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Wood, Michael 1948-

Works: 402 works in 1,104 publications in 11 languages and 34,966 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Chronology  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Legends  Film adaptations  Fiction  Documentary films  Sources 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Host, Narrator, Creator, wri, Performer, Translator, Scenarist
Classifications: DF221.T8, 822.33
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In search of the Trojan War by Michael Wood( Book )
47 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and held by 3,580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based upon the BBC TV series. A study of the archaeological, literary, and historical records which describe the siege of Troy
In search of the Dark Ages by Michael Wood( Book )
25 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and held by 2,524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines a thousand year period of British history beginning with the invasion by the Anglo-Saxon immigrants and continuing through William the Conqueror in 1066
The story of India by Michael Wood( Visual )
27 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historian Michael Wood chronicles the history of the Indian subcontinent, focusing especially on the diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes. The world's largest democracy and a rising economic giant, India is now as well known across the globe for its mastery of computer technology as it is for its many-armed gods and its famous spiritual traditions. But India is also the world's most ancient surviving civilization, with unbroken continuity back into prehistory. India's history is a ten thousand year epic but for over two millennia, India has been at the center of world history: birthplace of two world religions, home of an extraordinary spectrum of music, dance, literature, science, mathematics, economics, and a revolutionary idea whose power has yet to diminish. It has seen successive invasions from Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to Tamburlaine and the British, all of whom left their mark but all of whom succumbed--in the end--to India herself
Conquistadors by Michael Wood( Book )
21 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Following in the footsteps of the Spanish adventurers, filmmaker Wood retraces the path of the conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. As he travels the same routes as Hernan Cortés, and Francisco and Gonzalo Pizarro, Wood describes the events that accompanied the epic sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires. He also follows parts of Orellana's extraordinary voyage down the Amazon and of Cabeza de Vaca's arduous journey across America to the Pacific. Wood reconstructs both sides of the conquest, drawing from eyewitness accounts, letters, and Aztec texts recorded after the fall of Mexico. He also relates the present-day customs, rituals, and oral traditions of the people he meets. Wood grapples with the moral legacy of the European invasion and with the implications of an event that swept away civilizations, religions, and ways of life.--From publisher description
Art of the Western world by Michael Wood( Visual )
18 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 1,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historian Michael Wood leads a nine-part tour through 2,500 years of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, filmed at over 150 locations in eight countries and featuring commentary by historians and scholars
Domesday : a search for the roots of England by Michael Wood( Book )
18 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wood uses the Domesday Book, a survey of the population, landownership, class structure and economy of England in 1086, as a starting point for an exploration of Engglish history from the Roman times to the 15th century
Shakespeare by Michael Wood( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A profile of Shakespeare and the political, intellectual, and religious world in which he lived draws on recently discovered sources including police torture records to show how the violence and plots of the era inform his work
In the footsteps of Alexander the Great ( Visual )
33 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historian Michael Wood hosts this journey across 2,000 years and 16 countries. At the heart of this epic story is the enigmatic character of Alexander the Great who set out at age 21 and conquered most of the known world before he was 30. Using texts of Greek and Roman historians as his guide, Wood searches for the truth behind legends that depict Alexander as both a brilliant visionary and ruthless conqueror
Conquistadors by David Wallace( Visual )
26 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of history's most fateful chapters and greatest adventures. The exploration of the America's by Spanish soldier-explorers, and the experiences and tragedies they had once there
In search of England : journeys into the English past by Michael Wood( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Michael Wood examines the roots of English history. Peeling back the layers of literary and oral material that have accumulated over the ages, he offers a fascinating series of rich stories - part history, part myth - that, directly or indirectly, touch on questions of English history and identity. He looks back at the legends surrounding Alfred the Great, King Athelstan, the lost library of Glastonbury, and more."--Jacket
