Britannia: The Great Elizabethan Journey

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Travel Documentary hosted by Nicholas Crane, published by BBC in 2008 - English narration

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When William Camden's Britannia was printed in 1586, it staggered its Elizabethan readers. Nothing like it had been seen before. For the first time, the entire British Isles had been described in astonishing detail: the mountains and rivers, the history and customs, the climate and the people of each and every county. Britannia was an encyclopaedic tour of the whole country in a single book.

[edit] A Journey Through England and Wales

Nicholas Crane rediscovers this 'lost' masterpiece as, on an epic 5,000-mile hike, he battles the elements in search of Elizabethan Britain. He looks at England and Wales first.

[edit] A Journey Through the Borders and Scotland

On the Scottish leg of a 5,000-mile journey, Nick discovers there's still gold in them hills, witches in Athol, Britain's only true remaining wilderness, and a spirit of independence that makes some Scots today as uncertain about union with England as their ancestors were in 1600.

[edit] A Journey Through Ireland

Nicholas traverses Ireland, the country that sent a shudder down the spines of Elizabethans. The Queen said that Ireland was full of 'ravening beasts'. It was impossible to govern, but could not be ignored because the Spanish might use it to launch an attack on Britain. Nicholas sets off to discover why the Emerald Isle terrified the Elizabethans and how Camden tried to tame it.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 21
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Framerate: 25 FPS
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1.79 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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