Nicholas Crane's Britannia [DVD]
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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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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.Read more ›
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This DVD & others by Nicholas Crane takes on a journey around England , shows you places you might never be able to see for yourself otherwisePublished on 13 Feb. 2013 by Cordwainer
I liked this very much. If you like Nicholas Crane then this is for you. He gives information on his tour of the four countries of the UK in a clear, informative and engaging way. Read morePublished on 1 April 2011 by nigelclive
Haven't watched the whole dvd yet, but I like what I see so far. Nick Crane is good at presenting history.Published on 8 Aug. 2010 by Qweene of Tarts
Television doesn't come better than this; great shots of scenery plus insight into the history and geography of the British Isles in just the right measure to be informative as... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2010 by TCarter002
Very good, even better had they not had to rush on quite so much, but very well done nevertheless ...Published on 1 Jun. 2009 by C. J. Hunter