Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore

In this rich and thrilling OU/BBC coproduction for BBC Four, Simon Sebag Montefiore embarks on a fascinating journey to unlock 2,000 years of Spain’s history.

  • Updated Friday 20th November 2015
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Copyrighted image Copyright: Craig Hastings - BBC This three part series, presented by Simon Sebag Montefiore, takes the viewer through more than two thousand years of Spain's history. 

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The first episode of Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain with Simon Sebag Montefiore airs on BBC Four on Tuesday 9th December 2015 at 9pm. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk.

Nation

Copyrighted image Copyright: Craig Hastings - BBC Spain enters its Golden Age. King Philip II is a colossus on the European Stage, and for a time is King of England as well as Spain with his brief marriage to Queen Mary. With the power of Spain enhanced by the spoils of the American Empire, Philip founds Madrid and launches a great Armada against England. We visit El Escorial, Philip's mighty palace outside Madrid, and learn how his successors, with their reliance on favourites and mistresses, cannot live up to his reign. The last Hapsburg king Charles II is a victim of inbreeding, and dies childless. Spain is ruled by the Bourbons, becomes part of the Napoleonic Empire and eventually succumbs to a devastating Civil War and dictatorship under Franco before emerging as a modern, twentieth century nation and a model of democratic monarchy. 

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Conquest This episode spans the early years when Iberia was a minor province of Carthage, through to the glories of Spain's... Read more
Reconquest Christianity in the North re-awakens, and one by one the Moslem states fall. Attempts are made by pious Islamic sects... Read more
Nation Spain enters its Golden Age. King Philip II is a colossus on the European Stage, and for a time is King of England as... Read more