The Lost World of Joseph Banks

The Lost World of Joseph Banks

Legacy
Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  The History Channel  |  September 16, 2018

Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist, explorer, President of the Royal Society for more than 40 years and one of Australia's founding fathers, was among the most outstanding figures of the 18th and 19th centuries. He rose to fame when as a young botanist, accompanying Captain Cook on his circumnavigation and voyage of discovery to the Pacific Ocean, and yet a true picture of Banks' life has never emerged nor an appreciation of his enduring importance. This documentary features contributors with specialised knowledge of Banks' life, his epic journey of discovery and contributions to key scientific institutions.

Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist, explorer, President of the Royal Society for more than 40 years and one of Australia's founding fathers, was among the most outstanding figures of the 18th and 19th centuries. He rose to fame when as a young botanist, accompanying Captain Cook on his circumnavigation and voyage of discovery to the Pacific Ocean, and yet a true picture of Banks' life has never emerged nor an appreciation of his enduring importance. This documentary features contributors with specialised knowledge of Banks' life, his epic journey of discovery and contributions to key scientific institutions.

She may have been the greatest monarch that ever ruled England but from her very first breath to the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown and her life. In this episode, we see Elizabeth I crowned and battling to keep her crown and country together through 25 turbulent years. Although Elizabeth I would become one of Britain's most remarkable monarchs, her reign was never secure. From the moment she was anointed queen her enemies at home and abroad began to move against her. To foreign rivals she was a heretic and a bastard. At home her government was desperate to marry her off, to a man who could rule and provide the nation with an heir. Up in Scotland, her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots had married and given birth to a boy - and rumour swirled that she was set to steal Elizabeth's crown. Soon, shocking scandals of adultery and murder swamped Mary, her marriage crumbled, and she fled to England desperate for her cousin's protection. But her claim to the English throne made her a threat to Elizabeth who had no choice but to imprison her. For 18 years Mary languished in jail while Elizabeth's enemies wanted her dead. It wasn't until Elizabeth's spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham had concrete proof that her life and her throne were at risk, that Elizabeth reluctantly put her cousin to death. But, just as she feared, Mary's execution inflamed her enemies and triggered the greatest threat of all: invasion.

Elizabeth I and Her Enemies

History

Years 9-10, 11-12 History
44:58
She may have been the greatest monarch that ever ruled England but from her very first breath to the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown and her life. In this episode, we see Elizabeth I crowned and battling to keep her crown and country together through 25 turbulent years. Although Elizabeth I would become one of Britain's most remarkable monarchs, her reign was never secure. From the moment she was anointed queen her enemies at home and abroad began to move against her. To foreign rivals she was a heretic and a bastard. At home her government was desperate to marry her off, to a man who could rule and provide the nation with an heir. Up in Scotland, her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots had married and given birth to a boy - and rumour swirled that she was set to steal Elizabeth's crown. Soon, shocking scandals of adultery and murder swamped Mary, her marriage crumbled, and she fled to England desperate for her cousin's protection. But her claim to the English throne made her a threat to Elizabeth who had no choice but to imprison her. For 18 years Mary languished in jail while Elizabeth's enemies wanted her dead. It wasn't until Elizabeth's spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham had concrete proof that her life and her throne were at risk, that Elizabeth reluctantly put her cousin to death. But, just as she feared, Mary's execution inflamed her enemies and triggered the greatest threat of all: invasion.
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