After two successful reigns, Indulf came to the throne in 954 at a time when the Scottish kingdom was on the up. His reign marks a return to a period where we have short reigns and limited evidence but despite this, the few details we have about Indulf are surprisingly rewarding. Edinburgh, Vikings and a pride before a fall await. Click here to listen to his podcast episode or read on to find out more.
If you’ve listened to the Indulf episode of Rex Factor then you will have heard the very sad news that one of our long-time listeners, Sandi Smith, has recently passed away. As we mentioned in the podcast, Sandi had a blog (Sandi’s Lament) which focused on a whole variety of subjects, one of which was kings and queens. There are some fascinating articles where she lists some interesting facts about monarchs in history across the world with the shortest, tallest, longest reigning and most (un)fortunate in history. It would be a lovely tribute to Sandi if you could have a look at some of her articles, so we’ve provided a link below which starts you off with a search for mentions of Rex Factor (i.e. some of her articles about monarchs).
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Malcolm I had the unenviable task of following the long reign of Constantine II in a period when the Saxons were expanding and the Vikings had a new champion in Erik Bloodaxe. The Battle of Brunanburh in 937 was supposed to bring to an end the conflict around York in northern England, but the death of Athelstan just two years later launched a decade of conflict in what Michael Wood has dubbed a “Dark Age Vietnam”. Constantine II managed British politics to Scotland’s advantage but could Malcolm I enjoy the same success? Listen to the podcast episode here or read on to find out more.
Our podcast episode on Malcolm I features a lot of different names of people and places all mucking about in roughly the same area, which might get a bit confusing to follow! So, if you find yourself losing track of who’s doing what with who then cast a glance at our handy glossary for the episode…