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Monarchy with David Starkey Previous Broadcasts

Rule Britannia (Episode #203)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 13, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

25 years after the Glorious Revolution of 1688, England was transformed from an insignificant minor state to the greatest power in Europe. Along the way she became known by a new name - Great Britain - reflecting the fact that the Monarchy now ruled not just England and Wales (as it had since the time of Henry VIII) but Scotland and Ireland as well. Dr. Starkey examines the achievements and weaknesses of William and Mary and Queen Anne, and he enlightens us to other key players such as the Duke of Marlborough - one of the greatest military commanders in British history (and a distant relative to Winston Churchill). Dr. Starkey explains how this period formed the foundation of modern Britain and how the relationship between the Crown and Parliament changed to become what we now recognize as a modern monarchy.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 -- 2:00 AM

Empire (Episode #204)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 20, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

Despite Queen Anne's 18 pregnancies, she died without leaving an heir to the throne. In 1714, an obscure German Prince (rumored to be 52nd in line to the throne, but the next Protestant available) was crowned King George I of Great Britain. His reign signaled the beginning of a new political era that saw the rise of a new power broker on the political scene - the Prime Minister. The Hanoverian King would be succeeded by his namesakes George II and George III. The relationship that developed between each of the three Kings and Parliament defined the future of British government. In this episode, Dr. Starkey travels to the United States to chart the evolution of the American War of Independence and the Crown's devastating loss of the American colonies.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 -- 2:00 AM

Survival (Episode #205)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

The French Revolution began in 1789 when the Bastille prison in Paris was stormed by suffering French citizens. Very few people in Britain - least of all King George III - thought that it would lead to a cataclysmic war with France. But the execution of King Louis XVI of France in 1793 created a moment of crisis for the British monarchy. Would Britain go the way of France? Or would George III, George IV, William IV and William's niece, Victoria, weather the storm by appealing to British history and tradition? Dr. Starkey brings his story to the dawn of the 20th century, when it was beginning to look as if the Monarchy was going to be re-invented once again.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 28, 2010 -- 2:00 AM

The Glorious Revolution (Episode #202)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

Although less well-remembered than the Norman conquest of 1066, the Dutch Invasion of 1688, led by William of Orange, had consequences just as momentous. The reign of Charles II had left the religious and constitutional divides of the Civil War unresolved. When his Catholic brother James II succeeded him, the old wounds of religion and rule opened again. James II's mishandled attempts to promote toleration for Catholics led to fears of a rebirth of royal tyranny. By replacing the Catholic King with his own Protestant nephew, Parliament fashioned a largely peaceful settlement that markedly curtailed royal power.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 -- 2:00 AM
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