Game of Thrones
[SPOILER ALERT! This is the trailer for season 4. If you haven’t watched the previous seasons, you might want to refrain from watching this.]
An epic historical fantasy on the fight for the throne of the fictitious continent of Westeros, primarily between the Lannisters (the ‘bad’ guys) and the Starks (the ‘good’ guys). The series is based on the 15th century Wars of the Roses that was waged between the noble families of Lancaster and York for the throne of England.
The Pillars of the Earth
The fictitious town of Kingsbride is in chaos during The Anarchy years of 12th century England. After King Henry I’s death, his nephew and daughter engage in a battle for the throne. The chaos of the time is highlighted through the building of a cathedral in Kingsbridge.
The Roman empire falls into a disarray after the death of Julius Caesar and a bitter struggle for power breaks out. While the nobility fight for control over the empire, caught between their battles are two soldiers, Lucius and Titus.
Based on the stories of Viking Ragnar Lodbrok, a mythological Norse hero, the show portrays Ragnar as a Viking farmer and the pioneering raider of England in his quest to discover civilisations beyond the seas.
The Tudors is loosely based on English king Henry VIII’s life – specifically, his affairs with numerous women, as well as politics in his court. Henry’s competence as a ruler is tested by numerous conflicts.
The rise of the Italian Borgia family to the top of the Roman Catholic Church and its attempts to maintain its grip over power form the premise of this show. Even though The Borgias was cancelled after three seasons, its high production values make it a worthwhile watch.
Legend of the Seeker
Finally, we come to magic. A Seeker named Richard Cypher, a Confessor called Kahlan Amnell, a wizard called Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander, and a warrior called Cara defend their kingdom against oppression and devastation.