If you enjoyed Bridgerton: 12 movies and TV series for history buffs

12 movies and TV series for those who liked Bridgerton. Source: A still from the series

In recent years, films based on historical themes have been gaining momentum, and Bridgerton series is once again in the news among moviegoers after the release of the first part of season 3 on May 16. Its plot is set in the XIX century, but despite the royal charm of those times, the director tried to depict that era with modern moral standards and lack of discrimination.

Interestingly, Ukrainian cinematographer Diana Olifirova worked on the last season of Bridgerton. However, she was not the only one who managed to capture the whole atmosphere of the ball, lush dresses and palaces. That's why People has collected several movies and TV series that will appeal to fans of the medieval era.

Mary and George (2024)

The mini-series is set in the 17th century and tells the story of ambitious Mary, who seeks to improve her own social position and secure the future of her children. She sees her son George as the key to success and does everything possible to make him a favorite of King James I.

Sanditon (2019 - 2023)

Sanditon is a British historical drama series set in the 1820s in the seaside town of Sanditon, where young and independent Charlotte Heywood comes to live with her older brother and can't escape the adventures.

Emma (1996)

Emma is a sweet romantic comedy based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. The action takes place in the nineteenth century and tells the story of a young and wealthy Emma Woodhouse, who lives a carefree life and loves to woo friends and acquaintances. However, one day her life turns upside down and she has to think about her relationships.

Downton Abbey (2010 - 2015)

The series is set in the Downton estate in Yorkshire, England, in the early 20th century. It describes the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, exploring themes of class difference, social change, family relationships, love, loss, and personal trials.

Emma (2020)

The film is an adaptation of the 1996 film of the same name but in a more modern and satirical form. It tells the story of Emma Wodehouse, who tries to find a date for her friends but keeps leaving her own feelings behind until a certain day.

This movie is a total visual delight, which is why it was twice nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Harlots (2017 - 2019)

Set in London in the 1760s, Harlots follows the lives of two women, Margaret Wells and her daughter Fanny, who are forced to run a brothel in order to survive.

Victoria (2016 - present)

The series tells the story of the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria, one of the most famous monarchs in British history, who had to rule the empire from the age of 18. In addition to the problems that "fell" on her shoulders, the movie features the figure of Prince Albert, with whom the Queen is having an affair.

The Young Victoria (2009)

The film reveals the history of the reign of Queen Victoria of Britain, who had to bear the burden of the crown from the age of 18, but delves deeper into the relationship between Prince Albert and their marriage.

The Crown (2016 - 2023)

The 6-part drama series chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the significant political and personal events that shaped her life. It won a Golden Globe for its excellent storyline. Still, fans of the royal family managed to criticize the movie a bit.

Belle (2013)

Belle is a historical drama about the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of a British admiral and an African slave. Because of this union, the girl is born black, which is why she constantly suffers from racial discrimination: she cannot eat at the same table as other family members or servants. The film tells the story of her struggle with identity and prejudice against skin color in the eighteenth century, when she falls in love with a white man.

The Spanish Princess (2019)

The 16-episode series tells the story of Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England, who, after the death of her husband Arthur, to whom she had been engaged since birth, marries his younger brother Henry VIII. All the love affairs and passions are depicted in the movie based on the books by Philippa Gregory.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

This classic film, based on the book of the same name by Jane Austen, has long won the hearts of the audience. It tells about the life of a rather capricious young lady Elizabeth Bennet, whom her mother tries to marry off as soon as possible. However, the girl is categorically against a loveless marriage.

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