How did Winston Churchill prepare to lead his nation against Nazi Germany? By writing a million-word biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, who battled an earlier would-be dictator of Europe: Louis XIV of France. Eminent historian David Starkey (Monarchy
) tells the parallel stories of the two greatest war leaders in British history, points out the similarities in their lives, and makes a convincing case that John was Winston's inspiration. 3 episodes, 2 ½ hrs, 1 DVD, SDH.