( full title is " This Sceptred Isle 1327 to 1547 : The Black Prince to Henry VIII ", by Christopher Lee , read by Anna Massey , plus extracts from " A History of the English-speaking Peoples ", by Sir Winston Churchill , read by Paul Eddington , Additional readings by John Hartley & David Timson , Produced by Pete Atkin )
Edward III was only fourteen years old, when he succeeded to the throne of England in 1327. His reign was to last for fifty years, bringing with it the start of the Hundred Years' War with France, and famous triumphs for his son Edward the Black Prince, at Crecy and Poitiers.
Edward was succeeded by Richard the Second - the start of a period of history perhaps most familiar from Shakespeare's versions : The Peasants Revolt & Wat Tyler ; Owen Glendower ; Henry IV ; Hotspur ; Henry V & Agincourt ; Henry VI & Joan of Arc ; and, the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster, culminating in the still-mysterious deaths of the Princes in the Tower, and Richard III's death at Bosworth, Leicestershire.
It was also the beginning of the Tudor period, first with the Bosworth victor Henry VII, then his larger-than-life son Henry VIII.
Includes 24-page booklet, and fold-out chronology (see Photo Two).
Running time : approximately 3 hours.