Did a controversial affair between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley lead to a savage murder? We explore remarkable new evidence suggesting that Dudley’s wife, Amy Robsart was assassinated, so that her husband could be free to marry the Queen.
Guy Fawkes’ plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King will live forever as one of history’s most audacious acts of treason. After an eleventh hour tip-off, the plotters were discovered, tortured and executed. Superb recreations and reconstructions tell the full dramatic story.
800 years ago Matilda came within a hair's breadth of being the first woman to be crowned Queen of England in her own right. In this programme historian Helen Castor explores how Matilda reached this point and why her bid for the throne ultimately failed.
In 1308, a 12-year-old girl, Isabella of France became Queen of England when she married the English King. A century later another young French girl Margaret of Anjou followed in her footsteps. Both these women were thrust into a violent and dysfunctional England and both felt driven to take cont...