This three-part series argues that the Stuarts, more than any other, were Britain’s defining royal family.
We tend to take today’s modern United Kingdom for granted, but there was nothing inevitable about its creation. During the 17th century, the Stuarts grappled with the chaos of three separate kingdoms, multiple religions and civil war. Britain has not known a century like it and some of the questions this dynasty faced have not gone away.
In this first episode, Dr Clare Jackson looks at James IV and I’s attempts to unite Scotland and England under the umbrella of his crown and persuade his subjects to feel more ‘British’
The series has previously been broadcast exclusively on BBC Two Scotland. It will get its premier on BBC Two on the 30th of May. More promotional pictures below.