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Monarchy with David Starkey

Dr. Starkey begins his history of the British monarchy in 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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Overview

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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A Nation State

01: A Nation State

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

49 min
Aengla Land

02: Aengla Land

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

49 min
Conquest

03: 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.

48 min
Dynasty

04: Dynasty

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

48 min
A United Kingdom

05: 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.

49 min
Death of a Dynasty

06: Death of a Dynasty

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

49 min
The Crown Imperial

07: The Crown Imperial

Although Edward IV's coronation seems to end the War of the Roses, sibling ambitions within the House of York eventually throw the monarchy into turmoil.

49 min
Henry VIII: King and Emperor

08: Henry VIII: King and Emperor

His unquenchable thirst for celebrity and tortuous quest for a male heir, Henry VIII takes the English monarchy to new heights, asserting power over the souls of his subjects as well as their bodies.

49 min
The Shadow of the King

09: The Shadow of the King

After 6 marriages, Henry leaves 3 children with a clear succession plan for the throne. But Edward, Mary and Elizabeth soon face their father's real legacy: a volatile fusion of politics and religion.

49 min
The Stuart Succession

10: The Stuart Succession

James I takes the throne as the first "king of Great Britain," ruling not only England, but also Scotland and Ireland. But the Stuart reign soon turns from heady triumph to failure and civil war.

49 min
Oliver Cromwell: The King Killer

11: Oliver Cromwell: The King Killer

Under the charismatic Oliver Cromwell, Parliament commits a previously unthinkable act: it executes a reigning king. Eventually, the fledgling republic discovers that it needs a monarch after all.

48 min
The Return of the King

12: The Return of the King

In 1660, amid great pomp and celebration, Charles II returns from exile to assume the throne.

47 min
The Glorious Revolution

13: The Glorious Revolution

Outraged by James II's attempts to promote tolerance for his fellow Catholics, Parliament invites his daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William of Orange, to invade England and take the throne.

48 min
Rule Britannia

14: Rule Britannia

Under William and Mary and their successor, Anne, the nation transforms itself into Europe's greatest power and enjoys unprecedented financial prosperity.

48 min
Empire

15: Empire

George I and his two namesakes forge new relationships with Parliamentary leaders, creating a dynamic that survives in British governance today.

48 min
Survival

16: Survival

Weathering the anti-royalist storm breaking on the Continent, Great Britain stands strong against the military might of Napoleon. By the mid-19th century, Queen Victoria reinvents the British monarchy as a stable yet progressive institution.

48 min