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.
Episode 1 - A Nation State
Dr David 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 an English hero, Alfred the Great.
Episode 2 - Aengla Land
Dr Starkey chronicles the stormy path of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England, the world's first nation state
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.
Episode 4 - Dynasty
Profiling the mediaeval superstar, King Henry II of England, whose dominion stretched from the moors of Scotland to the foothills of the Pyrenees.
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.
Episode 6 - Death of a Dynasty
The real story of Shakespeare's kings - Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI.