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  1. Hi chaps,

    Random question from a loyal Privy Council member. If you were King(s), joint and/or individually, which period would you want to reign over and what would be your Kingly actions?

    Not sure why but I can imagine Ali would want to be remembered for Scandal (Charles II?!) and Graham for Subjectivity.

    Cheers and look forward to the next episode!
    Henry

    • Hi Henry, good question! I think you might be right about Ali, though there are also those Welsh castles to think of… We’ll come back to you on that in the next Privy Chamber podcast we record (which won’t be Robert the Bruce as that’s already been done!)

  2. Have recently discovered your podcast and have binge listened to the English monarchs over the last couple of months. Loving the podcast, especially the English (language and culture) in-jokes, dry humour and occasional sarky comments – I am a Brit now living in the US and miss home (and real cadbury chocolate!). Like that you are doing the Scottish monarchs next and really pleased you will be doing consorts. I also thought it might be interesting to do one on ‘the man who would “never” be king’ – all the first born children who died before they could inherit. They are touched on but some of them lead fascinating lives (e.g. Matilda, Edward the Black Prince, Henry the Young King, Prince Eddie).

    • Hi Catherine, thanks a lot for the message. Not sure we could ever replace Cadbury but glad we’re able to remind you of home! Good idea on the “nearlies” of British history, there are quite a few notables like you say – Henry Stuart (Charles I’s elder and better brother) would be another one, and Prince Arthur (Henry VIII’s elder brother). There have been special episode requests for Matilda and for Edgar the Aetheling (1066) so we’re going to be covering some of them in the future at least but maybe the others will get a look in at some point as well.

  3. Hey guys, just wanted to say how great the podcast is, I am addicted. Bit behind but nearing the end of the English monarchs (Bertie!) and looking forward to the Scots. Also, enjoyed the Aragon special hah good work 🙂
    Have you considered Roman Emperors next? plenty of juicy scandal and battleyness to sink your teeth into

    Mari x

    • Hi Mari, thanks for getting in touch, really glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Roman Emperors is definitely on our potential list for the future but after the Scots we’re planning to do the English queen and prince consorts (Eleanor of Aquitaine, Anne Boleyn, Prince Albert, etc.) There’s a podcast called Totalus Rankium that you might want to check out for the Romans which was inspired by Rex Factor.

  4. I absolutely love your podcasts! A good friend of my fiance recently introduced me to them and I now look forward to my daily commute. I was especially impressed by your “What happened to Henry VIII?” episode. I fully agree with the physical injury argument. As a Sailor in the US Navy, I suffered a traumatic brain injury when I smacked my head on a bulkhead and then again on the deck as I passed out. Since then I’ve had trouble controlling my temper. Of course, I’m no king, so people put me in my place. But I can see how it’d make Henry go off the deep end. I’m looking forward to catching up with your episodes, particularly Oliver Cromwell. Being a descendant of Irish immigrants, I’ve always heard about him through Irish eyes. It’ll be very interesting to hear an English perspective. Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Jeremiah, thanks a lot for the comment, really glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Particularly glad that you enjoyed the Henry VIII extra episode given your own personal experience – we’ll never know exactly what happened to Henry and how much of it was through physical and emotional trauma but it definitely seemed to us like something did genuinely change. Will be interesting to hear what you think of Cromwell – we were very much aware of Irish sensitivities in respect of that episode!

      • The Cromwell episode was great! You two were very fair and I came away with a much more rounded understanding of his role in England and by extension his impact on the rest of the world. I completely agree, he shouldn’t have gotten the Rex Factor because it probably would have irked him. Just finished the George III review and my only comment would be that, despite Great Britain’s command of the seas, our Navy made a good show of itself in the Revolution under John Paul Jones (a Scott and father of the US Navy) and the USS Constitution racked up a few wins in 1812 as well. Even though, admittedly these were against lesser ships and she was unable to break the blockade. Looking forward to starting the Scottish kings soon. Take care!

