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on June 23, 2015
Too short, but awesome, lots of information, and it always sides with reason and logic. The negative reviews likely stem from true believers upset about the Jesus episode. The one about the princes in the tower is pretty far out there though. I don't know why they have a 50 year old man playing Henry VII, when he would have been in early 20's at the time. This was a young man in England for the first time since he was a child, who loved to fight on the battlefield. I don't think he was capable of slitting kids throats in the dark at that point in his life, later, for sure. I think Richard would have kept them alive in case he needed them at some point, he was a very cautious man. A man who we now KNOW did have a severe scoliosis, that was not just a rumor, he would have had trouble walking and riding. His skeleton was recently discovered. My money is on the Duke of Buckingham, or two women they're overlooking for some reason, Margaret Beaufort, a known religious fanatic who basically considered her son Henry VII the son of God and fought for decades to bring him back, nearly losing her own head countless times in the process, or Anne Neville, Richard's ambitious wife who despised Elizabeth Woodville, the boys' mother. A retainer could have carried out this request pretty easily, visiting the Tower on "an order from the king" and poof the kids are dead, and no one knows who to blame. I wish the royal family would let tests be done, what the heck are they hiding at this point, it can't really get any worse than what we already know about English history, LOL.
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on June 14, 2013
The content jibes with other sources regarding female popes (the woman of this program was for sure a pope and there may have been others). Be warned that it is brutal and very traumatic. Get the kids out of the room before starting it because it opens with the narrator reciting the most violent and bloody aspects of this bizarre event from history. And although parts are NOT for the fainthearted, most of it is just a retelling of an intriguing occurrence. I withheld a star because of the failure to convincingly present the official comment from the Catholic Church. I belong to another much maligned religion and I have found that the worst disinformation and misinformation comes from those who are on the outside looking in who have no first-hand experience. The producers should have made it clear that they gave every chance possible to the Catholic church to present their position to the producers of this program. They merely state, "The official position of the Catholic church is that Pope Joan never existed." Even if true, they needed to convince the audience that this is the actual position and that the Catholic church did not desire to make any further comment.
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on February 5, 2013
The character descriptions were very short. They averaged about 25 minutes each. Most of the information was not new. It was like ready a freshman history book. I felt the information on Jesus was totally wrong.
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on July 21, 2013
It's history told from a different angle. It's the facts you do know and some that you never knew. It is amazingly well done and leaves you wanting more episodes.
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on January 25, 2013
interesting, brief, not too deep information, just enough to make you want to learn more - which is a good thing.
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on May 30, 2015
Shows are great but since they are only 20 minutes long not worth the cost.
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on October 31, 2015
I have to write a scholar research paper about Joan's leadership skills, and the trailer showed some potential good material for me, however I was extremely disappointed. Nothing new, no mystery revealed... aghhhh, I want my $2 back and my 24 minutes as well.
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on November 8, 2013
Short overview of the different mysteries. The Princes in the Tower episode gave too much credibility to sources that historians consider not credible. Entertaining, not exactly truthful.
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on May 1, 2016
Actual history scholars and majors will scream, and the show always chooses sensationalism over accuracy. But it is entertaining and nicely shot.
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on December 22, 2012
I love historicle mysteries... And the smithsonian does a good job with it. Interesting show if your into the mystery documentary type of thing.
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