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The Private Lives of Medieval Kings

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Episode 2 The History Channel July 25, 2017

Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of medieval illuminated manuscripts and shows how they gave power to the king and united the kingdom in an age of plague, warfare and rebellion. She discovers that Edward III used the manuscripts he read as a boy to prepare him for his great victory at the battle of Crecy. She reveals how a vigorous new national identity bloomed during the 100 Years War with France (1340-1453). And in the British Library's Royal Manuscripts collection she finds out that magnificent manuscripts like the Bedford Hours, were adapted for the education of English princes.

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