  5. First off, love the show.

    Second off, there were some recent lamentations on the lack of colorful Scottish accents when Graham reads historical quotes. Your reluctance to try an impression is sad, but probably for the best. I don’t think you quite realize the resources you have at your disposal, though. Surely, if you posted some quotes you were planning on using in upcoming shows on the Blog with a description of their age, gender and nationality you could get some listeners to send you an audio file or two? There have got to be some Scottish rex-fans out there who want their 30-seconds of fame…

    LLETP,
    -Sam

    • Hi Samuel, good idea, we could have our own auditioning process with people sending in their best efforts and then Ali and I could judge them and put the best ones through to the next round. But what to call it…

  6. Rex Factor,

    Not sure it’s been mentioned since I’ve just started listening to you guys but in William Rufus’s podcast you mentioned Conan’s defenestration and that the word defenestration sounded familiar. The most notable defenestration happened in 1618 Prague which marks the starting phases of the Thirty Years War.

    Mary Kate
    United States
    Chicago

  7. Hey guys,

    I’ve just started listening to your podcast a week and a half ago, and as such, just finished Edgar the Peaceable (but moving quickly)! At this rate, I’ll catch up to you around the week of June 14, 2016. I’m not sure if you’re still in the habit of mentioning your comments, but I’ll hear about it some 4 weeks previously, anyway.

    Just wanted to let you know, I love the show — recommended by a couple of other Shakespeare nerds like myself in NYC, and Rex Factor is perfect to listen to at the gym (especially Battle-y-ness).

    Keep up the good work!

    Robin Rightmyer

  8. Dear Rex Factor,
    Earlier this summer I started listening to your show, I was going to catch up to the present before commenting, but I just listened to the semi finals results and I wish I had been able to vote for Edward I. I know it wouldn’t have changed the results, but I’m so appalled by the public making such a horrific mistake.
    Although Ali doesn’t always make the right decisions (Edgar the Peaceable), at least he voted properly (unlike some other unmentionable hosts).

    Ya’ll’s show is amazing. Thank you Graham and Ali for this amazing show. I can safely and enthusiastically recommend this to my friends that enjoy history or entertaining podcasts. Even if you run out of kings and queens, please consider doing a general biography show, because you’re so good at it. Figures I’d enjoy hearing you review – Eleanor of Aquitaine, Catherine of Valois, William Marshall and so many more! Frankly, with those three I’d love to hear if they could Rex Factor.

    Thank you!!!!!!!
    Elizabeth Emerson
    Birmingham, Alabama (not Warwickshire)

    • Hi Elizabeth, I’m sure Ali would be delighted to hear you sticking up for Edward I! Thanks a lot for recommending us to your friends. Special episodes on the likes of William Marshall is definitely something we’ll be looking at in the future.

  9. Hi guys, I just found your podcast and I love it! I don’t know why I am fixated on British history but I can’t get enough. This is such a fun idea and I appreciate all the time and research you invest in it. It is also highly entertaining, with your banter and all. I am only up to #7 Eadwig so far, but I’ve listened to most of them twice. I am wondering – you refer to the website where you hoped to post maps and pictures, but I can’t find it. Have I just not looked hard enough?

    • Hi Cheri, glad you’re enjoying the podcast thus far. I fear with the maps and pictures promise, you’ve encountered our good intentions on which we did not quite deliver! It took us a while to really get going on a website and so there aren’t currently any supportive blogs relating to the English monarchs until we get to the play-offs at the end. We’re now doing that for our second series (on the Scots) and at some point I will get round to filling the gap for the Saxons et al – but not quite yet! If you’ve got any questions about any of the things we talk about, though, we’d be happy to try to shed some light that the website isn’t providing as of yet!

  10. Great to have you back guys. Really enjoyed the Kenneth episode. Didn’t quite understand Ally’s frustration over the lack of pictures during big Ken’s reign as he, as is well, documented, de-Picted all of Scotland!

