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Story of Wales

4.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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The Story of Wales is packed with heroes and triumphs, grand dreams and great endeavors. From a land of storytellers, this is the little-known story of the land itself and of the people who have shaped it. Presented by Huw Edwards (BBC News at Ten)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 354 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008F0QBI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A very exciting and expertly presented history documentary by the Welsh historian Huw Edwards who shows himself to be a master presenter. Her he takes us through 30 000 years of Welsh history to demonstrate with the use of filmography of the beautiful Welsh landscape of deep landscape of broad low mountains and deep green valleys and picturesqe Welsh towns and cities. As well as well acted dramatic sketches.
It takes us from prehistoric times through Roman occupation and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon harrowing of that country through the resistance to English domination led by Welsh princes.
Wales involvement in the Wars of the Roses and the seizure of power by a welsh born nobleman Henry Tudor as King at Bosworth in 1485 are here presented.
So with the moulding of Wales into the United Kingdom, the boom of the Industrial Revolutions and the terrible deprivations suffered by the Welsh working classes, leading to a series of riots and struggles for better conditions including the struggle of the Chartists and the Rebecca uprisings.
Britain in the 19th century was a kingdom divided. 'Two nations'Disraeli called it-the rich and the poor. And nowhere was there greater deprivation than Wales. Eventually the workers begain to protest their appalling conditions, their pitiful wages, their homes that were breeding grounds for such virulent diseases that two out of three children were dead before they reached the age of five.
As the profits of the colliery and ironworks owners rose, so the plight of their labour plunged to horrific depths.
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I'm about 75% Welsh and was raised to value "the old country". I've had the pleasure of touring there, meeting distant relatives, and seeing the houses where two of my grandparents were born.

I've viewed a number of DVDs abut Wales and found themn to be quite disappointing. But this one is stellar! Really, really good! I'm going to circulate it among my three sons.

If you have a connection to Wales, I highly recommend this 6-hour DVD set!
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In the year 2000, the BBC launched a true crowning achievement for their company and the industry that is historical documentary. They produced "A History of Britain." From that came a true template for what made a documentary worthy of the story it was trying to tell. It was honest. It was real. It allowed for self-congratulation to it's people, but it never once shied away from the grim realities of a time-line of poor decisions. Nevertheless, AHB did manage to focus primarily on England's story. And this is not to say that the Scottish, Welsh, and Irish in particular were left from the story -- no, but that merely it almost seemed like the history as the English saw it. To that end, in the decade that followed the BBC saw a potential to fine tune the delivery in provincial attempts, i.e. "Story of Wales." I liked the presentation. But perhaps because AHB and "A History of Scotland" spoiled me so much, I was ready for an epic. I was ready for a journey that had me, as a viewer, as a scholar touch face with the different eras in way where I could and would feel somewhere deep in my soul a true sense of Welshness - of wanting for them what they wanted for themselves. It was that unique feeling that both Simon Schama and Neil Oliver were able to expertly craft in their telling of the national sagas of a people, but Hew Edward seemed more like a Welsh face for a Welsh series. To that end, sadly, it only seemed an asterisk to the general disposition by others for the Welsh, that being the quaint other in a land no longer deemed theirs.
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Since I was born and raised in Wales I was very interested in viewing this movie. I found it very interesting and quite authentic
compared to my experience of living there. It seemed to demonstrate a good sense of the history and day to day life of the recent past. Worth watching for those with a welsh connection!
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Very nice history of Wales with much new information to me. I think that anyone interested in how the UK came about would like this disc as well as The History of Scotland. It certainly helps an outsider understand the differences in outlooks as one moves about the UK.
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EXCELLENT HISTORY FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN WALES. FROM THE BEGINNING TO PRESENT TIME. AWARD WINNING IN UK AND I AGREE.
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I was looking for scenes of Wales ,but I still loved this! My great, and grand parents came from Wales and I thirst for anything about Wales! I especially liked Huw listening to his accent,and I learned so much about Wales! Would recommend it !
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This is a well done history of wales. Which is part of the United kingdom and has been so since the 1200's basically. It's pretty fascinating and very informative. The dvd's picture looks pretty good too. This show tells Wales social , and political history starting back to 30,000 B.C. It covers a lot of time in each episode. We do get some of the most important Welsh heroes and kings names and stories here. And we do get a sense of the culture of the area through the ages. One thing that cannot be argued though , is that wales has in the long run benefited from being part of the U.K. and the current devolutionists who want their own country have lost sight of the fact that they are part of the interconnected culture of the U.K. ; as much as part of wales Today. Which is why it would be idiotic to split off. we have enough small impoverished countries. Culturally wales ahs a lot to be proud of and you will learn about this as the six hour show progresses. Richard Burton was from wales and of course the Tudor Dynasty was from there as well. This show will give you a layman's knowledge of the Welsh and Wales and it's done in a entertaining way. there's not a boring moment in this one , and the early episodes are probably the best.
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