Rex Factor

Rex Factor

A light-hearted review of all the kings & queens of England & Scotland

  • 1 hour 7 minutes
    Messages and Previews 7

    Before we get started on the Windsor consorts, we read through various listener correspondence as well as sharing previews of our bonus content, including our new special episode on Geoffrey Chaucer.

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    5 July 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Gretchen Gerzina (Britain's Black Georgian History)

    We chat to the historian Professor Gretchen Gerzina about Black Britons in Georgian Britain. There is a widespread misconception that Britain's black history only begins with Windrush, but we discuss the sizeable black and mixed raced population in Georgian Britain, the differing experiences that these people faced and some of the fascinating characters of the time.

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    21 June 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    Gareth Russell (Hampton Court Palace)

    We speak to the historian Gareth Russell about his book The Palace, which covers the history of Hampton Court Palace, from the Tudors to the Windsors. It's a fascinating book (and podcast!) covering lots of fascinating characters - from Henry VIII and George III to chocolatiers and the Romanovs.

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    6 June 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 23 minutes
    Penelope Corfield (The Georgians)

    We speak to the historian Professor Penelope Corfield about the Georgians in a wide-ranging discussion that takes us from epoch-shifting changes in technology and literacy to the beginnings of handshakes and the postal system.

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    Plus you can buy her excellent book on the subject, The Georgians: The Deeds and Misdeeds of 18th-Century Britain, online and all good bookstores.

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    24 May 2024, 9:07 am
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    Right to Reply: Hanoverian Consorts

    Having finished our mini-series on the Hanoverian consorts, we go through some of your messages, points of debate and more Max Boneyman!

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    10 May 2024, 12:40 pm
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    S3.63 Prince Albert: Review

    After a full biography episode last week, this time we review Prince Albert, scoring him on the factors and deciding whether or not he has the Rex Factor.

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    26 April 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    S3.62 Prince Albert: Biography

    In the first of two episodes, we do a full episode just looking at the life and consortship of Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria, with a full review episode to come next time. One of the most famous names in British royal history, Albert has perhaps been overshadowed by the extensive memorialisation undertaken by Victoria after his death, so we put the realm man centre stage: how did he come to marry Victoria, what was his role as consort and was it really such a great romance?

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    19 April 2024, 5:00 am
  • 41 minutes 11 seconds
    Feed Swap: History Daily

    We are off for Easter for a couple of weeks before getting back to Prince Albert, so this week we're doing a feed swap with the History Daily Podcast, which releases c. 15 minute episodes every weekday covering an event in history. We are showcasing two of their episodes which should hopefully be of interest to Rex Factor Listeners: the jousting injury that changed the course of Henry VIII's life and reign, and the death of Elizabeth I and the end of the Tudor dynasty.

    (Apologies, this episode should have come out on the 5th of April but some reason got stuck in drafts and didn't release!)

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    16 April 2024, 4:09 pm
  • 1 hour 18 minutes
    Linda Porter: Mistresses of Charles II

    We speak to the historian Dr Linda Porter about some of the most notable mistresses of Charles II (Lucy Walter, Barbara Villiers, Frances Stuart, Nell Gwynn, Hortense Mancini), discussing why we know so much about them, what they tell us about Charles and how this affected his wife and queen, Catherine of Braganza.

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    22 March 2024, 6:00 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    S3.61 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

    Adelaide is probably one of the least famous of Britain's consorts, wife of William IV. A very different character to her predecessor, Queen Caroline, Adelaide was quiet and kind but faced the challenge of an eccentric and uncouth husband in William and a febrile political atmosphere with agitation for reform. Will slow and steady win the race?

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    8 March 2024, 6:00 am
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
    S3.60 Caroline of Brunswick

    If Ali still had his scandal bell, this episode might break it! It's Caroline of Brunswick this week, consort to George IV despite his spending their entire marriage trying to prevent that eventuality. A poorly matched couple, Caroline lived life according to her own rules, creating scandal in England and then in European exile before returning for a grand battle as George tried to deny her her position as Queen. It certainly made an impression, but will it deserve the Rex Factor?

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    23 February 2024, 6:00 am
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