  11. Hi guys,

    Really enjoyed the series though I still have a number of episodes to listen to but will hopefully get enough time to complete them soon. Originating from Scotland myself and having an interest in the Stuart kings, I am looking forward to hearing your series on Scottish monarchs. I was just wondering when you are looking to begin casting these?

    Great work guys – hope to hear more soon!

    Kind Regards,
    Mark Craig Robertson

    • Hi Mark, glad you enjoyed (or are enjoying) the English monarchs. We’ve a bit on hold at the moment as Ali’s been very busy at work so we need to have a chat about when we’ll be able to get started on the Scots, but looking forward to it!

  12. Hello,

    I’ve recently finished the Rex Factor podcasts and I loved them! Before you, all I new about English history was what I had learned in the TV shows ‘Tudors’ and ‘Blackadder’ but now I feel I probably know everything. Please do a special ‘Life of Manny’ podcast as I think that would be epic.

    As a Scot I am very excited for your Scottish Rex Factor Podcasts. I just wanted to let you know that you have been pronouncing the Stone of Scone incorrectly. When you’ve mentioned it in other podcasts you’ve said Scone (rhymes with one) when it should be pronounced like Scoon to rhyme with soon. I hope that’s helpful – Ali did say he wanted to work on his Scottish accent.

    Cheers,
    Hannah
    London

    • Hi Hannah, really glad you’ve enjoyed the podcast. No bad thing to have had the training in Blackadder (and Tudors is a guilty pleasure, despite its dubious accuracy!) but happy to fill in some of the gaps!

      Thanks for the Scone/Scoon assistance – I think it’s fair to assume that (certainly with the early Scottish kings) pronunciation is going to be quite a challenge at times!

      Graham.

      • Hi there,

        The links for the all the surveys have been on the “Voting” page throughout the play-offs. This page is located under the “Play-Offs” tab. I did do a link in my reply but for some reason this has not shown on WordPress. It should be below this one as well, otherwise the WordPress page links obviously don’t work! But the survey link is available on the Voting page on this site and we will be doing several blog entries on the main page which will also feature the survey link.

        The reason that we have set up this site is for doing blog entires, which is a bit more user-friendly than the Podbean site, though this is where the actual audio files of the podcast are stored. Long-term we’ll look to have a one-stop shop that has everything.

        https://rexfactor.wordpress.com/podcast-2/voting/

  13. Hey fellas. First and most importantly- holy cupcakes, I’m in love with this podcast. I binge listened the entire back catalogue in a little under two weeks. Pure perfection, almost… Which brings me to Victoria. Setting aside her yawn-inducing vanilla pudding personality, I really have to say I’m disappointed that you put such a high gloss on ‘her’ achievements. If you’re going to grant her the glory of victories she didn’t have much more than a nominal hand in, you really ought to have assigned her a fair portion of the blame for the atrocities suffered by the indigenous societies once they were colonized. The sending of a few paltry pounds to Ireland during the famine is really the least of her failings. Credit should’ve gone hand in hand with criticism in this case, I feel. Otherwise, wondrous work! xoxo

    • Hi Amy, glad you’re enjoying the podcast! For all the more modern monarchs we have to allow there glories of the reign or else they wouldn’t stand a chance and we’d have to mitts all that stuff out. The atrocities of empire are tricky – for one thing, they don’t really got into the factors but also (and this is a point of heated debate!) you could argue that as major empires go Victoria’s was comparatively benign (compared to European contemporaries and English predecessors – not much comfort if it is affecting you, of course). Plus, Victoria was quite ahead of the time with her progressive views on race so she could have been a lot worse!

  14. Hey, guys.

    So what are you guys going to do once you’ve finished with the Playoffs? Maybe you should take Rex Factor on the road, so to speak.

    Take whoever wins and put him or her up against some of the other greatest rulers in world history. Charlemagne. Peter the Great. Gustavus Adolphus. John III Sobieski. Suleiman the Magnificent. Frederick II (Holy Roman Emperor). Tokugawa Ieyasu.

