Secrets of the Shining Knight

Discover the world of medieval knights and see how their armor was made. Airing October 4, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS Aired October 4, 2017 on PBS

Program Description

A knight in shining armor may sound like a character out of a storybook, but once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. But what was it really like to live beneath the metal? How was that shining armor crafted, and how strong was it? Could it withstand impacts from the most lethal weapons of the day, including crossbows, muskets, and early guns? NOVA challenged blacksmith Ric Furrer and master armorer Jeff Wasson to recreate parts of an elite armor that was originally manufactured in the Royal Workshop founded by King Henry VIII. We trace their successes and setbacks from start to finish as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket.

Broadcast Credits

WRITTEN, PRODUCED, AND DIRECTED BY
Peter Yost
EDITED BY
Anna Auster
CAMERA
Erin Harvey
Stefanie Nirschl
Jerry Risius
Thorsten Thielow
NARRATED BY
Jay O. Sanders
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Edna Alburquerque
Frauke Levin
ANIMATION
Jellyfish Picturesr
ADDITIONAL ANIMATION
Marcus Taylor
ONLINE EDITOR
Marcus Taylor
COLORIST
Justin Boschy
AUDIO MIX
Patrick Donahue
Brian Bracken
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Chris Langum
Mark Zettlemoyer
INTERNS
Vrushabh C. Doshi
Corey Somers
ADVISORS
The Art Institute of Chicago Greenwich Armor Reproduction Project generously funded by Daniel T. Manoogian and Richard Gradkowski
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY
Bridgeman Images
Burgerbibliothek Bern
Emissary Filmworks
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Parliamentary Art Collection, London
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
ARMOR MICROGRAPH IMAGES
Sammy Tin
Stoichko Antonov
SPECIAL THANKS
JDaniela Assel
Cindy Chaffee
Ian Crouch
Kelly DeVries
David Dungworth
Jonathan Ferguson
Jeffrey L. Forgeng
Michael Furtado
Paul E. J. Hammer
Patrick E. Hastings
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Klaus Kamleitner
Andrew MacKinnon
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Kyle E. Metzloff
Christine Nussbaumer
Hammerschmiede Pehn, Kartause Aggsbach, Austria
Chad Stoike
Richard P. Vinci
Albert Winkler
TOURNAMENT LOCATION
Arundel International Jousting Tournament, England
JOUSTERS
Marie Baron
Mark Caple
Lukasz Dutkiewicz
Jan Gradon
Ivar Mauritz-Hansen
Andrew McKinnon
Luc Pettilot
Per Estein Prøis Røhjell
TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS
Matthew Bayley
Victoria Bayley
Ricky James Burnitt
Silvana Burns
Valentin Catuneanu
Rachel Darbyshire
Andrew Gilkes
Callum Gilkes
Urszula Gradon
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Zuzanna Jankowska
Phillip Leitch
Emma Pearn
Ciaron Povey
Catherine Tranter
Kyle VanDolah
Stacy VanDolah-Evans
Mark Van Hasselt
Kate Vigurs
Simon Waterford

Raven Tor Living History Group
HORSE MASTERS
Mark Atkinson - Atkinson Action Horses
Dominic Sewell – Historic Equitation
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT LOCATION
Ripley Castle, England
RE-ENACTERS/STUNTS
Benjamin Atkinson
Michael Collin
Andy Deane
Phillip Leitch
Andrew McKinnon
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
yU + co.
NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
David Bigelow
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER
Brian Kantor
SENIOR SCIENCE RESEARCHER
Caitlin Saks
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL AUDIENCE RESEARCH
Cory Allen
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
RIGHTS MANAGER
Lauren Miller
UNIT MANAGER
Vanessa Ly
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Kevin Young
SENIOR PROMOTIONS PRODUCER AND EDITOR
Michael H. Amundson
BROADCAST MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
BUSINESS MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Elizabeth Benjes
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCER
Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
DIRECTOR, BUSINESS OPERATIONS & FINANCE
Laurie Cahalane
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Julia Cort
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

A NOVA Production by Pangloss Films LLC for WGBH Boston

© 2017 WGBH Educational Foundation

All rights reserved

This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

Original funding for this program was provided by Draper, 23andMe, the David H. Koch Fund for Science and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

IMAGE:

Image credit: (Arundel International Jousting Competition)
© Goldfish Photographic

Participants

Dirk Breiding
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tobias Capwell
The Wallace Collection, London
John Cronin
HP White Laboratory, Inc.
Andy Deane
The Royal Armouries, UK
Keith Dowen
The Royal Armouries, UK
Richard Furrer
Door County Forgeworks
Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen
Styrian Armory, Austria
Wesley Mason
HP White Laboratory, Inc.
Pamela Smith
Columbia University
Johnathan Tavares
The Art Institute of Chicago
Jeff Wasson
Armorer
Alan Williams
The Wallace Collection, London

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