About rexfactor

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.

Scottish Play-Offs: Group C Voting

Our third play-off group is now live, meaning that you have a chance to vote! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for Group B where we compare Kenneth MacAlpin, Alexander II, Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=05add7ee-f4a5-4560-af52-92718eabef19

Scottish Play-Offs: Group B

Our second play-off group is now live, meaning that you have a chance to vote! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for Group B where we compare Kenneth II, Malcolm II, David I and James IV or read on to get an overview of how they compare. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=9e72b43b-6a05-4c15-9e45-eccf93494cdc

 

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Scottish Play-Offs: Group B Voting

Our second play-off group is now live, meaning that you have a chance to vote! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for Group B where we compare Kenneth II, Malcolm II, David I and James IV. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=9e72b43b-6a05-4c15-9e45-eccf93494cdc

James II of Scotland (1437-60)

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After a succession of ineffective monarchs and the assassination of his own father, James II was facing a difficult reign as King of Scots. Throw into the mix an overmighty subject with the 8th Earl Douglas and the fact that he was only a child when he became king and it looks even trickier. However, James II was a young man full of energy and determination, but would it be enough for him to be the first successful Stewart monarch? Listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Scottish Play-Offs: Group A

Our first play-off group is now live, meaning that you have a chance to vote! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for Group A where we compare Constantine II, Malcolm III, Alexander III and James II or read on to get an overview of how they compare. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=80e30e7b-b556-421f-aeef-7d5bcb2f4586

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Scottish Play-Offs: Group A Voting

Our first play-off group is now live, meaning that you have a chance to vote! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for Group A where we compare Constantine II, Malcolm III, Alexander III and James II or read on to get an overview of how they compare. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=80e30e7b-b556-421f-aeef-7d5bcb2f4586

Scottish Play-Offs

We now HAVE reviewed all the kings and queens of Scots from Kenneth MacAlpin to James VI and it is time to find out which one of them will be crowned the Scottish Rex Factor champion. As with our first series, we are playing all the Rex Factor winners off against each other in a public vote to pick the overall winner. Read on to find out who is in contention, how the play-offs will work and for the play-off draw. Or, listen to the play-off draw podcast episode here where we explain everything and make the play-off draw live (at the time).

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Rex Factor on The Young ‘Uns Podcast

Ali and Graham had a great time a few months back as the guests on the podcast of the highly acclaimed, award-winning folk group The Young ‘Uns in front of a live audience and now you can hear the results! We talk about Rex Factor, history, do a history quiz and sing a song about Anne Boleyn (everyone sings that, not just a duet!) It was a lot of fun to do so definitely worth a listen via the link below:

http://www.davideagle.co.uk/younguns-podcast-presents-rex-factor-live-pirate-castle-london/

If you’ve not encountered The Young ‘Uns (twice winners of Best Group at the BBC2 Folk Awards, don’t you know!) before then please do check them out as they’re absolutely brilliant and a lot of fun:

http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/

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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