Behind the gates of the world's most impressive castles, manor houses and mansions are secrets waiting to be revealed.
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.
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 commanding English palace is the setting for a royal tale of uncontrollable lust and limitless power; an ornate New York arsenal falls victim to a menacing curse; and a stunningly advanced machine makes its debut at a breathtaking Austrian palace.
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.
Grand castles tell tales of William Wallace, Casanova, and a cosmic crime.
Castles tell stories of Queen Victoria, Charles Lindbergh, and a poisonous plot.
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.
An elaborate con, a topless duel, and a bold escape-play-out at stunning castles.
Castles tell tales of an exiled prince, a murdered monarch, and a doomed lover.
An infamous pact with the Devil plays-out at an ominous castle in the Netherlands; a strategic Irish stronghold is at the center of a Pirate Queen's battle for supremacy; and the construction of a stunning French chateau wreaks disaster for its ambitious creator.
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.
Castles tell of a terrible giant, an unlikely ruler, and a wartime innovation.
A vicious earl plays chess with the devil at a Scottish fortress, a Swedish pavilion sits at the center of a brazen royal assassination plot, and a tragic duel reveals true love at a Mississippi mansion.