Robert III (1390-1406)

After a century plagued by a lack of male heirs, by 1390 there were too many! Robert III was well past his best when he became king and the country was technically being ruled by his younger brother. With another brother causing havoc in the north, this was not going to be an easy reign for Robert III, but if he could secure the succession for his own children then perhaps the newly established Stewart dynasty would bring some much-needed stability to Scotland. To find out how he got on, listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Robert II (1371-90)

Although famous for their James’s, the Stewart royal dynasty actually began with Robert II in 1371. For Robert to get things off to a flying start he would need to find a way to deal with the threat of invasion by Edward III, a rebellious nobility in Scotland and the relentless ambition of his own sons. To find out how he got on, listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Tea and Empire

In our most eclectic special episode yet, we investigate the fascinating and dramatic history of tea and the British Empire. The humble tea has led to revolutions, global conflicts and helped oversee a transformation in British culture. Read on to find out more or have a listen to a free clip from our podcast episode (or buy the bumper edition episode for just $2).

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Ali Goes to Bosworth

During our successful Kickstarter campaign for Rex Factor the Animated Show, Ali took the brand new Rex Factor camera and went to the re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III met his end at the hands of Henry VII. In these two videos, Ali watches the re-enactment, tries his hand at jousting and meets some fascinating people including Phil Stone, chair of the Richard III Society, and even the rival kings themselves!

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Ali on BBC Essex

Ali was on the radio in June speaking to Tony Fisher of BBC Essex about Rex Factor – The Animated Show alongside Tom from Tinmouse Animation Studio. For anyone who wasn’t able to listen at the time, we’ve now got the audio of that interview available below. Enjoy!

Ali after his radio appearance alongside Tom (R) from Tinmouse, with Tony Fisher (L) of BBC Essex

David II (1329-71)

As the son of Robert the Bruce, David II had a very high bar to reach. In taking the throne as a child with a young Edward III determined to avenge English humiliation and put Scotland back in its place, the bar was threatening to disappear into the clouds. With a rival for the throne in the form of Edward Balliol and the impending drama of the Hundred Years War, could David II keep his throne and save his country, or would the hard work of the Bruce be undone? To find out, you can listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Robert the Bruce (1306-29)

Robert the Bruce is one of the most famous names in Scottish history, but can the real man live up to the legend? There was certainly a lot on his plate with Scotland bereft of a king and under the rule of Edward I of England, but could Robert the Bruce restore liberty to Scotland? Listen to his podcast here or read on to find out more.

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Boudica

Boudica is one of the most famous names in British history but what do we really know about her? We take a closer look at Ancient Britain, Boudica’s revolt against the Roman occupation, and get to the bottom of why everyone struggles to say her name correctly! Read on to find out more or have a listen to a free clip from our podcast episode (or buy the bumper edition episode for just $2).

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William Shakespeare as Historian

Shakespeare’s history plays are for many people the defining versions of England’s medieval monarchs, but can Shakespeare really be trusted? Is Richard III the greatest villain in history or Henry V the embodiment of the perfect, virtuous king? To find out, we are taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s sources, why he was writing history plays in the first place and check three of his most famous plays to see if they are more historical fact or historical fiction.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (Special Episode)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was arguably Britain’s greatest engineer, certainly her most ambitious. Operating at the height of the birth of the Victorian age, Brunel’s remarkable career saw him transform tunnelling, bridges, railway lines and ships – impressive not just in the technological advances made but also in the look and size of his works. In this special episode, we go through some of his key projects and find out more about the life of the one of the most iconic figures of the Victorian age with his trademark stovepipe hat and cigar. You can listen to a free preview of our special episode below, purchase the episode for just $2 or read on to find out more.

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