About

Rex Factor is a podcast where two history enthusiasts (Graham Duke and Ali Hood) review all the kings and queens of England from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II and now, in their second series, of Scotland from Kenneth MacAlpin to James VI.

In each episode we look at one monarch, going over their life and reign before reviewing them on a number of factors:

  • Battleyness – how good they are in battle and warfare
  • Scandal – their notoriety and tendency towards naughtiness
  • Subjectivity – how well and justly they ruled (i.e. would you want to be a subject?)
  • Longevity – how long they ruled for
  • Dynasty – how many legitimate, surviving children they had

And then, finally, we considered whether or not they have that certain something, that lasting legacy, the star quality that we call the Rex Factor.

The podcasts are well researched but also light-hearted and unscripted to provide a more accessible approach to history.

AliandGraham

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, just wanted to say thank you. l discovered your entertaining selves a few weeks ago and am really enjoying myself!
    Great blend of humour and facts. Am amused at how much I end up agreeing with your conflicts regarding scoring. Poor Edgar is all I can say! Have spread the word to friends so they can enjoy the fun too.

  2. Here you have a Belgian 72-year-old guy , who for the second time is ploughing his way through your podcasts. Next to reading many history books your story is so refreshing and illuminating : those kings actually come alive .I can almost touch them. You brighten up my days with your “light” version of this thing called History.Thanks.Dank u wel !

  3. Just discovered your podcast and they’re fantastic! I wanted to find out more about the two of you such as why you started the podcast and whether this is your ‘real’ job, but I can’t find it anywhere. Can you enlighten me?

    • Hi Jenni, so glad you’re enjoying the podcast! Guess the “About” page isn’t very illuminating on that front! We did a Q&A podcast after the first series which does answer some of those questions (would probably be worth having links on this page or maybe an FAQ). So check those out but as a quick answer, no, the podcast is still just the hobby at the moment!

  4. Hello, I just wanted you to know I am enjoying your podcast so much and learning a lot as well. I am big reader so if you ever have book recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

    I’m only on Stephen so I’ve got a lot to look forward to in the future!

    Greetings from FL

    • Hello, thanks so much for the message, really glad you’re enjoying the podcast! Happy to recommend some books – are there any of our monarchs or characters in the episodes you’d like to know more about?

  5. To Rex factor
    I am twelve and listen to your podcasts every day and they are not only incredibly funny and enteresting but by far the best podcasts.

    • Hi Ami, thank you so much for getting in touch and for the lovely message, it’s great to hear you’re enjoying the podcast! Do you have a favourite king or queen that we’ve reviewed?

    • I like the Macbeth podcast and Robert the Bruce is pretty cool. I also enjoyed the Aragorn special episode (also a big fan of lord of the rings.)
      Thanks for responding, are you going to start a new series after the play offs of the Scottish monarchs?

      • Glad you enjoyed those episodes, the Aragorn episode seems to have been a very popular one so I think we must have quite a few LOTR fans (even if Ali isn’t one of them!) We are indeed going to be doing a third series after the Scottish play-offs and we will be revealing what it will be on very soon…

  6. More photos of Ali and Graham! Please?
    (Preferably particularly Englishy ones for those off us in America who find that kind of stuff exotic.) Oh, and awesome podcast, been listening since day 1; love the knowledge + hilarity. – Arizona, US fan

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