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  • Gunpowder 5-11, The Greatest Terror Plot

    For the first time, the inner secrets of the gunpowder plotters are dramatised using the actual words of their most senior captured leader Thomas Wintour, Guy Fawkes and state interrogators investigating the 18-month conspiracy in which a family circle of militant Catholic gentlemen tried to blow up King and Parliament.

    BBC 2

    November 2015

  • James VI and I and the three Kingdoms

    In 1603 James VI of Scotland becomes the first of seven Stuarts to rule the three separate Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. The border town of Berwick was one of the first places to feel the impact of the Union of the Crowns.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The Secret Treaty of Dover

    A look at religion in politics and England's 1670 treaty with France.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • "And I will make them one"

    To sell his idea of a new single united kingdom to his subjects James VI and I produced new versions of coins, Bible and flag that promoted his plan.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Charles I and the three Kingdoms

    In 1625 England, Scotland and Ireland are all defined and separated by religious difference. Charles I pursues a strategy to make Presbyterian Scotland more like Anglican England. The Scots rebel.

    bBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The first London Parliament of James VI and I

    At this parliament in 1604 James VI and I introduces his idea of Anglo Scottish union to the English. He presents it as a marriage and as the wish of God.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The Thistle and the Rose

    The threat to Protestant England from Catholic Europe allowed James VI of Scotland to believe that he could one day rule in England. His belief was underpinned by his Tudor heritage.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Cromwell's Ghost

    Oliver Cromwell went to war with Ireland’s Catholic rebels and his notorious campaign involved two massacres of the civilian populations of Drogheda and of Wexford in 1649.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • James VI and I’s Case for Union

    When James arrived in London in early 1604, it was as James VI of Scotland and James I of England. But James didn’t want to stop at that. He planned a complete Union of Scotland and England, to create a new country called Great Britain.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Charles I as King

    At his death in 1625 James VI and I’s reign is celebrated for its political and unifying success. In contrast his son, Charles I, appears to have Catholic sympathies and there is concern about the new king’s remote and insular approach to rule.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Charles I and Scotland

    Charles I returns to Scotland for his coronation in 1633. His subjects dislike his authoritarian attitude. His formal attempts to rule them through the Scottish Parliament are met with resistance from the Presbyterian Kirk.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The Kirk and the National Covenant

    The Scottish Kirk and their congregations reject the 1637 Book of Common Prayer that Charles I has instructed them to adopt. In the following year the Scottish National Covenant is drawn up and signed by Presbyterians throughout Scotland. It commits them, under God, to preserving the purity of the Scottish Kirk.

    bBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The Irish Rebellion of 1641

    A proclamation, apparently sent from Charles I, orders the Catholics of Ireland to rise up and seize the property and wealth of English Protestants in Ireland. Charles I is to slow to distance himself from the bloodshed that follows and confidence in his reign is further eroded.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The Civil War

    The Battle of Edgehill in 1642 traditionally marks the start of the English Civil War. Yet England was the last of the three Kingdoms to enter this civil conflict which started with Scottish rebellion in 1639.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Charles I Imprisoned

    After being held as prisoner at Carisbrooke Castle Charles I is put on trial in 1649. He refuses to acknowledge his accusers right to judge him but nevertheless he is condemned to death.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The Execution of Charles I

    News of his father’s execution reaches Charles II in Holland. A law passed on the day of the execution prevents anyone succeeding to the English throne. However both Scotland and Ireland recognise Charles II as King. This leads to renewed conflict between Ireland, Scotland and the new Commonwealth of England.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Cromwell and Ireland

    In March 1649, the English Parliament commissioned Oliver Cromwell to lead an army of invasion into Ireland. The massacres at both Drogheda and Wexford have defined contemporary attitudes within Ireland to this day.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Charles II lands in Scotland

    After signing the National Covenant Charles II was allowed to land in Scotland. The Scottish army was defeated by Cromwell and Charles II escaped to England. In England he hoped to raise a Royalist army to his cause and win back his crown. His hopes were dashed at the Battle of Worcester.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • James II and VII, the King across the water

    In 1689 James VII and II’s with the backing of France lands in Ireland to start his campaign to wrestle back his thrones from William of Orange. This attempt ended in defeat at the Battle of the Boyne. James escaped back to France where he lived out the rest of his days as the ‘King across the water’.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Road to Union

    In response to the Act of Settlement the Scottish parliament passed an Act of Security. This warned the English parliament that, on Queen Anne's death, Scotland reserved the right to find their own protestant monarch.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • The Act of Settlement

    The Act of Settlement in 1701 was a response to a constitutional crisis concerning the succession of the English and Irish Crowns. Anne, Mary II's sister was the legal heir to the throne but she herself had no heir.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Act of Union

    Though the Scots got to keep their Church and both their separate legal and educational systems the decision by the Scottish Parliament to accept the Act of Union was unpopular in Scotland.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

  • Web Extra: The Battle of Edgehill, 1642

    Historian Clare Jackson talks to battlefield archaeologist Dr Glenn Foard at the site of the first major engagement of the English Civil War.

    BBC Website

    Release date: 11 Apr 2014

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