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Nicholas Crane's Britannia [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018JKX3G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,177 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Writer and broadcaster Nicholas Crane uses William Camden's book 'Britannia' of 1586 to travel the length and breadth of Britain, charting the outstanding features of each area, and placing them in an Elizabethan context.

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You may be familiar with Nic Crane's earlier geographical tours of the UK, but Britannia is much more about history than it is about geography or cartography. The scenery is superb (the weather is awful as usual); Nic's umbrella and bicycle still carry him a staggering distance (some 5000 miles), but this time the emphasis is on the historical moment of the original book, rather than the way the landscape has changed since then.

The theme is that William Camden's book Britannia of 1586 was a remarkable achievement for the Elizabethan era. The entire British Isles was described in great detail offering a near-encyclopaedic tour of the whole country in a single book. It was particularly unusual in that Britannia included Scotland and Ireland when they were barely under British control -- this was one of the turning points of hsitory, when constituant countries of the British Isles came together, and that's a continuing theme of the three-part series.

The first episode covers all of England and Wales, including Cornwall, while the second part goes to Scotland (it includes panning for gold and a meeting with a modern witch), and the final part finishes in Ireland -- revealing a land which was near-impossible for Elizabeth I to govern, full of ravening beasts and unruly locals.

Each programme runs to 60 minutes which feature Nic striding / wading / cycling or scullign through the landscape, highlighting the most remarkable aspects of each region while giving an unbiased view of its Elizabethan history. There's not too much time to spend in each location, sadly; I got the feeling this could easily have run to six episodes and I wonder how much ended up on the cutting room floor.
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Two things persuaded me to buy this - I had enjoyed the first series of COAST which features Nicholas Crane and his enthusiast's way of presenting, and I liked the idea of using a historical perspective to view parts of Britain. I was not disappointed. For anyone who enjoys history, Britain's countryside and maps this series is a joy.
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Once again Nicholas Crane provides us with his unique style of travel round Britain. As normal he visits some remote and beautiful places, but following some VERY ancient guides. Some people consider him an acquired taste, but for those who appreciate his personal approach this is a great set of programmes. I don't think many of us will be following in his footsteps, but for armchair travellers this is great fun.
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Nicholas Crane's Britania : EXCELLENT IDEA,BEAUTIFULL LANDSCAPES,EXCELLENT QUALITY !

CONTINUE !!!

Miklos Szabo
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Maybe even 5 stars really. I thoroughly enjoyed it, start to finish - the perfect combination of history, geography/geology, and the breath-taking scenery I was looking for. When it was over, there were lots of wonderful special features to watch as well. I really could just start the whole thing over again now.
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In this dvd, Nicholas Crane follows in William Camden's footsteps. In Elizabethan times, William Camden explored Britain, making his own maps (none existed before him), and Nick Crane follows as closely as he can, accompanied by his trusty umbrella. This is fascinating, and Nick is an interesting man to listen too, as he is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
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Loved this Dvd. A very energetic and professional presenter. You literally had to run after him, from site to site. Slightly intimidating at beginning, but on the whole I really enjoyed this dvd and historical information, will watch it again, it not several times.
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By AK on 28 Jun. 2013
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I enjoy anything Nick Crane does and this is no exception. A marvelous tour around Great Britain inspired by William Camden's Elizabethan guide book. It's difficult to think of anyone who could have done it better and be as involved as Nick Crane is, he's so enthusiastic and that's what I enjoy. The photography is also superbly done and it becomes an easy 5 stars!
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