Episode guide

The Stuarts: A Bloody Reign

Series 1

The Stuarts: A Bloody Reign

  • King James I

    Prof Kate Williams studies the legacy of the Stuarts through the eyes of an aristocratic Welsh clan. After Elizabeth I's death in 1603, James VI of Scotland claimed the throne.

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  • King Charles I

    Professor Kate Williams studies the reign of Charles I, who succeeded James I in 1625. Hear how religious upheaval and authoritarian rule led to civil war and a beheading.

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  • King Charles II

    Two years after Oliver Cromwell's death in 1658, an exiled king returned to London to huge fanfare. Kate Williams studies Charles II's reign through the Wynn family's eyes.

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  • King James II

    Professor Kate Williams reflects on the reign of King James II, who ruled for only three years. Learn how this last Stuart king was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

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