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February 18, 2011 @ 2:36 am

20. Stephen

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The death of Henry I in 1135 should have seen the accession of England's first queen, his daughter Matilda, but instead the throne is snatched by his favourite nephew Stephen. At first things go well for Stephen, but a few mistakes later and he finds himself caught in a civil war with Matilda in a period often known as the Anarchy. Who will triumph in this period of protracted siege warfare, and will anyone be worthy of the Rex Factor?

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  • Laura

    Matilda was most definitely the star of this Rex Factor show! Interesting history which I previously knew nothing about, and an excellent little bit of feminist history which I would like to learn more about.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm
  • rexfactor

    Ah, but which Matilda! The Empress Matilda who should have been England’s first monarch, or Matilda of Blois, King Stephen’s wife? Both were very impressive and daring figures whose roles as a woman and a leader in this conflict are very interesting to compare.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm
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