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David Starkey tells the extraordinary story of Queen Elizabeth I, whose reign transformed England into a global power

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David Starkey tells the extraordinary story of Queen Elizabeth I, whose reign transformed England into a global power

Series 1 Summary

In 1588, Elizabeth Tudor was crowned Queen of England.

England was a fifth-rate nation at the start of her reign, but by the end of Elizabeth I's tumultuous 45 years of rule English forces had defeated the Spanish Armada and sailed around the globe.

Elizabethan military power was matched only by a remarkable flourishing of English literature: it was the age of Shakespeare's plays and Spenser's poems.

David Starkey tells the extraordinary story of Elizabeth I.

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    Episode 1

    Historian David Starkey presents a four-part series that tells the story of Elizabeth I. This first episode concentrates on her early life leading up to her coronation.

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    Episode 2

    The Virgin Queen: In part two of his study, historian David Starkey looks at the political and religious machinations that came about due to Elizabeth I's reluctance to marry.

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    Episode 3

    Historian David Starkey continues his study of Queen Elizabeth I as he relates the events of July 1588, when beacons were lit across England to warn of the arrival of the Spanish Armada.

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    Episode 4

    Gloriana: Elizabeth was hailed as Gloriana - almost a goddess in the eyes of her subjects. Unfortunately the goddess was getting old as David Starkey investigates in this final chapter.

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David Starkey tells the extraordinary story of Queen Elizabeth I, whose reign transformed England into a global power

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