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David Starkey - Monarchy Series 1

Synopsis
The first series of Dr David Starkey’s programmes examining the British monarchy and its relationship with its subjects over the centuries. He begins in the Dark Ages with Alfred the Great and goes up to Henry VI.

NB The first three series are
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2004
Notes
Broadcast on Channel 4 beginning 18/10/2004
Subjects
History
Keywords
history of England; monarchy; Dark Ages

Online availability

URI
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/monarchy/4od
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Writer
David Starkey
Contributor
David Starkey

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
219 minutes
Year
2009

Sections

Title
Nation State, A
Synopsis
In the first programme in the series David Starkey begins his assessement of monarchy in the Dark Ages when Alfred the Great’s firm stand against the Viking invasions helped in the creation of England.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Aenga Land
Synopsis
In the second programme David Starkey explores the relationship between the people and their kings and queens from 400 to 1400 AD. He focuses on the Anglo-Saxons, the Germanic people who arrived in the fifth century, were ruled in the eleventh by King Canute and ultimately succumbed to William the Conqueror on the battlefield at Hastings in 1066.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Conquest
Synopsis
David Starkey examines the consequences for Normans and English alike following the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest. The events obviously had a major impact on the monarchy and Dr Starkey illuminates a turbulent era of English history which involved intrigue, murder and civil war.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Dynasty
Synopsis
David Starkey’s study of the British monarchy down the ages, viewing the tale as a crucial and sometimes violent dialogue between the rulers and the ruled. This programme focuses on King Henry II of England whose dominion extended from the Scottish moors to the Pyrenees of France, but whose reign was soured by his conflict with Archbishop Thomas Becket.
Duration
60 mins

Title
United Kingdom, A
Synopsis
David Starkey examines the rule of the Plantagenet kings of the 13th and 14th centuries, commencing with Edward I who dreamt of uniting England, Scotland and Wales into one kingdom. His son, Edward II, proved a disastrous ruler and the programme suggests that it fell to Edward III to restore the image and credibility of the English monarch.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Death of a Dynasty
Synopsis
Dr David Starkey continues his assessment of the British monarchy, the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. The first series comes to a close with the real story behind the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI, all famously characterised in Shakespeare plays. Murder, civil war and a crisis of belief in the institution of monarchy feature in the tale of these medieval kings.
Duration
60 mins

Sponsor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

Name

4DVD

Web
http://www.channel4.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7396 4444
Address
124 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2TX
Name

4OD

Web
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od External site opens in new window
 

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