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Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty

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Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty

Following one of the most shocking periods in British history, this new historical docu-drama brings to life the dynasty that dragged Britain out of the dark ages and into the modern world.  Ruling the country for over three hundred years, ruthlessly crushing all competition, The Plantagenet story is more shocking, more brutal and more astonishing than anything you’ll find in Game of Thrones.

Presented by acclaimed historian Dan Jones, the Plantagenets combines his scintillating story-telling with drama reconstruction and brings to life a dramatic and bloody time in England’s history.

The series begins with Henry II, a control freak betrayed by his own wife and children after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket. Episode two reveals the collapse of friendship between Henry III and Simon de Montfort, spiraling into bloody civil war. Edward II’s obsession with revenge tears England apart in episode 3. Finally, episode four tells the story of the boy king tyrant, Richard II, one of the most vicious and inventive despots in history.

Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty Series 1

Betrayal

Historian Dan Jones reveals how the warrior king Henry II founded the Plantagenet dynasty, but how his refusal to relinquish control of any aspect of his empire caused problems with the church and his family. After Archbishop Thomas a Becket is murdered, Henry's wife and sons entered into an alliance with the king of France and tried to seize the throne.

Hatred

Part-dramatised documentary series presented by historian Dan Jones. The history of the Plantagenets continues with the story of king Henry III, his treacherous best friend Simon de Montfort and their bitter struggle for the soul of the nation.

Revenge

Dan Jones continues his compelling part-dramatised history of the Plantagenet dynasty with a look at the reign of Edward II. In a story of murder, intrigue, lust, betrayal and revenge, he explores what turned his queen, Isabella of France, from a loyal young wife into a bloodthirsty matriarch.

Tyranny

Dan Jones tells the extraordinary story of Richard II, the boy king who was the hero of the Peasants' Revolt, but who grew up to become one of the most brutal tyrants in English history. His bitter rivalry with his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, plunged the country into civil war, and when Henry deposed Richard the Plantagenet dynasty came to an end.

 

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