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*dons schooper gheeky voiche* Wow, it's so cool when stuff like this happens.

So I'm listening to a fantastic podcast called The History of England by David Crowther, which talks about said history from the Anglo Saxons and all the way through to the Royal dynasties. I implore you to have a listen to it if you can its absolutely fascinating to listen to when working. I'm listening to it through itunes but I'm sure he'll have links on his website, which is full of insightful references to what he talks about in the show, you can check it out here:…
This guy is brilliant!!

Anyway, I was listening to an episode about the relationship between Henry II and Thomas Becket,The Archbishop of Canterbury who was Canonised after being murdered at his altar after a misunderstanding in which four Knights mistook the King's meaning when he mentioned he wished he could be rid of him. And after what Mr. Crowther enlightened me to, I don't blame him. He was a bit of a pain in the Royal ass...

Anyway I'll get to the point. I was recommended I watch the film version of their relationship "Becket" starring Peter O' Toole and Richard Burton, and I thought to myself. "Darn, I don't think I'll ever get around to that"... and then I go to BBCiplayer to watch some soaps and there I find the film!!! Fantastic!! So thats what I'm watching. Excellent.

If you have access to iplayer you can watch it here…

Yay! Now you all know what a complete history dork I am...


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GreyEyes20 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
There was this series of episodes on BBC (I think) called the Black Adder, and there was a great episode that made a parody of this event in history.
Great recommendation with the podcasts!
raylia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Being a Hetalia fan, and even more so a fan of England in general, thankies for this.
TaralWayne Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'd rather read the material. I find that I don't absorb information well when spoken to me, and when I miss a point I can't go back and read it again.
guilleelbardo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Great Recommendation! I just checked it out. Love it. I usually listen to Melvyn Bragg "In our time" BBC Radio 4 show. It's not just history though, They discuss science, philosophy and religion too.
PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loooove history stuff X3 I might well need to check it out :heart:
Islander-60 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beckett is a damn fine movie, both O' Toole and Burton are awesome, as you would expect from such legends of the silver screen!
There's nothing wrong in being a history dork, but I would say that 'cos I'm one myself!!!!!! :)
Alveric2 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Just wait til you get to the later Plantagenets and Tudors. More interesting than any fiction.
Pirs4x Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
:la: 'nuff said!
Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wow...Mias and Elle.....I never envisioned them like this before. :wow: *mind goes boom*
Dragonranger10 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
hey most people like history more than anyone!^^
Brittany-M Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You lost me at "The History of England" c;

Just kidding. I might go check that out, I have a friend I know will enjoy it for sure.
SilverDeathRose Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Ohhhh I'm gonna fav this for later!
I'm an AP World History student in school right now and not only might it help with my course (when we reach that time of course) but it also just sounds plain interesting lol.
imachrismoose Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Deep down inside, we're all dorks. Even the football playing jocks.
ShifuDaxiongmao Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
If you like history stuff, and movies based on it....the danish movie "A Royal Affair" might be right up your alley. [link]
formula78583 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds interesting. I'll give it a listen.

Since you are an artist, I have a recomendation for you.
The Agony and the Extacy, starring Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston. It chronicles Michelangelo painting the Cistine Chapel and the ongoing arguments between him and the Pope.
Aftr watching this you will have a true appreciation for the creative process. My favorite lines in the movie;

"When will it be done?!"
"When it is finished!"
Krumla Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This seems like a very interesting podcast. I'll check it out. I am a history buff too, right now my favorite podcast is Stuff You Missed In History Class. There are these two women who dedicate each episode to a random moments in history (like their episode about Five Real-Life Amazons) or a famous myths (like that there used to be a female pope and ghosts) and discuss it.

I tried following that link to BBCiplayer but since I'm outside of the UK I can only listen to the radio. :(
Just wanted to let you know, I guess.
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
You think Henry II had trouble with the Pope, ask his son JOHN about what happens when you mess with Rome!
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I support Becket, not so much for the policies he himself fought for, but on the general principle that we must always strive to Question Authority...and consider the life of King Henry II:
His own wife and all his sons revolted against him, and the only personal friend he could be said to have had, Thomas Becket, seems to me that Henry was a far bigger pain in the ass to everyone around him than Becket was; the first Plantaganet King was a selfish, bad-tempered and ruthless control freak who reaped what he sowed, whereas Becket was fighting to prevent the church from becoming a tool of the government.
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh I have to agree with you, not saying either of them were saint-like, so to speak. I should have worded that they were both as stubborn as each other when things could have been settled diplomatically, but I always imagined Becket to be more prudent. Henry II wasn't as tyrannical as some kings had been. He'd made some very important laws that are still carried through to today so he had his merits, but I like the standpoint of challenging authority. Well his sons certainly did that.
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: If you enjoyed the film Becket, you will LOVE The Lion In Winter--one of my all-time favorites, and it really shows the dysfunctional royal family; O'Toole plays Henry II again!
MathieuRedWitch Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm studying this at the moment for my degree, they're both a bit annoying in their own ways, can't say I'm much of a fan of Thomas Becket though haha!
Littlemissnick Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
='D Knowing there are fellow history nerds out there who are living healthy lives despite the addiction is awesome
Skiebanana Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012

Lol, history is really interesting, especially when it's the more salacious or just plain odd stuff. British history is full of real characters.
Madeau Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SuirenShinju Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay History! :w00t:
fairygodpiggy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
History junkie! I think you have a problem. XD nah, I'm kidding.
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I do I do. I bought Thomas More's "Utopia" the other day. I don't think I even understand it XD
wingedlight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
YAY BRITISH HISTORY! I'm a history major lol, and right now I'm doing a seminar that lasted all semester about just the English Peasant's Revolt of 1381. Soooo yes that is my life.
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awesome! Good luck with that. I can't recommend this guys podcast enough! It might help, but I havn't got that far yet. Still on the crusades.
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