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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

    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
    18. Richard III

    18. Richard III

    Richard III (1483-85) has been portrayed as inhuman, tyrannical, treacherous and cruel. He had the monumental misfortune of character assassination by the dynasty that followed him determined to blacken his name. It will unquestionably be remembered as one of the most famous and consequential reigns in English history.

    CHARACTERS

    Richard III – King of England
    Edward IV – King of England, brother of Richard
    Edward V – King of England, son of Edward VI
    Anne Neville – Queen of England, wife of Richard III
    Elizabeth Woodville – Queen of England, wife of Edward IV
    George, duke of Clarence – brother of Richard and Edward

    Duke of York – Father of Richard
    Cecily Neville – Mother of Richard
    Prince Edward – son of Richard
    Richard of Shrewsbury – son of Edward IV
    Elizabeth of York – daughter of Edward IV

    Henry VI – former Lancastrian King of England
    Margaret – former Lancastrian Queen of England, wife of Henry VI
    Earl of Warwick – nobleman nicknamed the Kingmaker

    Earl Rivers – brother of Elizabeth Woodville, tutor and uncle of Edward V

    Duke of Norfolk – loyalist of Richard
    William Hastings – loyalist of Richard
    Duke of Buckingham – loyalist of Richard
    Ralph Shaa – pro-Ricardian theologian

    Sir John Cheyne – knight loyal to Henry Tudor
    William Brandon – Henry Tudor’s standard bearer
    Earl of Oxford – commander loyal to Henry Tudor
    William Colyngbourne – covert ally of Henry Tudor
    Henry Percy – Earl of Northumberland
    Thomas Stanley – Earl of Derby, husband of Margaret Beaufort

    Charles VIII – King of France

    Chroniclers

    Dominic Mancini
    Vergil
    Francis Bacon
    Commynes
    Croyland

    William Shakespeare – playwright of Tudor England

    Characters from the past

    Richard II – former King of England
    Edward II – former King of England
    John of Gaunt – son of Edward III and ancestor of the Lancastrian claimants

    CREDITS

    Music: Winter Night by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    The Tudor Consort – 04 – Palestrina – Credo – Missa Sicut_lilium_inter_spinas

    Alanmckinney – JCB operating on construction site
    Black snow – sword slice
    Soundmary – wild horses running
    Dan Mitch3ll – distant horns
    eneasz – wooden door smash open
    metzik – medieval market
    Omar Alvarado – five heavy knocks on bedroom door 2
    lg – torrential rain

    • 35 min
    17. Edward V - the Prince in the tower

    17. Edward V - the Prince in the tower

    Edward V (1483) was intelligent, articulate and ready to make the giant leap from a fresh-faced prince to a wily, formidable medieval king but even before his coronation could take place a pernicious scheme was set to take it all away. 

    CHARACTERS 

    Edward V – King of England, son of Edward IV
    Edward IV, King of England
    Richard, duke of Gloucester – Edward IV’s brother, Edward V’s uncle
    Richard of Shrewsbury – son of Edward IV, younger brother of Edward V
    Elizabeth Woodville – Queen of England, wife of Edward IV, mother of Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury
    Earl Rivers – brother of Elizabeth Woodville, uncle of Edward V
    William Hastings – nobleman and ally of Richard, duke of Gloucester
    Duke of Buckingham – nobleman and ally of Richard duke of Gloucester
    Ralph Shaa - theologian

    Chroniclers
    Dominic Mancini
    Thomas More – Lord Chancellor and Renaissance humanist in Tudor England
    Henry Gillingham

    Henry VI – former King of England
    Charles II – future King of England

    CREDITS
    Music: Winter Song by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
    Ryanlouis – digging in rubble
    spiritvoices - muffled girl
    ondrosik – quiet session talk
    bee09 – candle blow
    danmitch3ll – distant horns
    soundmary – wild horses running
    eneasz – wooden door smash open
    metzik – medieval market

    • 25 min
    16. Edward IV

    16. Edward IV

    Edward IV (1461-70, 71-83) represented everything Henry VI didn’t. He offered courage, leadership and political intelligence but his promiscuous lifestyle and the overestimation of the power of his charm meant he was exposed to the sinister 15th century culture of deceit and treachery.

    CHARACTERS

    Edward IV – King of England (House of York)
    Elizabeth Woodville – Queen of England (House of York)
    Henry VI – King of England (House of Lancaster)
    Margaret of Anjou – Queen of England (House of Lancaster)
    George, Duke of Clarence – Brother of Edward IV
    Isabella Neville – Wife of the Duke of Clarence
    Richard, Duke of Gloucester – Brother of Edward IV
    Prince Edward – son of Henry VI (House of Lancaster)
    Duke of York – Descendant of Edward III, father of Edward IV and claimant to the English throne through the house of York
    Cecily Neville – mother of Edward IV
    Henry Tudor – young claimant to the throne (House of Lancaster)

    Earl of Warwick – powerful noble from the Neville family, nicknamed ‘the kingmaker’
    Richard Woodville – father of Elizabeth and chancellor
    John Woodville – brother of Elizabeth
    Louis XI – King of France

