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Yesterday takes a trip back through time to examine the lives of some of the grandest and most notorious figures in British history. In carefully-arranged poses, the Kings and Queens of history still look down upon us today and are powerful symbols of bygone ages. Their iconic images, captured in famous portraits and paintings, are part of the very fabric of national culture.But what lay behind the pomp and ceremony, the crowns and the courts?Each one possessed the same foibles, bad habits and weaknesses as the rest of us. Historian Tracy Borman investigates the hidden histories of our monarchs, examining the very colourful private lives of Charles II, Queen Victoria, Louis IV, George III and the Prince Regent and Henry VIII.
Dr Tracy Borman travels to Paris to reveal Napoleon's relationships, from nervous first encounters with a prostitute, to his all-consuming love for Josephine, and visits their former home, Malmaison. She also visits the Palace of Fontainebleau to see Napoleon's throne room and reveal the secrets to his extraordinary success, and calamitous downfall.
Dr Tracy Borman travels to Germany to uncover Adolf Hitler's abusive childhood and artistic aspirations. She reveals how he was shaped by the First World War and uncovers his relationships with much younger women, including his own niece, discovering how the personal motivations that came from his private life unleashed so much destruction.
Dr Tracy Borman travels to St Petersburg to reveal how Peter's unconventional childhood produced a very unconventional man - from the debauched drinking society that governed Russia, to his collection of oddities in the Kunstkamera - discovering how the enlightened yet brutal Peter dragged Russia into the modern age.
Dr Tracy Borman heads to Chicago to discover how Al Capone rose to infamy, from club bouncer to the most notorious gangster in history. She uncovers the two sides to his personality as the man who ordered deaths on a whim doted on his family. And reveals how his carefully curated public image gave birth to a legend.
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