The Timeline

This is the master timeline, sorted by period and by English and British monarch, which we will follow during this project. It is subject and highly likely to change. We are trying to create as definitive a list as possible before we begin, so that we may watch the films in uninterrupted order — but as we get closer to each period, the list becomes more refined.

This list owes a debt to Great-Britain.co.uk for its delineation acand description of historical periods, and this list of historical films in chronological order for helping us fill in the blanks.

Methods:
We have tried to select films and television series that are representative of historical and political events in the development of England and Britain. However, in cases where this isn’t possible, we’ve chosen either creative adaptations or fictional stories set in the correct time period.

Preference is given to films considered “quintessentially British” (for example, Quadrophenia). Some films are added for historical context, or may occasionally be redundant but are left in because we love the director.

We have also tried to select quality films which are readily available to the public.

Notes:
Film titles in brackets indicate copies which we can’t find, but are searching for.

Arrows indicate the film we’re currently watching.

Questions, comments, suggestions for films? Please let us know, and be sure to alert us if anything is out of order or misplaced. (Email us at lehall-at-gmail-dot-com)

Click on the title of the film or program to read our post about it. For the intro to the Anglofilmia project, please click here.

Pre-prehistory

4000 BC to 1500 BC (Prehistory: Stone Age man, first farmers, Stonehenge)

1500 BC to 43 AD (Ancient Britain: Hill forts, Celts)

43 AD to 410 AD (Roman Britain: they came, they saw, they conquered)

  • 26 AD – Ben-Hur
  • A History of Britain: Beginnings (covers pre-history to the invasions up to 1000 AD)
  • 60 AD – The Viking Queen
  • 60 AD – Warrior Queen
  • 117 AD – Centurion
  • 117 AD – Eagle of the Ninth
  • 192 AD – Gladiator

410 to 1066 (Sub-Roman Britain: Romans leave, Anglo Saxons arrive, Normans conquer)

  • 440s – St. Patrick: The Irish Legend
  • 460 – The Last Legion
  • 467 – King Arthur
  • 470s – Tristan + Isolde
  • early 500s – Beowulf
  • early 500s – Arthurian legend
    • Excalibur
    • The Sword in the Stone
    • First Knight
    • Mists of Avalon
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    • 650s – Penda’s Fen

774-796 (House of Mercia, Offa Rex)

  • 793 – The Vikings (History Channel)

802-1016 (House of Wessex)

  • 800s – The Secret of Kells
  • [The Saxon Chronicles]
  • late 800s – Alfred the Great
  • [800s - The Vikings]

1016-1035 (Danish line, King Kanute the Great)

1042-1066 (House of Wessex restored, St. Edward the Confessor)

  • [Lady Godiva of Coventry]
  • 1066: A History of Britain: Conquest (covers 1000-1087, Battle of Hastings and Norman invasion)

 

1066 to 1154 (Normans consolidate their conquest)

1066-1087 (House of Normandy, William I the Conqueror)

  • A History of Britain: Dynasty (covers 1087-1216 and Norman dynasty)
  • [Blood Royal: William the Conqueror]
  • [1066 - due out in 2013]

1087-1100 (House of Normandy, William II Rufus)

1100-1135 (House of Normandy, Henry I)

1135-1154 (House of Normandy, Stephen)

  • 1135-1145 – Cadfael
  • 1123-1174: The Pillars of the Earth

 

1154 to 1485 (the Middle Ages)

1154-1189 (Plantagenet Angevin line of English King Henry II the Curtmantle)

  • 1166-1170 – Becket
  • 1183 – The Lion in Winter
  • 1184 – Kingdom of Heaven

1189-1199 (Plantagenet Angevin: Richard 1 the Lionheart)

  • 1194 – Ivanhoe
  • post-1192 – The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • post-1192 – The Prince of Thieves
  • 1212 – Lionheart

1199-1216 (Plantagenet Angevin: John Lackland)

  • A History of Britain: Nations (covers 1216-1348 and British identity post-Longshanks)

1216-1272 (Plantagenet Angevin: Henry III)

1272-1307 (Plantagenet Angevin: King Edward I Longshanks)

  • Braveheart

1307-1327 (Plantagenet Angevin, King Edward II)

  • Edward II
  • The Bruce

1327-1377 (Plantagenet Angevin, King Edward III)

  • A History of Britain: King death (1348-1500, plague)
  • 1327-1346 – World Without End
  • 1360s – The Canterbury Tales (film)
  • 1360s – The Canterbury Tales (adapted miniseries)
  • A Knight’s Tale

1377-1399 (Plantagenet Angevin, King Richard II)

1399-1413 (Plantagenet Lancastrian, Henry IV)

1413-1422 (Plantagenet Lancastrian, Henry V)

  • Henry V

1422-1461 (Plantagenet Lancastrian, Henry VI first reign)

  • Joan of Arc
  • The Messenger
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

1461-1470 (Plantagenet Yorkist, Edward IV first reign)

  • 1464 – The White Queen

1470-1471 (Plantagenet Lancastrian, Henry VI second reign)

1471-1483 (Plantagenet Yorkist, Edward IV second reign)

1483-April to June (Plantagenet Yorkist, Edward V)

1483-1485 (Plantagenet Yorkist, Richard III)

  • Richard III

 

1485 to 1603 (Early modern Britain: The Tudors)

1485-1509 (House of Tudor, Henry VII)

1509-1547 (House of Tudor, Henry VIII)

  • A History of Britain: Burning convictions (1500-58, religious upheaval)
  • 1518-1547 – The Tudors
  • 1520s – A Man For All Seasons
  • 1527 – Anne of the Thousand Days
  • 1530s – The Other Boleyn Girl

