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.