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Christina: A Medieval Life

Historian Michael Wood presents a portrait of ordinary people living through extraordinary times, tracing the story of Christina Cok, a peasant of 14th century Hertfordshire.

Historian Michael Wood presents a portrait of ordinary people living through extraordinary times, tracing the story of a real-life peasant of 14th-century Hertfordshire.

She wasn't a famous person, or of noble blood, yet Christina's story is important in understanding our own roots. In this time of war, famine, floods, climate change and the Black Death are the beginnings of the end of serfdom, the growth of individual freedom and the start of a market economy.

Wood recounts the history of medieval Britain told not from the top of society, but from the bottom. Through the lives of Christina and her fellow villagers, we see how the most volatile century in British history played a crucial role in shaping the character and destiny of a nation, and its people.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 11 Dec 2013 23:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Wood
Producer Rebecca Dobbs

Broadcasts

  • Mon 5 May 2008 21:00
  • Mon 5 May 2008 23:50
  • Tue 6 May 2008 02:50
  • Sat 10 May 2008 22:55
  • Sun 11 May 2008 01:55
  • Sun 11 May 2008 21:00
  • Mon 12 May 2008 02:55
  • Tue 5 Aug 2008 22:00
  • Thu 28 Aug 2008 20:00
  • Sat 20 Sep 2008 20:30
  • Sat 27 Dec 2008 20:00
  • Tue 8 Dec 2009 23:30
  • Wed 24 Mar 2010 20:00
  • Tue 10 Aug 2010 22:00
  • Thu 23 Sep 2010 23:00
  • Fri 24 Sep 2010 03:00
  • Sun 28 Apr 2013 20:00
  • Wed 1 May 2013 23:15
  • Mon 17 Jun 2013 23:30
  • Wed 11 Dec 2013 23:00