Edward the Confessor dies without heir, triggering a bitter struggle to succeed him as King of England. Earl Harold seizes the crown. In Normandy, Duke William believes the crown is his. In Norway, ...
In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fought for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields - but the ... See full summary »
Using a combination of documentary and drama, historian Dan Jones tells the story of the War of the Roses - the 30 year civil war between the House of York and House of Lancaster that saw the crown change hands seven times.
James Oliver Wheatley
Despite earlier promises to pass his crown to one of his Flemish, Viking, or Norman relatives, English King Edward the Confessor dies in 1066, leaving his crown to Anglo-Saxon Harold Godwinson, causing a bloody succession war.
Disappointing overall but covered the subject well.
This programme was so disappointing. A factual documentary giving all the details of the Norman Conquest has long been needed but although an attempt was made to cover the various angles it just didn't work. The idea of three historians, each 'playing' one of the three contenders for the throne (Hardrada, Godwinson and William) and arguing their cause with each other was bizarre and didn't fit in with the acted scenes that were shown alongside. On a more positive note, the programme did give very fair and unbiased accounts of all three and just didn't portray William as the 'bad guy' which is how he is normally seen.
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