Bringing Britain's rich history to life, Simon Schama's unique storytelling describes the triumphs and trials of the monarchy, the effects of warring religions, the expansion of the empire and the decline of Britain as a world power. The story begins around 3100 BC and concludes in 1965. This DVD features the complete 15-part epic BBC series, presented on six DVDs in special edition packaging.
What do you get when you combine the resources and ethos of the BBC with the literary panache of one of the world's best narrative historians? The answer is Simon Schama's History of Britain television series. In this well-written and thoughtfully crafted survey, Schama, the bestselling author of books on European cultural history such as The Embarrassment of Riches and Citizens, has managed to be both conventional and provocative. He tells the official version of Britain's story--Roman Britain, the Norman Conquest, the struggles of the Henrys and Richards, Elizabeth I, Scottish rebellions and the English Civil Wars, the American Revolution, the growth of the British Empire, Queen Victoria, the industrial age, and Winston Churchill. But while sticking to a script familiar to anyone who sat up and listened during history class, Schama brings it all alive with memorable prose and presence--Simon de Montfort's rebel parliament is described as inaugurating the "union between patriotism and insubordination"; with Henry VIII, Schama says, "you could practically smell the testosterone." Schama is also particularly enlightening on the symbolism of buildings, memorials, language, and ceremonies, and on the complex relations between England and its Celtic and Catholic neighbors. If history must have gloss, then let it be presented like this. --Miles Taylor (Amazon.com)
Absolutely magical set of DVD's from a masterful series fronted by the historical genius that is Simon Schama ! Read morePublished 7 days ago by SpiritofLakotaSioux
Excellent! But you must also buy the three books that go with this fine series.Published 1 month ago by Peter H. Mussell
In his review here, Oliver W. Bedford writes: "Schama's good at ignoring major events if they don't fit in with his particular ideas of what constitutes history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hertz van Renntal
Simon Schama's monotone voice and matter of fact attitude bored me to tears, it was like listening to my apathetic history teacher at school. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve
Absolutely brilliant, hats off to Simon Schama for this fantastic piece of work.Published 1 month ago by Roy Douglas
Loved it Simon Schama is brilliant, goes into great detail, you learn things you didnt know about a particular episode in history!Published 2 months ago by linda smith