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This is History: A Dynasty to Die For

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This is History: A Dynasty to Die For

Power, greed, religion and sex: historian Dan Jones brings the drama of mediaeval history to life through compelling stories, fascinating characters and vivid scenes. “A Dynasty to Die For” tells the story of the Plantagenets, one of the most powerful and dysfunctional families in European history. Their scandals, betrayals and bloody politics shaped the world we live in today. Season 4 tells the story of two kings, Henry and Edward, who are desperately trying to save their dynasty. Their conflicting personalities will be put to the ultimate test as an old friend, Simon de Montfort, and his growing powerbase threaten to dest...

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The Iron King | 5. The Last Templar

The Iron King | 5. The Last Templar

Philip the Fair turns his owl-like gaze onto the mighty order of the Knights Templar. They have amassed a huge amount of wealth: wealth Philip wants. He and his lawyer concoct a plan to take on one of the most famous holy orders in all of Christendom. 


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Episode 5 18 June 2024 31m and 7s


The Iron King | 4. The Battle of the Golden Spurs

The Iron King | 4. The Battle of the Golden Spurs

Philip the Fair is determined to take control of the kingdom of Flanders, in his dream of a united France. But when he attacks, the people of Flanders throw up an astonishing resistance, defeating the French army and slaying some of its finest knights. The Iron King vows revenge, but it will come at a truly terrible cost. 


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Episode 4 11 June 2024 26m and 30s


The Iron King | 3. The Pope Slap

The Iron King | 3. The Pope Slap

Philip the Fair’s vindictive nature ignites when a drunken bishop mouths off about him, calling him “a useless owl”. Possibly not the most devastating burn, but Philip isn’t one to suffer insults, however slight. This sets him on the path to collide with another of Europe’s massive egos, The Pope. Things escalate into a truly deranged smear campaign and culminate in, arguably, the most blasphemous slap in history. 


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Episode 3 4 June 2024 28m and 38s


The Iron King | 2. The Double Cross

The Iron King | 2. The Double Cross

Philip the Fair begins his reign with a strange, robot-like attitude and a fevered dedication to restoring the glory of France. As naval skirmishes in the channel escalate with the most unusual war tactics, Philip is faced with his first real challenge as leader: a showdown with Plantagenet bully, King Edward I.  

 

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Episode 2 28 May 2024 29m and 26s


The Iron King | 1. The Vespers

The Iron King | 1. The Vespers

A suspected royal poisoning. A bloody rebellion in Sicily. A dying king fleeing across the mountains. The stage is set for the reign of one of the coldest rulers from all of the Middle Ages: Philip the Fair. 


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Episode 1 21 May 2024 27m and 51s


Introducing...The Iron King

Introducing...The Iron King

This is History is taking a trip to France, to bring you the bloody tale of one of the canniest, cruellest and most handsome kings in all of the Middle Ages: Philip the Fair. Dan Jones speaks to Danièle Cybulskie about Philip’s incredible reign, and what we can expect from this special, six-part series. 


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Episode 13 14 May 2024 17m and 16s


Season 4 | 12. The Reckoning

Season 4 | 12. The Reckoning

Edward I is forced to spend his old age fighting multiple political crises. He desperately needs the aid of his barons if he’s going to have any chance of returning Gascony to Plantagenet hands. But time is of the essence, as while his back is turned from Scotland, a noble named William Wallace is on the march.


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Episode 12 7 May 2024 35m and 25s


Season 4 | 11. The Sword and the Stone

Season 4 | 11. The Sword and the Stone

Edward announces the new King of Scotland, revealing his master plan to take over the country himself. Scotland is outraged, and refuses to go down without a fight. While Edward is distracted squashing rebellions, an old enemy sees their chance, and decides to give the Plantagenet King a taste of his own medicine. 


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Episode 11 30 April 2024 30m and 18s


Season 4 | 10. Dead Queens

Season 4 | 10. Dead Queens

Margaret of Norway is a six-year-old child who has just found out she’s the only surviving heir to the throne of Scotland. She’s summoned to make the crossing from Norway, where Edward I intends to marry her to his son. He sees Margaret as the key to his Scottish takeover, but events soon take a turn no one could have predicted. 


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Episode 10 23 April 2024 33m and 57s


Season 4 | 9. Blood Money

Season 4 | 9. Blood Money

Edward I puts his plan of a united Britain into motion, building some of the most magnificent castles the world had ever seen. These castles could secure his legacy, but they are eye-wateringly expensive. Edward’s debts, alongside a near-death experience, sends him and Mediaeval England into one of its darkest chapters. 


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Episode 9 16 April 2024 31m and 25s

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