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In Search Of Myths And Heroes [DVD]
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 January 2012
Michael Wood's In Search of Myths & Heroes was a four-part TV series in 2005, looking at the historical truth behind the stories of the Queen of Sheba, Shangri-La, Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece and King Arthur. It is bubbling over with Wood's trademark TV style - full of enthusiasm, energy, plenty of smiles and amazing landscapes.

On the historical front is rather more of a mixed bag than his previous In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]. That had a full series to in which he could play historical detective, trying to locate the truth by tracing a story around the Aegean and through the works of different historians.

This time each piece of historical detective work is condensed into just one 50 minute episode. For Sheba and Arthur that means a helter-skelter journey through many conflicting tales, raising many questions and showing many beautiful scenes but offering little in the way of historical answers amongst all the conflicting thoughts. The other two, Shangri-La and Jason are rather better in this respect and each involve him tracing one continuous journey, making it for a historically-enriched travelogue through some of the most beautiful parts of the planet.

However, even the weaker episodes are still highly enjoyable and are likely to have you reaching for the computer either to find out more about them or to see how you can visit some of the locations on holiday.
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on 19 September 2017
I just enjoy everything by Michael Wood. He is such a rigorous researcher with an easy presentation
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on 24 January 2017
Completely happy with this purchase. On time, well packaged and value for money.
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on 20 December 2017
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on 5 October 2013
Michael Wood can do no wrong. I love the content but the quality of the DVD wasn't perfect. However, I'd thrown away the receipt so...
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on 21 February 2016
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on 26 September 2015
Really interesting, loved it!
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on 18 December 2012
Really interesting and lovely to watch. Michael Wood is great, but the subject matter is better! I just wish there were more episodes!
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on 15 December 2014
Michael always delivers
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on 30 July 2005
I have been a fan of Mr. Wood ever since his 1985 In Search of the Trojan War--the standard for all historical documentaries ever since. In this engaging series, Wood follows the same premise as his Trojan quest: to discover whether there is any historical truth behind famous legends. Like most of his series, his documentaries are not just history but travelogues mixed with modern history and politics. Each show is only one hour long and for the most part, none of the four episodes seemed rushed to get to a conclusion, except perhaps for the last episode on King Arthur (as a side note, Wood has gone over the Arthur myth before in his career and its retelling here once again makes this episode perhaps the weakest of the four). I was particularly satisfied that the historical facts he relates about Jason and the Argonauts and the Queen of Sheba are probably accurate inspirations for the tales. My one complaint was the brevity of the series--four hours. Surely there were no more myths to take on? Come on Michael--we were just getting started!
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