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Pure History Specials


The historical events, people, and dramas that shaped our world. This collection of full-length documentaries has been drawn from a variety of international sources and produced by top journalists and documentary filmmakers.

Licensed Regions: USA

  • 51:47 Pure History Specials - The Norse: An Arctic Mystery

    Pure History Specials - The Norse: An Arctic Mystery

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    The History books say that the first European to contact the Native Americans was Christopher Columbus. New evidence tells a different story, showing that centuries earlier, a civilization had already beaten him there. These people were the Norse. Uploade

  • 49:45 Pure History Specials - The Vanishing Tattoo

    Pure History Specials - The Vanishing Tattoo

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    A grueling journey deep into the jungle of Borneo takes two men in search of the last remaining traditional tattoo artists. Pushing inland along the 'River of Death', they document ancient practices and try to keep the traditional methods alive. Uploaded

  • 52:14 Pure History Specials - Royal Wreck of Gold

    Pure History Specials - Royal Wreck of Gold

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    When the steam clipper “The Royal Charter” was wrecked off the British coast, it took an unbelievable 460 passengers and 80 million Australian dollars with it. Now, for the first time, unearth the secrets of The Royal Charter.

  • 43:57 Pure History Specials - Assault and Rescue - The Entebbe Raid

    Pure History Specials - Assault and Rescue - The Entebbe Raid

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    Uploaded under license from TVF Intl. The daring Israeli raid on Entebbe described in exclusive first-person accounts by the heroes who pulled off this impossible mission. Gripping re-enactments take you inside the assault that brought nearly all of the h

  • 1:10:18 Pure History Specials - Battle Of The Somme: The True Story

    Pure History Specials - Battle Of The Somme: The True Story

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    Uploaded under license from Cineflix. The Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in the history of England. Since then, debate has raged over the legitimacy of the only combat footage of the battle. Now, a team of investigators is using science to solv

  • 45:51 Pure History Specials - Arctic Manhunt

    Pure History Specials - Arctic Manhunt

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    Uploaded under license from Looking Glass Intl. In 1931, a stranger appeared out of nowhere in the Canadian Arctic. Months later, the North's biggest manhunt was launched to find the elusive murderer and thief. The fugitive's unknown identity died with hi

  • 50:29 Pure History Specials - Samurai Bow

    Pure History Specials - Samurai Bow

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    Uploaded under license from Sky Vision. The Japanese bow, or Yumi, has remained virtually unchanged for almost 500 years and is considered a work of art. Steeped in tradition and treated with the utmost respect, it was the Samurai's deadly killing machine

  • 54:26 Pure History Specials - Forbes Faberge Egg Collection

    Pure History Specials - Forbes Faberge Egg Collection

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    The story of the Forbes family's incredible 110 million dollar collection of Faberge Eggs. Learn about their history and how they made their way back into the hands of a new Russian. Uploaded under license from Off The Fence

  • 51:57 Pure History Specials - Hillary on Everest

    Pure History Specials - Hillary on Everest

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    On May 29th, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This documentary includes interviews with Sir Hillary in which he talks about the triumphs and tragedies of his extraordinary life. Nar

  • 50:47 Pure History Specials - Ancient Inventions Of War

    Pure History Specials - Ancient Inventions Of War

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    Examines the search for the ultimate weapon, as well as the ability of doctors to repair the damage such weapons cause. Byzantine flame throwers, Chinese poison gas and successful surgical techniques as complex as brain surgery are a few of the Ancient In

  • 47:32 Pure History Specials - War On Witches

    Pure History Specials - War On Witches

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    Discover how a single publication sparked a viral outbreak of witch-hunting, initially in Britain, and later spread across the world. Notably, it fueled the Salem witch trials which terrorized parts of the US a hundred years later. Uploaded under license

  • 49:06 Pure History Specials - Pilate: The Man Who Killed Christ

    Pure History Specials - Pilate: The Man Who Killed Christ

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    Throughout history, Pontius Pilate has been portrayed as a weak ruler—the man who allowed Jesus Christ to be crucified at the demand of the Jews. But this documentary portrays a very different Pilate, one who had his own motives for allowing Jesus' fate.

  • 47:28 Pure History Specials - Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital

    Pure History Specials - Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital

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    Following years of secrecy, the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London became infamous in the 1600's for its inhumane and cruel treatments of its "mad" patients. Explore the gruesome history of the world's most well known mental institution. Uploaded under lice

  • 53:02 Pure History Specials - Codebreaker

    Pure History Specials - Codebreaker

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    In 1952, the brilliant mathematician, Alan Turing, was in torment. Although he helped crack the impossible German Enigma machine and changed computing forever, he was disgraced for being a homosexual in a time when homosexual acts were illegal. Uploaded u

  • 51:29 Pure History Specials - Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters

    Pure History Specials - Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters

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    Wallis Simpson was at the center of a national scandal when she was seen to ensnare Edward VIII and lure him from the throne. Recently discovered letters reveal her secret love and her fear as she found herself becoming trapped into marrying Edward VIII

  • 52:11 Pure History Specials - JFK's Women: The Scandals Revealed

    Pure History Specials - JFK's Women: The Scandals Revealed

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    John F. Kennedy was the most charismatic president of the 20th century, but he was also a reckless sexual adventurer. At least five of his conquests posed a potential threat to national security. Discover the true story behind Kennedy's women. Uploaded un

  • 52:00 Pure History Specials - Elizabeth: Duty and Sacrifice, Part 1

    Pure History Specials - Elizabeth: Duty and Sacrifice, Part 1

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    Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of the Commonwealth realms, and their territories and dependencies, and head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. For most people in the world, she has always been the Queen of England. Uploaded under licens

  • 45:58 Pure History Specials - The Search for Sherlock Holmes

    Pure History Specials - The Search for Sherlock Holmes

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    He is one of the most loved characters of all time, and the main novel of his adventures is said to be the third most read publication in the world behind the Bible and Dictionary. Investigate the phenomenon of Sherlock Holmes in this revealing documentar

  • 50:12 Pure History Specials - Prisoners of War Betrayed

    Pure History Specials - Prisoners of War Betrayed

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    The fate of prisoners of war and missing in action is one of the darkest chapters of the Cold War. Tens of thousands of American soldiers European survivors were sent to unknown destinations during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Upload

  • 50:00 Pure History Specials - Diana vs The Queen

    Pure History Specials - Diana vs The Queen

    by Merlin Added 10 Views / 0 Likes

    This revealing documentary charts the two women's relationship from its very beginnings, through the royal wedding to Diana's emergence as a global superstar. The story ends in the final showdown of Diana's funeral. Uploaded under license from Sky Vision.

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