Story of England

Story of England

DVD - 2012
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC, 2012.
ISBN: 9781419896019
Branch Call Number: DVD 941 Story
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (353 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 24, 2017

Anyone interested in either the history of England or social history generally will get a great deal out of "Story of England". The historian Michael Wood works with both villagers and experts (e.g., historians, archaeologists, archivists, and amateur students of local history) to show how change in one village in the centre of England, over two millennia, affected the lives of ordinary folks and created the society villagers live in today -- still, Wood emphasizes that even this society will soon be "historical". It's a pleasure to watch both experts and locals at work, for example, the archaeologist who reads volumes from small scraps of ancient garbage found in the ground. It's also enjoyable to witness Wood's delight in learning and discovery. An interesting aspect of the film is how much change comes from the bottom up and not from the "great men" whom historical studies have traditionally emphasized. The film clearly had a significant budget, and is worth seeing for anyone interested in the past and how it's studied, even if not of English background.

Nov 13, 2017

2000 years in about 6 hours - amazing. I found the more recent history the most eye-opening - the poverty covered as late as 1905 - makes me wonder about the interplay with the not-so-much-later 1st world war. Also, earlier episode made me realize that England had been invaded & enslaved in earlier centuries (somewhat covered in documentary) only to benefit from slave trade (and colonialism for that matter) later on (not covered in documentary). Also, as a tail end boomer, this documentary made me aware just how much the advent of rail travel (& canal system in UK's case) led to actual globalization - e.g. local small-town English boys readily able to journey to India for work for the first time.

Sep 19, 2017

Michael Wood is always great !!!!!!

Jul 05, 2017

Once again Michael Wood infuses his enthusiasm and ability to relate what was happening in human terms to history, this time to the history of England from the Romans to the present. The project heavily involves the people of Kibworth and has their school children measuring fields and digging sample pits to find Roman pottery and coins in their backyards and common areas. While not his most interesting or best work (In Search of the Trojan War is his most brilliant), this series is inspiring nonetheless for an alternative way to make history more accessible.

Jul 31, 2016

Highly recommended for an exciting and imaginative overview of English history. Would appeal to thoughtful teens.

Jul 19, 2015

By far the best series on the history of England. Other series focus on the big figures (kings, lords, bishops, etc). But this one was concerned with the history of real down-to-earth people. The archeology digs in a real English town really brought the story together.

I found the earlier episodes to be better done but one should watch the entire thing.

I wish someone would do a series like this on America's history. Maybe they could use Howard Zinn's book as a screen play?

Bottom Line: Enjoy!

May 02, 2014

Michael Wood has given us a fascinating adventure through local history. This is a most engaging journey that clarifies and humanizes the English story and character.

You must see this!!


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