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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

13. Rumbling and Romance: A Look at Love and Marriage

13. Rumbling and Romance: A Look at Love and Marriage

As Shakira (Jasmine Richards) prepares for her aunt's wedding, she wonders how the whole business of modern-day romance got to be so complicated. It's the topic of magazine stories, movies, songs, books and TV shows; and where, she wonders, did all those wedding rituals come from - like the bridal registry, the best man, the bridesmaids and the groom's men? Surely, back in the old days, people just fell in love and that was it. In fact, the history of romance is peppered with all sorts of odd customs and rituals - and many ancient cultures actually feared love like the plague. To show Shakira what things were really like, time travelers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) propel themselves back to 800 AD to participate in a traditional Goth wedding, where the groom's men were actually "Bride's Knights," assigned to escort the bride to the wedding and make sure she didn't escape; the best man acted as a bodyguard and interference tackler in case any of the groom's rivals turned up at the wedding; and the wedding cake was for pelting the bride - not for eating. Next Shakira sees first-hand how the whole notion of romance was invented by wandering troubadours, that the uptight Victorians learned to flirt with handkerchiefs and fans, and that many romantic disputes in the 19th century were settled with pistols. By the end she realizes that romance wasn't less complicated in the past, it was just different; but the way people feel about each other has stayed pretty much the same through the ages. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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