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.
Listen to her podcast episode here or read on to find out more.
It’s the Grand Final of Scottish Rex Factor! Time to decide who is Scotland’s greatest and Rexiest monarch – will it be Constantine II, Robert the Bruce, James IV or Mary Queen of Scots? Unlike the First Round of the play-offs, the Grand Final is 100% public vote, so make sure you have your say! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for the Grand Final, or read on for a quick summary on the four monarchs. If you know who you want to vote for then click the link to the survey below:
The Grand Final of the Scottish Rex Factor Play-Offs is now open – and it’s entirely done to the public to pick the winner! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for the Grand Final where we compare Constantine II, Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:
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:
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).
Our podcast episode on Malcolm I features a lot of different names of people and places all mucking about in roughly the same area, which might get a bit confusing to follow! So, if you find yourself losing track of who’s doing what with who then cast a glance at our handy glossary for the episode…
In 900, the idea of Scotland as nation state was still very much in the fruition. The last four monarchs had died by violent means, Viking raiders were on the rampage while the rise of an increasingly imperial Anglo-Saxon England under Athelstan threatened to reduce Scotland to a vassal state. The reign of Constantine II, therefore, was a make or break for Scotland and perhaps the most significant in its formation as a country. Listen to the podcast episode here or read on to find out more.