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Michael Wood's Story of England [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Wood
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045UBFO6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A new 6 part BBC series: Michael Wood's Story of England. Michael tells the story of one community through the whole of English history. Using documents, landscape, buildings, science and archaeology, and with the help of the villagers themselves, he explores the lives of the ordinary people against the backdrop of national events across more than a thousand years.

Moving between the national and the local narratives, Michael sets the lives of the ordinary people in the context of great events: from the Viking invasions and the Norman Conquest to the Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars. Today’s villagers uncover archaeological evidence to fill in the unknown history of the village before 1066, charting the coming of Romans Anglo-Saxons and Vikings into the village; they help dig into local and national archives, and reconstruct a Victorian village concert; and we go with them on a school trip to World War One battlefields.

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Michael Wood The Story of England The village of Kibworth in Leicestershire lies at the very centre of England. It has a church, some pubs, the Grand Union Canal, a First World War Memorial - and many centuries of recorded history. In the thirteenth century the village was bought by William de Merton, who later founded Merton College, Oxford, with the result that documents covering 750 years of village history are lodged at the college. Building on this unique archive, and enlisting the help of the current inhabitants of Kibworth, with a village-wide archeological dig, with the first complete DNA profile of an English village and with use of local materials like family memorabilia, Michael Wood tells the extraordinary story of one English community over fifteen centuries, from the moment that the Roman Emperor Honorius sent his famous letter in 410 advising the English to look to their own defences to the village as it is today. The story of Kibworth is the story of England itself, a 'Who Do You Think You Are?' for the entire nation. It is the subject of a six-part BBC tv series to be shown in autumn 2010, presented by Michael Wood.

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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful
This high quality six-part BBC series is world away from the average modern history `infotainment' programme. Historian Michael Wood, more normally seen in some exotic foreign location, brings enthusiasm and expertise to the subject and makes several thousand years of past events accessible to a wide audience.
This series is involving and informative, but it's not dumbed down or endlessly repetitive. There's no running and shouting in false excitement which plagues some archaeological digs, no tedious/preposterous dramatic reconstructions. Just plenty of info and insight, examined and shared by a congenial, knowledgeable host.

Wood aimed to tell the story of England as seen from the perspective of the common man, not simply the usual list of kings and queens and dates, which can feel sterile and separate from the reality of actual life. He chose Kibworth in Leciestershire because it is so well represented in various written archives: by fluke, a collection of three hamlets happen to be recorded in all manner of old documents giving a unique insight into the life and times of families 500 and more years ago. The paperwork was kept safe in an Oxford College archive, stashed within the library's stone walls where fire couldn't threaten this collection of revealing details about daily life.
Kibworth is also geographically slap-bang in the middle of the country, and was thus affected by almost every major turning point in British history, be it invaders from the south, east or north, or plague and pestilence. In many ways Kibworth could be `any village', and it serves extremely well to represent the typical development of English society over two millennium and more.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
We are all familiar with the superb historical BBC productions put together by Mr Wood , and this i believe is his ninth BBC production , and amazingly all his research concentrates on a single small Leciestershire village.

The research undertaken obviously with a great deal of assistance from his production crew was simply staggering and all the information was factually accurate taken mostly from archival documentation located at various Oxford colleges as well as the Leicestershire archive services.

To be able to compile each episode concentrating on one defining point in England's long history and then bring together totally accurate documentation to make the past spring to life is impressive, but what is most remarkable is that Michael makes each episode compelling viewing for both qualified academic and layperson who has little or no knowledge of local history, that is the work of a true master of his craft.

Combining together the past two thousand years of history of one little village in the heart of England and not for one instance throughout the entire production throw in a piece of evidence or hearsay that cannot be backed up by solid historical fact is testimony to Michael's brilliance as a historian.

Ive enjoyed all his productions for the past thirty and more years but this "Story of England" has left me spellbound with its sheer quality of research and narrative.

It was obvious why he chose Kibworth simply because the historical documentation and architectural background available for this small community is amongst the most complete in the whole of England , with documentation going back to the late 13C and almost every century afterwards.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 8 Jan 2011
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A wonderful series, especially for the layperson. I like history but don't really have that much knowledge. Michael Wood manages to instill his usual enthusiasm and give a detailed, gripping account of England basing most of his findings on the records of a small town in the Midlands. I couldn't recommend this highly enough. Good for viewing after viewing after viewing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Never ever disappointed by Michael Wood....Wondrous watching the life of Kibworth villages over the ages.Full of anecdotes, rivetting to watch the villagers of now discovering their historic past.....Loved the "Time Team" pit digging too!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Wood's History of Egland 13 April 2011
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Having missed several episodes on TV it was very pleasant to be able to see the whole series. Michael Wood repsents the proramme very well, and reveals a number of things hat were new to me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful 15 Nov 2012
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I've just finished watching this wonderful series. It exemplifies all I so admire about the English. There was a tear in my eye at the end. Kudos to Michael Wood and his team for being superb storytellers. And Hurrah! to the people of Kibworth for being the wonderful people you are.

I've been telling frienda about this ingenious series that chronicles a history of England by looking at one village. THat last part always generates an "ahh" from those I tell. I certainly hope that one day I can visit Kibworth, to express my admiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Brilliant in Concept and Execution 15 Aug 2012
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I found this DVD fascinating, entertaining and educational. History coming alive through the research into the lives of village people bringing together likely explanations of daily activities and social and philosophical reform.

How marvelous to be able to sit back and enjoy intelligent communication through the spoken and written word and historical artifacts.

This series has brought so much pleasure for me that 5 stars is quite appropriate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
The project was exciting and well delivered. I watch it again and again.
Published 1 month ago by John Bugg
5.0 out of 5 stars All filmed in my local village so very entertaining to ...
All filmed in my local village so very entertaining to watch out for the locals!
Very interesting to understand the history of England.
Published 1 month ago by AKP Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars History under your Feet
We love Michael Wood; his care, enthusiasm his non-conformist (BBC-ised) approach to History is so refreshing and engaging... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dakota Hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Kibworth of Leicestershire
Just a repeat of the series of programmes which were very enjoyable. Arrived safely and on time. Good to have it for future reference.
Published 3 months ago by wiseone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Everything Michael Wood does is fab. His history is impeccable and his presentation enthusiastic and infectious. A must for any home.
Published 4 months ago by JdC
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history study
A good value for money book. If you are making a study of English history it is a very valuable guide.
Published 8 months ago by Brian Godfrey
4.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Englishness
When I watched this series when it was first broadcast in 2010, I was not terribly impressed. I thought it too rambling, too lacking in cohesiveness, too full of ... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicholas Casley
5.0 out of 5 stars .
The wonders of our English history and the part we all play in it is brought to life by Michael Wood in this remarkable dvd. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mrscmsaunderson
4.0 out of 5 stars This Plot of Earth
Kibworth, Leicestershire, is an English village that presenter Michael Wood believes encapsulates the whole history of a nation. Read more
Published 16 months ago by FYI
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Wood's Story of ENgland
This is a great series with fascinating historical insights. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone interested in history and how communities evolve.
Phil, New Zealand
Published 17 months ago by Dr. Phil White
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