Michael Wood's Story of England
Visit the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire, with historian Michael Wood as he tells the 2000-year-old story of this one settlement throughout English history. Kibworth, located in the heart of England, lived through the Black Death, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and World War II. Intertwining the local and national narratives, Wood presents a moving and informative picture of one local community through time.
The Seeds of Reform (#103H) Duration: 55:46 SRND51 TVPG
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 21, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
The Birth of Modern England (#104H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 28, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me