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March 25, 2012 @ 2:19 am

47. Anne


The tumultuous Stuart dynasty comes to an end in this episode with Queen Anne, but otherwise it's an era of new beginnings. John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) leads England to military glory against Louis XIV, particularly at Blenheim, while at home the Act of Union with Scotland sees the creation of Great Britain. In many ways a glorious reign, and yet Anne's reputation has never been very good. Has she been unfairly sullied by her once best friend, Sarah Churchill, or is history right to forget the last of the Stuarts?

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  • carl

    You said that Winston Churchill was a descendant of Marlborough. I thought that Winnie descended through Sarah Churchill’s side of the family and was no relation to John.

    Apr 12, 2012 at 2:38 am
  • rexfactor

    Hi Carl. Winston Churchill is actually a direct descendent of Marlborough/John Churchill - via his second daughter, Anne. Diana was also descended from her.

    Apr 12, 2012 at 8:55 am
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