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Monarchy by David Starkey

S1-E1 A Nation State

S1-E1 A Nation State

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The historian examines the tumultuous evolution of the British monarchy, from its Dark Ages origins to the present day, revealing how much of its history was a continual conflict between the heads of state and the people, and posing the question of what makes a good ruler. The journey begins in the years between 400 and 1400AD, with the creation of the first Saxon kings, whose rule shaped a uniquely British approach to monarchy and created a society capable of coping with the constant threat of Viking invasion.

Cast & Crew

Director David Wilson
Executive Producer Mark Fielder


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