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Join Melvyn Bragg and a host of experts as they explore the vibrant 1,500-year history of the English language. How did it grow from a relatively insignificant Germanic dialect to become the premier language of culture, commerce, and diplomacy around the globe? The answer involves bloody conquest, political intrigue, and plenty of creativity.
Renowned authorities such as Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company John Barton, and Elizabethan scholar Katherine Duncan-Jones explain the development of English in entertaining detail. In this fascinating, eight-part documentary, Bragg and his colleagues examine the life of the language, showing how diverse forces--from Beowulf to the Bible, from Shakespeare to American slang--shaped the way we communicate today.
A prolific author, screenwriter, and broadcaster, Melvyn Bragg serves as president of Great Britain’s National Campaign for the Arts and chair of the Arts Council Literature Panel. He has hosted The South Bank Show, Britain’s leading arts program, for over 30 years.
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The Adventure of English
For we the peoples in the world that don't speak English as a mother language, this is a very interesting and motivating TV series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by José Hernández
Well researched, comprehensive , informative and highly interesting. I have watched some of the episodes 2 or 3 times. Perfect for students in the classroom.Published 5 months ago by ed brownie
This is a completely riveting story of how our language evolved into what it is today. I highly recommend this DVD as a gift for anyone interested in the history of language.Published 6 months ago by Jene Moseley
Highly recommend it for anyone interested in discovering the origin and history of the English language. Well worth the purchase.Published 6 months ago by ron parvu
This series was more than I bargained for. Very interesting and well produced. Full of facts that I want to watch it again and again, to pick up things I missed.Published 9 months ago by Jesse Beitz
Tired of the movies. This DVD was so very enjoyable because you learn so much. I took courses like this in school but they could not come close to the enthusiasm of the presenter... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert Grieves
These videos are not only informative but entertaining. I happen to be an English instructor at a local college, and even the students find these fascinating. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kleiber1
A special with a very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to narrator. Have watched it several times and always enjoyed the re-watching and getting something new that I missed... Read morePublished 12 months ago by RICHARD A. MACDONALD