A History of Britain Season 1
S01 E01Sep 29, 2000
Beginnings (3100 BC - 1000 AD) Sep 29, 2000 Simon Schama starts his story in the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, Orkney. Over the next four thousand years Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Christian missionaries arrive, fight, settle and leave their mark on what will become the nations of Britain.
S01 E02Oct 6, 2000
Conquest! (1000 - 1087) Oct 6, 2000 1066 is not the best remembered date in British history for nothing. In the space of nine hours whilst the Battle of Hastings raged, everything changed. Anglo-Saxon England became Norman and, for the next 300 years, its fate was decided by dynasties of French rulers.
S01 E03Oct 13, 2000
Dynasty (1087 - 1216) Oct 13, 2000 There is no saga more powerful than that of the warring dynasty - domineering father, beautiful, scheming mother and squabbling, murderous sons and daughters, (particularly the nieces). In the years that followed the Norman Conquest, this was the drama played out on the stage of British history.
S01 E04Oct 20, 2000
Nations (1216 - 1348) Oct 20, 2000 Nations is the epic account of how the nations of Britain emerged from under the hammer of England's "Longshanks" King Edward I, with a sense of who and what they were, which endures to this day.
S01 E05Oct 27, 2000
King Death (1348 - 1500) Oct 27, 2000 It took only six years for the plague to ravage the British Isles. Its impact was to last for generations. But from the ashes of this trauma an unexpected and unique class of Englishman emerged.
S01 E06Nov 4, 2000
Burning Convictions (1500 - 1558) Nov 4, 2000 Here Simon Schama charts the upheaval caused as a country renowned for its piety, whose king styled himself Defender of the Faith, turns into one of the most aggressive proponents of the new Protestant faith.
S01 E07Nov 11, 2000
The Body of the Queen (1558 - 1603) Nov 11, 2000 This is the story of two queens - Elizabeth I the consummate politician and Mary Queen of Scots the Catholic mother. It is also the story of the birth of a nation.