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Medieval Collection
Medieval Collection

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says on the tin!, 26 Mar 2010
This review is from: Medieval Collection (Audio CD)
If you are looking for a pure medieval experience, buy something else! Whilst there are, admittedly, some wonderful medieval tracks on this CD, there is also far too much 16th century - and thus early modern, not medieval at all - music. If that doesn't bother you, add another star to my score, but personally I cannot abide be sold something that is not what it purports to be. As is usual with double CDs, the first is stronger than the second, though neither is disappointing in terms of quality. Many of the tracks here will be familiar to fans of medieval and 16th century music, but often with an unfamiliar arrangement which is usually a treat. So, if you don't mind the likes of 'Greensleeves' turning up in a supposedly medieval collection, you won't regret buying this, but if you do mind it....


Weapons (Medieval Warfare)
Weapons (Medieval Warfare)
by Deborah Jane Murrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.18

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simply not good enough, 26 Mar 2010
It is a strange thing that books on subjects such as castles and weapons and produced for younger readers, are often more accessible and immediately useful for adults as well. They are usually accurate and informative and without all the waffle one would otherwise have to wade through. This book, whilst informative, fails far too often in its accuracy. It is full of errors, inaccuracies and ommitions, much of which must surely be because of bad research. For example, we are told that Edward I of England passed a law in 1252 requiring all men of certain ages to have bows. This despite the fact that Edward's father Henry III was the king and Edward himself was only around thirteen years old! Apparently spiked flails - which it fails to tell us are also known as morning stars - 'sometimes... hurt soldiers as well as enemies.' Who were the enemy then? Were spiked flails only employed against non-combatants? This is an easy read for a child but they will come away with all sorts of wrong ideas and for that reason, I cannot recommend it. The book gets two stars though because it does employ contemporary art and quotations (always a plus), and has some good photography in it as well.


The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [DVD]
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Chancellor
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 5.51

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Load Of Fetid Dingoes Kidneys!, 6 Jan 2010
This is a BAD film. The fact that it is different to the previous Hitch-hiker incarnations is to be expected, since they were all different to each other too. But the pacing here is bad, the acting is (mostly) bad, the scripting is bad, the direction is bad: in short, this is a bad film. What happened to Zaphod's heads and why are there so many Americans involved? Why have all the best gags been thrown away like an over-used towel? And why does Alan Rickman play Marvin so upbeat? It all adds up to one whole jujuflop of a film. But there is a good bit. In fact there are two good bits, but only one is original to this film. The first good bit, is the very few bars of the original Hitch-hiker's theme, as heard in the radio series. It's not good because there're only a few bars but because it was included at all. And it's fully orchestrated! That brought a lump to my throat. The only other good bit involves the point-of-view gun and what Marvin does with it. If you can watch this film for free, do so for the sake of completion, but otherwise avoid it.


And Another Thing ...
And Another Thing ...
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Am I Missing Something?, 2 Jan 2010
This review is from: And Another Thing ... (Paperback)
I cannot help but notice that the paperback version is has more stars than the hardback version, and wonder if the latter is missing something? In any case, this book can be summed up with two words: "too long". I struggled to get through it in the end (actually from around the middle of the book) because I was, well, bored. Yes, I found far too much of this book to be boring, though it ended well enough. It does have some good comic moments, even some Adamesque ones, and thus it scrapes the three stars. Nevertheless, the book comes across as more an ode to Colfer than to Adams and is also clearly written for the American market, which I personally find quite insulting. Why? Because Adams wrote in a style that reflected his positioning in English identity and Colfer is Irish, which in turn is reflected in his Artemis Fowl books. So Colfer should either have tried to emulate Adams or written in his own - successful - idiom. This work would have been better being pared down or, perhaps, not being done at all. I'm not the first to wonder what the point of it is. Nevertheless, being both a Hitch-hiker's and an Artemis Fowl fan, I went into this hoping for something special and, having struggled through, have emerged disappointed.


