The teaser for the upcoming historical documentary about King Paul of Greece
There is also a Greek teaser as well where we see the King’s children (Sophia, Constantine, and Irene, as well as other royals and individuals talk about the king)
this family is so dramatic, I wonder if Prince Nicholas helped with the editing since he has a career is involved in this sort of thing
Harlots Housewives And Heroines A 17th Century (I watched this in one of my classes and thought I would share, it’s interesting and Lucy Worsley never disappoints!)
Episode 1 - At the Court
The years after the Civil War and the Restoration of Charles II marked the end of the medieval and the beginning of the modern age. These were exciting times for women and some rose to prominence like never before. Some had remarkably modern attitudes and ambitions and achieved wealth, celebrity and power that still seems outstanding even by 21st century standards. But, at the same time, they faced a world that was still predominantly male, misogynistic and positively medieval in its outlook.
In the first episode, Dr Lucy Worsley investigates the lives of women at the top - the king’s mistresses at the royal court. When Charles and his entourage returned from exile, they came back with a host of continental ideas. Some of the women at court gained unprecedented political influence and independence. Amongst a fascinating cast of female characters, the most astonishing were Charles II’s own mistresses - the royalist Barbara Villiers, the French spy Louise de Keroualle and the infamous Cockney actress Nell Gwynn.
Lucy examines the lives of these women, discovering how their fortunes were shaped by the Restoration and how their stories reflect the atmosphere of these extraordinary years. Along her journey, Lucy gets the full mistress make-over, takes to the dance floor and treads the corridors of power. As she discovers, these women were key Restoration players, but, as mistresses, were they truly in charge of their own destinies or were they simply part of the world’s oldest profession?
You can watch Dronning Margrethe af Danmark HERE
The English documentary was done in 1973/1974 and is a neat look at Margrethe’s early years as Queen.
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. (Source: IMDb)
Also tell me what you think, I won’t be watching it cause I’d rather watch Blue the Warmest Colour. I’m also tagging it as a documentary because it is just easier for the tagging on this blog
Queen Victoria’s grandson, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II, was born with a permanently paralyzed arm: a disability considered shameful at the time. His mother wrote that she was haunted by the idea of him remaining a crippled and insisted that he hide his paralyzed arm throughout his life. Cruel and crude attempts to cure him poisoned their relationship and helped turn the boy, born to unite the Royal families of Britain and Germany, into the man who tore them apart. Featuring a long-hidden cache of intimate family letters, this documentary reveals this secret story of child cruelty, secret shame and dark, incestuous desires, which begins behind palace doors and ends in the carnage of World War I.
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This is the interview he did with ITV. Not able to find the one with Max Foster yet… :)
Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the Tales from the Royal Bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself.
'When King James II's wife Mary gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Hampton Court Palace in 1688, the protestants were not happy.
'James II was catholic and very unpopular, so the new baby meant there was an heir to the throne who would continue his catholic reign.
'To cause trouble, protestants spread a rumour that Mary's baby had died during childbirth, and that an impostor baby had been snuck into the bedroom by a servant who had carried the swapped baby through the palace in a bed-warming pan.
'They released enormous amounts of detail, including a map of the route the pan had travelled, and although it was, of course, total rubbish, James II was forced to print the accounts of 40 witnesses who had been in the room for the birth: having witnesses was important then, as people needed to be there to check an heir had been born.
'The thing was James was so unpopular that people wanted to believe the story, so they did, and eventually they knocked him off the throne.
'James lost control of the royal bedroom, and thus lost his kingdom. The story reveals the power of what happens in the royal bedroom.'
Tales From The Royal Bedchamber documentary will premiere on BBC 4 on Monday
It is one of Egypt’s enduring mysteries. What happened to Nefertiti and her husband, Akhenaten - the radical king, and likely father of King Tut? In a dark and mysterious tomb located in the Valley of the Kings, there is a small chamber with two mummies without sarcophagi or wrappings. At times, both have been identified as Queen Nefertiti by scholars, filmmakers and historians. But the evidence has been circumstantial at best.
The whole video can be found here. It has interviews with Haakon, Mette-Marit, Frederik, and Victoria. Im in the process of making gifs from it. The getting pulled over is about an hour in.
Royal Secrets: Lust
Visit the court of Louis XV, history’s lustiest king. See how Anne Boleyn flirted with Henry VIII-only to lose her head-and how Catherine the Great used a lover to gain the throne, then cast him aside
The Persian Empire was one of the most mysterious civilizations in the ancient world. Persia became an empire under the Cyrus the Great, who created a policy of religious and cultural tolerance that became the hallmark of Persian rule. Engineering feats include an innovative system of water management; a cross-continent paved roadway stretching 1500 miles; a canal linking the Nile to the Red Sea; and the creation of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Maussollos.
The rivalry between Persia and Athens led to a 30-year war known as the Persian Wars, the outcome of which helped create the world we live in today.
Peter Weller hosts.
Secret Lives Princess Margaret (1997)
Princess Margaret has had a low royal profile for nearly 20 years. At 66 her life provides few headlines. But recently she stepped back into the spotlight with a stining rebuke to the Duchess of York. In a letter she told her Not once have you hung your head in embarassment. Clearly you have never considered the damage you have caused us all. How dare you discredit us like this? But Margaret had herself already tarnished the royal image. When she returned from Mustique in 1976 she was in disgrace because she had been exposed by the press with a lover 17 years her junior. It was she who was the first member of the house of windsor to divorce. She who was the first to be publicly criticized. Margaret has at times wanted to be the most royal of the royals at others a rebel. Her life has been spent trying to resolve these contradictions.”
Andrew Graham-Dixon goes behind the scenes at the Rijksmuseum as the staff prepare to open the doors following a ten-year renovation, the most significant ever undertaken by a museum. Featuring over 8,000 works of art, Holland’s national museum tells the story of 800 years of Dutch history and houses a world-famous collection including masterpieces by artists from Vermeer to Rembrandt. So, as the final paintings are rehung and objects settle into their new home, has the long wait been worth it?
Prince John The Windsors Tragic Secret
Born in 1905, John was the youngest of George V’s children. Diagnosed with epilepsy, he died in 1919 after a particularly severe seizure.
Had he lived he would have been the present Queen’s uncle. The popular image of Prince John has since been one of a neglected child who was regarded as an embarrassment and shut away from public view, deprived of contact with his family.
Using testimonies of individuals with direct personal connections to the prince, together with new research and photographs of the real ‘Johnny’, this documentary unravels some of the mysteries and misconceptions surrounding him, presenting a more complete story than has ever been told before.