The BBC’s Security Correspondent Frank Gardner was very close to his late mother, and wants to know more about her heritage. He finds himself investigating the family legend that his ancestors arrived in Britain with the Normans, and along the way encounters Sir Michael Stanhope, his 10x great grandfather and a knight of the Tudor court accused of treason. Frank takes his story even further back and is astonished to discover that his mother’s tales are closer to the truth than he could ever have imagined.
HOW FAR BACK: 11th century
TOPICS COVERED: Tudor court, Norman Conquest, treason