Tuesday, December 13, 2016

'Britain's Bloody Crown' DVD Review

The Wars of the Roses was fought between the houses of York and Lancaster. The period lasted some 30 years and saw the crown change hands seven times. Thousands of people would lose their lives during one of the most violent periods in British history. This documentary drama has been presented by historian Dan Jones.

Jones brought together some very fine actors such as  Steffan Boje (Richard, Duke of York), James Oliver Wheatley (Earl of Warwick), Darren Bransford ( Richard III), Tom Durant Pritchard (Edward IV), and Adina Galupa ( Elizabeth Woodville). The four episodes are like watching four mini movies.

'The Mad King' our first episode looks at the power struggle between Margaret of Anjou and Richard of York. The second episode 'The Kingmaker Must Die' tells the story of Edward IV and the Earl of Warwick. They were once allies and friends and would end up fighting each to the death. The third episode' The Princes Must Die' will tell the story of Richard III and the Princes of the Tower which incidentally is one of the most interesting cold cases in history. The fourth episode 'A Mother's Love' will finish our story and tell who actually ended the Wars of the Roses.

Jones delivers a good version of history by telling the human side of the equation. He brings out the human side to explain the politics of the day. Acorn brings this documentary/drama to DVD on December 13th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are wonderful. The approach taken by Jones makes this a must see, and you will be entertained. This will make a wonderful addition to that personal library. With this being the holiday season, 'Britain's Bloody Crown' would also make this account of history a wonderful gift to some special friend. So don't waste any time and pick this one up. Enjoy.