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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

History Channel: Instant Expert - BEOWULF

History Channel: Instant Expert - BEOWULF


Synopsis: HISTORY introduces INSTANT EXPERT, an exciting new line of titles offering on-the-spot knowledge to students and lifelong learners on a wide variety of topics.

Myths are often the first stories we learn as children--iconic tales where good and evil clash, and humanity and fantasy collide. Thousands of years ago, myths were created to help frame the world of the ancients, and dictate the guidelines of their societies. But could these mythological warriors--and the tales they inspired--have been real? The legend of Beowulf, the Viking world s most famous warrior, is the ultimate tale of courage. Pit against thirsty invaders, barbaric monsters, and a fire-breathing dragon, Beowulf emerged as Norse mythology's greatest hero. HISTORY explores this epic legend, including unearthed burial mounds and ancient carvings that suggest the story of Beowulf could be more than myth.

Review: Whenever the History Channel puts out a DVD release we stand-up and take notice here at the Legion!  The channel is just full of quality documentary programming.  Their new line of DVDs, the Instant Expert series, is a whole new platform to release documentary programming on just about any subject!

The one we're going to focus on right now is the legend of BEOWULF.  I'm ashamed to say that prior to watching this special I had no real idea what BEOWULF was.  I had heard of it, of course, but I really had never read about or researched it.  It turns out that BEOWULF is the oldest tale written in the English language.  Its a tale of monsters, heroes and blood.  It really turns out to be quite fascinating.  Especially since a lot of the places and events in BEOWULF actually do coincide with real-life!

These DVDs are PERFECT for classrooms and homeschooling!   The DVDs even include a quiz afterwards that you can take to test your retention!  I know that I'll be using them for my kids and myself, to brush up on all types of topics from mythology to oil and historical characters.  I just found my new favorite DVD series!

BONUS FEATURES: Interactive Quiz, Study Guide Featuring Discussion Questions, Activities and more!

Interest Range: History Channel, Documentary, Mythology