    If you want to go include ancient times, Alexander the Great. Ramesses II. Caesar Augustus.

    • Hi Brian, there definitely will be a follow-up series once we’ve finished the play-offs. Not quite ready to say what that is yet but stay tuned!

      • Just what I was thinking! An alternative would be a Scotland RexFactor. Whatever you choose, please don’t forget to give as much weight to social achievements as to ‘battliness’.

      • We will not forget our balance of factors! And I think the finalists suggest that battleyness hasn’t been everything – no place for the likes of Edward III or Henry V despite their military glories.

  15. Hello Rexfactorers,

    I love your podcast and have made several positive contributions to our pub trivia team as a result, so cheers for that. For me, Richard the Lionheart has been the biggest disappointment. I knew only a fictionalised version of him through the Robin Hood stories so I was not at all prepared for his disloyalty (to his Dad), his jealousy/greed (that his brothers would get a bigger slice of the pie than he) or either his warmongering glory hound ways or his religious mania (I couldn’t decide which of these motivated him to take on his crusade efforts but am leaning toward the glory hound) that resulted in what seems to be a total disregard for his subjects. I’m looking forward to the final results and seeing who ends up top dog. Thanks very much for the podcast.

    Kate
    Enmore, Australia

  16. Hi guys!
    I’ve been a longtime listener but have never commented. Just want to say thanks for the podcast! I love listening to it on my runs and when I’m on public transit. I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. What’s next?

    • Hi Celeste, thanks for the comment, really glad you’ve been enjoying the podcast – hope it’s helped keep your speed up! We have some thoughts for what well do next but all eyes on the play-offs for now – do you have a personal favourite?

  17. Hi Gents!
    Love the podcast. I’m only up to Richard II but you keep remarking longevity is consistently throwing a spanner in the works when it comes to the ratings.

    An alternative to your current approach would be to allocate the monarch with the longest reign a score of 20/20 (10 each from you both) and the monarch with the shortest scores 0/20. Apparently there are 52 kings and queens (the same number as a pack of cards!) and so you could divide 20 by 52 to find the increment between adjacent monarchs (when listed by longevity).

    E.g. Longest reign = Victoria scores 20/20

    2nd longest reign = Elizabeth II scores 20 – (1 x 20/52)
    = 19.6

    3rd longest reign = George III scores 20 – (2 x 20/52)
    = 19.2

    An obvious issue with my idea is that it does not actually reflect the amount of time of reign – only the rank of their longevity was in relation to others. But it would ensure longevity is not given undue weight against battliness, scandal and subjectivity. And if you did the same with Dynasty you would end up with a score out of 100.

    Anyway that’s definitely more than enough from me. Again I am really enjoying the podcast and look forward to the (rumoured) knock-out tournament.
    I’ll be cheering for Edward II 🙂

    Cheers,
    Mark
    Newcastle, Australia.

    • Hi Mark, thanks for the suggestion. Can’t remember when it came along but we did develop a formula for Longevity and Dynasty – took the biggest score of any monarch and turned this into a multiple of 20 and then applied it to each monarch’s actual number to get a score out of 20 to make it fairer.

      • Yes.. BUT… recently on the Scottish series somebody pointed out how the Pattiometer doesn’t take into account how much harder it was to rule for 10 years in say 9th century Scotland than say ruling the UK in the late 19th century… Mark’s scheme wouldn’t completely fix that, but then at least you wouldn’t have so many monarchs with such low scores. A less straightforward metric might be to divide each reign by the longest preceding reign and multiply by 20. That way, if you set a new record, you get 20 points. I mean, really, how can Constantine II not receive top marks? Staying alive as King dodging Vikings in 10th century Scotland for 40 years is worth at least 150 years holding tea parties and cutting ribbons in modern London.

        LLETP,
        -Sam

      • Ooh, interesting idea! We’ve had a number of suggestions for how to re-do longevity but this one is a bit different. Will be interesting to see what that looks like when I try it out with the data.

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