The Story of England

The Story of England

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The village of Kibworth in Leicestershire lies at the very centre of England. It has a church, some pubs, the Grand Union Canal, a First World War Memorial - and many centuries of recorded history. In the thirteenth century the village was bought by William de Merton, who later founded Merton College, Oxford, with the result that documents covering 750 years of village history are lodged at the college. Building on this unique archive, and enlisting the help of the current inhabitants of Kibworth, with a village-wide archeological dig, with the first complete DNA profile of an English village and with use of local materials like family memorabilia, Michael Wood tells the extraordinary story of one English community over fifteen centuries, from the moment that the Roman Emperor Honorius sent his famous letter in 410 advising the English to look to their own defences to the village as it is today. The story of Kibworth is the story of England itself, a 'Who Do You Think You Are?' for the entire nation. It is the subject of a six-part BBC tv series to be shown in autumn 2010.Between 900 and 1066 the peasants of Kibworth a€“ English and Viking neighbours a€“ became part of a kingdom of all England. ... range of sources, and in this story what happened along the cultural and linguistic frontier with Viking England was of crucial ... Warfare was the tenth-century condition; but so too, as Western Europeans perceived it, was the failure of kingship and the breakdown of allegiance.

Title:The Story of England
Author: Michael Wood
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2010-09-30

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