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3.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!!!, 28 May 2014
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This review is from: The Dark Ages: An Age Of Light - Waldemar Januszczak - As Seen on the BBC [DVD] (DVD)
Had great hopes of this but apart from some good photography and some interesting facts it struck me as very shallow. It was full of simplistic, politically correct assumptions e.g. Christians bad, Muslims good. It also elevated Art to the dizzying heights of being the only source worth considering when viewing the past. Therefore the Huns weren't really as bad as we think because they produced some nice bits of bling! I cringed when he described Irish monasteries as 'hard core' because they chose out of the way places to settle. Does he know nothing about the history of early monasticism. I was expecting something akin to the quality of Neil Oliver and Richard Miles but..... In contrast to the first reviewer I wouldn't let this anywhere near schools and I certainly wouldn't allow my children watch it because of the misleading view it gives of this fascinating period. Maybe the BBC should commission a new Dark Ages DVD with the aid of people who know something about the subject.
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2014 14:44:39 BDT
Dave Rado says:
The idea that the documentary makes any "politically correct" assumptions is ridiculous, and the idea that it makes any claims about Christians being better or worse that Muslims is even more so. The reviewer was clearly viewing the programme through a very pro-Christian prism and thinks that anyone who doesn't do the same must ergo be pro-Muslim (as opposed to simply reporting facts). The fact is that during the medieval period (up to the Renaissance), civilisation in the Arab world was far more advanced than in Europe, and I presume that it was the programme stating this fact that the reviewer found so objectionable. But if you can't cope with objective history that isn't coloured by your own prejudices then you shouldn't watch history programmes.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2014 08:15:47 GMT
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Posted on 6 Jan 2015 11:54:33 GMT
K Halifax says:
This is a documentary series by an art critic, and it is about the history of art.
If you wanted to see a documentary about the whole history of the period then obviously you did not get what you hoped for, but that does not mean there is something wrong with the documentary.
And your impression that the documentary portrays Christians as bad and Muslims as good is just that - your own impression, in your own head: it wasn't actually in the documentary at all.

Posted on 21 Jan 2015 12:01:47 GMT
Tim62 says:
Well Ad, all I can say is you must have been watching a different series from the rest of us! ;)
Yes it focuses on the art - because that's what Januszczak is, an art critic - but it has verve and passion in abundance, and he is a masterly story-teller. I have no idea where you get the 'political correctness' from.
Best Tim
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