Michael Wood’s Story of England (2010): S01E03 – The Great Famine and the Black Death


Introduction

Michael Wood’s Story of England is a six-part BBC documentary series written and presented by Michael Wood and airing from 22 September 2010.

The series tells the story of one place, the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, throughout the whole of English history.

Outline

Wood’s fascinating tale reaches the catastrophic 14th century. Kibworth 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 villagers – field walking and reading the historical texts – and by the local schoolchildren digging archaeological test pits, Wood follows stories of individual lives through these times, out of which the English idea of community and the English character begin to emerge.

Michael Wood’s Story of Britain Series

You can find a full index and overview of Michael Wood’s Story of Britain here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 October 2010.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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