High in the Tuscan hills above Florence, an elaborate medieval castle, converted to a POW camp on Mussolini's personal orders, holds one of the most illustrious groups of prisoners in the history of warfare. The dozen or so British and Commonwealth senior officers includes three knights of the realm and two VCs. The youngest of them is 48, the oldest 63.
With a documented history stretching back a thousand years, Dunster Castle on the Somerset coast is one of Britain's oldest and most intriguing great buildings, its turrets evoking centuries of siege warfare, dark deeds, bloodshed and treachery. Dunster's rich and colourful story covers more than nine hundred years of intermittent warfare. Only two families have owned and occupied the castle, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 which led to its construction right through to the 20th century; the second of these remained in charge for 21 generations and six hundred years.