The Stuarts in seven minutes

7 minutes

War, conflict, bloodshed, upheaval or: how we got to Great Britain

From the ascent of King James I in 1603 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the House of Stuart’s rule over England, Ireland and Scotland was marked by bloodshed, political turmoil, religious conflict, and occasional chaos. But it was also an era of scientific enlightenment, growing wealth in the British Isles, and radical thinking that ultimately paved the way for the creation of the modern United Kingdom – England and Scotland were officially united by Queen Anne in 1707, and merged with Ireland in 1801 – and its constitutional monarchy. Presented by the British comedian David Mitchell, this cleverly animated history condenses the tumultuous, pivotal Stuart period to a brisk few minutes.

Director: Helen Weinstein

Animator: Ross Casswell

Presenter: David Mitchell

Website: Historyworks

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