Weapons that Made Britain

Weapons that Made Britain

2004, History  -    -  Playlist 18 Comments
Ratings: 7.35/10 from 26 users.

Weapons that Made BritainIn this five-part series, presenter Mike Loades takes us on a fascinating tour of medieval arms and armor, and demonstrates their central role in key events in British history.

As an expert who trains people how to use medieval weapons, Mike is in a unique position to show us how these weapons were made and used and their impact on British society.

The weapons featured in the series – the sword, longbow, lance, shield and armor – each played a special role in the arms race of the Middle Ages, and Mike poses the key questions of: What do they tell us about life and society? How were they made? How were they used and by whom? How important were they?

Using a well-known battle as the focus for each programme, and talking to modern-day experts, Mike shows us the properties of each weapon and how effective it would have been in battle. We learn about much more than the weapons themselves as the series draws in themes of technology, religion, geography and even music.

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6 years ago

This is an excellent documentary. I remember watching this years ago when it first came out. I especially like the presenter's, Mike Loades, enthusiasm in explaining medieval weaponry. All episodes in the series are entertaining and educational (if you're into that stuff). I had a passion for archery and Mike Loades' episode on archery convinced me to take up the sport. I even purchased his DVD on archery, but this series covered everything that DVD did about archery. I recommend this documentary if you are into medieval weapons, there usage and their significance in the history of England.

10 years ago

He says 'status' like 'stay-tus".

11 years ago

the reality of a killing war makes me wonder what it would really be like on the front line back in these days. no matter how tough i think i am, im sure i/we wouldnt get 5 mins into battle without falling into shock or throwing up or running in terror. war is hell, and even more so then.

11 years ago

I concur, this is good.

11 years ago

A good documentary for anyone interested in military history. I especially enjoyed the one on swords and the one on armor.

Sieben Stern
11 years ago

and what battle did the kilt help win ;D ;D

11 years ago

I've seen this one before, but was happy enough to watch it again. I liked the way that this doc demonstrated the weapons, their uses, and craftsmanship, but also how they influenced battles, and tactics , and the evolution of history. Not exactly an in-depth doc, but still enjoyable.

11 years ago

Loved the show, hands on research seems invaluable to our understanding to this part of history. In order to be an auxiliary weapon wouldn’t the nights/ troops need hand held guns? + The picture said the sward went through the helm and without a catalogue of artifacts demonstrating a typical standard with equivalent alloy and dimensions to the replica I’m inclined to believe it.

11 years ago

It is the concept of 'Company' which colonised most of the world was the most destructive weapon made by the british.even today all of us are just
a slave of one company or the other