    Armagnacs – warring faction of the French Civil War and the hundred years war, fighting for the dauphin/Charles VII
    Burgundians – Warring faction of the French civil war and the hundred years war, initially fighting for the English claim for France

    Edward III – former king of England
    John of Gaunt – son of Edward III, focus for future descendants and claimants for the house of Lancaster
    Lionel, duke of Clarence - son of Edward III, focus for future descendants and claimants for the house of York
    Richard II – former King of England
    Henry IV – former king of England, grandfather of Henry VI

    Colin Richmond – Historian
    Phillip de Comine – Chronicler
    Thomas More – Chronicler
    Dominic Mancini - Chronicler



    CREDITS

    Music: Prepare for war by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License

    Shades – laugh women
    Audioman – multnomahfallsupperfallcalmwatertricklet
    Gnrja – storm wind 2
    zimbot – longbowvolleys
    Soundmary – wild horses running
    Metzik – medieval market
    snaginneb – male grunt
    danmitch3ll – distant horns

    • 29 min
    15. Henry VI

    15. Henry VI

    Henry VI (1422-61, 70-71) was the antithesis of a warrior king, he was the first since the Norman conquest never to command an army. Yet it was his incompetence and inertia that contributed to the unbridled, unparalleled bloodshed of his deeply turbulent reign.



    CHARACTERS

    Henry VI – King of England
    Margaret of Anjou – Queen of England
    Henry V – Father of Henry VI, former King of England
    Catherine of Valois – Mother of Henry VI, former Queen of England
    Prince Edward – son of Henry VI
    John, Duke of Bedford – Regent of France under his nephew, Henry VI
    Humphrey, duke of Gloucester – Regent of England under his nephew, Henry VI

    Earl of Suffolk – stalwart of Henry VI
    Duke of Somerset – stalwart of Henry VI
    Duke of York – Descendant of Edward III, uncle of Henry VI and claimant to the English throne through the house of York
    Edward – son of the duke of York
    Jack Cade – Kentish rebel
    Earl of Warwick – from the Neville family, loyal to the house of York

    Charles VII – King of France
    Joan of Arc – French peasant who supported Charles VII
    Louis XI – King of France, son of Charles VII
    Armagnacs – warring faction of the French Civil War and the hundred years war, fighting for the dauphin/Charles VII
    Burgundians – Warring faction of the French civil war and the hundred years war, initially fighting for the English claim for France

    Charles VI – King of France, father of Charles VII and Catherine of Valois
    Edward III – former king of England
    John of Gaunt – son of Edward III, focus for future descendants and claimants for the house of Lancaster
    Lionel, duke of Clarence - son of Edward III, focus for future descendants and claimants for the house of York
    Richard II – former King of England
    Henry IV – former king of England, grandfather of Henry VI

    Robin Storey – historian
    John Wythensteed – chronicler

    CREDITS

    Music: Now we ride by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License

    Shades – laugh women
    Audioman – multnomahfallsupperfallcalmwatertricklet
    Gnrja – storm wind 2
    zimbot – longbowvolleys
    Soundmary – wild horses running
    Metzik – medieval market
    snaginneb – male grunt
    danmitch3ll – distant horns

    • 35 min
    14. Henry V

    14. Henry V

    Picking up the reins of a deeply fractured country, Henry V (1413-22) transformed it into a united, dominant force. He believed strongly in the divine right of kingship and used it to reignite the hundred years war. Beloved and revered by future kings, his success in all facets of rule is unparalleled. According to historian KB McFarlane, he was perhaps the greatest man who ever ruled England.

    CHARACTERS

    Henry V – King of England
    Henry IV – Henry V’s father, King of England
    Richard II – King of England, Henry V’s cousin
    Edward III – King of England, great-grandfather of Henry V
    Prince Henry – son of Henry V and future Henry VI
    Catherine of Valois – Queen of England, wife of Henry V
    Mary de Bohun – former Queen of England, mother of Henry V
    John, Thomas, Humphrey – brothers of Henry V

    Charles VI – King of France, nicknamed the ‘mad king’
    The dauphin – son of the king of France and heir
    The Burgundians and the Armagnacs – rival factions seeking power in France

    Edmund Mortimer the elder – cousin of Henry IV and claimant to his crown
    Edmund Mortimer the younger – Nephew of Edmund Mortimer and potential claimant to Henry V’s crown
    Owain Glyndwr – Welsh leader and rebel under Henry IV
    Harry Hotspur – Rebel under Henry IV, tutor to Henry V
    Richard Scrope – Archbishop of York, rebel under Henry IV
    The Lollards – Religious sect critical of the Roman Catholic church
    John Oldcastle – leader of the Lollards
    Thomas Walsingham – Chronicler and Benedictine monk

    Characters mentioned from the past

    Henry II – King of England in the 12th century
    Richard the lionheart – King of England in the 12th century

    CREDITS

    Music: Mjolnir by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License

    Music: Gavin Gamboa 08 – Duplex iii

    Metzik – medieval market
    mativve – mud leaves walking heavy shoe
    zimbot – longbowvolleys
    soundflakes – axe throwing hitting flesh
    dobroide – horse at walk
    visualaslyum – unsheathing a sword

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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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Very informative!

Very informative and well produced. Great length, too. Perfect dose of history!

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