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A King Without A Crown

The Stuarts Episode 2 of 3

This three-part series argues that the Stuarts, more than any other, were Britain's defining royal family.

After Charles I's disastrous attempt to militarily impose political and religious uniformity throughout his kingdoms, both the Stuart dynasty and its three kingdoms fell into an abyss. Charles lost his head and his family fled into exile.

In this second episode, Dr Clare Jackson reveals how the unprecedented religious violence of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms shaped the very DNA of British political culture and how the trauma suffered shaped subsequent constitutional crises in the years to come.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 23 Jun 2016 17:55


Role Contributor
PresenterClare Jackson
Series ProducerRichard Downes
DirectorTim Niel

Web Extra: The Battle of Edgehill

Web Extra: The Battle of Edgehill, 1642

How King Charles I could have missed a chance to end the war with victory at Edgehill