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A History of Britain


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  • Actors: Simon Schama, Michael Kitchen, Samuel West, Lindsay Duncan, David Threlfall
  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 17 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003K025Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,284 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JR Pinto on March 25 2004
Format: DVD
A History of Britain is a wonderful but pricey treat for any fan of British history. Some of the negative reviews complain that it is too superficial. How, I would ask, can you give a COMPLETE history of a country that spans 5,000 years? The collection consists of 15 hour-long documentaries starting from Britain's earliest past, five-thousand years ago. We see the still-standing stone communities where the ancient British dwelled.
Of course, Simon Schama must be selective in what he chooses to discuss. Each episode has a theme. Although all the major points of British history are touched upon, Schama will focus on the most interesting bits of each event - how and why they happened and what they meant. He tries to give us a sense of reasons behind historical events and not just dates and places. My favorite episode deals with Henry II - arguably England's greatest and most under-appreciated monarch. We see his troubles with Thomas a Beckett. Schama re-creates, in vivid detail, what the "Murder in the Cathedral" was like: Beckett was not a plaster saint, but a street-wise tough kid from the wrong side of the docks who fearlessly faced down his murderers.
Visually, the series shows some re-enactments with actors. There are many voice-over readings of historical documents. Schama is the only featured performer. He takes you to the various places and narrates in a very distinctive, clipped manner of speaking. Ultimately, it is the shots of the timeless Britain that are the most effective - the hills, the meadows, and especially the sea. These are the bits that have remained the same and convey the greatest feeling of history.
I can't imagine anybody not being fascinated by this program. They are very re-watchable. Having examined them, you will feel a much deeper understanding of British history - and indeed world history. Perhaps no other country has a story as fascinating, as rich, or as varied as Britain's. Watch this and you will know why.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J Laraman on Sept. 3 2009
Format: DVD
The history of Britain is great for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of the last two thousand years of British history. Brian Schama is entertaining and reasonably thorough in his approach. Only complaint is that there a somewhat strong reliance on pictures, artifacts and scenic locales. Most likely all that can be done when you are dealing with historical data unless there were re-enactments which is not the focus of this material.

Overall if you want a better understanding of British history in chronological order - this is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Mir on April 19 2003
Format: DVD
Unlike James Burke whose popular connections series made no apologies for appealing to a mass audience, Professor Schama lays out the subject matter and simply assumes one can "keep up". And indeed, one can. It is a brilliant overview of the History of Britain; moreover, the visual combination of still photos and comtemporary video is mixed nicely throughout. Best viewed with a straight shot of Midelton and a pint of Stout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rene on July 20 2012
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Schama is an amasing historian. He starts with the history of Britain 3000 BC and after 2 DVDs we are only at the 13th century AD. The presentations are extremely dense and requires all your attention...What is interesting is to learn what a nation of warriors these british were....the fighting was obviously brutal sometimes against external armies sometimes internal ennemies.

Don't watch Schama after dinner, watch and learn a lot on Britain before dinner and preferably before cocktails. Another comment you can only absorb the material presented in small doses. I am therefore anxious to watch the remaining DVDs.

Schama has my admiration because he is presenting the history of Britain, as it did happen, without any bias. Although he is very british he has developed that superb technique of keeping you focused on the topic.

Rene Tinawi
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hmshood on Dec 8 2003
Format: DVD
Thank you Simon Schama and everyone else involved in making these documentaries and releasing them on DVD. Five discs dealing with the history of Great Britain from 3100 BC to the 20th century. You get to find the true story behind the man Mel Gibson played in Braveheart. You get to know all about all the major kings and queens that shaped the UK. You get to know all about the invasions by the Roman Empire and the Vikings and what impact that had on the Britons. Winston Churchill, Oliver Cromwell and George Orwell are here. There's a documentary on the effect the Plague (Started in 1348) had on England. This is an awesome boxset and well worth the price thanks to Simon and company. I could not have asked for any better, But I wish Simon would do a three or four hour documentary that went into the details of the Falklands war. It would be cool if he did the same for the British side of the story of WWII and WWI. Anyways he did a superb job on this, I am just most fascinated with the conflicts of the 20th century. I don't like movies based on conflicts that happened so long ago but documentaries is a different story. Simon makes it so interesting. Thank you Simon for all your hard work in getting this job done. I really appreciate it. Cheers.
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By purdy44 on July 3 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
D.V.D. was a gift for a friend who is struggling to master a good working knowledge of The United Kingdom and this product turned out very well and filled the bill excellently.
Delivery was well within the # of days when we should have expected to receive it.
Well done to all concerned.
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