Tea and Empire

In our most eclectic special episode yet, we investigate the fascinating and dramatic history of tea and the British Empire. The humble tea has led to revolutions, global conflicts and helped oversee a transformation in British culture. Read on to find out more or have a listen to a free clip from our podcast episode (or buy the bumper edition episode for just $2).

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Boudica

Boudica is one of the most famous names in British history but what do we really know about her? We take a closer look at Ancient Britain, Boudica’s revolt against the Roman occupation, and get to the bottom of why everyone struggles to say her name correctly! Read on to find out more or have a listen to a free clip from our podcast episode (or buy the bumper edition episode for just $2).

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (Special Episode)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was arguably Britain’s greatest engineer, certainly her most ambitious. Operating at the height of the birth of the Victorian age, Brunel’s remarkable career saw him transform tunnelling, bridges, railway lines and ships – impressive not just in the technological advances made but also in the look and size of his works. In this special episode, we go through some of his key projects and find out more about the life of the one of the most iconic figures of the Victorian age with his trademark stovepipe hat and cigar. You can listen to a free preview of our special episode below, purchase the episode for just $2 or read on to find out more.

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Thomas Becket (Special Episode)

Our latest special episode is on Thomas Becket, the boy from Cheapside who rose to the extraordinary heights of Archbishop of Canterbury and then to the (perhaps less desirable) status of martyr. We trace the whole of his life and look in depth at how his rapid rise ended with his tragic and brutal murder in 1170. You can listen a preview of the special episode below or read on to find out more about Thomas Becket and how to purchase the episode.

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Ali’s Dissertation – Edward I, the Crusades and Welsh Castles (Special Episode)

Something strange and disturbing happened in our latest special episode – Ali took control! For one episode only, Ali and Graham swapped places (physically as well as metaphorically) as Ali took the role of expert. Impressively, Ali even came with lots of research – that research being his university dissertation!

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William Marshal – Special Episode

In our second special episode, we review the life and times of the medieval knight and courtier, William (the) Marshal. His extraordinary career sees him serve Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, John and the young Henry III as well as encompassing the world of tournaments and the emerging concept of knighthood and chivalry. You can listen a preview of the special episode below or read on to find out more about William and how to purchase the episode.

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The Battle of Waterloo (1815) – Special Episode

In the first ever special episode of Rex Factor, we had an in-depth look at the Battle of Waterloo in which Napoleon’s French army took on Wellington (Anglo-Allies) and Blucher (Prussia – a German kingdom containing parts of modern-day Germany, Poland, Russia and other countries). We look at the three men responsible for leading their armies into battle on 18 June 1815, their characters, how they got to Waterloo and then finally the epic battle itself. To find out more and to listen to a free preview of the episode (as well as how to purchase the whole thing) read on.

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