By the Sword Divided

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By the Sword Divided
Genre Historical Drama
Created by John Hawkesworth
Starring Julian Glover
Sharon Maughan
Jeremy Clyde
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 20
Production company(s) BBC
Original network BBC1
Original release 16 October 1983 – 10 March 1985

By the Sword Divided is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1983 and 1985.

The series, created by John Hawkesworth was a historical drama set during the mid 17th century, dealing with the impact of the English Civil War on the fictional Lacey family, made up of both Royalist and Parliamentarian supporters.

It follows the family as it is torn apart by the conflicting and changing loyalties of the war, as families were during that time, and the defeat of the Royalist forces at the end of the First English Civil War. Series two covers the second and third civil wars and the eventual Restoration of the Monarchy. The last episodes sees the surviving members of the family (from both sides of the divide) witness the arrival of King Charles II on a visit to the ancestral Lacey home.


Film locations[edit]

The filming for the programme took place at Fermyn Woods Hall, Rockingham Castle and Lilford Hall in Northamptonshire.[1]

DVD release[edit]

By the Sword Divided is available on DVD in the UK, distributed by Acorn Media UK.


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