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Delve into the fascinating, individual stories of the Kings and Queens of England and the United Kingdom starting from 1066. From the chivalric warriors, to the hungry war-mongers to the nefarious tyrants. Discover the monarchs at their most prestigious and most fragile.

Hosted by Jonny Langton


Twitter - @kingsqueenspod

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Delve into the fascinating, individual stories of the Kings and Queens of England and the United Kingdom starting from 1066. From the chivalric warriors, to the hungry war-mongers to the nefarious tyrants. Discover the monarchs at their most prestigious and most fragile.

Hosted by Jonny Langton


Twitter - @kingsqueenspod

Facebook – The Kings and Queens podcast

    21. Edward VI

    21. Edward VI

    In 1547, the last minority in English history was formed for 9 year old Edward VI (1547-53). After the titanic reign of his father Henry VIII, a contemporary may have wondered if the country may be engulfed in civil war once more.Had the rampant religious and administrative upheaval been possible due to the colossus at the helm? Would the country accept such terms under a new king? Or would the country yield to the familiar squabbles of grasping councillors?If there were nerves, they were hidden on the 20th February 1547 when the 9-year-old walked through the nave of Westminster Abbey. The nation stood on a precipice and history was not on their side.



    CHARACTERS

    Edward VI – King of England
    Henry VIII – King of England, father of Edward VI (1509-47)
    Jane Seymour – Queen of England, mother of Edward VI, 3rd wife of Henry VIII
    Princess Mary – half-sister of Edward VI
    Princess Elizabeth – half-sister of Edward VI
    Catherine Parr – Queen of England, 6th wife of Henry VIII

    Edward Seymour, duke of Somerset – Lord Protector, uncle of Edward VI
    Thomas Seymour – uncle of Edward VI, brother of Edward Seymour
    John Dudley, duke of Northumberland – Lord President of the Council
    Thomas Cranmer – Archbishop of Canterbury
    Thomas Wriothesley – Lord Chancellor
    Hugh Latimer – Bishop of Worcester
    William Paget – statesman and ally of Edward Seymour, duke of Somerset
    Thomas Cromwell – Chancellor of the Exchequer under Henry VIII
    John Cheke and Richard Cox – Tutors of Edward VI
    Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk – nobleman and uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
    Robert Kett – leader of Kett’s rebellion

    Lady Jane Grey – cousin of Edward VI
    Mary, Queen of Scots – Queen of Scotland
    Francis – French dauphin, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots
    Richard Chancellor – explorer
    Ivan the Terrible – First Tsar of Russia
    Edmund Dudley – financial agent of Henry VII, father of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland
    Robert Dudley – son of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland
    Guildford Dudley – son of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland, husband of Lady Jane Grey

    Anne Boleyn – Queen of England, 2nd wife of Henry VIII
    Catherine Howard – Queen of England, 4th wife of Henry VIII
    Henry VII – King of England, grandfather of Edward VI (1485-1509)
    Henry VI – King of England (1422-61, 70-71)
    Richard II – King of England (1377-99)

    CREDITS

    Charpentier – Prelude aue dem Te Deum 2019
    Tielman Susato – La Mourisque

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    jg booysen – pistol gunshot
    anton – dog bark Staffordshire bull terrier
    robin hood 76 – sledge ride 1
    tiisetso – scrubbing floor
    mushroomjesus – baby noises 2-3 month old
    j-zazvurek – woman scream 5
    roxis boy – chain rattling 2
    hinzebeat – plate with cutlery
    f-r-a-g-i-l-e – medieval lute chords
    nickh69 -quill and parchment
    tim Kahn – footsteps bare feet
    soundmary – wild horses running

    • 35 min
    Juana Loca (Joanna the Mad) Queen of Castile and Aragon with Cristina Sanchez Gomez

    Juana Loca (Joanna the Mad) Queen of Castile and Aragon with Cristina Sanchez Gomez

    Does Juana Loca (Joanna the Mad) Queen of Castile (1504-55) and Aragon (1516-55) deserve her title? Was she really unfit for rule or was she merely a victim of her father's, her husband's and her son's political machinations? Find out with Cristina Sanchez Gomez.

    CHARACTERS (names in Spanish)

    Juana - Queen of Castile (1504-55) and Aragon (1516-55)
    Fernando II - King of Aragon (1479-1516), King of Castile (jure uxoris) (1475-1504), father of Juana
    Isabel I - Queen of Castile (1474-1504), Queen consort of Aragon (1479-1504), mother of Juana
    Philip - King of Castile (1506), husband of Juana
    Catherine of Aragon - Queen consort of England (1509-33), sister of Juana, first wife of Henry VIII of England
    Charles - King of Castile and Aragon (1516-66), Holy Roman Emperor (1519-56), son of Juana

    • 36 min
    20. Henry VIII

    20. Henry VIII

    Henry VIII (1509-47) was described by historian Simon Jenkins as the ‘Hercules of English history – part tyrant, part polymath, part renaissance prince, who tore up the Plantagenet rulebook’. He was a prolific builder of English monarchy giving the nation a new identity, free from the shackles of Rome. His impact on religion, on government and on society was unprecedented, leaving a significant imprint on 21st century Britain. His countless iniquitous deeds, his disastrous marriages and the gratuitous purges of his foes and friends alike have done more to amalgamate his greatness than to tarnish is colossal legacy.



