In a thousand years, the British monarchy has evolved from divinely appointed warrior kings to benign political figureheads. Amoung them are some of the most fascinating historical figures - conquerors, murderers, lovers and schemers. Their gripping stories - from Henry II's 'murder' of Thomas A'Becket to George III's loss of America - are at the heart of the nation's history. From this millenium of violence, romance, intrigue and controversy, Cambridge University's Dr Nigel Spivey tells the stories of twelve great kings and queens. At the scenes of the decisive moments in Bristish history, accompanied by dramatic reconstructions, he pieces together the incidents, battles and motivations that shaped our lives.