1066 (2009– )

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In 1066 King Edward The Confessor of England dies leaving his crown to Harold despite earlier promises to give the crown to Flemish,Viking and Norman Princes.As a result,Vikings raid the north of England while the Normans invade the south.

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2009
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 Storyteller (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Tofi (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Ordgar (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Leofric (2 episodes, 2009)
Søren Byder ...
 Snorri (2 episodes, 2009)
Kate Ambler ...
 Ealfrith (2 episodes, 2009)
Gemma Lawrence ...
 Judith (2 episodes, 2009)
Sam Hardy ...
 Aelf (2 episodes, 2009)
Katrine Bach ...
 Alfeid (2 episodes, 2009)
Amber Celeste ...
 Edith (2 episodes, 2009)
Christopher Sloman ...
 Judith's Father (2 episodes, 2009)
Christopher Leveaux ...
 Man of York (2 episodes, 2009)
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In 1066 King Edward The Confessor of England dies leaving his crown to Harold and forgetting about his earlier promises to leave the throne of England to Flemish, Viking and Norman relatives. As a result of this contest for the English crown, an Armada of Viking ships under Viking King Hardrada invade the north of England while a Norman invasion led by William Duke of Normandy strikes the south. Written by Anonymous

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Intriguing but misleading
23 September 2013 | by (Not Preston, thankfully) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting and very well made reenactment of the famous Battle of Hastings and the events around it. It takes its time to bring the whole medieval period closer to the viewer, introduces various characters that may or may not have necessarily existed but are here very useful in conducing the sentiment and the point of view of a common man of the ages.

Acting and cinematography are very good. Directing not so good. Obviously great effort was undertaken to conceal the low budget, which is a good thing, but it also gives a pretty claustrophobic viewing experience (for instance, there are too many close-ups) and at times unconvincing and static battle scenes.

What is really annoying, however, is the bias the story of William's conquest is told with. It paints pictures of poor "true Englishmen", Saxon Englishmen, suffering horrors of defeat at hands of merciless, almost inhumane, Norman invaders who came uninvited to harass peaceful sedentary civilization. As if Saxons themselves, a couple of centuries prior, didn't do exactly the same thing to Romano-Celtic population on the Island. Should we pity them? I'm not quite sure.

But the series wants us to do just that - to identify with one side. And while it makes for some really poignant scenes worth watching, it also makes for a poor history show. The dialog is also sometimes abhorrently naive or inane, completely devoid of humor at that. It would have been so much better show if they didn't turn it into a litany of a loser.


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