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Voices of the Powerless: The Complete Series | [Melvyn Bragg]

Voices of the Powerless: The Complete Series

Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The Norman Conquest is his starting point, a time when William the Conqueror’s ‘harrying of the North’ affected the poor apprentice, the lowly ploughman and the humble shepherd.
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Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years.

The Norman Conquest is his starting point, a time when William the Conqueror’s ‘harrying of the North’ affected the poor apprentice, the lowly ploughman and the humble shepherd. He goes on to look at the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381 (inspired by a hated Poll Tax) and the religious changes brought about by Henry VIII’s Reformation. The so-called ‘Plantation’ of Ulster, the Siege of Chester, and the plague which ravaged Salisbury in 1627 are later stopping-off points in Bragg’s journey, which also finds him traversing the country and speaking to historians and experts about the life of the ordinary citizen in each period.

First broadcast in 2002, this Complete First Series contains all six episodes of Series One: ‘Castles and Cruelty’, ‘The Peasants' Revolt’, ‘The Reformation’, ‘The Plantation of Ireland in the Counties of Armagh and Tyrone’, ‘The English Civil War and the Siege of Chester’ and ‘Boils and Buboes’.

Guidance: due to the archive nature of the recording the sound quality may vary.

©2003 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 AudioGo Ltd

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    David Kfar Saba, Israel 10-20-11
    David Kfar Saba, Israel 10-20-11

    An avid audio fan, I listen mainly whilst walking my dog. I enjoy many and varied subjects,history,travel,espionage,crime,anything good

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    "Melvyn Bragg,need I say more ?"

    Brief,but informative and entertaining. accounts of some of the main events in English history,seen through the eyes of the common people.
    I was surprised to learn that there is so much documented evidence of bygone days.

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    D. Littman OH 06-09-11
    D. Littman OH 06-09-11 Member Since 2003

    history buff

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    "a nice program about British history"

    I am a big fan of Melvin Bragg on the BBC. And this compendium of radio programs does not disappoint.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Conway Miramar Beach Florida 06-28-11
    Mr Conway Miramar Beach Florida 06-28-11 Member Since 2007

    Non-Fiction, Science, Tech, History & Business

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    "A bad BBC radio becomes a terrible Audiobook"

    If you were hoping for a fun follow-up to The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language, this isn't it. Mr. Bragg, may be a good author, but he's not the best presenter for a program in the medium for audio. He constantly makes reference to areas and buildings in a way that really makes you appreciate Google and their wonderful Street View technology. Save your money, if you haven't bought Adventure of English get that, if you have it already, then press the Back button on your browser now while there is still time.

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    "Whispers from history"

    The series takes a look at key moments in British history from the point of view of the powerless - those who, by definition, were often voiceless at the time and therefore left out of the history books. Melvyn Bragg is a genius at getting professionals and lay experts to delve deep and go a little bit further in explaining their topic (witness the astonishing legacy he has created through his In Our Time broadcasts), and his personal passion for the impact of politics, war, disease, economics and scientific development on the under-reported majority shines through. The two series include some original research (the programme about the convicts sent to Australia), some powerfully moving moments (the programmes on Ulster and the Scottish Highlands spring to mind) and a lot of thought-provoking facts and opinion throughout.

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