Visit a giant fortress in Scotland where a 15th-century power struggle climaxed, explore an Italian villa that housed a mysterious manuscript, and tour an upstate New York mansion that belonged to one of Abraham Lincoln's closest advisors.
The English country estate known as Upton House became the subject of one of the most unusual inheritance disputes in history, when a crude stranger from Australia claimed to be deceased heir of the Tichborne fortune. On the banks of the Potomac River, the historic mansion Mt. Vernon may have been the setting for a bizarre medical experiment following the death of America's first president. The ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle overlook Scotland's Loch Ness, the home of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, and the site of a bizarre hoax that captured the world's attention.
A magnificent French chateau plays host to one of the most beloved and well-known romances ever told; a windswept Scottish castle is the setting for a madcap scientist's daring experiment; and a desperate manhunt leads to a close encounter at a grandiose Southern mansion.