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May 14, 2018 @ 7:57 am

S2.50 Scottish Playoffs: First Round Results

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We reveal the results of the first round of the Scottish Play-Offs - find out who will join top seed Robert the Bruce in the Grand Final from Group A (Constantine II, Malcolm III, Alexander III, James II), Group B (Kenneth II, Malcolm II, David I, James IV) and Group C (Kenneth MacAlpin, Alexander II, Mary Queen of Scots, James VI). We also read out some of your excellent comments on why you voted for the various monarchs.

We actually live-streamed the results on our YouTube channel, so you can watch it in full (plus us answering questions from the viewers - not included in the podcast) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvc5fxz28sY

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April 27, 2018 @ 6:55 pm

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire

Georgiana Cavendish was the most fashionable woman in late eighteenth century England and one of the most fascinating characters of the age. She became one of the most prominent campaigners for the Whigs when women were meant to have no role in politics, the confidante of the Prince Regent and a patron of the arts and sciences (and gambling houses!). She also had a notoriously dull husband and an unhappy marriage which led to some very untraditional living arrangements and a romance that threatened to ruin her. Throw in a spot of Charles James Fox, William Pitt the Younger and the French Revolution and you have an unmissable special episode!

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April 13, 2018 @ 6:27 pm

S2.49 Scottish Playoffs: Group C

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It's the last of the play-off groups and one of the tastiest yet! We have our very first monarch, Kenneth MacAlpin (843-58) against our very last, James VI (1567-1625), as well as James VI facing off against his own mother, Mary Queen of Scots (1542-67). Kenneth was the first, Mary and James are perhaps the most famous, but it is Alexander II (1214-49) who got the highest score of these four in the original podcasts. We compare them factor by factor but you will play a crucial role in deciding who goes through. Listen to the podcast and then pick your favourite for who you want to go through to the Grand Final using the link below:

Survey Link

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March 30, 2018 @ 9:03 am

S2.48 Scottish Playoffs: Group B

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It's another heavyweight contest in the second of our play-off bouts: Kenneth II (971-95), Malcolm II (1005-35), David I (1124-53) and James IV (1488-1513). There's the enticing prospect of a father/son battle with Kenneth II (killed by an elaborate statue) and Malcolm II (the dynastic serial killer). David I oversaw a revolution in governance and gained huge territory during the (English) Anarchy while James IV presided over Scotland's Renaissance. We compare them all, factor-by-factor, but once you've listened it will be your chance to decide who goes through to the Grand Final.

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March 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am

S2.47 Scottish Play-Offs: Group A

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The Scottish Rex Factor play-offs kick off in style with Constantine II (900-43), Malcolm III (1058-93), Alexander III (1249-86) and James II (1437-60) do battle for a place in the Grand Final. Listen to the episode to hear the four monarchs compared and then it's down to you to help decide who goes through to the final. Will it be Constantine II with his battles against the Vikings and Athelstan? Malcolm III for slaying Macbeth and seeing Scotland through the upheavals of 1066? Maybe Alexander III with his conquest of the Western Isles and a golden age (plus the nuns!) or James II, murderer of the Earl Douglas and blown up by his own cannon. The choice is yours (and also ours, it's a joint effort).

Group A Survey Link

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March 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am

S2.46 Scottish Play-Off Draw

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We have reviewed all the Kings and Queens of Scots from Kenneth MacAlpin to James VI and found 13 Rex Factor winners, but who was the greatest of them all? In this episode, we explain our play-off system and make the draw to see which monarchs will be facing off against each other.

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February 23, 2018 @ 3:57 am

Rex Factor on The Young ‘Uns Podcast

Ali and Graham had a great time a few months back as the guests on the podcast of the highly acclaimed, award-winning folk group The Young 'Uns in front of a live audience and now you can hear the results! We talk about Rex Factor, history, do a history quiz and sing a song about Anne Boleyn (everyone sings that, not just a duet!) It was a lot of fun to do so definitely worth a listen via the link below:

http://www.davideagle.co.uk/younguns-podcast-presents-rex-factor-live-pirate-castle-london/

If you've not encountered The Young 'Uns (twice winners of Best Group at the BBC2 Folk Awards, don't you know!) before then please do check them out as they're absolutely brilliant and a lot of fun:

http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/

 

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February 16, 2018 @ 7:15 pm

S2.45 James VI (I of England)

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For the first time ever, we review a monarch for the second time! James VI is the last monarch in our Scottish series, coming to the throne in the midst of his civil war with his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, trying to reclaim her throne. Scotland is a violent and divided nation for James growing up, but if he can survive and prosper where his predecessors fail, the glittering prize of the English throne awaits. Will James VI finish the series on a high and succeed where he failed in the English series and take the Rex Factor?

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January 7, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

Bess of Hardwick

Bess of Hardwick is perhaps one of the least heralded but most remarkable figures of Elizabethan England. Rising from humble origins to be one of the wealthiest women in the country, Bess used her business acumen and political savvy to navigate the chaotic world of the Tudor court, surviving monarch after monarch, marriage after marriage and even finding time to build grand houses like Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall. Many courtiers shouted louder, but few climbed higher.

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November 27, 2017 @ 7:20 am

S2.44 Mary Queen of Scots: Review

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Mary Queen of Scots had one of the most dramatic lives and reigns (and, unusually, post-reigns) in Scottish history, taking in a French upbringing, the Reformation, three husbands, civil war and English imprisonment. But when this is all put together, how well will she score and will one of the most famous names in history be worthy of the Rex Factor?

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