Taking Sides

David Dimbleby visits the English Heritage Festival of History with Civil War re-enactors.

This episode takes a look at the 17th century, when the people of Britain learned to question everything. The result was the Civil War, in which everyone, including artists, had to take sides. Out of it came a re-invented monarchy, a scientific revolution and, ultimately, the great Cathedral of St Paul's. Highlights include the courtly portraits of Rubens, Van Dyck and Peter Lely, and the fabulous creations of the Royal Society.

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4 minutes


Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Dimbleby
DirectorJohn Hay
ProducerJohn Hay
Executive ProducerBasil Comely

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