The Story of Wales [DVD]
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BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards tells the story of Wales from prehistoric times to the emergence of a modern nation. Beginning with the earliest known human burial in Western Europe, the Red Lady of Paviland , and ending with Wales own government, this is an authoritative popular history of Wales. It s a journey through Viking, Saxon and Norman invasions, Hywel Dda s united Wales, Owain Glyndwr s rebellion, the heart of the Tudor court, coal mines, Welsh language campaigns and present day devolution. From the rich culture of medieval Wales to the cutting-edge of innovation, this six part series examines issues of power, war and industry. Bitter battles and economic booms forge a vibrant nation with a unique history, culture and identity. The Makings of Wales Visiting ancient stone tombs we discover cults of the dead and investigate legends of invading Celtic warbands. What can an Iron Age sword placed in a lake tell us about lost communities? Power Struggles The Welsh are under attack from the Vikings and Saxons and show great political skill in building up trade and alliances. The defeat of the last native Prince of Wales in 1282 is followed by a century of plague and famine. The charismatic Owain Glyndwr leads a rebellion against the English Crown. England and Wales A fallen crown hanging from a thorn bush in a battlefield is lifted by a Welshman, beginning the reign of the Tudors. Ambitious Welsh families are drawn to the palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I in London, but Wales itself is left behind; even its language is downgraded. Furnace of Change Beginning with the city known as Copperopolis, Welsh industry finds its feet in a market for metal. A popular political radicalism quickly seeks a fair share of this new wealth, leading to rioters demanding higher wages. A New Beginning Welsh culture seizes its moment and builds grand buildings and its first university. It s all funded by the black gold of the booming coalfields which quickly draw in a new generation of migrants. Welshman David Lloyd George leads Britain in World War I. Wales and Britain Wales is fully engaged with building a British Welfare State and economy after World War II. But Welsh language campaigns from the 1960s onwards, followed by the Miners Strike, lead to a new desire for more independence in the government of Wales.
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It takes us from prehistoric times through Roman occupation and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon harrowing of that country through the resistance to English domination led by Welsh princes.
Wales involvement in the Wars of the Roses and the seizure of power by a welsh born nobleman Henry Tudor as King at Bosworth in 1485 are here presented.
So with the moulding of Wales into the United Kingdom, the boom of the Industrial Revolutions and the terrible deprivations suffered by the Welsh working classes, leading to a series of riots and struggles for better conditions including the struggle of the Chartists and the Rebecca uprisings.
Britain in the 19th century was a kingdom divided. 'Two nations'Disraeli called it-the rich and the poor. And nowhere was there greater deprivation than Wales. Eventually the workers begain to protest their appalling conditions, their pitiful wages, their homes that were breeding grounds for such virulent diseases that two out of three children were dead before they reached the age of five.
As the profits of the colliery and ironworks owners rose, so the plight of their labour plunged to horrific depths. .Read more ›
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An excellent whistle-stop tour of the history of Wales presented well with wonderful imagery and locations. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Phil Atkinson
Very happy with my purchase all aspects service, product and delivery all excellent many thanks jeff williams.Published 8 months ago by jeff williams
Marvellous historically correct. I enjoyed the regular use of the Welsh language. Could you do one on Cornwell as well? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard Jago
It was good to watch but felt that there should have been more to watchPublished 14 months ago by Linda