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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.

    S3.31 Philippa of Hainault

    S3.31 Philippa of Hainault

    Philippa of Hainault was the consort of Edward III during something of a golden age for England with incredible military victories against Scotland and France. Philippa was a key part of Edward's project to restore loyalty to the crown and a very popular queen renowned for her merciful intercessions, but did she have that certain something to get the Rex Factor?
     
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    S3.30 Isabella of France (Review)

    S3.30 Isabella of France (Review)

    Having covered her Biography episode separately, we now review Isabella of France, queen consort of Edward II. There was plenty of juicy stuff, but just how highly will she score and will she get the Rex Factor?
     
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    S3.29 Isabella of France (Biography)

    S3.29 Isabella of France (Biography)

    One of the most dramatic stories in English royal history, Isabella of France gets the double episode treatment. In this biography episode, we chart her life and consortship looking at her marriage to Edward II and the various antagonists in her life until eventually she faces off against her own husband. Next time we'll review her factor by factor and decide whether she has the Rex Factor.
     
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    Messages and Previews - August 2021

    Messages and Previews - August 2021

    As we prepare for the next round of consort episodes, we go through lots of excellent listener correspondence and share some previews of our most recent bonus content.
     
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    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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    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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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
628 Ratings

628 Ratings

Pmk65va ,

A late start

Just started this podcast a few months back. Amazing how much has happened in the intervening years. Just finished Elizabeth II today (9/11/21). They talked about the troops planning to leave Afghanistan in 2014. In 2021, they finally have. And Elizabeth is still Queen.

Also, I’ve been reading Pauline Maier’s American Scripture. Interesting to see the influences of English monarchy and parliamentary reform influencing the principles in the American Declaration of Independence.

I highly recommend. An interesting and fun listen.

bf2727 ,

Best history podcast

Whenever i try a new history podcast i always hope they are like rex factor but sadly they never are. Graham and Ali have uncovered some secret history podcast sauce or maybe they are just intelligent, enjoyable, and damned hilarious in their everyday life as well. Listen to this podcast👍👍👍👍👍👍

Kliabfhej jdjekahha ,

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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