Edward the Confessor dies without heir, triggering a bitter struggle to succeed him as King of England. Earl Harold seizes the crown. In Normandy, Duke William believes the crown is his. In Norway, ...
Despite earlier promises to pass his crown to one of his Flemish, Viking, or Norman relatives, English King Edward the Confessor dies in 1066, leaving his crown to Anglo-Saxon Harold Godwinson, causing a bloody succession war.
Using a combination of documentary and drama, historian Dan Jones tells the story of the War of the Roses - the 30 year civil war between the House of York and House of Lancaster that saw the crown change hands seven times.
James Oliver Wheatley
October 14th, 1066 is the most famous date in English history. It is the year of two invasions of England, and in which three huge and bloody pitched battles were fought. The feared Norse ... See full summary »
In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fought for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields - but the ... See full summary »
In the year of 1066AC, William the Conqueror is about to embark from Dives-sur-Mer to conquer England. In the event that he would not return alive, Guillaume introduced his son Robert to ... See full summary »
Mikey Kay and Garth Baldwin investigate the Knights Templar's underground movements to discover if they escaped being destroyed in 1307, and most importantly if they took the Holy Grail ... See full summary »
On 14 October 1066 at "The Battle of Hastings," William the Bastard Duke of Normandy overcame personal demons and the Anglo-Saxon militia to become William I, the first Norman King of ... See full summary »
On the whole I found it an interesting look at 1066, I was a bit surprised they spoke about the battlefield as being where it is as recent theories suggest it might have actually been somewhere else , but the most irritating thing about it was the casting of a black actor as one of Williams closest confidants and later as an envoy sent to parley with Harold.
I understand from other reviews that this historical figure was definitely white and the program makers must have knowingly changed his ethnicity to make the program more inclusive to black people.
Some will say what is the harm of this? - firstly Its highly patronising to black people, there are plenty of factual stories about black peoples contributing to the history of Great Britain without inventing things secondly this is a history series and history should always be rooted in fact , you can't change bits because it suits your agenda no matter how well intentioned your motives, because if an obvious fact like this can be changed then what other facts are changed to fit in with the history tellers political biases - it just undermines the whole programme and turns it into fiction. One of the joys of true stories is that these things really happened, normal people really did these things, when the BBC fiddles with history like this it just ruins it.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this