Posted by admin on Jan 10, 2012 in BBC Four, BBC iplayer, Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings, News, Ruling by the Book | 1 comment
If you missed the first episode of Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings, you can now catch it on BBC iplayer:
Episode one: Ruling by the Book – on iplayer.
I liked this show very much and was delighted to see my former Lecturer Dr Barbara Yorke in Episode 1 but I did notice one error at the beginning.
Dr Ramirez stated that Edward IV ‘saw his grandfather executed for treason’ yet this event took place 28 years before he was born so he could not possibly have ‘seen’ it happen. As for his Brother, Edward was the one who had him executed so perhaps ‘saw to it’ might have been more apt?
Also I did not feel that Dr Ramirez was entirely fair on Henry VI, she mentioned that Edward IV was a patron of learning at the arts, yet dismissed Henry almost entirely because he was mad. Yet is was Henry who established Eton and King’s College Cambridge, which are still two of the most prestigious educational establishments in the country today. If that is not a contribution to learning what is?
Maybe I’m just too pedantic. Other than that the show was excellent, these books are true treasures. Wonderful stuff!
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