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David Starkey: The Complete Collection Box Set [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WCHU36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The David Starkey: The Complete Collection Box Set contains eight discs covering the entire series 1-3 of "Monarchy", plus "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "Elizabeth".

"Monarchy – Series 1, 2 and 3":
History on TV has become big business and eminent historian Dr. David Starkey is considered by many to be the jewel in its crown. In the "Monarchy" series, Starkey provides an in-depth examination of Europe's oldest surviving political institution and its relationship with the English people, Parliament, laws and land throughout history. It is, however, more than just the biographies of the royals of England--the knowledgeable presenter uses his unique and engaging gift as a communicator to bring the colourful characters of these powerful individuals to life. The importance of the rich heritage of the Anglo-Saxon kings is underlined, and among those most heavily featured are Alfred the Great, Canute, Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror, Henry II, Richard Lionheart, Henry III and Henry VI.

"The Six Wives of Henry VIII":
This David Starkey series focuses on the stories of the women who dominated the King's life and their intimate secrets. It also reveals the deadly intrigues that led to their downfall...

"Elizabeth":
This series tells the story of the woman who reigned England for forty years, Queen Elizabeth I. From a childhood filled with death threats to a father who eventually had her mother killed, Elizabeth survived to make England a power to be reckoned with, and even took on the might of the Spanish Armada.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Hutchings on 29 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
David Starkey is the sort of man who divides opinion because of his opinions. I suppose far better that than something else.

If you enjoy his style and delivery (or at the least, can put up with it), this is a treasure-trove of information. I enjoy reading his books, and the programmes are neatly made. The 'dramatisations', much as they are, do not distract or interfere with the delivery of the material.

Heartily recommended to the armchair historian, or for those looking for a starting place for study.

PS Would be much happier if they'd included the Edward & Mary programme alongside this.
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This documentary presented by a David Starkey is nearly 18 hours long and covers the entire period of history of the English/British Monarchy from pre-Norman times all the way up to modern times with Elizabeth II. It is certain not lacking in substance or information in ANY of the 18 hours of presentation..not even one segment in which I saw would i regard as "fluff" or filler (which is pretty much expected in many documenaries it seems)...and for those really interested in British and English history..it will have you watching it over and over again to fully get all the information "downloaded" into your head. David Starkey is really good at narrating and is obviously a scholar and not just a celebrity hosting a "reality TV show type of documentary" and is very exciting to listen to and very informative.

Also one will certainly be impressed with the stunning film footage footage of castles, cathedrals, abbeys, rivers & landscapes, armor, weaponry, and general clothing of each of the time periods while it is being discussed.
Highly Recommend.

* I did have a problem with the DVD transfer on my first disc set...in that some of the DVDs episodes would not play on one of my DVD players ...and had to write to Amazon for a replacement. However, Amazon was quite accomodating on this matter, and I was certainly impressed with their customer services' handling of a free replacement DVD set. (Might have just been an odd glitch on the first set of discs?)
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By TM on 8 Feb 2010
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Though I keep seeing episodes while scanning the TV channels, and always watched what I found, I realised the other week that I was missing some. Having thought that I had seen the whole Monarchy series I saw 2 that I hadn't seen before and decided to buy the set. (Where I found yet one more I had never seen!)
I'm very happy with the DVD's, Starkey may not be the most charismatic man on TV but he does make history interesting. The actors are not over the top at any time and are just there as visual reminders in case you forget who is who. The added Henry VIII and Elizabeth disks were great as well and round off the collection brilliantly.
Over all a brilliant selection of programmes, well worth watching over and over.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Weaver on 29 Jun 2009
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Great collection of history about our UK monarchy. It has features of Alfred the great, Canute, Edward the Confessor, right up to our own Windsor monarchy, also the DVD of Henry Vlll & Elizabeth l is great to watch, I would highly recommend this for any student who is into history & taking GCSE courses in this matter.David Starkey explains this so well & makes history come alive.I love watching this with my son about our colourful passed UK history. I would also recommend this seller.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By K. Milligan on 4 May 2010
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I never watched the various TV series contained within this box set, so decided to buy this item and I must say I am gald that I did. David Starkey is of course a guru on all matters Tudor but his Enthusiasm for all subject matters drags you in and you feel a more learned person after each episode.

If British history is your passion then this is a must purchase.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. C. Dobson on 15 Sep 2010
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A box set that is worth its weight in gold. Starkey is thorough and thoughtful in his presentation and presents the legal and political angles of the narrative clearly, allowing the viewer to comprehend a wider understanding of how history is made rather than 'this is the history -official'.

He has managed to humanise with sympathy the narrative and 'puts the viewer' in touch with the fact these were real people with all too real feelings, often put in dangerously out of their control circumstances.

People who are often presented as flat 'historical characters' rather than people who lived in and through incredible and extraordinary events. Starkey comes into his own and sheds light on both the context of events and the characters and personalities. Invaluable information that is an education and aesthetically pleasing to watch.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Glen1975 on 15 Dec 2010
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Love or loathe him, David Starkey is a first rate historian. He sticks fairly close to facts and remains dispassionate throughout. This essay on British History uses its monarchy as its vantage point and we are drawn into a world of intrigue, state and office politics, battles, religion, bigotry, exploitation - the whole kit and kaboodle. Starkey's selection of using its monarchy as the vantage point gives us an all-round perspective. His delivery precise, calculated with a measured and appropriate of drama - the requisite qualities of a good history teacher. The nice thing about this series of programmes is that Starkey keeps it entertaining without been trashy. This set forms a superb aid to education as well as personal enjoyment.
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