Elizabeth I and Her Enemies, Series 1

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Queen Elizabeth I was one of England’s greatest monarchs, but she spent her life surrounded by enemies. Born in 1533 to King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was declared illegitimate when her mother was beheaded after losing the king’s favor. Elizabeth fought hard for her crown—and even harder to keep it—as foreign powers, scheming nobles, and members of her own family sought to topple her. Surviving assassination attempts, rebellions, and accusations of treason, Elizabeth had to overcome numerous adversaries to become one of history’s most remarkable figures. Presenters Dan Jones and Suzannah Lipscomb “do a sterling job” (Radio Times, UK) as they tell this dramatic tale of jealousy, betrayal, and ambition, with Lily Cole (Snow White and the Huntsman) portraying Elizabeth in the key clashes that shaped her life. With lavish dramatizations and shocking revelations, this docudrama series offers an intimate look into a formidable but often fragile reign. Elizabeth I and Her Enemies, Series 1 Wiki


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1 - Battle for the Throne
Born in 1533 to King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was declared illegitimate when her mother was beheaded. Restored to the line of succession with the help of Henry’s final wife, Catherine Parr, Elizabeth spent years thwarting the attentions of Catherine’s new husband, Thomas Seymour. Later, Elizabeth’s sister, Queen Mary, accused Elizabeth of treason in a plot to take the throne.

2 - The Enemy Within
Elizabeth became queen at the age of 25, but her reign was far from safe. As a high-profile Protestant monarch surrounded by Catholics in Europe, Elizabeth was pressured to marry and produce a Protestant heir, drawing the ire of her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots.

3 - Death of a Dynasty
As Europe was being torn apart in a religious war, Elizabeth faced her greatest threat yet: Philip II of Spain, the Catholic king who built the Spanish armada, the most powerful military fleet in the world. After Philip’s defeat, Elizabeth was adored by her subjects, but there remained one enemy she was powerless to defy old age.



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1Battle for the Throne45:12USD 1.99Download
2The Enemy Within45:07USD 1.99Download
3Death of a Dynasty44:50USD 1.99Download

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