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British historian Dr. David Starkey presents a complete history of the oldest functioning political institution in Europe. From early kings and the Middle Ages to the throne of Henry VIII and English Civil War, Starkey's work travels to historical locations in England, Scotland and France. Stories of intrigue, lust, treachery and hunger for power are a unifying thread through generations of royals. Guiding viewers through nearly 10 centuries of royal rule, Starkey presents the power and passion of the English crown.

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The monarchy is reinvented in the 20th century.
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The role of Prime Minister develops.
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England becomes the greatest power in Europe.
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David Starkey looks at how the constitutional monarchy evolved from the English revolution of 1688, in which William of Orange toppled incumbent royal James II.
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The reign of King Charles II restored the authority of the English crown.
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A new course of action, putting the king on trial for his life, is decided upon.
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James Stuart united England and Scotland under one rule, but his son was responsible for civil war.
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Henry VIII's three children all failed to produce heirs to the throne.
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Henry VIII sees a new kind of politics in France which puts him in a position of power.
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The reigns of Edward IV and Richard III were marked by family feuds, a secret marriage and a mysterious murder.
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The story of Shakespeare's kings.
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The reigns of three Edwards.
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The dominion of King Henry II.
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The monarchy takes a radical new turn.
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The Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England.
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The creation of England and the triumph of the first English hero, Alfred the Great.

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