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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.

    Caroline of Brunswick

    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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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

    Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

    This week we review Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife and consort of King George III. We look at how she came to be queen at all, what was her role as consort and how her life was turned up side down by the Regency Crisis of 1788-89 when George III suffered a total collapse in his mental health. We will see whether her reaction to this, alongside her output as consort over a significant period of time, will be enough for the coveted Rex Factor.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Caroline of Ansbach

    Caroline of Ansbach

    It's the first Hanoverian consort proper this week with Caroline of Ansbach, queen consort to George II. She's not so famous now, but Caroline was a highly influential consort, loved and respected by her husband and enjoying great influence through an alliance with Robert Walpole (the country's first Prime Minister). However, she also had to manage the usual Hanoverian family conflicts, with each generation hating each other, as well as her own husband's foibles and mistresses. So will Caroline emerge from the shadows and back into the Rexy spotlight?
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sophia Dorothea of Celle

    Sophia Dorothea of Celle

    Sophia Dorothea of Celle was the wife of King George I but she was not, technically, a consort. We'll explain why this was the case, taking in dynastic politics, an unhappy marriage, a passionate romance, high drama and a new heroic character mostly invented by Ali.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Royals at War: We Have Ways Fest 2022 (Live)

    Royals at War: We Have Ways Fest 2022 (Live)

    A little bonus to finish 2023, we've dipped into the archives and pulled out this recording of a live show we did at the We Have Ways of Making You Talk Festival in July 2022. We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a Second World War podcast, so we were talking about the royals during the war, specifically focusing on the former king (Edward VIII) and the actual king (George VI), looking at their different experiences of the war and some of their relationship during it. The episode was not recorded through the sound desk, so the sound quality isn't up to our usual standards, but a big thanks to Mike Hammock who has helped to boost the audio quality.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Messages and Previews 6

    Messages and Previews 6

    Before we get started on the Hanoverian consorts, we read through various listener correspondence as well as sharing previews of our bonus content, including our new special episode on Edgar the Ætheling.
    You can sign up to join the Privy Council and gain access to all our bonus content here: https://www.patreon.com/rexfactor
    And you can purchase the Edgar the Ætheling special episode (as well as all our other specials) here: https://payhip.com/RexFactorPodcast 
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
856 Ratings

856 Ratings

cinderelochka ,

number 1 fan !

This show brings me so much joy. If only I’d been witness to historical discussions like this in school - perhaps my life would have turned out very differently career wise. They make history come alive. The dynamic is particularly unique. We’ve got one who’s the distinguished historian and Ali who sort of serves as the stand in for us audience/listeners who may not operate within this realm on the daily. Such a killer pairing. Feels like old friends talking everytime I tune in!

BMann1280 ,

Summas Rex

Fantastic Podcast! I’m addicted. As I’m listening from the beginning I feel like I know the future listening from the reign of Charles 3. I was very excited that the correct king was discovered through their vigorous process. Long live Summas Rex Peter O’Toole!!!!

ansleyhopping ,

This is everything

I heard of this podcast through Dr. Emma Southon on “history is sexy” and love it. For the first 6 episodes I listened to, I swore Graham’s name was Grand Duke and he was just running with a theme. Ali’s inputs are actually the best and I have more than once had to stop and giggle. Thanks for all your hard work.

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