( full title is " This Sceptred Isle 1547 to 1660 : Elizabeth I to Oliver Cromwell ", by Christopher Lee , read by Anna Massey , Churchill extracts read by Paul Eddington & Peter Jeffrey , Additional readings by Stephen Critchlow & Ross Livingstone , Produced by Pete Atkin )
It was in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, that England became a Protestant nation. Her reign saw the flowering of the Renaissance in England, the growth of trading, slaving and piracy, as well as the tragic story of Mary Queen of Scots.
Elizabeth united England as never before, but it was her successor, King James VI of Scotland, who became the first ruler of Great Britain as it was called for the first time.
James son, Charles I, decided he could rule without the benefit of Parliament ; and then religion, and the situations in Scotland and Ireland, began to lead towards bitter Civil War, which would bring the irresistible rise of both Puritan religious beliefs and also Oliver Cromwell, and eventually end not just with the execution of the King, but of the Monarchy system itself for the whole of the 1650s, when Britain was known as "The Commonwealth Republic".
Includes 24-page booklet, and fold-out chronology (see Photo Two).
Running time : approximately 3 hours.