Monday, November 30, 2009
Male On Monday - Michael Wood
Michael Wood is my Male on Monday, because he has long been one of my heroes. As we all know, to be a hero you have to be more than eye candy. A real hero must have an interesting mind; he should be someone with whom you can share common interests, and feel you would love to talk to, and talk to, and talk to...
History is Michael Wood’s passion. He writes and talks about it with such clarity and enthusiasm that one is carried away, right back to the past. He brings history to life, and his books and broadcasts are filled with insights about what life was really like for ordinary people as well as for kings and queens. He has a wide range, some of the subjects he has written and broadcasted about are:
The Dark Ages
The Trojan War
Alexander the Great
Myths and Heroes
In this You Tube clip, Michael Wood discusses fourteenth century England. It is the year of the Great Plague.
And in this short interview he talks about the making of his documentary on the Trojan War, referring to it as ‘a mystery story and adventure’ in itself:
Recently on the Beeb,Michael Wood introduced Julian Glover’s inspired and passionate performance of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf.
Reading Old English is something of a challenge (!!?), so in case anyone wants to read it in translation, Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf version is brilliant with the Anglo-Saxon sitting alongside his poetic modern English.
Carol’s latest book: Runaway Lady, Conquering Lord is out with Harlequin Historicals in the US, and with Mills & Boon in the UK. It is set in England and France shortly after the Norman Conquest, and tells the story of a fallen Saxon lady, and the Norman knight she is forced to appeal to for help.
Carol keeps trying to move on to the twelfth century, but the eleventh century seems to have her firmly in its grasp. She is currently working on a novel set in the Byzantine Empire.
Carol’s blog: http://www.caroltownend.blogspot.com/
Her website is currently being revamped, but she hopes it will be updated very soon! This is the link: http://caroltownend.co.uk/