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Dr David Starkey's complete history of the British Monarchy, revealing the epic and bloody stories of our Kings and Queens and charting the course of Europe's oldest surviving political institution

About the Show

Dr David Starkey's complete history of the British Monarchy, revealing the epic and bloody stories of our Kings and Queens and charting the course of Europe's oldest surviving political institution

Series 1 Summary

The first series of Dr David Starkey's history of the British monarchy takes us from Alfred the Great, who helped drag a barely formed England out of the Dark Ages, to Shakespeare's powerful and illustrious hero kings.

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    Episode 1 - A Nation State

    Dr Starkey begins his history of the British monarchy in the violence and chaos of the Dark Ages, telling the dramatic story of the creation of England and the triumph of English hero Alfred the Great

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    Episode 2 - Aengla Land

    Dr Starkey chronicles the stormy path of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England, the world's first nation state

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    Episode 3 - Conquest

    As the direction of English kingship takes a radical new turn with the invasion and imposition of Norman history, Dr Starkey follows the fortunes of both the invaders and the invaded

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    Episode 4 - Dynasty

    Profiling the medieval superstar, King Henry II of England, whose dominion stretched from Scotland to the Pyrenees

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    Episode 5 - A United Kingdom

    Dr Starkey looks at a century that saw the reigns of three Edwards: father, son and grandson. Edward I took the image and might of the English monarchy to new heights.

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    Episode 6 - Death of a Dynasty

    The real story of Shakespeare's kings: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI