Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty

The history behind the Plantagenets

Following one of the most shocking periods in British history, a new historical docu-drama brings to life the dynasty that dragged Britain out of the dark ages and into the modern world.

Ruling the country for over three hundred years, ruthlessly crushing all competition, The Plantagenet story is more shocking, more brutal and more astonishing than anything you’ll find in Game of Thrones.

Presented by acclaimed historian Dan Jones, the Plantagenets combines his scintillating story-telling with drama reconstruction and brings to life a dramatic and bloody time in England’s history.

This is history like you’ve never seen it before. Dan delivers his extraordinary take on one of the most visceral and violent chapters in British History.

The series begins with Henry II, a control freak betrayed by his own wife and children after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket.

Episode two reveals the collapse of friendship between Henry III and Simon de Montfort, spiraling into bloody civil war.

Edward II’s obsession with revenge tears England apart in episode 3.

Finally, episode four tells the story of the boy king tyrant, Richard II, one of the most vicious and inventive despots in history.

What happened after those 300 years of power? Dan Jones’ historical documentary series continues beyond Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty in Britains Bloody Crown.

Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty
  • Info
  • Release date2014
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)James Tovell
  • Production companyBBC