Michael Wood's Story of England
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In this groundbreaking series, charismatic presenter Michael Wood tells the story of one place - the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire - throughout the whole of English history. Located in the very heart of England, Kibworth has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and was even bombed in World War II. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of this village from the Roman era to the present day. Intertwining the local and national narratives, he creates a moving and informative picture of one local community throughout history.]]>
Top Customer Reviews
We are never patronized or asked to indulge in glorious fantasies here. History is told via the words of the people themselves -- through, for instance the amazingly in-depth documents and scholarship that have been preserved throughout the centuries in this uniquely placed village. As it turns out, there's a lot more here than even remotely meets the eye. We get a much fuller and more comprehensive and understandable history of this England than I ever would have thought possible.
The great thing about this series is that it was aimed for a British audience but it's so clearly understandable and tangible that Americans and any other nationality can easily understand it as well.
The series is gloriously and beautifully filmed and scored, and Michael Wood is an unfailingly charming, engaging, charismatic, and knowledgeable presenter.
I promise you will learn much more than you ever thought you didn't know about English history. If, for instance, you are a fan of the films of Ken Burns, or Michael Wood's other programs (e.g., The Story of India), or Simon Schama, you are sure to love this series.
By the way, this is the FULL original UK version, that aired on the BBC.Read more ›
The two DVD set contains all six episodes from the 2010 BBC presentation with over two extra hours of footage to compliment the collection. Included are:
1) Romans to Normans
2) Domesday to Magna Carta
3) The Great Famine and The Black Death
4) Peasants' Revolt to The Tudors
5) Henry VIII to The Industrial Revolution
6) Victoria to The Present Day
While obviously geared toward a British audience, "Story of England" still has overwhelming crossover appeal. It takes an immense history and condenses it into a pretty specific world view. The same approach could be undertaken in any town in any land yielding a unique cross section of drama and intrigue.Read more ›
The videos (CDS or DVDs actually) consist of several episodes and can be watched over several sittings. I enjoyed how he got the local townspeople--of all ages--involved in helping him tell his story. It's "beginner" British history, in many respects. But it provides some ineresting details that will interest people with more specific interests. I was interested in the interview with the Australian couple who had come to the area in search of information about their British ancestor. This caught my attention because I, too, have British ancestors and hope to eventually figure out what part of England they were from and visit.........Anyone with an interest in genealogy will recognize how much you can learn about different eras of human history and various cultures while you are doing your best to trace your ancestors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film did not have a good script. Too much time spent in looking through different logs, and papers for the various times in England. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Irene M. Colby
Sorry, as I haven't had the time yet to watch this. But as a history buff, I'm hoping it will meet my expectations.Published 6 months ago by linda russell
Fantastic video. We see the history of England through the lens of one little town. I loved the breadth of this series- and I loved the public involvement. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Love to Cook
My wife and I have been fans of Michael Wood's "in search off...." Adventures sine we first saw the one on is search of Troy and the Trojan War back in the late 1980s. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Montana Man