History is the best place to turn to if you want to hear some awesome stories. Tales of courage, of devastation, of wars and love- there is nothing that hasn’t already happened before. While there are many figures who have been so outstanding that the whole world knows their name, there is a greater number of the unsung heroes who are lost in the pages, overshadowed by the achievements of others. Then there is also the case of the people and the things that we have heard of but don’t know much about. This is where TV shows become important.
Whether the story is being told for an umpteenth time, or whether it is the first time that you are being introduced to a certain character, these shows entertain and inform you at the same time. Netflix has a great collection of period shows. Here’s the list of really good historical shows on Netflix right now.
17. Marco Polo (2014- 2016)
Marco Polo is the explorer whom you would have met with in your History books at school. One of the most well-known explorers, he is known for his accounts, especially of Asian countries. This show focuses on the young Polo and his journey across Asia to reach the court of Kublai Khan. His time in the Chinese court and the influence of the culture on him, which was further reflected in his written works, is intricately portrayed in the series.
16. Reign (2013-2017)
Mary, Queen of Scots has been a very compelling character when it comes to her portrayal in films and TV shows. From a very young age, she had been involved in court politics and the power struggle that revolves around the crown. Her character was most recently portrayed by Saoirse Ronan in last year’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’. The film focused on the most important time in her life, her rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, expertly played by Margot Robbie. However, this was just a very small part of her story, and before her fight with the Queen of England, she had already learned a lot from her short experience as the Queen of France. If you find yourself interested in her whole story, ‘Reign’ is the show you must watch.