Summary for : A Renaissance Education: The School Of Thomas Mores Daughter
The intellectual forces at work in the Tudor era ensured it was a pivotal period for children’s education. Historian Dr Helen Castor reveals how the life and education of Margaret More, daughter of Thomas More, tell a story of the transforming power of knowledge. As a child in Tudor England, and educated to an exceptionally high level, Margaret embodies the intellectual spirit of the age – an era which embraced Humanism, the birth of the Church of England and the English Renaissance. This film reveals what a revolutionary intellectual spirit Margaret More was and how the ideas that shaped her education helped change the cultural life of England forever.source:LocateTv.com
The story of the Great War told from a unique new aerial perspective. Featuring two remarkable historical finds, including a piece of archive footage filmed from an airship in summer 1919, capturing the trenches and battlefields in a way that’s rarely been seen before. Also features aerial photographs taken by First World War pilots – developed for the first time in over ninety years – that show not only the devastation inflicted during the fighting, but also quirks and human stories visible only from above. Presented by Fergal Keane.
Waiting for Work was a documentary written and directed by Jack Ashley. Politically passionate and one of the first working class reporters at the BBC, he wanted to show the suffering caused by high unemployment.
The documentary caused a storm.source:bbc.co.uk
Art critic Alastair Sooke tracks down the ten most expensive paintings to sell at auction, and investigates the stories behind the astronomic prices art can reach. Gaining access to the glittering world of the super-rich, Sooke discovers why the planet’s richest people want to spend their millions on art.
Featuring works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Klimt and Rubens, Sooke enters a world of secrecy and rivalry, passion and power. Highlights include a visit to the art-crammed home of millionaire author Lord Archer; a rare interview with the man at the heart of the sale of the most expensive old master of all time; privileged access to auctioneers Christie’s; and a glimpse of the world of the Russian oligarchs.
These revelatory journeys allow Sooke to present an eye-opening view of the super wealthy, and their motivations as collectors of the world’s great art treasures.source:bbc.co.uk
The Camorra, the Naples mafia, is Italy’s bloodiest organised crime syndicate. It’s killed thousands and, despite suffering many setbacks, is as strong as ever, dealing in drug trafficking, racketeering, business, politics, toxic waste and even the garbage disposal industry. Naples’ recent waste crisis was in part blamed on the crime syndicate. Neapolitans don’t call it the Camorra. They call it Il Sistema – The System – and The System has been around for more than 100 years.
According to prosecutors, in just one part of Naples the Camorra makes half a million euros every day openly selling drugs. Police raids are frequent but the business still runs like clockwork, 24 hours a day. Extortion is another revenue stream, and Franchetti meets a man who refuses to give in to their demands. He was told to pay 50,000 euros straight away, and then 15,000 euros every Easter, Christmas and August summer holiday. He secretly recorded the Camorra demands and showed the tape to the police, who advised him to pay up.source:bbc.co.uk
Peter Howson is one of the world’s most collected living artists, his work hanging on the walls of galleries and museums and in the homes of rock stars and actors. In 2008 he received the biggest commission of his career – to paint the largest-ever crowd scene in the history of British art – but the commission is fraught with so much difficulty its completion is in jeopardy from day one.This film follows Peter over two difficult years, a journey that took him to the brink of bankruptcy, and also to the edge of his sanity.source:bbc.co.uk
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