Episode 102: Wars of the Roses, Katherine of Aragon and Bess of Hardwick

The Wars of the Roses, or the Cousins Wars, were one of the most deadly and tumultuous times in English history, resulting in the death of many nobles. Today, Rachael Dickzen and I talk about some of the key players of the time: Henry VI, Edward IV, the Kingmaker, and Richard, Duke of York. We also discuss the women of the Wars of the Roses, including Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Margaret of Anjou. We take a look at the family tree of Edward III and how that affected history, and we also touch base on sanctuary and quick executions.

Then historian and author Heather Darsie joins us again for Ask the Expert. Today’s topic is Katherine of Aragon (and her family), and we ask Heather the questions you submitted on social media. You’re really going to enjoy this one as Heather once again shatters our idea of what actually happened between the sheets with Katherine and Arthur Tudor.

Lastly, Steph joins us again to share with you the story of the amazing Bess of Hardwick – you won’t want to miss this episode….listen in segments if you need to, but be sure to listen to it all.

Wars of the Roses: Open – 39:37

Katherine of Aragon: 39:38 – 1:08:34

Bess of Hardwick: 1:08:35 – 1:18:30


Written by: Rebecca Larson & Stephanie Stohrer

Voiced by: Rebecca Larson, Stephanie Stohrer, Rachael Dickzen & Heather R. Darsie

Produced by: Rebecca Larson

Imaging by: Troy Larson

Music Credits:

MusicPavana alla veneziana by Paul O’Dette, Composed by Joan Ambrosio Dalza






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