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Michael Wood's Story of England


Ch. Title Description # Day Date Time Length RPT CC DVS AD MD
36.1 Romans to Normans Historian Michael Wood recovers the lost history of Kibworth's (located in the heart of England) first thousand years, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and evidence of life after the Norman Conquest. Wood discovers how the oppressive Norman occupation affected the villagers, from the gallows to the alehouses (1 of 4) 101 WE 05/28/14 02:00am 00:56:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Peasants' Revolt and the Black Death Historian Michael Wood charts events in the village of Kibworth (located in the heart of England) leading to the people‚Äôs involvement in the Civil War of Simon de Montfort and follows the story as it reaches the catastrophic 14th century. The village goes through the worst famine in European history, and then, as revealed in the astonishing village archive in Merton College Oxford, two-thirds of the people die in the Black Death. (2 of 4) 102 TH 05/29/14 02:00am 00:56:46 (RPT) × × ST
36.1 The Seeds of Reform The story of Kibworth (located in the heart of England) moves on to dramatic battles of conscience in the time of the Hundred Years' War. Historian Michael Wood uncovers amazing finds in the school archive that help trace peasant education back to the 14th century, when the people themselves set up the first school for their children. Some villagers join in a rebellion against King Henry V, while others rise to become middle-class merchants in the textile town of Coventry. Kibworth experiences the dramatic events of Henry VIII's Protestant Reformation and the battles of the English Civil War. (3 of 4) 103 FR 05/30/14 02:00am 00:56:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 The Birth of Modern England Historian Michael Wood traces Kibworth's (located in the heart of England) 17th-century dissenters. He travels on the Grand Union Canal and learns about an 18th-century feminist writer from Kibworth who was a pioneer of children's books. The story of a young highwayman transported to Australia comes alive as his descendants visit Kibworth to uncover their roots. The Industrial Revolution reaches the village with framework knitting factories. Wood reveals how Kibworth today is a growing, multicultural village. (4 of 4) 104 SA 05/31/14 02:00am 00:56:46 (RPT) × × ST