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.
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.
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.
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.