    CHARACTERS

    Henry VIII – King of England
    Catherine of Aragon – Queen of England
    Anne Boleyn – Queen of England
    Jane Seymour – Queen of England
    Anne of Cleves – Queen of England
    Catherine Howard – Queen of England
    Catherine Parr – Queen of England
    Henry VII – King of England (1485-1509), father of Henry VIII
    Elizabeth of York – Queen of England, mother of Henry VIII
    Prince Arthur – eldest son of Henry VII
    Mary - Queen of France, daughter of Henry VII
    Margaret Tudor – daughter of Henry VII, Queen of Scotland, wife of James IV
    Princess Mary – daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
    Princess Elizabeth – daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
    Prince Edward – son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

    Thomas Wolsey – Lord Chancellor
    Thomas More – Lord Chancellor
    Thomas Cromwell – Chancellor of the Exchequer
    Thomas Cranmer – Archbishop of Canterbury
    Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk – nobleman and uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
    Anthony Denny – Groom of the stool to Henry VIII
    Edmund Dudley and Richard Empson – financial agents of Henry VII

    Martin Luther – leading figure of the Protestant Reformation
    William Tyndale - leading figure of the Protestant Reformation
    Robert Aske – lawyer and leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace
    Margaret Pole – daughter of George, duke of Clarence

    Elizabeth Blount – mistress of Henry VIII
    Henry FitzRoy – illegitimate son of Henry VIII and Elizabeth Blount
    Mary Boleyn – mistress of Henry VIII and sister of Anne
    Thomas Culpeper – courtier of Henry VIII and associate of Catherine Howard
    Francis Dereham - courtier and associate of Catherine Howard

    Ferdinand II of Aragon – King of Aragon and Castile
    Charles V – Holy Roman Emperor
    Louis XII - King of France
    Francis I – King of France
    James IV – King of Scotland
    James V – King of Scotland

    Simon Jenkins – Historian
    Thomas Wyatt – contemporary politician
    Lord Mountjoy – contemporary

    Characters referenced from the past

    Edward III, King of England (1327-77)
    Henry V, King of England (1413-22)
    Edward IV, King of England (1461-70, 71-83)
    George, duke of Clarence – brother of Edward IV
    Thomas Becket – Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry II

    CREDITS

    John Dowland - The King of Denmark’s galliard
    Tu es Petrus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
    Roxis boy – chain rattling
    hinzebeat – plate with cutlery
    kyles – window small trailer rv glass smash with an axe debris fall metal grill
    bulbastre – wooden boat row water
    arthni – clothing rustle
    sagetyrtle – distant cheer
    inspector – fireworks distant b
    bockelsound – glas weinglas einschenken trinken abstellen
    craigsmith – r09-12 wooden thuds and slams
    1skyland – walking on grass
    soundmary – wild horses running
    danmitch3ll – distant horns
    jergonda – hangmans rope
    black snow – sword slice 5
    ensasz – wooden door smash open
    Jordishaw – stabbing sound
    Tim Kahn - footsteps

    • 55 min
    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was the longest serving consort in British history. His commitment was remarkable with over 22,000 royal engagements. If Queen Elizabeth II is remembered as the greatest monarch in British history, it will be largely due to the support of her husband Prince Philip. On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997 she said, ‘Philip is a man who doesn’t take too easily to compliments, he has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years and I and his family owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or he shall ever know.’

    CHARACTERS

    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – consort of the United Kingdom, husband of Queen Elizabeth II
    Princess Elizabeth/ Elizabeth II – Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms (1952-present)
    Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark – father of Prince Philip
    Princess Alice of Battenburg – mother of Prince Philip
    Constantine I – King of Greece (1913-17, 1920-22) uncle of Prince Philip
    George I – King of Greece (1863-1913), grandfather of Prince Philip
    Louis Mountbatten – uncle of Prince Philip
    Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward – children of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
    Princess Margaret – sister of Elizabeth II
    Princess Diana – former wife of Prince Charles
    Prince William and Prince Harry – children of Prince Charles and Princess Diana
    Camilla, duchess of Cornwall – second wife of Prince Charles
    Meghan Markle – wife of Prince Harry
    Kurt Hahn – headmaster of Gordonstoun
    Victoria – Queen of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1837-1901)

    • 15 min
    19. Henry VII

    19. Henry VII

    According to the chronicler Vergil, ‘Henry VII's (1485-1509) spirit was distinguished, wise and prudent; his mind was brave and resolute and it never, even at moments of great danger, deserted him’.

