David I (1124-53)

One of Scotland’s most significant monarchs, David I developed from a protege of Henry I to take advantage of the Anarchy in England to expand Scotland’s borders to an extent never seen before or since. A cultured and religious man, David’s reign also saw extensive reforms that had a lasting impact on Scotland. However, did his reign also represent the death of Gaelic Scotland in favour of the Norman world? And were his victories built on sand?

To listen to David’s episode, click here or read on to find out more.

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Duncan I (1034-40)

According to William Shakespeare, Duncan was a kindly old king murdered in his bed by the villainous Macbeth, but what was the real story? Duncan’s grandfather had ruled Scotland for nearly thirty years but the reign had ended with dynastic conflict. Would Duncan prove the wise king of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or was the reality of history rather less glorious. Listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

Duncan in Shakespeare's Macbeth, portrayed by David Thewlis

Duncan in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, portrayed by David Thewlis

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Kenneth II (971-95)

A later artist's impression of Kenneth II

A later artist’s impression of Kenneth II

After two short reigns mired by dynastic conflict, Scotland’s monarchy was looking a little precarious at the end of the tenth century. If Kenneth II was going to succeed where others would fail he would not only have to defeat his rival, Olaf, but find a way to solve the succession crisis once and for all. His story involves murder, rowing up the River Dee and one of the most remarkable deaths featured in Rex Factor as well as everybody’s favourite monk! To listen to his podcast episode, click here, or read on to find out more.

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Dubh (962-67)

The reign of King Dubh (or Duff) of Scotland marks the beginning of a period of dynastic conflict, making the “King of Scots” job something of a poisoned chalice. The rival descendants of the two sons of Kenneth MacAlpin – Constantine I and Aed – were now in open competition for the throne and Dubh was the first target for usurpation by his own kin. To find out how he fares, you can listen to his podcast here or read on to find out more.

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Giric and/or Eochaid

The assassination of King Aed in 878 suggested that the Scottish kingdom was in turmoil after a decade of Viking raids but even the chroniclers seem to have been confused about what happened next. Was Giric king? Or was it Eochaid? Or maybe both! We take a look at what was going on and try to work out who was really king. Listen to the podcast episode here or read on for more information.

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Aed (#RememberAed)

When Aed came to the Scottish throne in 877, the country was in turmoil. His brother and predecessor, Constantine I, had been killed by the Vikings after a decade of trying to avoid being killed by the Vikings. The country had suffered the Vikings at their plundering, raiding, slaving, massacring pomp and it would take a strong ruler to set things right – could Aed be that man? Well…no, but read on anyway for the most unmemorable memorable reign in history or click here to listen to his podcast episode!

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Constantine I

A by no means contemporary portrait of Constantine I

Constantine I

Constantine I had the misfortune to come to the throne at a period of peak Viking, with the likes of Olaf the White, Ivar the Boneless and the Great Heathen Army swarming across the kingdoms of Ireland, England and Scotland. Kingdoms were falling and kings brutally murdered all across Britain but could Constantine find a way to survive?

Listen to Constantine I’s podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Donald I

Second comes right after first! Donald I was the second King of Scots, following in his brothers illustrious footsteps, but would he be able to make his mark in the annals of Scottish history? Read on to find out more or listen to the podcast here.

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