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Taking Sides

Duration: 03:06

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.

Available since: Tue 23 Feb 2010


David Dimbleby
John Hay
John Hay
Executive Producer
Basil Comely

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Seven Ages of Britain Age of Revolution

4/7 In the 17th century British people learned to question everything, resulting in civil war.

First broadcast: 28 Feb 2010

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