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).
The death of Malcolm III in 1093 led to something of a succession crisis, with Donalbain taking the throne of his elder brother in place of Malcolm’s many sons. In 1094, Duncan II was the first of Malcolm’s sons to make war on uncle Donalbain, but would he be able to keep the old man off the throne? Listen to his episode here or read on for more information.
In 1093, Scotland seemed to have put its dynastic divisions behind it, but despite having had a long and stable reign, as well as a large number of sons, Malcolm III’s surprise death led to a chaotic period of internal conflict, largely thanks to his younger brother and immediately successor, Donald III (known in Shakespeare’s Macbeth as Donalbain). However, Malcolm’s sons would not sit back and let their uncle rest on his laurels and they had the advantage of enjoying the support of the English king, William Rufus.
To find out more about Donald III, you can listen to his episode here or read on to find out more.
Malcolm III’s long reign (and in particular his marriage to Margaret of Wessex) was crucial in the development of medieval Scotland. However, with the dramatic events of 1066, there was a new power in the form of the Normans with whom Malcolm would repeatedly clash in the disputed areas around Carlisle and Durham. Would Malcolm come out on top or would the Scots be another victim of the Norman Conquest? To find out more, listen to Malcolm’s episode here or read on to find out more.
While everyone has heard of Macbeth, Lulach’s name does not, perhaps, resonate quite as strongly in the annals of Scottish history. Lulach’s was not a long reign, it was not a particularly notable reign, in fact it was barely even a reign at all. But still, his name is just about on the king list and he deserves his (albeit rather brief) moment in the spotlight. Click here to listen to his podcast episode or read on to find out more.