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Chaucer: Road to Canterbury

This video covers the life of English author, poet, philosopher, courtier, and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer to middle age. Chaucer's 14th-century saw him survive the Black Death as a child, the plague that wiped out a third of the population of Europe, and become actively involved, both as a soldier and later as a secret agent, in the 100 Years' War—a war that was to leave England devastated. Despite these man-made and natural catastrophes, English literature went through a short Renaissance, and the program hints as to why this might have happened while considering the leading role that Chaucer was to play in it. Terry Jones (Monty Python) stars.
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2017; 2009
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The Tale of Robin Hood

The Tale of Robin Hood visits the areas where the outlaw is reputed to have roamed and examines the claims of the various candidates to be the real Robin Hood. With a wealth of location footage, it takes a fascinating look at law enforcement in the Middle Ages, including a visit to the prison cell where Robin Hood was reputedly imprisoned.
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2017; 2010
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: The Mystery of the Literary Masterpiece Behind the Legend

In this fabled classic 14th-century romantic poem, Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, takes up the Green Knight's challenge to strike him with an axe if the challenger will take a return blow in a year and a day. Sir Gawain accepts and cleaves off the Green Knight's head expecting him to die, but the Green Knight picks up his head and reminds Gawain to meet him in a year and a day, which he does—and the adventure is only just beginning. This video takes a look at the poem as well as the people and places behind the prose, visiting actual places described and exploring the legend.
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2017; 2008
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Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons

Using 3-D animation, location footage, archive materials, and interviews, the Beowulf epic is examined in the light of the civilization that created it. It investigates the Anglo-Saxons' religious beliefs as well as their everyday life and suggests that, old as the poem is, it may have roots in an even more ancient fertility cult.
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2017; 2007