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0101Monarchy20030324 In the first of five daily programmes, one of Britain's leading historians of Elizabethan society goes in search of the connections between those first Elizabethans and us, the second.
Queen Elizabeth I died 400 years ago today, and her world can seem a strange and distant place of beheadings, ruffs and men in tights.
But for Elizabeth's biographer, Dr Christopher Haigh, the gulf that separates our world and theirs is not as wide as first it appears.
When it comes to women in power, royal marriages, scandals and a love of the spectacular, it seems we Elizabethans have rather a lot in common.
Dr Haigh asks modern Elizabethan statesmen and historians like Douglas Hurd, Bernard Ingham and Ben Pimlott to compare their experiences with those of their Elizabethan predecessors.
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0102Neighbours20030325 Continuing this week's series of programmes in which one of Britain's leading historians of Elizabethan society goes in search of the connections between those first Elizabethans and us, the second.
Programme Two: Neighbours: Our papers are filled with a distrust of foreigners, a fear of Europe and frustrations with Ireland? But, as Dr Christopher Haigh discovers, the subjects of Elizabeth I were just as worried about these things as we are, and they often had the same solutions.
He takes Douglas Hurd and Mo Mowlem back to Elizabethan England to see what they recognise when they look beyond those Elizabethan shores.
0103Society20030326 Christopher Haigh presents a series comparing the reigns of England's two Queen Elizabeths.
Do we deal with social problems any better now than 400 years ago?
0104Religion20030327 Christopher Haigh presents a series comparing the reigns of England's two Queen Elizabeths.
How much does our multi-faith generation have in common with our Christian predecessors?
0105Popular Culture2003032820030330Christopher Haigh compares the reigns of England's Queen Elizabeths.
What is now described as 'dumbing down' is by no means a 21st-century phenomenon.

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