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We're reviewing all the kings and queens of England and Scotland and deciding which ones of the star quality which we call the Rex Factor.

Eadgifu of Kent

Although by no means a famous name today, Eadgifu of Kent is the first of the Wessex consorts to have been a major figure at court and she enjoyed great influence for half a century. Interestingly, however, it was not as the king’s wife but as the king’s mother (and even grandmother) that Eadgifu was to demonstrate the potential power that consorts could wield.

Listen to her podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Ælfflæd

Ælfflæd was the second of Edward the Elder’s three wives and, although the longest serving of Edward’s wives, is a good example of the vulnerability of Saxon consorts. We take a look at her time as consort and then her efforts to have a role in the succession and the significance of consorts in this process.

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Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians

Æthelflæd was one of the most remarkable figures of the Anglo-Saxon period who played a crucial role in the creation of the nation of England. The daughter of Alfred the Great, consort and then ruler in Mercia, she worked with her brother, Edward the Elder, to defeat the Vikings and brought up Athelstan, who would finish the job of unifying the Anglo-Saxon people under one nation.

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Ealhswith

The first of the English consorts, Ealhswith, was married to Alfred the Great for over thirty years and yet we know very little about her. Not only is she an obscure figure but she was also only a consort, never actually queen. We take a look at what we do know about Ealhswith, why we don’t know more and why she was never dubbed ‘Queen Ealhswith’.

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Choose the Monarch! Rex Factor the Animated Show V2!

It’s almost one year to the day since we released Rex Factor the Animated Show, a collaboration with Tinmouse Animation in which we made an animated version of Rex Factor reviewing King Richard III. Lots of people have been asking us if we’re making some more and we’re about to apply for funding to make a second edition! However, the big question is which monarch will we be doing next time? Well, the decision is all yours! We’ve made a shortlist of four queens for you to choose from. The deadline for voting is Friday 13 September 2019, so you’ve just got one week to decide! To vote, click the link below, or if you want to know more about the choices then click to read more.

https://forms.gle/M7rLsPAokKW6hs3S9

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Dunstan’s Back Again!

Happy Saint Dunstan’s Day 2019! One of the joys of our new series on the English consorts is that by returning to the Saxons, Ali has once again been presented with the delights of Dunstan.

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Scoring the Consorts

Series 3 of Rex Factor is now underway, reviewing all the Queen and Prince Consorts of England from Ealhswith to Prince Philip. A lot of people have asked whether we would be changing the traditional factors by which we scored the monarchs in the first two series, so we’ve provided a summary of how we will be approaching the consorts in this series.

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Viral History Podcast Interview

We were lucky enough to be invited onto the Viral History Podcast where presenters Jo and Gemma talked to us about all things Rex Factor, including on how the podcast came out, the animated show and our forthcoming new series. We had a lot of fun doing it and it’s now available for you to hear on your podcast platform of choice or from a range of links below…

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Maori Visit to Queen Victoria (Special Episode)

In our latest special episode, we examine the visit of a group of prominent Maoris from New Zealand to England in 1863, culminating in a meeting with Queen Victoria herself. The special episode is available for purchase here or you can read on to find out more.

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Rex Factor: Live Tour – Last Chance for Tickets!

For the first time ever, Rex Factor is going on tour! We’re doing 6 dates across the UK in November 2018, each night doing a different show where we pit two monarchs against each other and the audience gets to pick the winner. After that, we will host a Q&A and then (if you want) you can come up after the show and say hello! The first three nights have sold out but tickets are still available for Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow, so book now for your chance to see Rex Factor recorded live! Click the link below to book tickets, or read on for more information about the what we’ve got in store (Warning – if you don’t want to know the results of the English/Scottish play-offs, don’t read on!)

http://myticket.co.uk/artists/rex-factor

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