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The Story of Wales [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: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Open University/Green Bay Media for BBC Cymru Wales
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2012
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PBK5FW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,394 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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This series of six one hour programmes shown a few months ago on BBC1, was a masterpiece representation of the history of Wales. Huw Edwards, a fluent Welsh speaker, and a proud welshman, as I am, did justice to his presentation, and gave a totally unbiased view. This is a "must see" DVD, which will explain in detail how anymosities between England an Wales developed, and in some parts of Wales, still fester. Whilst being a proud welshman, I am fiercely British, as is Huw Edwards, and this DVD should stimulate healthy and accurate conversation on the topic.

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A history of Wales for the 21st Century. Long overdue, Huw places Welsh/Brythonig/British history in its rightful context, preceding that of England by some 1000 years and continuing in its own right, within "British" but independent of "English" history, up to the present day. The series brilliantly illustrates why Welsh people are sure of their identity and know what it means to be Welsh while the English, perenially unwilling to acknowledge their roots in the Norman-Saxon axis of northern continetal Europe, are struggling with both.
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A very exciting and expertly presented history documentary by the Welsh historian Huw Edwards who shows himself to be a master presenter. Her he takes us through 30 000 years of Welsh history to demonstrate with the use of filmography of the beautiful Welsh landscape of deep landscape of broad low mountains and deep green valleys and picturesqe Welsh towns and cities. As well as well acted dramatic sketches.
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. .
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A fascinating overview of the contribution of Wales to the UK and the World. Visuals were excellent and the commentary brisk and clear - not too much glorification and minimal repetition. We were impressed when we saw some of the series on TV and ordered our own copy for viewing again at our leisure. Turnaround from order to delivery was also excellent.
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I get fed up with the way all documentaries flit about from place to place and focus on the presenter rather than the facts, or indulge in very fake dramatisations, so none of them would get five stars from me! That said, I enjoyed this - it taught me a lot I didn't know, as a new citizen of Cymru, and gave me lots of fascinating sites to find and explore. It was rather simplistic and I'd have liked at least ten programmes in more detail rather than a mere six - inevitably a lot was just skimmed over, but that is presumably down to the TV company's budget rather than the makers of the series.
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Well worth the price. Huw Edwards brings the story of Wales to life in an entertaining manner, so unlike the way it was taught to me at school. There's majestic aerial footage and graphics to enjoy, the soundtrack is excellent, too. I've watched the DVD more than once, I wish every school in Wales had a copy. Magnificent.
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These videos have been very welcome to me in Wyoming. When friends ask about my love for Wales, they will find the basic answer in "The Story of Wales". It has been like going home to my home from home.
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I have watched just three of the episodes so far and have been impressed by both sound and picture quality. Each episode has been full of information and brilliantly presented by Huw Edwards. Just one point, however. It wasn't Owain Tudor who was the father of Henry V11, it was his son, Edmund.
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