The BEST Episodes of Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Out of the chaos, darkness and violence of the Middle Ages, one family rose to seize control of England - The Plantaganets. Acclaimed historian Dan Jones tells the story of the dynasty who ruled England and much of France during the Middle Ages. More shocking, brutal and exhilarating than Game of Thrones, these events actually happened.
#1 - Tyranny
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 18, 2014
Dan Jones tells the extraordinary story of Richard II, the boy king who was the hero of the Peasants' Revolt, but who grew up to become one of the most brutal tyrants in English history. His bitter rivalry with his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, plunged the country into civil war, and when Henry deposed Richard the Plantagenet dynasty came to an end.
#2 - Betrayal
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 27, 2014
From the very beginning, the story of the Plantagenets is astonishing. Dan Jones opens the series with the first king of the dynasty, Henry II. A dashing and energetic warrior, Henry transformed England from a violent and lawless state into the heart of an empire that would become one of the greatest that Europe has ever seen. However, his success was undone by a series of bitter betrayals – first by his best friend, Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, and then by his wife and sons, who raised armies against him. The root of the problem was Henry's obsessive desire to control every aspect of his empire. It caused a massive falling-out with Becket, who turned the church against the king. It also infuriated his family, who soon realised that while he was alive none of them would ever taste real power. When his knights murdered Becket in 1170, Henry's family used it as an opportunity to try to seize power. Henry's wife Eleanor discovered that he was mortgaging parts of her personal duchy of Aquitaine to further his ambitions. Smart, politically shrewd and extremely well connected, she led her sons into an alliance with the king's mortal enemy, King Louis of France. The betrayal had one aim – to seize the crown and take control of the Plantagenet empire. Henry saved his crown but his family now had the taste for betrayal and were increasingly hungry for power, which Henry refused to relinquish. The resulting conflict destroyed the family and thrust the new Plantagenet empire into chaos and bloodshed.
#3 - Revenge
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 11, 2014
Dan Jones continues his compelling part-dramatised history of the Plantagenet dynasty with a look at the reign of Edward II. In a story of murder, intrigue, lust, betrayal and revenge, he explores what turned his queen, Isabella of France, from a loyal young wife into a bloodthirsty matriarch.
#4 - Hatred
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 4, 2014
The history of the Plantagenets continues with the story of king Henry III, his treacherous best friend Simon de Montfort and their bitter struggle for the soul of the nation.