We’ve reviewed a lot of kings and queens on Rex Factor but no decision has attracted more controversy than when Ali denied the Rex Factor to Edgar the Peaceable. However, after years of criticism Ali finally relented when the Rex Factor Privy Council demanded that he apologise to Edgar to atone for this great injustice.
Edgar the Peaceable was an Anglo-Saxon king of England from 959-75 and ruled at a time which is often considered the golden age for Saxon England. His borders were secure, the country was free from Viking invasions thanks to his large navy patrolling the coasts and the country was well governed thanks to Edgar’s chief advisor, the indestructible monk, Dunstan. What’s more, he was also good for some scandal, having a penchant for seducing nuns amongst other misdemeanors. His reign climaxed with a magnificent coronation ceremony in 973 followed by his being rowed by several lesser British kings on the River Dee as a sign of his dominance.
However, despite all of this, Ali neglected to give Edgar the Rex Factor, on the basis that he had not done enough invading of other countries and expanding his borders. This was controversial at the time, but little could Ali have imagined that five years later he would still be receiving messages on Facebook, Twitter and emails bemoaning the decision!
The wheels of justice started to turn when Ali (jokingly) suggested that he would do penance for his decision by being flogged by Canterbury monks, in the style of Henry II after the murder of Thomas Becket. However, one of our listeners, Bethany Packard, pointed out that it would be much more appropriate to do something relevant to Edgar, such as to row a representative of Edgar along the river.
The Rex Factor Privy Council
As much as Ali loves any excuse to get onto a boat, it was going to take more than that to persuade him to apologise! Thankfully, the Rex Factor Privy Council stepped in. The “Privy Council” refers to those lovely people who have chosen to make a monthly donation to Rex Factor. Anyone can become a Privy Councillor and the more money you donate, the more wonderful the rewards that are on offer! In addition to rewards for donating, we also set a number of goals for how we will spend the money. One such goal, was to raise enough money to persuade Ali to apologise to Edgar on video and row him on the river.
As it happened, the goal we set proved to be met very easily and very quickly, meaning that Ali was going to have to put right what once went wrong and apologise to Edgar. Sadly, Edgar’s capacity to take part in this ceremony has diminished significantly since he popped his clogs some 1,040 years ago but thankfully we were able to find someone else to step into his place…Ali’s Apology
And here it is, Ali’s apology to Edgar the Peaceable!
Hopefully now Ali’s crime against Edgar the Peaceable can be forgiven! Thank you so much to everyone who joined the Privy Council and donated money to Rex Factor, your support is wonderful and Ali would not have been rowing a representative of Edgar the Peaceable without you!