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The Adventure Of English, The Story Of A Remarkable Language (PAL) (REGION 4)

Melvyn Bragg    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melvyn Bragg
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 400.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X2PEKW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Fascinating documentary investigating the spread and development of the English language. Follow the astonishing trail of the survival and triumph of English, an adventure through invasion, near extinction on more than one occasion and astounding flexibility, from its arrival in Britain in the 5th century, its voyage across the Atlantic with the Pilgrim Fathers to its influence among slaves in the Caribbean. This compelling programme investigates how vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar vary dramatically not only between countries but also from region to region in Britain.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 19 Oct 2013
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Absolute must for students of this fantastic language and the history of Britain! It's interesting to learn that all our colourful four- letter words came via Belgian fisherman visiting our shores and not from the Saxon invaders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and entertaining 16 Mar 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Very educational, tracing of the roots and history of the English
language from 500 B.C. to the present.

As a Yank, in learning the history of the language I learned a lot about the
political. military and cultural history of England itself (for
example, I had no idea that for 300 years after William the Conqueror
took over England from his home in Normandy, French became the
'official' language of England, and came close to threatening to
eliminate English altogether. Or that it was the plague, which killed
off so many of the upscale guardians of language, like the clergy who
wanted Latin to be the language of the state, that helped restore
spoken English to prominence.

The series can get a bit dry at times, like an illustrated lecture. And
it gets a bit less interesting when it gets to more recent, more
familiar history. But it still is always enlightening and entertaining.

It seems odd and sad that this very strong British series, about the
English language is ironically currently only available from the U.S.
or Australia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Sep 2014
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The wonderful Melvyn Bragg - a brilliant series.
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