OU on the BBC: Civil War

Tristram Hunt tells the not-too-distant story of how the King was toppled and a Commonwealth established - only for Monarchy to return.

By: The Civil War team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 2nd September 2008
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under TV, Civil War
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The English Civil War was a profound political event in 17th century Europe. Scotland, England, Ireland, and Wales were ripped apart by religious and political unrest. But the conflict of the 1640s wasn't only a British phenomenon, it was part of a wider struggle for supremacy between Catholics and Protestants in Europe. Learn more in Civil War.

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