Â â€œDelightful and informativeâ€ â€”San Francisco Chronicle
See this U.K. broadcast edition with episodes not seen on PBS documenting a 1,500-year history of power, passion and glory.
Over more than a millennium, the British monarchy has survived brutality, betrayal, and bloodshed to emerge as the oldest functioning political institution in Europe. Join eminent historian David Starkey (The Six Wives of Henry VIII
) as he probes the personalities of the men and women who wore the crown. Meet the Anglo-Saxon king Offa, who ruled more like a mafioso than a monarch; Henry VIII, who cultivated celebrity like a modern rock star; and Victoria, who remade the monarchy into the model of middle-class morality. Through it all, visit the very sites where history happened: Hastings, Bosworth Field, the Tower of London, and more.
In this captivating 16-part series, Starkey advances a unifying narrativeâ€”the dynamic tension between authoritarian order and rule by consent of the governedâ€”that makes Britain unique among the worldâ€™s nations.
An honorary fellow at Cambridge University and a member of Londonâ€™s Society of Royal Antiquaries, David Starkey (CBE) has taught history at the London School of Economics, written more than a dozen books, and presented many acclaimed television documentaries.