Contents

List of Illustrations ix

General Editor's Introduction xi

Acknowledgements xiii

List of Abbreviations xvi

Introduction 1

1. Merrie England: The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) 13

2. Age of Appeasement: The Iron Duke (1935) 45

3. Monarchy and Empire: Victoria the Great (1937) and Sixty Glorious Years (1938) 64

4. Class and Nation: This England (1941) 91

5. Cry God for Larry, England and St George: Henry V(1944) 113

6. The Dunkirk Spirit: Scott of the Antarctic (1948) 143

7. Hollywood's England: Beau Brummell (1954) 166

8. Nearer, My God, To Thee: A Night to Remember (1958) 180

9. Men of Harlech: Zulu (1964) 199

10. Decline and Fall: The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) 228

ii . The Conscience of the King: Henry VIII and His Six Wives

(1972) 255

12. The British Are Coming: Chariots of Fire (1981) 270

13. Queen and Country: Elizabeth (1998) 299 Conclusion 3i9 Notes 326 Bibliography 365 Filmography 377 Index 385

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