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November 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

S243 Mary Queen of Scots: Biography (Part 2/2)

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In our first episode, Mary had escaped Henry VIII, briefly been Queen Consort of France and ruled pretty successfully as Queen of Scots. By 1565, she had married the dashing Lord Darnley (who, like Mary, had a claim to the English throne) and seen off a rebellion by her Protestant half-brother, the Earl of Moray. However, the second half of her life would be even more dramatic than the first. Mary would have to face a vain and jealous husband, scheming Scottish nobles and Elizabeth I's chief advisor, William Cecil, determined to stop her ever becoming Queen of England.

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November 10, 2017 @ 10:25 am

S2.42 Mary Queen of Scots: Biography (Part 1/2)

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Mary Queen of Scots is one of (if not the) most famous names in Scottish and British history, and with good reason. A dramatic reign that began when she was only six days old which saw her and Scotland dragged into international conflicts between England, Spain and France as well as the religious conflict with the Protestant Reformation. We are giving ourselves three episodes to cover Mary and this first biography episode takes us from her birth through the 'Rough Wooing' and her minority up to the peak of her personal rule in Scotland in 1565.

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September 29, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

S2.41 James V

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Scotland's imagination in naming royal babies had really run out by 1513 when the fifth successive became king. At just 17 months old, and following the disaster of Flodden, once again it would be tricky for the new king to make his mark. Would James V break through the chaotic power play of his minority, see off the most difficult of difficult of neighbours in Henry VIII and live up to the glorious reputation of his father? Would he break the pattern of the previous James's and actually live into middle age? Most importantly of all, does he have the Rex Factor?

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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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