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A Quibble [Aug. 12th, 2010|12:14 pm]
Tony Grist
I'm quite liking Robert Bartlett's series on the Normans, but it does annoy me how he- or his director- is muddying the water with anachronism. William I was religious- cue pictures of a late medieval madonna. The harrying of the north was horrific- I know what, we'll shoot a sequence in a Victorian churchyard. William was crowned in Westminster Abbey- just look how pretty that Renaissance choir loft is. And ooh- look- stained glass- and bugger the fact that it hasn't been invented yet.  If the object of the exercise is to give us some idea not only of Norman politics but also of Norman culture then this continual pointing of the camera at unNorman things is downright misleading.

[User Picture]From: steepholm
2010-08-12 11:37 am (UTC)
That does sound annoying! But are you sure that stained glass hadn't been invented? Colour glass had been used in windows, at least - but perhaps "it depends what you mean by..." I've no doubt the examples they showed in the programmed were highly anachronistic.

As for the harrowing of the north, if they'd really wanted a modern equivalent there's plentiful footage of "punitive operations" from the last few decades they could have drawn on. Perhaps some shots of Saddam's exploits against the Kurds might have got the point across?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-12 02:06 pm (UTC)
You're right. According to wikipedia there were stained glass windows in Britain as early as the late 7th century. Well, I never!

I think I'm right in saying we don't possess any stained glass in Britain from the early Norman period- but of course that doesn't mean there wasn't any.

There are far too many modern parallels for what William did to the north of England. He was a hard man, but no harder than many of our contemporaries.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-08-12 07:21 pm (UTC)
You should've watched the programme on Anglo Saxon treasures - they actually showed some in situ Anglo-Saxon stained glass. It was a good programme, and well worth catching if you get the chance.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-12 07:28 pm (UTC)
Anglo-Saxon glass! In situ! Wow!

Perhaps I can catch it on the BBC i-player
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-08-12 07:39 pm (UTC)
They repeated it last night, I think. It must be On Demand by now, which means it must be on i-player...
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