Thursday, 28 May 2009
Just enjoyed Michael Wood's Beowulf as part the the BBC's Poetry season, and Francis Pryor has been talking arrant nonsense about the 'Dark Ages' ie the ongoing debate as to whether the Anglo-Saxon invasion was a fashion parade change rather than a wholesale shift in populations,language and culture The big give away was the Late Robin Cook offering his opinion on the Dark Agres being a time of Diversity not conquest- more ideological correct nonsense flying in the face of Gildas.
Dan Snow making a good retelling of how Celtic Christianity had a far more profound impact on Anglo Saxon culture than Roman Catholicism under Augustine. (Though I though the cleric who was a biographer of St Patrick was out of his depth
Friday, 22 May 2009
At last a History series this week that was not dumbed down and made no nods to modern political correctness. The 1066 campaign involving the three battles of Fulford, Stamford Bridge and Senlac Hill was something Channel 4 could be proud of