The Devil’s Whore review

I’ve done a little review of the above for the New Statesman over here. I found the first episode a bit of a disappointment. Not really fun enough to warrant 1hr 20mins of my time and not really done with enough attention to detail to make it worthwhile as ‘edutainment’.

Over at this blog, there’s an interesting review of Ronan Bennett’s Guardian article inspired by the series. The author also correctly guesses that the perspective of the series will be unrelentingly Anglo-centric.

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  1. Did you also notice God’s Executioner on one of the History channels 529-531 on Sky?

  2. I meant to add my surprise that in your review you didn’t mention the King’s spurt to a much more regal height.

  3. Scratch that last comment – as I clicked Submit I recalled where you’d said it

  4. I’ve only got freeview, so missed ‘God’s Executioner’. Any good?

  5. Pretty balanced, though naturally enough its Hiberno-centric viewpoint tended to discount Cromwell’s achievements in the rest of the British isles. If anything, the visuals gave the impression that the massacres of English settlers were conducted by regular and disciplined Irish soldiers, and equally you didn’t get a feeling for the raw hatred that led to Milford Haven, the Ordinance against the Irish or the massacre of the camp followers at Naseby. But it obviously tends to follow the book’s line. Great to see John Morrill too (he was my tutor for a term c1981).


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