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?
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?