Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty: Betrayal 13 Hours That Saved Britain 5 months ago   44:57

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The British dynasty on which Game of Thrones is based is skilfully brought to life

Following one of the most shocking periods in British history, a new historical docu-drama brings to life the dynasty that dragged Britain out of the dark ages and into the modern world. Ruling the country for over three hundred years, ruthlessly crushing all competition, The Plantagenet story is more shocking, more brutal and more astonishing than anything you’ll find in Game of Thrones.

Presented by acclaimed historian Dan Jones, the Plantagenets combines his scintillating story-telling with drama reconstruction and brings to life a dramatic and bloody time in England’s history.

This is history like you’ve never seen it before. Dan delivers his extraordinary take on one of the most visceral and violent chapters in British History. The series begins with Henry II, a control freak betrayed by his own wife and children after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket. Episode two reveals the collapse of friendship between Henry III and Simon de Montfort, spiraling into bloody civil war. Edward II’s obsession with revenge tears England apart in episode 3. Finally, episode four tells the story of the boy king tyrant, Richard II, one of the most vicious and inventive despots in history.

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When Henry realized the King of Scots was arrested he said "Dieu et mon Droit" (God is in my side). Still today in the Royal coat of arm.
thomas pollock
old man down he is only 56
Jasmine Jeanine
Henry the II should have been proud at his son's balls to take him on since in the past and especially up north this was par for the course, and how you showed yourself worthy of ruling. However there is a serious drawback as the purpose of a united country, empire building and strong alliances is to keep your kingdom safe from some other country. Since the monarchs of Europe are almost all blood relatives and their power was kept safe by upholding each others power same as today, hence there is international law dictating allowable ways to seize control as well as having to do it within the confines of your country's laws, thus you need to change the country's laws first THEN revolt.. Thus the reason to have blood alliances not paper. Thus uniting kingdoms under blood alliances thus consoladating power and conquering countries through marriage not war hence the nobles speaking French NOT English.
Steve Sturges
Very good doco, despite the adverts... fascinating time in English history.....
Fiona H
I love these documentaries. They are the springboard from which all great soap operas are born! ;-D
Angelia Pittman
Sounds like all these kings in that time were no different than the royle family now ,mystery, adultery,lies,secretly, murder, wow ! I'm sure if it was legal now in royles there would be a lot of heads rolling lol.
But to half hang then gut them out then behead what barbarians back them anyone could lie to the kings and your arrested for treason ,it's as they say keep friends close but your enemies closer.i would not want to be born in that era no way and certainly not a wife to Henry vll,it baffles me the king can take mistress's and that's ok ,but if a queen does oh my gosh there held on treason ,adultry and beheading can any one tell me what's the difference? Curious from Waco tx,U.s.a.
Jennifer Bailey
They never mentioned William Marshal, the inspiration for Lancelot and the best medieval warrior the world has ever known, who won all those battles for The Young King, Henry II, Richard and eventually John.
Rilley Griffin
queen eleanor is a dead ringer for alison brie
Kent Newton
unless you have a reason to own a truck, own a car, and make it a hyndai
Caroline Lynch
No mention here of Henry's other son, Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, who didn't die until 1186.. sure, he never took the throne, but that's no reason to leave him out!
Bob Dillahunty
I would have wiped them all out with a machine gun - Plantagenets, Tudors, doesn't matter - and then I would have wiped out the nobility.
I think after Henry the younger died, Henry II had five living sons: Geoffrey (illegitimate), Richard, Geoffrey, John and William (illegitimate). Even if the illegitimate sons were not to be mentioned, Dan should have said there were THREE remaining sons, not two.

Edit: Geoffrey being up there twice isn't a mistake. There were actually two.
Norlof Thor
I would like to know, what is the name of the ost 11:50? I can't shazam it. If someone can tell me it would be great. thanks.
viking heathen
Anyone get a Guy Ritchie feel from the the doc besides me
Col Fordham
Like all their kind they were blood thirsty maniacs who oppressed and terrorized the people of England from their Castles, don't see a lot to celebrate about them, they were evil.
Sky Kubo
Could you please upload Mughal war with east India company and British empire
Jonathan Heidenreich
So... We are not even going to mention Geoffrey, even in passing? Just 3 sons? What a goofy omission for such a great documentary.
Max B-mus
We may never know if the penance he did was out of propaganda or pure penance, but damn, what happens next was short of a miracle!
Harold H
Magnus Carlsen anyone?
Gavin Griffiths
Henry II is my X26 great grandfather
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