This two-part series blows the lid off the Anglo-centric view of its own history and reveals how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages.

In this second program, presenter, Dan Snow follows in the footsteps of Ireland’s earliest missionaries as they venture through treacherous barbarian territory to bring literacy and technology to the future nations of Scotland and England. This is a visually and intellectually stimulating journey through one of the least known chapters of British and Irish history.

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‘Everyone always talks about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings,” says an exasperated Dan Snow, “but all the really big events happened 400 years earlier. We could, if things had gone only slightly differently then, be living on the ‘Irish Isles’ not the British Isles. Our capital should probably have been York.”

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