The Art of Monarchy

The Art of Monarchy

Will Gompertz enters the Royal Collection to examine some of the objects that have adorned, defined and described the story of a thousand years of the British Monarchy. The programmes are broadcast weekly, from 11 February to 31 March 2012, on Saturdays at 10.30.

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Recent episodes (9)

  • 08 Legacy 31 March 2012

    Sat, 31 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How a monarchy maintains a firm hold on power by securing its succession and leaving a proper legacy. That legacy in collecting terms is cared for by the Royal Collection: we look at how it works today and some of its celebrated objects

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  • 07 Empire and Commonwealth 24 March 2012

    Sat, 24 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The development of a unified Britain, an overseas Empire and the evolution of a Commonwealth is demonstrated through objects from the Royal Collection from the 16th to the 20th century.

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  • 06 Progress 17 March 2012

    Sat, 17 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Throughout its 1000 year history, British monarchs have embraced developments in technology and science. This has enabled the Monarchy to adapt and renew itself while also allowing a personal engagement with intellectual trends.

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  • 05 People 10 March 2012

    Sat, 10 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The evolving contract between the rulers and ruled has seen adoration and conflict over the centuries.

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  • 04 Magnificence 03 March 2012

    Sat, 3 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The display of power through objects designed to impress and inspire has been vital in ensuring the status of the monarchy, and by reflection the nation.

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  • 03 Faith 25 Feb 2012

    Sat, 25 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The history of the Monarchy's changing relationship with religion and faiths over the past 1,000 years.

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  • 02 Friend or Foe 18 Feb 2012

    Sat, 18 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The importance of understanding your enemies and making and keeping friends, demonstrated by objects from a thousand years of the British monarchy.

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  • 01 Behind The Royal Image 11 Feb 2012

    Sat, 11 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Will Gompertz looks at some of the most personal royal images in the Royal Collection to see what insights they give us into the lasting power of the monarchy. From the very earliest royal photographs to the revealing portrait of a seductive Victoria, and from the forgotten son of Henry VIII to the manipulated images of George III, Will asks how important understanding their own image has been to the longevity of our Kings and Queens.

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  • Welcome

    Mon, 30 Jan 12

    Duration:
    1 min

    Welcome to this new BBC podcast. If you subscribe to the podcast feed, you should receive the first episode of this series automatically on Feb 11th. To find other podcasts from the BBC, visit www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts.

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