5. Cromwell, The King Killer: 1644, the English Civil War was at its height and monarchy - undisputable before the war - was under threat. Profiling Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), leader in the English Civil War and the first commoner to rule England. In the final programme in the series, David Starkey explores the transition from monarchy to republic and tells the story of how a country killed a king.
Dr David Starkey presents the second part of his complete history of the British monarchy, which he portrays as a crucial and sometimes violent dialogue between the people and the monarch, through which the very nature of our society was forged.