India by Michael Wood( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An illustrated study of five thousand years in the history of India covers its regions and cultures, architectural and artistic wonders, its place in world history, and insights into some of the historical figures who played a key role in its development
In search of the Trojan War by Michael Wood( Visual )
34 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The tale of the Trojan War has fascinated and intrigued people for thousands of years. But is there any truth to Homer's epic poem. Michael Wood brings to life the heroes and the romance of the Bronze Age in this award winning archaeological story
Legacy the origins of civilization ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This six part series on three videodiscs explores the influence on ancient culture on our lives today. Host, Michael Wood visits the ancient cities and great ports of India and China, the deserts of Egypt and Iraq, the Mexico of the Inca, Aztec and Mayan peoples, the Greek and Roman monuments of Europe and the jungles of Central America searching for the living legacies of these once great civilizations. The series traces how the institutions that arose with urban civilization 5,000 years ago, such as organized religion, bureaucratic government and international trade are still affecting the political and cultural mindset of many parts of the world today
In search of myths & heroes by Michael Wood( Visual )
21 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows Michael Wood as he travels in search of the truth behind four famous legends. Explores not only the historical past and literal truth of these myths, but also the mythic past and archetypal stories behind them. Examines the Biblical myth of the Queen of Sheba, an exotic and mysterious woman of power who, with King Solomon, plays a key role in the founding myths of the modern states of Israel and Ethiopia. Traces the Celtic legend of King Arthur and its role in British literature. Asks whether the legendary Shangri-La as depicted in James Hilton's Lost horizon could have its roots in Indian views of Tibet or in the Tibetan Buddhist stories of the land of Shambhala, a paradise behind the Himalayas. Discusses the Greek hero Jason and his quest for the golden fleece
Legacy : the search for ancient cultures by Michael Wood( Book )
6 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Text, illustrations, and photographs chronicle 5,000 years of history from Mesopotamia to the present exploring social and political organizations, art, literature, religion, and economics
The story of England by Michael Wood( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the extraordinary story of one English community over fifteen centuries, from the moment that the Roman Emperor Honorius sent his famous letter in 410 advising the English to look to their own defences to the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire as it is today
In search of Shakespeare by Michael Wood( Visual )
21 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This four-part series explores the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer. Mixing travel, adventure, interviews, documentary, and live action sequences with the Royal Shakespeare Company, it presents a biography of one Elizabethan: his life, family and friendships, triumphs and disasters, loves and his losses. Viewers see how Shakespeare's life and work were shaped by his times, how he created some of the greatest literature in the world, and why he is still loved. These films reveal how Shakespeare sums up English history--and the English character too--more than any other person. Decent, humane, open minded, tolerant, witty, bawdy, sexy, diffident, guarded, skeptical, wary of any political system, identifying himself with the "Other" in his great portrayals of black people, women, the poor, Jews-- even evil people--Shakespeare is an artist born out of turbulent times. But as his old friend, Ben Jonson said, "He was not of an age, but for all time."
In search of Shakespeare by Michael Wood( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"He is the most famous of Englishmen, and yet our biographical knowledge of William Shakespeare has always been scant. Now Michael Wood with the help of the Royal Shakespeare Company and many other insightful experts - unravel the mysteries, to tell the story of the bard." [box cover note]
Story of England by Michael Wood( Visual )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael Wood tells the story of one place, the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire, throughout the whole of English history. Located in the very heart of England, Kibworth has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and was even bombed in World War II. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of this village from the Roman era to the present day
The classical ideal ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the origins of humanism and much of Western art to ancient Greece. Discusses Kouroi and Korai figures and the architecture of the Parthenon. Identifies Roman art as inherently political art that concentrated on technical sophistication and detail. Traces the decline of humanistic values in the late antique period where classical themes and forms were adapted to serve Christian purposes. Features art experts John Boardman and Richard Brilliant
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Audience level: 0.22 (from 0.00 for In the foo ... to 0.63 for The power ...)
Alternative Names
Vuds, Maikls 1948-
Wood, Michael David, 1948-
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English (405)
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