Musketeers: Two For One Pack [DVD]
Musketeers: Two For One Pack [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Lester
Price: 10.59

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt, the best Musketeers films ever!, 31 Dec 2009
Truly, these two films are masterpieces, in turn witty, romantic, tragic and romping. The acting is superb, the pacing is superb and the scripting is superb. Then there is the humour going on around the main characters (such as the beggars continuing to ask for change when all hope is lost) and what can be said about the fight scenes that would do them justice? Rather than being Hollywoody they come across as being realistic: why waste energy sparing with rapiers when you can just kick the other fellow in the unmentionables? Having said that, the sword fighting looks like the characters actually want to damage each other, rather than just looking rehearsed. I remember falling in love with this film (and Faye Dunaway) when I was about seven years old and the film is still one of my favourites thirty years on. Buy it!
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Beowulf (Director's Cut) (2 DVD) [DVD]
Beowulf (Director's Cut) (2 DVD) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Winstone
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.71

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one Beowulf film, buy this one!, 31 Dec 2009
Despite some departures from the Beowulf story that I wonder at the necessity of, this film really does capture the spirit of the age and the feel of Old English heroic literature. The performances are sterling and having Grendel speak in Old English is inspired. Personally I would have given this film a 15 rating since it IS very gory and also has some scary moments, particularly if the volume is up high on a surround sound speaker system. For the most part the graphics are photo-realistic and the film is well directed and very well paced: at no point did I find my attention wandering off. The special features aren't particularly inspiring, though what's there is very interesting. So, if you're looking for a romping fantasy tale with a good story and the feel of an ancient past, this is the film for you.


The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values
The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values
by John Gillingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Will Out, 25 Dec 2009
At last, someone willing to throw pointless and out-dated political correctness aside and say it how it is. For example, in Ireland most academic works still insist on calling the c.1171 invasion of that island a Norman invasion, and this despite the fact that contemporary works and almost every historian who mentions it before the 1830s called the invaders English. This work sets out to show that by the middle of the twelfth century, there was a sense of Englishness amongst all levels of society, and it is very persuasive. That said, there are times where one can't help but think that Gillingham is stretching a point beyond credibility and these weak points are fodder for the historian not interested in the truth, of whom there are far too many. Still, this books remains an authoritative, well researched and well written work that should be read by everyone interested in the medieval British Isles.


The Timeline of Medieval Warfare: The Ultimate Guide to Battle in the Middle Ages (World History Timeline)
The Timeline of Medieval Warfare: The Ultimate Guide to Battle in the Middle Ages (World History Timeline)
by Phyllis G. Jestice
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Overview, 25 Dec 2009
An overview is what this book is but it does the job well. It manages to pack a great amount of information into a minimum amount of text and is replete with wonderful medieval illustrations, though they are rarely referenced adequately. There are the usual anachronisms (firing bows, chainmail etc.) and this can prove tiresome, but on the whole, this book is an entertaining and useful read.


The Britons in Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester Ctr for Anglo-Saxon Studies)
The Britons in Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester Ctr for Anglo-Saxon Studies)
by Nick Higham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 50.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heavy Read But Worth The Effort, 25 Dec 2009
This really is an excellent introduction to the current debates on this topic, though the papers on linguistics are very hard going if you're not a linguist. The papers also show the remarkable lack of common sense that too many historians exhibit and a strange compunction for making the English a Celtic people. As such, it will also be of interest to those who lean towards historiography. Authoritative and well written (on the whole) this is a MUST buy for anyone interested in the period.
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The Bill - Series 1-3 - Complete [DVD]
The Bill - Series 1-3 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Graham Cole
Price: 33.21

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Return To Excellence!, 25 Dec 2009
Anyone watching the pale shadow that The Bill has become would do well to buy this and understand why many people like myself watched the show for twenty-five years only to have to give up on it. The scripts, direction and performances are hard hitting and not muzzled by political correctness. The emphasis is on the policing but with just enough personal stories for the viewer to invest in the characters. The series get better as they go along and there are many faces that will bring a pang of nostalgia. If you are a fan of The Bill as it should be you really must get this. If you are a fan of The Bill as it is now, buy this straight away and see what you are missing out on.
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