I originally started watching this on NetFlix, but then they expired it. I was happy when I found it again on Prime. Then Amazon pulled it off of Prime, and I am not paying $2.99 per episode for a history lesson. For a Prime selection, it was good. I enjoyed it. But there's just not enough value in it to make me pay.
I originally found Monarchy on netflix and love the series. David Starkey, as always, makes history come alive, walking us through the places where history happened and showing us the original documents that reveal so much. Series one begins with the 5th century Saxon invasions of Britain and ends with Henry V.
It completely ignores the Celtic kingdoms in Britain and the Roman conquest of Britain and the Roman impact culturally, linguistically on the native population and for that reason I am giving this 4 stars and not 5.
This needs to be released in the USA on DVD; currently it is only available for European region DVD.
The American release is a terrible mis-mash of seasons one and two. So USA audiences can only get the right and proper UK version through streaming video.
This is good for someone who wants to dip into English History and doesn't really know where to start. For American viewers, David Starkey may be a bit too British and into his subject to be the perfect translator of this remarkably gory story of glory. Bloody Brits! It does give you a pretty good idea of the mindset of the British royalty. Loony birds! No wonder we Americans threw off their yoke.
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