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Last week, I observed the 200th anniversary the end of The Regency. Tina reviewed two TV shows that she enjoyed on DVD the fantasy, Good Omens, and the History Channel documentary, The Battle of Waterloo.
One of my husband’s favorite YouTube channels is The History Guy. I’d been mostly ignoring this channel that often focuses on aviation and military history, but, recently, I stopped to watch a couple that were more in tune with my fascination for British history.
This week, The History Guy released a video about The Great Vowel Shift in the English language. That’s a topic I’ve heard of in vague ways but never fully understood. In part, I now realize, because it isn’t well understood. After watching this video, I have a good framework.
Last month, I really enjoyed this fun video about shopping on St. James’s Street, where shops from The Regency still exist today.
Here are some more videos featuring British history that I plan to watch in the next few days:
- The Execution of Charles Fryatt
- The Tragic Life of Rudyard Kipling
- Britain’s Last Witch
- Lost in Wales, Part 1
- Lost in Wales, Part 2
My husband, Rick, and I take a bit of local pride for The History Guy since he lives in the St. Louis region as evidenced by this video of a little-known bit of our history.
When Rick and I used to lead nature hikes at a park near our house, we told some stories about the Lemp family who once owned that land, the one mentioned in the video as being along the Meramec River.
What have you learned about the British Isles from YouTube channels?