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April 15, 2019 @ 9:23 am

S3.04 Ælfflæd

Ælfflæd was the second consort of Wessex/England and like her predecessor, Ealhswith, struggling against an opposition to consorts being granted power. However, succession struggles for both her husband and sons provides an opportunity for her to assert greater queenly power - will she be successful, or be relegated to operating between the lines of history?

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April 5, 2019 @ 7:38 am

S3.03 Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians

Æthelflæd is one of the most remarkable and unfairly forgotten figures in English history. The eldest child of Alfred the Great and Ealhswith, she became consort to the Lord of the Mercians but really came to prominence after his death when she took over as a ruler and helped her brother, Edward the Elder, take back lands conquered by the Vikings.

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March 29, 2019 @ 3:42 pm

S3.02 Ealhswith

We get the third series properly underway with out first consort: Ealhswith, who married King Alfred the Great. Biographical information is not extensive for Ealhswith, but we piece it all together and then find out from Alfred himself exactly why Ealhswith seems to have been neglected in the histories by taking a deeper look at Anglo-Saxon queenship.

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March 22, 2019 @ 11:50 pm

Empress Matilda

The Empress Matilda should have been England's first Queen regnant, only to see the throne stolen by her cousin, Stephen, in 1135, leading to a civil war popularly known as the Anarchy. She didn't get an episode in our first series but now she receives the special treatment in a bonus episode. How did Matilda come so close to ruling England? Why was she never crowned? And, most importantly of all, does she have the Rex Factor?

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March 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

S3.01 Consort Introduction and Agrippina

Welcome to Series 3 of Rex Factor! This time we will be reviewing all the Queen and Prince Consorts of England from Ealhswith to Prince Philip. In this introductory episode, we explain how we will be reviewing consorts (as opposed to monarchs) in each of the factors and then have an interview with Privy Councillor Dr Emma Southon, who has written a brilliant book on a Roman Consort, Agrippina.

You can follow Emma on Twitter (@NuclearTeeth) and her website Her podcast is History is Sexy (@SexyHistoryPod) and her book on Agrippina is "Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore".

You can find the Worst Foot Forward podcast on Twitter (@WorstFoot) and

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March 13, 2019 @ 1:29 pm

Viral History Podcast

Ali and I appeared on the brilliant Viral History podcast where they interviewed us about all things Rex Factor, including our forthcoming new series. Have a listen to it here:

We had a lot of fun doing it and if you've not encountered them before then it's well worth checking out their other podcasts and YouTube channel.

March 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Queens (Live)

In our final live show of November 2018 we were in Glasgow for the Battle of the Queens where Mary Queen of Scots took on Elizabeth I, Queen of England. They were rivals in life but who would be the victor in history?

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February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Saxons (Live)

In our penultimate live show we came to Manchester for the Battle of the Saxons where Alfred the Great took on his grandson, Athelstan, to see which of these two Saxon kings truly deserves the epithet 'great'.

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February 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the So-Called Baddies (Live)

It was the turn of the baddies for our live show in Leeds with John taking on Richard III in a bid to be crowned England's best baddy of the monarchs. But do either of these much-maligned kings really deserve their reputations or are they good guys in disguise?

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February 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Raucous Royals (Live)

Ali's scandal bell was getting a good workout in our live show in Oxford as Charles II competed against George IV in the Battle of the Raucous Royals. Both kings got up to plenty of high jinks but who was the most scandalicious of all?

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