David came to the throne in 1124 as the last of Malcolm III and Saint Margaret's six sons following a period of internal fighting and short reigns. However, unlike his brothers, David had luck on his side. He won favour and wealth in England as a protege of Henry I and then took advantage of the Anarchy in England to pursue Scottish interests in Cumbria and Northumbria, whilst also introducing far-ranging reforms. But how successful would he be in his efforts, would he be too Norman for Scottish tastes and will he get the Rex Factor?
In our second premium podcast, we review the life and times of the medieval knight and courtier, William (the) Marshal. William had an incredible career at the heart of the Plantagenet courts of Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and, in particular, King John, being a central figure in the Barons Wars, the creation of Magna Carta and seeing off a French invasion. Described as "the greatest knight" and famed for his loyalty, he went from a young man of limited prospects to a friend of kings and the saviour of the kingdom. William's story involves adventure, capture and charmingly self-deprecating anecdotes as well as one of the most important (though often forgotten) battles in English history. This bumper edition two hour episode is not to be missed!