We're not reviewing a person in this special episode but a castle - Chateau Gaillard in Normandy, built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196. The most advanced castle of the age, Ali is in his happy place as we explore why Richard decided to build it and what makes the castle so special. It was also the subject of a dramatic siege as Philip Augustus of France tried to capture the supposedly impregnable castle from King John of England, while later finding itself dragged into a royal scandal and (in a way) Scotland!
Ealdgyth of Mercia is not a famous name, but her episode is full of Rex Factors. As consort to Harold Godwinson, she was the last Anglo-Saxon consort and her story has plenty to fascinate: Lady Godiva, Gruffydd ap Llywelyn and a Welsh/Mercian alliance, and of course the dramatic events of 1066. So will the Saxons go out on a high or is Ealdgyth another queen who will remain lost to history?