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Schama's Selective View of British History,
This review is from: Simon Schama: A History of Britain - The Complete BBC Series [DVD] (DVD)
Schama's good at ignoring major events if they don't fit in with his particular ideas of what constitutes history. His relegation of the Wars of the Roses (about three decades of bloody conflict) to a spoken footnote is really breathtaking.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2009 18:30:27 GMT
I agree about the Wars of the Roses. I have listened to the audio version and it doesn't even feature. Yet seemingly hours are devoted to the tale Mary Queen of Scots which, in itself, is a less significant part of the fabric of the nation's history. There is much to savour in this series, but some of Schama's choices and omissions are highly questionable.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 03:40:43 BDT
I. Buchan says:
Hmm Mary was only the mother of the future King of England and Scotland, Wales, Great Britain as some might term - the Union Jack,hmmmm The Stuart Line which continues till the present time> also a teeny bit to do with the French Monarchy arguably the Queen of Scotland, France and ENGLAND ahh well. Mind you the Wars of the Roses is a fascinating period ending the reign of the last Plantaganet and handing the English Crown to a bastard son of questionable lineage which continued to Elizabeth who of course was the one who ended Mary's life suddenly- after keeping her in a 5 star hotel for many years.
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