Episode guide

David Starkey's Monarchy

Series 1

David Starkey's Monarchy

  • A Nation State

    David Starkey revisits the Dark Ages to begin his extensive study of the British monarchy. Hear how Alfred the Great's stand against the Vikings helped create England.

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  • Death of a Dynasty

    David Starkey gives us the cold hard facts about medieval kings Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI, whose reigns were immortalised in Shakespeare plays.

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  • Aenglaland

    The Anglo-Saxons take centre stage in David Starkey's chronicle of the monarchy, from the Germanic migration to Britain in the fifth century up to the Battle of Hastings.

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  • Conquest

    Learn more about the turbulent times that followed the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest in David Starkey's meticulous study of the British monarchy.

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  • Dynasty

    Hear about the ruthless ambition of Henry II of England - and his feud with Thomas Becket - as David Starkey sheds light on the Angevin kings of the 12th and 13th centuries.

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  • A United Kingdom

    A tale of three Edwards: Edward I's bid to forge a 'United Kingdom', Edward II's disastrous rule and Edward III's restorative reign. David Starkey takes up the saga.

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David Starkey's Monarchy

Series 2

David Starkey's Monarchy

  • The Shadow of the King

    Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I all succeeded their father Henry VIII, but what were their legacies? David Starkey recalls the House of Tudor's final years.

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  • The Stuart Succession

    Charles I's reign ended in bloody civil war, execution and England becoming a republic. What caused the monarchy to lose its lustre? David Starkey explains.

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  • Tudors and Stuarts

    Plantagenet in-fighting lead to the Wars of the Roses in the 1450s. David Starkey takes in the reigns of Richard III and Henry VII as he recalls our royal history.

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  • Henry VIII King and Emperor

    The remarkable reign of Henry VIII. From ill-fated marriages to separation from Rome, the Tudor king's rule is chronicled by the esteemed David Starkey.

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  • Oliver Cromwell: The King Killer

    After Charles I's execution in 1649, the English monarchy was abolished under Cromwell. Why did the fledgling republic return to royalty once more?

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David Starkey's Monarchy

Series 3

David Starkey's Monarchy

  • Survival

    Discover how the French Revolution of 1789 and the execution of Louis XVI led to problems for the British monarchy. The reigns of George III and Victoria bookend this study.

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  • Return of the King

    King Charles II returned from exile in 1660. David Starkey reveals how he faced plague, the Great Fire and opposition to his Catholic successor James II.

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  • The Glorious Revolution

    The English revolution of 1688 saw William of Orange topple incumbent royal James II. David Starkey reveals how our constitutional monarchy evolved from this.

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  • Rule Britannia

    After the Glorious Revolution of 1688, England became a key player in Europe. David Starkey explains how the reigns of William and Mary and then Anne were significant.

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  • Empire

    How did the ascension of a German prince to the British throne in 1714 lead to the introduction of a prime minister? Find out as David Starkey reviews the rule of George I.

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