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Monarchy With David Starkey
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In this rich tapestry, Starkey identifies a unifying thread. On one hand, England required authoritarian might to stand strong against external threats. On the other, it cherished its longstanding tradition of rule by consent of the governed. The dynamic tension between these two impulses enabled the monarchy to survive as the oldest-functioning political institution in Europe.
- Six episodes on two discs
Top Customer Reviews
Don't be fooled by the release of 'Set 2' in the US. That starts with Charles II and is equivalent to 'Series Three' of the UK release.
For those wanting more comprehensive information, an excellent resource is a 48-lecture college course "History of England From the Tudors to the Stuarts," taught by Dr. Robert Bucholz, Loyola University of Chicago. The course is available on DVD from The Teaching Company.
When Dr. Starkey describes with such great intensity things like the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, in the actual room where the execution took place 450 years ago, it's hard not to get caught up in the great intrigue and drama of Britain's monarchy.
But don't expect more from Monarchy than a barely scratched surface. In my view, Starkey did a reasonably fine though fast job of the tumultuous period leading up to Edward the Confessor and the Norman Conquest, the characters and issues of two of the Tudors, Henry VII and Henry VIII, and the issues that led to Cromwell. Everything else for me was a blur.Read more ›
Where is the coverage of the crises surrounding James II, The Glorious Revolution, or the ways in which the monarchy changed in the 18th and 19th century under the Hanovers? The Abdication of Edward VII and the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer? What might the reign of Charles III or William V be like? I hope Starkey makes a second series of Monarchy, it is needed.
This does not mean that the fascinating personalities that have comprised the monarchy are skimped over. Indeed, it is largely those personalities (and pecadillos) that shaped the crises and the responses to them. What emerges is a grand tapestry. I would highly recommend it. I could easily wish that more time would be spent on times and person who interest me more but to do so would detract from the grand sweep of things.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part 1 of a 2 part series covering English Monarchy through history. Absolutely fascinating series. This one covers English monarchy up to and including Queen Elizabeth I. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jake
I am in the process of reading Phillipa Gregory's books about the Wars of the Roses (Cousins Wars) and these discs were a great complement to those stories. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Patricia Duhon
I always enjoy history and felt this was presented fairly well. A lot of items I had never heard of and I found interesting.Published on September 26, 2013 by Betty Garland
It is dry and intelligent and thick with details. A program that History Channel used to air before it was dumbed down for the attention deficit.Published on July 10, 2013 by Fairred
Monarchy With David Starkey is great if you like historial documentaties. i my self like the part about herny the 8.Published on December 26, 2012 by jean jackels
I was quite peeved when I got this expecting to be able to see series 3 and 4 which are missing from Netflix. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Barry Brown
I loved watching this series, despite Dr. Starkey's fondness for the word "overweening." It's a great walk through British History. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This BBC series started out mildly irritating (narrator David Starkey has an overly-dramatic voice that grates on me), but fairly informative. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by M.Jacobsen