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Anyone been watching The Plantagenets on BBC2?

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LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Mar-14 19:43:11

Good stuff.

I know quite a bit about them as im into history (thanks completely to Horrible Histories) so knew some stuff but theres always something new to learn.

fascinating stuff, quite graphic when hes talking about torture and how people were killed and what was dome with their bodies and stuff, but its a good programme.

hope he does the Tudors next, all Tudor progs are always about Henry 8th, itd be good to learn more about Henry 7th, and Liz 1.

he seems to find unheard of stuff.

jonicomelately Tue 25-Mar-14 19:44:38

I agree it's been really interesting. I didn't even know where the name Plantagenet came from.

nipersvest Tue 25-Mar-14 19:49:14

i am, love it smile

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Mar-14 19:51:15

no I didn't know where the name came from either. weird isn't it? seemed like a nickname that stuck with historians.

I love seeing the old manuscripts with the beautiful writing.

TallyGrenshall Tue 25-Mar-14 19:54:29

It's very good but the presenter is a bit disappointing. I can't put my finger on why but he's not engaging me.

I was watching How to Get Ahead earlier. It's fab and the presenter is brilliant

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Mar-14 19:58:48

I think the presenters good but hes no Lucy Worlsey! shes my fave.
that woman with the lovely blonde curly hair's good too (Gone blank on her name).

Dan Snows good.

there are a few.

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Tue 25-Mar-14 20:02:11

Plantagenet means 'sprig of broom', which was apparently worn as a crest by Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, husband of the Empress Matilda and father of Henry II.

I watched episode 1 but fell asleep. Is episode 2 worth catching up with on i-player? I know a bit about the Plantagenets already, which is one reason why ep 1 was not gripping me. Fascinating period of English history.

For anybody else interested, The Lion in Winter would be a good film to watch.

SwedishEdith Tue 25-Mar-14 20:08:23

Yes, enjoying the gore. All of this sending of heads to people - imagine the state of them after a few days travelling?

I'm always in awe of how news got to people and how messages were relayed. Must have taken weeks. Must have been so much time hanging around waiting to make decisions.

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Mar-14 20:10:58

episode 2 was good, he was talking about the Robert the Bruce and William Wallace era.

Next week will be my fave I think, Richard lll !

AnneOfCleavage Tue 25-Mar-14 20:15:40

I love these History programs and am enjoying this one as a part of history I'm not so familiar with. Does anyone know when the 3rd part is being aired as can't see it in the TV mag?

Badvoc Tue 25-Mar-14 20:32:02

Ds1 (10) and I are watching this and enjoying it.
For anyone interested in Richard III I recommend "the sunne in splendour" by Sharon penman.

RhondaJean Tue 25-Mar-14 20:34:27

Oh I would have loved to have seen this!

Badvoc Tue 25-Mar-14 20:46:38

It's on iplayer Rhonda

jonicomelately Tue 25-Mar-14 20:50:22

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves The origin of the name was explained ist the start of the first episode.

Greydog Tue 25-Mar-14 20:52:44

Got to agree with Tally, there's something missing.I was so bored by the presenter that I lost all interest. It's one of the periods I'm most interested in, but it just didn't do it for me.

LetZygonsbeZygons Wed 26-Mar-14 16:42:40

Anneofcleavage -love the name!

its repeated on BBC2 Saturday and then the 3rd parts next Monday at 9pm BBC2.

Icapturethecastle1 Wed 26-Mar-14 16:45:38

Loved the first one - Eleanor of Aquitaine is my favourite queen. I love the Jean Plaidy Plantagent books not sure how perfectly historically accurate they are but very enjoyable.

wasabipeanut Wed 26-Mar-14 16:45:51

I saw the first one last week and will prob watch the second one in iplayer tonight. I really enjoyed it but then I am a bit of a spod.

napoleonsnose Wed 26-Mar-14 16:46:07

I'm not usually into medieval history, more of an 18th century onwards type of girl, but I watched this and enjoyed it. Looking forward to Richard III next week now.

LetZygonsbeZygons Wed 26-Mar-14 19:31:57

BBC2 tonight theres a prog about the greatest knight Sir William marshall who was mentioned in the Plantagenets prog.

MaitreKarlsson Wed 26-Mar-14 19:52:48

I really enjoyed it and (whisper) liked the presenter a lot - he seems to have no vanity, unusual for a tv historian! Maybe he's a bit 'grey' but he is really bringing it alive for me. The stories and personalities are so vivid.

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SorrelForbes Sat 29-Mar-14 19:20:46


I'll second all those book recommendations.

WeAreDetective Sat 29-Mar-14 19:42:45

I would too!

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