Following one of the most shocking periods in British history, a new historical docu drama from Channel 5 brings to life the dynasty who dragged Britain out of the dark ages and into the modern world.
Out of the chaos, darkness and violence of the middle ages, one family rose to seize control of England. Generation after generation they ruled the country for more than three hundred years. Ruthlessly crushing all competition to become the greatest English dynasty of all time. The Plantagenet story is more shocking, more brutal and more astonishing than anything you’ll find in Game of Thrones.
Presented by award-winning journalist and acclaimed historian Dan Jones, the Plantagenets combines his scintillating story-telling with drama reconstruction and brings to life a dramatic and visceral time in England’s history.
This is history like you’ve never seen it before and Dan delivers his extraordinary new take on one of the most visceral and violent chapters in British History. One of overbearing fathers and weak sons, treacherous allies and adulterous wives, bad marriages, cousins at war and best friends turned mortal enemies. Across the four part series we meet extraordinary characters displaying raw human emotions – greed, envy, love and hate. Blood and the pursuit of power are at the heart of every event.
The series begins with Henry II, a control freak betrayed by his own wife and children when they try to seize the throne after Archbishop Thomas Becket is accidentally murdered. Episode two reveals how the powerful friendship between Henry III and Simon de Montfort collapses into hatred and bloody civil war. In Episode three Edward II’s obsession with revenge tears England apart. The country is invaded by his adulterous French wife and her lover and it culminates in the killing of Edward himself, with a ‘legendary’ red hot poker. Finally, episode four tells the story of the boy king and tyrant Richard II one of the most vicious and inventive despots in English history.
Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets creates a dramatic and visceral history of the period and its protagonists, taking the audience into the heart of the action and behind the true motivations of the most successful dynasty in English history.
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