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Monarchy Complete Collection
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“Delightful and informative” —San Francisco Chronicle
See this U.K. broadcast edition with episodes not seen on PBS documenting a 1,500-year history of power, passion and glory.
In this captivating 16-part series, Starkey advances a unifying narrative—the dynamic tension between authoritarian order and rule by consent of the governed—that makes Britain unique among the world’s nations.
An honorary fellow at Cambridge University and a member of London’s Society of Royal Antiquaries, David Starkey (CBE) has taught history at the London School of Economics, written more than a dozen books, and presented many acclaimed television documentaries.
Top Customer Reviews
Athena's "Monarchy" is to the student of British royal history, what "Playing Shakespeare" is to Shakespearean actors. It's a sophisticated, upper-level, educational experience, not unlike British Monarchy presented in a university study. The SUBTITLES help on many words--unusual, seldom used vocabulary such as "regicide" [killer of kings] and fratricidal" [killing of relatives]. Your mind will expand! I impatiently awaited the Monarchy role as it related to the USA history beginning with the 18th century. The final 2 episodes did not disappoint in this aspect.
This series has beautiful footage that shows off Great Britain's countryside as well as any travelogue. Many interiors of ancient buildings are included--primarily churches. Visuals come in the forms of live footage, reconstructions, dramatizations, computer imagery, maps, art productions, artifacts, archeological sites, aerial footage, and ancient manuscripts.
The narrator, Dr. David Starkey, is quite expressive in facial gestures, expressions, and his manner of speech. His speech comes in bursts of 1 to 5 syllables. He is a memorable personality, providing extensive history of the royal personal lives, politics, war, and enterprise. His manner and the visuals make this a compelling lecture series. Subtitles are available, but not needed for Starkey's accent.
"Monarchy" is a documentary, but oh so entertaining as well as educational.Read more ›
1. A Nation State (From the Dark Ages & Alfred the Great to the creation of England.)
2. Ængla Land (The Anglo-Saxons, 1066 and all that!)
3. Conquest (The Normans arrive)
4. Dynasty (Episode Focuses on Henry II, Thomas Becket)
5. A United Kingdom (Edward I, Edward II & Edward III, grandson of Edward I.)
6. Death of a Dynasty (Follows the reigns made famous by Shakespeare)
1. The Crown Imperial (1450s to the birth of the Tudors)
2. King and Emperor (The days of Henry VIII)
3. The Shadow of the King (Henry 8's children: Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I)
4. The Stuart Succession
5. Cromwell The King Killer
1. The Return of the King (Birth of the world's first modern state)
2. The Glorious Revolution (1688/1689)
3. Rule Britannia (1688 + 25 years to being a world power)
4. Empire (1714+ the emergence of the Prime Minister & modern doings)
5. Survival (1789+ & the French Revolution)
1. The Windsors (Queen Victoria to today)
The viewer gets a modern version of where history took place as Starkey travels around England to show off historical places. The misty, lush English countryside is so beautiful... Actors may appear in the background in era clothing, but they do not speak. They are more like ghosts in the background.
This unique style works because the information is packed into precise sentences. Starkey doesn't talk in flowery prose, he talks like a professor should, with emphasis on all the facts. There is no conjecture; everything Starkey mentions is spoken without emotion or bias. It is all facts. And there are so many facts in this video!
There are five disks to this set. Each disk is around 140 minutes long. Anyone watching this production will be inundated with information. Pay attention as there is no time to fall asleep.
Lovers of English history will enjoy this production. No time is wasted with cheesy reenactments. Instead the viewer walks away with a head full of royal knowledge.Read more ›
The series is quite thorough, literally covering every monarch from before Alfred the Great (when there was no "England") to Queen Victoria, and how each shaped the institution of monarchy as government. The entire series is narrated by the historian David Starkey. While at times he comes across as overly dramatic (even a bit pompous), and occasionally presents modern interpretations of historical figures as fact, he does have an engaging quality that keeps a viewer interested. I would have enjoyed having him as a professor in college. He does not shy away from sharing historical gossip and outlandish tales spread during the times described, which increases the entertainment quality of the series. The documentary alternates between him narrating, images of royal regalia and art and architecture throughout England (and sometimes abroad), and mini reenactments. Paintings of the actual monarchs and key figures are also shown. I found it to be an added bonus to see so many castles and historical places, like Westminster. The series is so exhaustive, viewers get a good background in art and architecture as well, since many of the sites were built, or owned by monarchs.
Overall, this was an amazing series to anyone with an interest in royals, or the British monarchy in particular.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love British monarchy, this series helps you to better understand not only British monarchy but also the British history......especially good for Anglophiles like me! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tillie1951
I LOVE this series!!!! I started watching on Netflix, but wanted to own it. Such a great series, by a respected historian.Published 3 months ago by B. Appleton
Love this type of documentary; price was good; delivery on timePublished 5 months ago by Miss Marple
Excellent history of the kings and queens of England. The story stops before Prince Albert dies. This is not the complete series as aired in the UK; it is missing the rest of Queen... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Fowler
Excellent, although the visuals are distracting from the enormous history lesson!Published 8 months ago by Pet lover