Past Presence

Tristram Hunt presents a two-part series exploring the history of history. He follows the rollercoaster reputation of key historical events as they are reused, manipulated and misinterpreted by subsequent generations.

Why do some landmark moments come to mean so many different things to different people, centuries after they first happened?

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01The Magna Carta20040726

Tristram Hunt presents a two-part series exploring the history of history. He follows the rollercoaster reputation of key historical events as they are reused, manipulated and misinterpreted by subsequent generations.

Why do some landmark moments come to mean so many different things to different people, centuries after they first happened?It famously started life as an agreement sealed between King John and rebellious Barons in 1215 at Runnymede. But hundreds of years later the Magna Carta was still playing a part in the ENGLISH Civil War, the American War of Independence and even arguments over the European Union. Why has it had such a long after-life?

02 LASTThe Fall Of Rome20040802

Tristram Hunt concludes a series about key historical events which have been misinterpreted by subsequent generations.