Misunderstood Queens: Dispelling the Myths

Powerful queens throughout history have often been misunderstood and reduced to stereotypes, as they were judged through biased lenses that distorted their actions and motivations. By examining their lives, we can dispel these myths and gain a better understanding of their true character and legacy. Women like Empress Matilda and Eleanor of Aquitaine defied expectations and challenged the status quo, proving that women have played important roles in history by breaking gender norms.

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This Week in Royal History: March 12-18

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this episode of This Week in Royal History will exclusively highlight remarkable women.

During this special month, we will not only recognize the birthdays and commemorate the deaths of these women but also delve into their inspiring life stories and significant contributions to history. Get ready to learn about some truly amazing figures.

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Iconography of Mary I (Queen Series)

Ph.D. candidate Peter Stiffel makes a highly-anticipated return to the show, delving into the captivating world of Mary I’s iconography with the brilliant Heather Darsie as host. Building on his insightful earlier episode with Johanna Strong, Peter brings a wealth of new insights and intriguing tidbits to the table, courtesy of Heather’s expert line of questioning. Brace yourself for an enriching and enlightening discussion!

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Courting Scandal: The Royal Household & Jane Boleyn

Jane Boleyn, sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn and wife of George Boleyn, found herself embroiled in the dangerous politics of the Tudor court. Following the execution of George and Anne for treason in 1536, Jane managed to navigate the treacherous world of Tudor politics and maintain a position in each successive queen’s household. However, her association with Katheryn Howard ultimately led to her downfall, and she was executed alongside the queen in 1542. Jane’s story is a cautionary tale about the perils of power and ambition in the Tudor court.

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This Week in Royal History: February 26-March 4

Throughout history, many remarkable women have left an indelible mark on the world, including those who dedicated their lives to the arts and philanthropy. From Spain to Scotland, Romania to France, and Russia to Austria, these women played an important role in shaping the cultural and social landscape of Europe. Though they lived in different times and places, they shared a common passion for education, the arts, and charitable causes. Through their efforts, they left a lasting legacy of kindness and compassion, inspiring and influencing generations to come.

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Isabella of France: A Reign of Power and Intrigue

Isabella of France and her husband Edward II’s marriage was turbulent and marked by rumors of infidelity. Isabella’s “affair” with Roger Mortimer, a powerful nobleman, became widely known and they plotted to overthrow Edward II. Their plot succeeded, resulting in Edward II’s deposition and possible murder. This scandalous period remains one of the most controversial in English royal history, and Chris Riley joins the show again to discuss this fascinating woman with Steph.

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Rumors and Gossip: The Princes in the Tower – Part Two

Lacey Bonar Hull returns with a two-part episode on the princes in the Tower. For the first time on this show we have all three experts here to discuss and debate this hot topic. Dr Nicola Tallis, (Margaret Beaufort) Matthew Lewis (Richard III) and Nathen Amin (Henry VII) on history’s best whodunnit! 


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Hands-On History: Performing Tudor Music

The music of the Tudors lends a hint into the personality and character of its composer. Henry VIII was known as quite the musician, and Anne Boleyn was said to have the voice of a siren. On this HoH, Heather chats with Jay Britton, founder of The Tudor Songbook – a classically trained soprano with a passion for Tudor History. 

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I Want to be Queen

Christine Morgan joins us for her final installment on the Starz series, Becoming Elizabeth. This episode, the last in the series, takes a deep look at what we saw, what it meant, and what we can hope for in the future. Christine’s theater experience has given a perspective on the series you couldn’t find anywhere else. We are so grateful she offered to do it.

We hope you enjoyed this journey through time with us because we enjoyed engaging with you and sharing our thoughts on the show.

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