The Story of England

by Michael Wood

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month History The Real World

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Two huge points in this book’s favour, well three, if you count the TV series but for the other two, firstly it’s telling English history from one place which gives the history great strength, a backbone if you like. Secondly it is involving the people who live there so that this history is not static on the page it is being rediscovered and reinterpreted by the people of the village. And really, there is a fourth point in its favour, it’s a project led by Michael Wood who manages the balance between popular and academic history so expertly.

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The Story of England Synopsis

The village of Kibworth in Leicestershire lies at the very centre of England. It has an ancient church, some pubs, the Grand Union Canal, a First World War Memorial - and many centuries of recorded history. It has experienced departing Romans, Saxon and Viking immigrants, Norman conquerors; the Black Death, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution; and, its people have gone off to the Empire and to fight in two world wars. Enlisting the villagers themselves - who dug test pits in their gardens in search of Roman pottery, were DNA tested to examine their Viking origins and offered up their family collections of photos and documents - and using the archives of the village housed at Merton College Oxford (an archive unique in western Europe going back 700 years), Michael Wood tells the incredible story of the village over 2000 years. This is an account of England told not from the top but from the bottom - a story of Anglo-Saxon peasants, medieval reeves, Tudor vicars, Victorian frame-work knitters and First World War soldiers. This is a people's history of England, told through the history of one small community.

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ISBN: 9780670919048
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780670919031
Publication date: 30/09/2010
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780670919048
Publication date: 7th July 2011
Author: Michael Wood
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History, The Real World,
Categories: History: earliest times to present day,

About Michael Wood

Michael Wood is the writer and presenter of many critically acclaimed series on television, including Art of the Western World, Legacy and In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great. He is author of over sixty TV films which have been shown worldwide and of several best selling and highly praised books. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford where he did postgraduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. Since then he has worked as a journalist, broadcaster and film maker. Indian civilisation has long been a special interest: Over the years Michael Wood has made a dozen visits ...

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