Now on DVD – Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in BBC Four, Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings, Libraries Gave Us Power, News, Ruling by the Book, What a King Should Know | 0 comments

Now on DVD – Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings

The DVD of The Private Lives of Medieval Kings is now available, featuring all three episodes of the acclaimed BBC Four series.

Follow Dr Janina Ramirez as she explores the story of the medieval monarchy, as revealed through the British Library’s Royal Manuscripts collection. By using her unique expert knowledge to decode these manuscripts, Dr Ramirez offers us a unique insight into the lives of long-dead kings.

From the rueful footnote detailing Edward II’s demise – ‘I am called the tumbledown king and all the world mocks me’ – to Henry VIII’s scribbled love notes to Anne Boleyn in the margins of his Bible, we see a succession of kings battling to shape an unruly nation and sometimes fighting for their lives.

This epic story spans 800 years – from the unification of England under the Anglo-Saxons, right through to the 100 Years War with France, and ending with the brutal magnificence of Henry VIII.

You can purchase your copy from the British Library shop:

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings on DVD

 

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