    He was the last king to win the crown on the battlefield in one of the most significant moments in English history. But history does not remember him as a warrior but as a rather grey miser, as Vergil added, ‘all his virtues were obscured by avarice’.

    He was the only Tudor to be omitted from Shakespeare’s plays yet by combining the white and red roses of York and Lancaster he brought an end to over 30 years of brutal civil war, to create a new flourishing hybrid, the Tudor rose, consolidating perhaps the most famous dynasty in English history.

    CHARACTERS

    Henry VII – King of England
    Elizabeth of York – Queen of England
    Prince Arthur – son of Henry and Elizabeth
    Prince Henry – son of Henry and Elizabeth, future Henry VIII
    Princess Katherine – daughter of Henry and Elizabeth

    Margaret Beaufort – Mother of Henry VII
    Edmund Tudor – Father of Henry VII
    Jasper Tudor – Uncle of Henry VII
    Owain Tudor – Grandfather of Henry VII
    Catherine of Valois – Grandmother of Henry VII, former Queen of England and wife of Henry V
    John de Vere, earl of Oxford – general loyal to Henry VII
    William Stanley – general sometimes loyal to Henry VII
    Henry Percy, the earl of Northumberland

    Edward Plantagenet, earl of Warwick – son of George, duke of Clarence
    Lambert Simnel – pretender to the throne, impersonated Edward Plantagenet
    Perkin Warbeck - pretender to the throne, impersonated Richard of Shrewsbury
    Margaret of Burgundy – sister of Edward IV, Richard III, duke of Clarence, aunt of Edward Plantagenet and Richard of Shrewsbury
    John de la Pole – cousin of Edward Plantagenet

    John Fisher – bishop of Rochester
    Edmund Dudley and Richard Empson – financial agents of Henry VII
    John Morton – financial agent and Archbishop of Canterbury

    Francis II, duke of Brittany
    Ferdinand II of Aragon
    Isabella of Castile
    Catherine of Aragon – wife of Prince Arthur
    Maximilian – Holy Roman Emperor
    James IV of Scotland
    Gerald Fitzgerald, earl of Kildare and Lord Deputy of Ireland

    Erasmus – Dutch philosopher and scholar of the Renaissance
    John Colet – scholar and Renaissance humanist
    Christopher Columbus – Italian explorer and navigator
    John Cabot – Italian explorer and navigator

    Vergil - Chronicler
    Edward Hall - Chronicler
    William Shakespeare - playwright

    Edward III – King of England (1327-77)
    Henry IV – King of England (1399-1413)
    Henry V – King of England (1413-22)
    Henry VI – King of England (1422-61, 70-71)
    Edward IV – King of England (1461-70, 71-83)
    Edward V – King of England (1483)
    Richard III – King of England (1483-85)
    John of Gaunt – son of Edward III
    George, duke of Clarence – brother of Edward IV and Richard III
    Richard of Shrewsbury – son of Edward IV
    Richard, duke of York – Yorkist claimant and father of Edward IV
    Owain Glyndwr – Welsh leader during War of Independence
    Elizabeth Woodville – Queen of England, wife of Edward IV
    Henry Stafford, duke of Buckingham – one-time ally of Richard III

    CREDITS

    John Dowland – Mistress Nichols Alman Lachrimae
    Byrd – Ave Verum Corpus
    Jergonda – hand mans rope
    Falconbeard – short toed eagle call
    Hazure – seagull
    Jordishaw – stabbing sound
    Tim Kahn – footsteps
    liamg sfx – battle cry 4
    soundmary – wild horses running

    • 41 min
    Interview with Jeremy Dronfield - author of 'The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz'

    Interview with Jeremy Dronfield - author of 'The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz'

    The Holocaust was and remains one of the most unique, horrific and incomprehensible events of modern History. In this very special episode, I explore the causes, context and realities of History’s greatest crime by interviewing the author Jeremy Dronfield about his book, The Sunday Times and Amazon No.1 Bestseller  ‘The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz’. I am joined by a fellow teacher and my friend Tom Ferry.

    You can buy Jeremy's book through his website jeremydronfield.com and follow him on Twitter - @jeremydronfield
    The music was provided by Samuel J. Ferry - find him on Twitter - @sjferry
    Find the Kings and Queens Podcast on Twitter - @kingsqueenspod
    Finally, thank you to all the students who sent questions in for Jeremy.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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Goldblade.com ,

Perhaps one of my favorite podcasts!

This podcast is an absolute gem! Gives you a comprehensive overview of each monarch in a depth and speed that is unparalleled by any book or podcast I have read thus far. Have listen to it all twice already, Looking forward to its continuation!

karasmannequin ,

Excellent History Podcast

This is a fantastic podcast for anyone curious about English history or history in general! The host is great and the episode lengths make it easy to enjoy a listen most any time of day! It is well researched and pleasant to listen to, excellently produced and one of my favorite new podcasts!

ThugsAndMiracles ,

Great History

Super detailed and an all-around great listen, this is a really fascinating look at the English monarchs. Five stars and two thumbs up!

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