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Rex Factor is a fun podcast reviewing all the kings & queens of England & Scotland.

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Rex Factor is a fun podcast reviewing all the kings & queens of England & Scotland.

    Simon de Montfort (Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler)

    Simon de Montfort (Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler)

    In this week's podcast we talk all things Simon de Montfort with Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler. Simon de Montfort led a remarkable and dramatic life, most notably with the Second Barons War in the reign of Henry III, where Simon was effectively ruling England and making major advances in the cause of parliamentary democracy. He's often featured as a side character in Rex Factor, so today we go in depth in finding out who Simon was, what motivated him, why he rebelled against Henry and much more.


    If you want to find out more, be sure to buy Sophie's excellent book, The Song of Simon de Montfort: England's First Revolutionary. You can also find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RG1253 
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    S3.28 Margaret of France

    S3.28 Margaret of France

    Margaret of France was the second wife of Edward I and tends to be overshadowed by the first, Eleanor of Castile, in popular memory. It was certainly a tough act to follow for the young French princess, marrying an old and grumpy Edward, but she proved rather adept than one might have expected. However, with England at odds with France and Scotland and Edward's reign approaching its end, would Margaret be able to do enough to make a difference and win the Rex Factor?
     
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    • 58 min
    S3.27 Eleanor of Castile

    S3.27 Eleanor of Castile

    Eleanor of Castile was the beloved first consort of Edward I, most famous for the Eleanor Crosses he constructed in her memory. We uncover the real Eleanor behind the crosses, from the splendour of Castile and the Crusades to a surprisingly enterprising role in England. She may have won Edward's heart, but will that be enough for the Rex Factor?


     
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    • 59 min
    S3.26 Eleanor of Provence

    S3.26 Eleanor of Provence

    Eleanor of Provence became Queen of England at a young age, marrying King Henry III, but she became a highly influential consort thanks to her Savoyard uncles and her own influence. However, she and Henry would have to face the challenge of Simon de Montfort and the Second Barons War, with Eleanor playing a crucial role both in the build-up and the execution of the war. Will she triumph against the barons? And more importantly, will she do enough to win the Rex Factor?


     
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    • 59 min
    News, Messages and Previews (June 2021)

    News, Messages and Previews (June 2021)

    Apologies for the absence, but we are finally back! Normal service with the consorts will resume shortly but we've got some news: the podcast is moving to Acast (you don't have to do anything, though there will be ads) and the patron program is moving to Patreon - go to www.patreon.com/rexfactor to sign up! Also, we read out lots of your messages and play some clips from bonus content.


     
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    • 51 min
    The Angevin Queens

    The Angevin Queens

    In this interview special we talk to Dr Gabby Storey about the Angevin queens - the Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Berengaria of Navarre and Isabella of Angouleme. We reflect on their relationships with their husbands, their sons and each other as well as what they tell us about queenship.


    Gabby is on Twitter as herself as @GabbyStorey and you can follow her queenship account @TeamQueensHist for daily features and links to all things queens.


     
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    • 1 hr 48 min

Customer Reviews

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607 Ratings

607 Ratings

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A wonderfully fun and historical podcast

As a Classics major, I’m always looking for new ways to develop my knowledge of history. This podcast is accurate, funny and enjoyable, especially the new consort season! I’m not sure what you will cover next, but I’ll be listening!

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What a show

Found through the recommended tab Apple Podcasts, from History of Byzantium. I almost wasn’t hooked by it due to the poor sound quality for the first couple episodes, but after listening to a more recent episode and hearing how the format had matured and production quality improved made me decide to stick with it. In the end I’m so glad I did. I’m now on my second listen through, and still get so much entertainment out of the show.

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