Raleigh's meteoric rise was followed by a slow and tragic fall from grace, which would ultimately end with the Orinoco disaster and death on the executioner's block. His story is inextricably linked to the dark intrigues and political maneuvering that characterised the close of Elizabeth I's reign.
Writer Tracy Borman explores the life of Elizabeth I, looking into her relationships with her closest attendants and her attitudes to, and treatment of, other women as well as her erotically charged love affairs and her love of tooth-rotting sugar.
Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronte was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British victories particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was fatally shot during his vic...
In the first century AD an immense army of blue faced warriors swept across Roman Britain killing the invaders in their thousands and razing London to the ground. The warrior army of Iceni was led by Boudicca, their queen who caused the Emperor Nero to consider withdrawing from Britain altogether.
Oliver Cromwell, English General and statesman led his armies of the Parliament of England against King Charles I during the English Civil War before ruling the British Isles as Lord protector until his death.
Undoubtedly the most renowned seaman of the Elizabeth Age, Drake was sent by Queen Elizabeth I as a privateer to the America's and knighted for his achievement as the the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.
In the latest episode of The Royal Beat, Kate Thornton and guests discuss the accuracy of Bridgerton, the upcoming film Spencer about Princess Diana’s life as well as looking at the latest in Meghan’s legal action against the Mail on Sunday.
Private Lives of the Tudors: The Court of Henry VIII
Historian Tracy Borman takes us behind the closed doors of the Tudor court where sex and power and the very architecture of the palaces created a febrile, hothouse atmosphere in which scandals erupted on an almost daily basis.
Prince Charles Edward was Queen Victoria’s favourite grandson.At the age of 16 he was ordered to Germany by his grandmother where he was transformed from a British Prince into a German Duke.
At the outbreak of the First World War, Prince Charles Edward had no option but to fight for Germany aga...
Queen Victoria may have given the English Crown back its shine and spread her sway throughout the Empire, but what of the woman who gave birth to nine children and survived seven assassination attempts? With her diaries burned by her daughter following her death, we turn to her personal letters t...
Lucy Worsley travels to Russia to tell the extraordinary story of the dynasty that ruled the country for more than three centuries. It's an epic tale that includes giant figures such as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, the devastating struggle against Napoleon in 1812, and the political m...
Lucy Worsley concludes her history of the Romanov dynasty, investigating how the family's grip on Russia unravelled in their final century. She will show how the years 1825-1918 were bloody and traumatic, a period when four tsars tried - and failed - to deal with the growing pressure for constitu...
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, King James VI of Scotland claimed her throne along with a new title: King James I of England.
During his bloody reign he faced numerous attempts on his life including the nefarious Gunpowder Plot and the continuing 30 years war on the continent.
Oliver Cromwell's commonwealth came to an end soon after his death and, in 1660, the exiled King, Charles, returned to London with an enormous fanfare only to face the dual tragedies of the worst outbreak of plague in generations and the Great Fire of London.