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LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL MYTHS & SECRETS

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Lucy Worlsey dressed as Queen Elizabeth I.

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Above: Lucy Worlsey dressed as Queen Elizabeth I.

Discover the Legacy and Impact of 3 of Europe’s Most Iconic Queens

This program is part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of women trailblazers!

Rediscover the true stories behind three of history’s most remarkable queens and their roles in historical events on the three-part series LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL MYTHS & SECRETS. Lucy Worsley, chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, travels across Britain and Europe visiting the incredible locations — beautiful palaces, castles and dramatic battlefields — where royal history was made.

Throughout, Worsley investigates how royal history is a mixture of facts, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology.

LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL MYTHS & SECRETS: Preview

Join Lucy Worsley on a journey across Europe to visit the incredible locations where royal history was made. From the Spanish Armada to the French Revolution, learn how royal history is a mixture of facts, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology.

Notable women and their roles in historical events are featured: Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada, Queen Anne and the Formation of Great Britain, and Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution.

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Lucy Worsley as Queen Anne.

These three women helped forge the Europe we know today, but Worsley explains how their stories are riddled with inaccuracies.

  • Was Elizabeth I’s defeat of the Spanish Armada really a David and Goliath triumph, or is that one of England’s greatest myths?
  • How did rumors about Queen Anne’s love life and physical weaknesses overshadow her role in forging Great Britain?
  • Did Marie Antoinette actually say “Let them eat cake!” and ignite the French Revolution?

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Lucy Worsley as French Revolutionary with Marie Antionette.

Worsley reveals how history is thought of as a definitive truth about the past, but is often misrepresented through rumor, speculation and sometimes outright lies.

“History is a chorus of voices, each of them shouting out its own version of the story,” Worsley observes in the series. “Very often, it’s the loudest voices that get heard most clearly.”

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Lucy Worsley at Tilbury, England, the location where Queen Elizabeth I delivered her famous speech to her troops who were assembled to defend the country against a Spanish invasion.

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: “Elizabeth I: The Warrior Queen” airs Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m. - Join Lucy Worsley for an exploration of how Elizabeth I's image as a warrior queen, created by a series of myths and secrets about her victory over the Spanish Armada, shaped British national identity for centuries.

Episode 1 Preview | Elizabeth I: The Warrior Queen

Join Lucy Worsley for an exploration of how Elizabeth I’s image as a warrior queen, created by a series of myths and secrets about her victory over the Spanish Armada, shaped British national identity for centuries.

Episode 2: “Queen Anne: The Mother of Great Britain” airs Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. - Investigate why Queen Anne's powerful role in the forging of Great Britain has often been forgotten. Lucy Worsley shares the inside story of the salacious gossip about Anne's love life that helped destroy her image and legacy.

Episode 2 Preview | Queen Anne: The Mother of Great Britain

Investigate why Queen Anne’s powerful role in the forging of Great Britain has often been forgotten. Lucy Worsley shares the inside story of the salacious gossip about Anne’s love life that helped destroy her image and legacy.

Episode 3: “Marie Antoinette: The Doomed Queen” airs Sunday, July 5 at 8 p.m. - Find out why Marie Antoinette is often blamed for causing the French Revolution by saying "let them eat cake" to her starving subjects. Lucy Worsley uncovers the myths and secrets that led the doomed queen to the guillotine.

Episode 3 Preview | Marie Antoinette: The Doomed Queen

Find out why Marie Antoinette is often blamed for causing the French Revolution by saying “let them eat cake” to her starving subjects. Lucy Worsley uncovers the myths and secrets that led the doomed queen to the guillotine.

A CELEBRATION OF TRAILBLAZING WOMEN

Join KPBS’s summer-long celebration of women trailblazers in honor of the women’s vote centennial, featuring special programming commemorating U.S. women’s suffrage, the feminist movement and modern-day changemakers.

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Episodes will be available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast, for a limited time.

KPBS members are invited to stream the entire series beginning June 21.

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Credits:

Produced by the BBC, with funding for the PBS presentation provided by public television viewers. The executive producer is Chris Granlund. Episode 1 produced and directed by Laura Blount. Episode 2 produced and directed by Tom Cholmondeley. Episode 3 produced and directed by Andrew Thompson.

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