Kings & Queens

Many of us now associate monarchy with tradition, regalia and longevity, but what we no longer associate it with is power and dominance. In this section the podcasts explore the powerful monarchs of the past, their relationships with each other and with the changes in political power around them. There are lectures on King John and the Magna Carta as well as on those pesky and popular Tudors. Explore history from the view of the leaders from whom the tradition and regalia originate, if not always the longevity!

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  • How did William I transform England and Wales?

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    In this podcast Professor David Bates examines how William the Conquerer transformed England and Wales.

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  • James II, William III and the Glorious Revolution

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    In this podcast Professor Tony Claydon of Bangor University discusses the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

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  • King John and Magna Carta

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    In this podcast Professor Nicholas Vincent discusses the reign of King John, the origins of Magna Carta and its' significance.

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  • King John, Magna Carta and the First Barons' War

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, students and staff explore the history of King John's reign and the factors that led to the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede and the First Barons' War. In addition, this playlist also contains videos looking specifically at...

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  • Llywelyn the Great

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    Llywelyn the Great (Welsh: Llywelyn Fawr), full name Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, (c. 1172 - 11 April 1240) was a Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales and eventually de facto ruler over most of Wales. By a combination of war and diplomacy he dominated Wales for 40 years.In this podcast Dr...

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  • Mary Tudor

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    In this podcast Dr Anna Whitelock of Royal Holloway, University of London discusses perceptions of Mary Tudor, Mary Tudor's background, her submission to Henry VIII and the rise of a warrior princess, Mary as a courageous political pioneer, Mary and religion, negative critiques, Mary and policy making, Phillip as king...

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  • Queen Anne

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    In this podcast Lady Anne Somerset looks at the life, reputation and legacy of Queen Anne – the last of the Stuart monarchs, and the first sovereign of Great Britain. Anne was born on 6 February 1665 in London, the second daughter of James, Duke of York, brother of Charles II. Like many...

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  • Richard II and the Peasants' Revolt

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    In this podcast Dr James Davis of Queens University Belfast discusses the reign of Richard II and the origins and significance of the Peasants' Revolt.

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  • Richard III

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    In this podcast Professor Michael Hicks looks at the reign of Richard III.

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  • The Kingdom of Alba

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    In this set of podcast Dr Alex Woolf of the University of St. Andrews looks at the formation and early political development of Scotland.

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  • The Southern Princes of Powys

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    Gwenwynwyn ab Owain Cyfeiliog (died c. 1216) was the last major ruler of mid Wales before the completion of the Norman English invasion. Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn (died c. 1286), son of Gwenwynwyn ab Owain Cyfeiliog was a Welsh prince who was lord of the part of Powys known as Powys...

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  • The Trial of Charles I

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    In this podcast Dr Jason Peacey examines the significance of the trial and execution of Charles I in Britain and in Europe and discusses how it was it reported.

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  • The Union of the Crowns

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    In this podcast Dr Laura Stewart of Birkbeck, University of London looks at the Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England and the impact this Union had across Britain and Ireland.

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  • Tudor Rebellions

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the origins, course and outcome of the Lincolnshire Rising and the Pilgrimage of Grace, the largest popular uprising in Tudor England. The playlist also includes a two-part case study looking at the fortunes of...

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  • Tudor Royal Authority

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    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran of Christ Church College, Oxford, looks at the changing nature of royal authority under the Tudors, the impact of the Reformation and the development of a print culture, propaganda, the influence of gender, the extent to which faction undermined royal authority and faction under...

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