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Michael Wood's Story of England
Genre: History
This series tells the story of England, from the Dark Ages until the 20th century, through the eyes of one place: Kibworth, Leicestershire. It's the story of people and their land over time. But also it's a tale of migration -- Romans and Britons, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, Normans, Flemings, Huguenots and Jews -- the story is one of newcomers, right down to the modern waves of immigration, West Indians Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis. All of them came to English shores to create communities, to make a living and raise families -- in time becoming English and then British. This is their story, too.

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Episode #104
The Birth of Modern England
Track Kibworth's 17th-century dissenters, travel on the Grand Union Canal and learn 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. Helped by today's residents, Michael Wood uncovers the secret history of a Victorian village, visits World War I battlefields and recalls life in World War II when the village was bombed. Lastly, see Kibworth as it is today - a growing, multicultural village.
55 minutes long
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Episode #103
The Seeds of Reform
The story of Kibworth moves on to dramatic battles of conscience in the time of the Hundred Years' War. Discover 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.
55 minutes long
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Episode #102
Peasants' Revolt and The Black Death
Charts events in the village leading to the people's involvement in the Civil War of Simon de Montfort and follow the story of Kibworth 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. Helped by today's residents - field walking and reading the historical texts - and by the local schoolchildren digging archaeological test pits, Michael Wood follows stories of individual lives through these times, out of which the English idea of community and the English character begin to emerge.
55 minutes long
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Episode #101
Romans To Normans
Join historian Michael Wood to recover - with the help of the local people and the use of archaeology, landscape, language and DNA - the lost history of the first thousand years of Kibworth, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and evidence of life after the Norman Conquest. Learn how the oppressive Norman occupation affected the villagers, from the gallows to the alehouse, and see the medieval open fields in action in the only place where they survive.
55 minutes long
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