Charles I's belief that art was a way of projecting power bankrupted England and alienated his people. The rest is history.
Anne of Denmark proved women could play a key role in the 17th-century patriarchy.
It wasn't just 'mindless' brutality – but it should remind us that violence too often begets violence.
Look back centuries ago and you'll find the same obsessive secrecy, and the same justifications, as seen today.
Royal PR in pictures started with the Stuarts 400 years ago.