British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley
Lucy Worsley explores how British history is a concoction of fibs and stories manipulated by whoever was in power at the time.
Part 1: The Wars of the Roses
She begins with the dynastic conflict known today as the Wars of the Roses. Lucy explores how Shakespeare’s history plays have fixed the way most people look at the feud between the houses of Lancaster and York. But he based his version of events on a narrative invented and shaped by Henry VII, the victorious Lancastrian who went on to found the Tudor dynasty.
Part 2: The Glorious Revolution
Historian Lucy Worsley debunks the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688, when Dutch prince William of Orange invaded the British Isles and stole the throne from his father-in-law, King James II. It has since been described as a `glorious’ and `bloodless’ revolution. But given that it led to huge slaughter in Ireland and Scotland, how glorious was it really?
Part 3: The Jewel in the Crown
Lucy explores how in 1873 the British government enacted a coup to take over the rule of India from the huge and influential Honourable East India Company. The leaders of the company were presented as the villains, while Queen Victoria was elevated to the role of wise and benevolent Empress.