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Discover the secret histories of England's Kings and Queens.

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  • The Stuarts: King James I

    following the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, King James VI of Scotland claimed her throned 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.

  • The Stuarts: King Charles I

    King Charles I succeeded his father James I in 1625 from when political and religious upheaval dogged his reign before his authoritarian rule eventually led to civil war and ultimately his execution.

  • The Stuarts: King Charles II

    Oliver Cromwell's commonwealth came to an end soon after his death and, in 1660, the exiled King 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.

  • The Stuarts: King James II

    In 1685 King James II succeeded his brother to the throne. As the last of the Stuart Kings he would reign for only 3 years until none other than his own daughter, Mary, brought about his downfall.

  • Private Lives of the Tudors: The Wives of Henry VIII

    Historian Tracy Borman reveals intimate details about the tyrannical Henry VIII and his six wives: from how they lived, loved and died to the most minute of details of their everyday lives.

  • 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.

  • Private Lives of the Tudors: Gloriana

    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.