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The Battle of Waterloo Ali and Graham look at the epic 1815 battle and in particular the three commanders: Napoleon (France), Wellington (Anglo-Allies) and Blucher (Prussia).
The Death of Amy Robsart
Amy Robsart was the wife of Robert Dudley, the roguishly handsome favourite of Queen Elizabeth I whom many people thought Dudley was intending to marry. When Amy was found dead with a broken neck at the bottom of a short staircase, many suspected foul play. It's up to Inspector Rexford to investigate - did she fall, or was she pushed?
Maori Visit to Queen Victoria
We look at the history of the Maoris, in particular a visit made by a group of chiefs and notable figures in 1863 when they travelled all the way to England to visit Queen Victoria. But would they make it and would it be a success?
She should have been England's first Queen regnant but instead her cousin, Stephen, took the throne, leading to the Anarchy. We find out how Matilda came to be heir and why she never quite became Queen.
Duke of Marlborough
John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, is most famous as a great general with victories like the Battle of Blenheim, but he was also a key figure in court and government for Charles II, James II, William and Mary and Queen Anne. Military glory, the birth of party politics and some naughty goings on at court make for a gripping story!
Chateau Gaillard was the most advanced castle in Europe when it was built by Richard the Lionheart as part of a campaign to retake lost ground in Normandy. We look at what made the castle so impressive, recount a dramatic siege and learn about some surprising appearances made by the castle in later medieval Europe.
We review the Roman general and statesman, Sulla - something of a paradox mixing military brilliance and hard partying with brutal murder and accused of being a tyrant who destroyed the Republic. A fascinating character with plenty to talk about in every factor!
George III and the American Revolution
We consider the role and perspective of George III in the American Revolution - does he deserve to be remembered as the tyrant king who lost America, or is it time for a reassessment?
- April 23, 2021