Monarchy with David Starkey
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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.
02: Aengla Land
Dr. Starkey chronicles the stormy path of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England, the world's first nation state.
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.
Profiling the medieval superstar, King Henry II of England, whose dominion stretched from Scotland to the Pyrenees.
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.
06: Death of a Dynasty
The real story of Shakespeare's kings: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12: The Return of the King
In 1660, amid great pomp and celebration, Charles II returns from exile to assume the throne.
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.
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.
George I and his two namesakes forge new relationships with Parliamentary leaders, creating a dynamic that survives in British governance today.
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.