1547-1553 (House of Tudor, Edward VI)

July 10-19 1553 (Jane, the Nine Days Queen)

  • Lady Jane

1553-1558 (House of Tudor, Mary I)

  • A History of Britain: The body of the Queen (1558-1603, Elizabeth and Mary)

1558-1603 (House of Tudor, Elizabeth I)

  • Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth: the Golden Age
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Reign
  • 1587 – The Fighting Prince of Donegal

 

1603 to 1660 (Union of the Crowns & Jacobean and Caroline Eras: the Divine Right of kings to rule, and be executed)

1603-1625 (Stuart line, James I [formerly James VI of Scotland])

  • A History of Britain: The British wars (1603-1649, civil wars)
  • Guy Fawkes, V For Vendetta
  • The New World

1625-1649 (Stuart line, Charles I)

  • To Kill A King
  • The Devil’s Whore

Interregnum: Commonwealth from 1653-1658, Oliver Cromwell

  • A History of Britain: Revolutions (1649-1689, Cromwell’s reforms)
  • Cromwell

Interregnum: Commonwealth from 1653-1658, Richard Cromwell

 

1660 to 1715 (Restoration and Glorious Revolution, the beginning of Empire)

1649-1685 (Stuart line restored, Charles II)

  • Restoration
  • Stage Beauty
  • The Libertine

1685-1688 (Stuart line restored, James II)

  • Lorna Doone

1689-1702 (Houses of Orange and Stuart, English king William III and Mary II)

  • A History of Britain: Britannia incorporated (1690-1750, Britain of Scotland and England)
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Captain Kidd

1702-1707 (Stuart line restored, Anne)

1706, Kingdoms of England and Scotland become Kingdom of Great Britain

 

1600 to 1783 (Britain in North America)

  • The Patriot
  • 1776

1714 to 1830 (Second British Empire and Georgian Era: the German Georges rule Britain)

1714-1727 (Brunswick Hanover line, George I)

  • Rob Roy

1727-1760 (Brunswick Hanover line, George II)

  • Barry Lyndon
  • Last of the Mohicans
  • 1746 – The Battle of Culloden
  • A History of Britain: The wrong empire (1750-1800, settlements and prosperity, exploitation and loss)

1760-1820 (Brunswick Hanover line, George III)

  • A History of Britain: Forces of nature (1780-1832, political energy, nature and revolution)
  • Wuthering Heights
  • early 1700s – Blackbeard
  • 1719 – Rob Roy
  • 1774 – Marie Antoinette
  • 1787 – Botany Bay
  • 1792 – The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • 1795 – Becoming Jane
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Amazing Grace
  • Mansfield Park
  • Persuasion
  • Shaka Zulu
  • 1805 – Master and Commander
  • 1810s – The Madness of King George
  • 1818 – Bright Star

1820-1830 (Brunswick Hanover line, George IV)

  • The First Gentleman

 

1815 to 1914 (Britain’s Imperial Century: peace and prosperity, the growth of Empire)

1830-1837 (Brunswick Hanover line, William IV)

  • Oliver
  • A History of Britain: Victoria and her sisters (1830-1910, Victorian era)

1837-1901 (Brunswick Hanover line, Victoria)

  • Mrs. Brown
  • The Young Victoria
  • Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • The Elephant Man
  • From Hell
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Dorian Gray
  • The Time Machine
  • A History of Britain: The empire of good intentions (1830-1925, empire)
  • Zulu
  • 1820s – Gunga Din
  • 1860s – River Queen
  • 1830s – Disraeli
  • 1840s – Florence Nightingale
  • Wilde

1901-1910 (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha line, Edward VII)

  • Miss Potter
  • The Hours
  • Moulin Rouge
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Finding Neverland
  • Mary Poppins
  • Titanic
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Lost Prince
  • Lillie
  • Gandhi
  • Shackleton
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

 

1914 to 1918 (The First World War)

1918 to 1939 (Aftereffects of WWI, General Strike, Coalition and Conservative Governments)

1910-1936 (House of Windsor, George V)

  • A History of Britain: The two Winstons (1910-1965, imperial past influencing the future)
  • 1904 – Nora
  • 1915 – All the King’s Men
  • 1916–18 -Lawrence of Arabia
  • 1919–1923 – The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • 1924 – Chariots of Fire
  • 1925 – The King’s Speech

20 Jan-11 Dec 1936 (House of Windsor, Edward VIII)

  • Edward & Mrs. Simpson
  • W.E.

 

1939 to 1945 (Hitler’s War)

1945 to 2000 (Post-war Britain, lost empire, searching for role)

11 Dec 1936-6 Feb 1952 (House of Windsor, George VI)

  • 1935 – Tea with Mussolini
  • 1938 – Brief Encounter
  • 1939 – Mrs. Miniver
  • 1939+ – The English Patient
  • 1940s – The Jewel in the Crown
  • 1942 – The Bridge on the River Kwai

6 Feb-1952-present (House of Windsor, Elizabeth II)

  • 1932 – Gosford Park
  • 1950 – Vera Drake
  • 60s – The Crying Game
  • 1964 – Quadrophenia
  • To Sir, with Love (1967)
  • 1969 – Withnail and I
  • 70s and 80s – Beyond A Joke
  • 1972 – Bloody Sunday
  • The Wicker Man (1973)
  • 1973 – Ratcatcher
  • 1981 – Hunger
  • 1983 – This Is England
  • (late 80s) – Trainspotting
  • The Full Monty (1997)

Contemporary

  • 28 Days Later
  • Casino Royale
  • The Queen

 

THE FUTURE

  • Brazil
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • if…
  • Children of Men