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|Kings and Queens of England Box Set|
Throughout the centuries, the shape of English history has been molded by her Kings and Queens. There have been visionaries and lawmakers, the great and the good ?but also the weak and tyrannical. The drama and splendor ... more »
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J. Berry | Alexandria, Virginia | 04/26/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"William the Conqueror occupies less than a minute of this video. Many other prominent monarchs are equally cameo.
The pace follows a "there was [this guy]. He ruled for a time, and then [this guy, II] replaced him. He didn't last long either and [this guy, III] took charge. Let's list a few random things [this guy, III] did and move on" rhythm.
If you're going to make a history primer, excite us. If you're going to do serious documentary, involve us intellecutally. "Kings and Queens" tried to do both and failed on both counts. There's nothing new or meaty for the history buff, and there's nothing to make a novice say, "wow! I'd like to learn more."
I had hoped near the end that I would be told, "now that you know the basic timeline, let's delve into each ruler." Alas, it was over.
The costuming and voice acting were decent, but the Shakespearean interludes felt forced, almost Python-esque.
The historians were credible and fairly engaging, but their appearances were inconsistent. "Let's throw one in here, but not here or here." And there were never any dissenting, furthering or contrasting discussions.
One plus: Richard III receives fair treatment.
Obviously I hoped for a lot more. I wish there had been reviews before I purchased this. So here's mine.