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Voices of the Powerless: Castles and Cruelty

York, William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North
Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
Length: 32 mins
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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. In the decade following the conquest, the north of England was one of the main focuses of rebellion. As a result, northerners suffered the retribution which William's men inflicted - the so-called ‘harrying of the North’, which began in 1069.

While all agree that something dramatic did occur, homes were destroyed, people were killed and families were impoverished, the extent and degree of destruction are not clear. This episode was first broadcast in 2002.

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

©2011 Melvyn Bragg (P)2003 AudioGO Ltd

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I was tempted to go out and play in the falling snow without a coat after listening to this one. I was so sure a book about a librarian would be soooo good. Oops.
This should be moved to the Romances with Bodies section.
it is a fine book: romance, strong Southern Women, not so strong SWs, a ghost, a sad tale, The Library and Archives- this part is interesting. I liked it, it just isn't my cup of tea.

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  • 09-25-15

Good, but not really what I was looking for.

There was barely a mention of the harrying, nor current thought on it., which is really what I wanted to know.