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Francis Pryor examines the history of Britain near the end of the Roman occupation. The first instalment focuses on Britain under Roman rule, revealing a much greater degree of collaboration with the natives than was previously recognised.

Sheep-farming archaeologist, Francis Pryor, presents a historical series which explores Britain A.D, the British national character and the ultimate British icon King Arthur.

Finding new and previously unexplained evidence, Francis Pryor overturns the idea that Britain reverted to a state of anarchy and disorder after the Romans left in 410 AD. Instead of doom and gloom Francis discovers a continuous culture that assimilated influences from as far a field as the Middle East and Constantinople. Through scrutinising the myth of King Arthur to find out what was really going on when the Romans left, Francis is confronted by evidence that confounds traditional views of the 'Dark Ages'. There was also no invasion of bloodthirsty Anglo Saxons, rampaging across the countryside. With new archaeological evidence Francis discovers a far more interesting story.


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Anybody else watching all these documentaries during quarantine?

Author — Kailon Londberg

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Cadbury castle huh? No wonder it isn't there anymore, I bet it melted centuries ago... I'll let myself out.

Author — James Dunn

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Note to advertisers and YouTube; if you keep interrupting what I am trying to watch, I will carefully avoid your products. Too many interruptions and I will just move on.

Author — 104thDIVTimberwolf

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Waiting for a time when his kingdom needs him again... right about now would be splendid.

Author — Miss Informed

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*Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.*

Author — Tom Bombadil

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Besides the aquaduct, sanitation, the roads, irrigation, medicine, education, public baths, law and order, the wine. What did the Roman's ever give Britain?

Author — panzerabwerkanone

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1:51 You're not supposed to straight up declare that you intend to work back from your conclusion if you want to remain credible

Author — Oliver Moore

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on second thought, let us not go to Camelot. It is a silly place

Author — 」「

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"In my work as a prehistorian....", "In my work as a prehistorian...", "In my work as a prehistorian..." - How afraid was this guy that we were gonna mistake him for an historian?

Author — Edward Rawn

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Seems like Arthur is a little late considering what Britian has become these past couple decades.

Author — Silmarrillion123

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"Now all this would be fine, if it weren't complete rubbish!"

Love the sass in that line.

Author — iwant ursocks

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I've watched This guy...he pushes his own bias views and hoping he's right through research even if it proves him wrong he's convinced he's right.

Author — universal butterfly

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The Romans were so successful because they assimilated other cultures, worship what you want but pay your taxes, basically

Author — rabbitss11

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I am Greek and I love seeing parallels drawns between legends. We have the same legend here of the mighty strategist and commander, the god king Alexander the Great who will, one day when the "kingdom" is in peril, rise again to defend us. It seems cultures everywhere share this instinctive need for a deified protector and saviour, who embodies the best of them. Amazing really. But why is this commentator so... aggressive? I don't think anyone disputes that there was a thriving civilization before the Roman invasions. Quite the contrary actually, by my reckoning.

Author — Margie Lazou

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The setup of this show is a bit crackpot. No one assumed that the Romans wiped out the Celtic British culture. The Anglo-Saxons took care of that as well as they could manage. That said, the Britons were a late addition to the Roman empire but there is evidence that they had started to assimilate just like the Gauls in France. There is a monk that visited Britain just around the time that the roman legions where withdrawn and he says that the people in the cities spoke mostly Latin whereas the people in the countryside still spoke Celtic. The problem that the Romano-Britons had was that they had relied too long on the Romans for protection so when that protection suddenly disappeared they were at the mercy of their more barbaric neighbours and were struggling to create new armies and local rule. It seems that during this time they invited some Anglo-Saxons as mercenaries to help them fight against the Picts and other tribes on the fringes of post-Roman Britain, a decision that severely backfired on them.

The evidence shows that during the (probably quite brutal) Anglo-Saxon conquest the Roman towns and cities were abandoned for decades if not centuries as the Anglo-Saxons did not live in them at first but built new settlements close to them. This is why Latin culture didn't survive in Britain like it did in France.

Author — faarsight

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That's so interesting! However, throughout the video I couldn't help thinking of the Daily Mash headline: "King Arthur returns with impractical sword-based plan".

Author — maria marchese

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If he says as an archaeologist just one more time I’m going to impale him

Author — Dr Alan Blacker

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Wish I could go on an archaeological journey...

Author — Joseph F

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Nothing new about how the Romans operated in what they called
Briton. They did that everywhere, look at the local gods and incorporate them into their religion, get some local king and make him Roman and a puppet.

Author — Mauricio Eduardo Santana

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He used to say the same thing on TIME TEAM. "I believe that..." that's an idealism and not scientific at all.

Author — Mauricio Eduardo Santana