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September 9, 2017 @ 10:32 am

Vikings in Ireland

Battleyness is guaranteed in our latest special episode as the Vikings make their way to Ireland! We consider how big an impact the Vikings had on Irish society, ranging from their early raids to the establishment of the Kingdom of Dublin and its close ties to York in England, culminating in the epic encounter between the Vikings and Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf. Would Ireland see its country torn apart and conquered like England, or would they be able to resist the Northmen?

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September 5, 2017 @ 7:41 am

Kickstart News and Special Previews

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We reveal the (amazing) results of our Kickstarter campaign and share some clips from our recent special episodes on Brunel, Boudica and Tea.

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August 14, 2017 @ 6:50 am

S2.40 James IV

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For the fourth time in a row, Scotland has a minority under a king named James. However, James IV is older than his predecessors and shows a lot of promise as a charming and gifted Renaissance king who proves a highly effective ruler in Scotland and a force to be reckoned with in Europe. However, how will he fare when Europe starts sliding into war and he is forced to deal with a belligerent young Henry VIII in England?

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August 10, 2017 @ 7:31 am

Rex Factor Kickstarter Appeal

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Rex Factor needs your help! All through August 2017 we are doing a Kickstarter to fund the production of the pilot episode of Rex Factor the Animated Show, an animated version of the podcast produced by the brilliant Tinmouse Animation Studios. We need your help to spread the word and raise the money to fund this project so please check out our Kickstarter page, look at some of the amazing rewards on offer and encourage everyone you know to make a pledge to help get this made!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1958705267/rex-factor-the-animated-show

 

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July 14, 2017 @ 7:51 am

S2.39 James III

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In 1460, for the third time in a row, the new Scottish king was a boy called James. Unlike his predecessors, however, there were no overmighty nobles or domineering family members to contend with and England was in the throes of the Wars of the Roses. Could James III take advantage and break the pattern of short-lived Jameses?

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June 25, 2017 @ 10:55 am

Tea and Empire

Beyond the comforting simplicity of a cup of tea lies a dark and intriguing history. We examine the origins of tea, charting how the drink of Chinese emperors became a mainstay of British culture and a driving force beyond the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire. Who would have thought that the humble tea could start wars and revolutions and transform the entire way of life for an entire nation...

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May 31, 2017 @ 7:42 am

S2.38 James II (of Scots)

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Like his father, James II came to the throne as a child and faced an uncertain minority with rival factions at war with each other. Also like his father, James was a ruthless and vigorous ruler, determined to establish the Stewart dynasty as supreme over its rivals and independent from England. Could James defeat the powerful Douglas family and take advantage of an England divided by the Wars of the Roses, or would the internal divisions of Scotland prove too much for yet another Stewart king?

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May 12, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

S2.37 James I (of Scots)

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After a century of weak rulers and a divided family, the omens looked bad for James I: his uncle, Albany, was in charge of Scotland while he was just a child in an English prison. However, James would prove a more forceful character than his recent predecessors and was determined to assert himself over his rivals in Scotland. With England struggling in the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses approaching, could James restore glory to Scotland and win the Rex Factor?

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April 28, 2017 @ 6:58 am

Boudica

Boudica's revolt against the Roman occupation of Britain is one of the most famous episodes in British history, but how much do we really know about her and what happened? We get to grips with the true story, finding out more about Boudica, the Ancient Britains, the Roman conquest and how close she came to victory. We also see how history's view of Boudica has changed in the last two thousand years and get to grips with the most important question of all - how to spell her name!

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April 17, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

Project Zeus

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If you've been following us on our social media recently, you'll know we've been teasing you about a new project codenamed #projectzeus - well, finally we can reveal what it's all about!

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