History has commissioned an English language version of its successful French docu-drama series, The Real War of Thrones: A History of Europe.
Historian and writer Dan Jones will front the mini-series from independent production company Pernel Media and Chris Holt (Elizabeth I) has been hired as director.
The series documents the turbulent conflicts between the French royal houses of Valois and Burgundy, and their Plantagenet rivals in England, which exploded with such ferociousness in the colossal struggle of The Hundred Years War.
Each of the four episodes focuses on a moment in European history and a clash between European houses which so damaged France that it enabled England to briefly rule over the country.
Jones will tell the story of the rival dynasties that forged the history of medieval and early modern Europe. The series, which was shot in 4K, will also chart the attritional conflict through lavishly realised dramatic reconstruction.
Dan Korn, Vice President of Programming at A+E Networks UK, commissioned the series for History and said: “We’re delighted to have Dan Jones on History, telling with his usual wit and authority, the remarkable story of the dynastic struggles which shaped modern Europe.”
Pernel Media President Samuel Kissous said: “From the outset, we developed the series as an ambitious, premium docu-drama franchise that has real global appeal so naturally we’re delighted to be producing an English language version for History in the UK.
We are very excited to be teaming up with talents such as Dan Jones and Chris Holt to make this version of the series for British viewers.”
The series will be Dan Jones’ second collaboration with History, following his role as historical consultant on its epic Knights Templar drama Knightfall, set to premiere on History in the UK later this year.