27 - Margaret of Anjou (1): The Last Lancastrian Queen

As English rule in France approached its end, England sought one final bride from the kingdom it claimed to rule. Margaret of Anjou would be the last queen of the House of Lancaster, and thanks to Shakespeare, become the most infamous queen of Mediaeval England.

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History of the County and Duchy of Anjou (wikipedia)

Margaret's father, Rene of Anjou (wikipedia)

An article about the end of the Hundred Years War (History Today)

Order of the Knights of the Bath (wikipedia)

The fall of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (WarOfTheRoses.co.uk)

Cade's Rebellion (WarOfTheRoses.co.uk)

 

26 - Katherine of France (2): The Mother of the Tudors

 

An announcement about the future of the podcast and then we get into the brief reign of Katherine of France. She gave birth to the next king of England, but she would also give birth to a whole new royal dynasty: the Tudors. 

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Henry meets Katherine for the first time in Shakespeare's Henry V (Youtube)

Edmund Beaufort, lover of Katherine of Valois (wikipedia)

Owen Tudor (BBC  iWonder)

Samuel Pepys diary entry for when he made out with the long dead Katherine of Valois (PepysDiary.com)

 

25 - Katherine of France (1): The Trophy Wife

In his life-long quest to win the French crown, Henry sought to marry the daughter of the French king. France's response? Balls.

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Episode 22 - Isabelle of France: The Daughter of the Carbuncle

The Armangac-Burgundian Civil War in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones (History Behind Game of Thrones)

The tennis balls scene in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (Youtube)

The Salic Law and Henry V (Shmoop)

The Treaty of Troyes (wikipedia)

24 - Joanna of Navarre (2): The Witch Queen

In 1419, Joanna was accused by her stepson of the most heinous crime imaginable: witchcraft. In this episode we look at what it meant to be accused of being a witch in the Middle Ages, and at the specifics of Joanna's case. And no, she was nothing like Hermione Grainger.

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Hermione Grainger (Harry Potter Wikia)

Willow Rosenberg (Buffy Wikia)

Wicked Witch of the West (Villains Wikia)

The witches in Macbeth (1971) (Youtube)

Circe (wikipedia)

Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester (Shakespeare and History)

 

23 - Joanna of Navarre (1): The Breton Duchess

The daughter of a king that had... shall we say a colourful life, Joanna had a very tricky start in life. By marrying first the Duke of Brittany and then the King of England, she managed to amass a ton of money - but there's only so far you can squeeze the lemon.

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QoE Podcast Facebook page

Charles II 'the Bad' of Navarre (wikipedia)

John IV, Duke of Brittany (wikipedia)

Ep 20: Philippa of Hainault: The Almost Perfect Queen

Ep 15: Eleanor of Castile: The Stony-Crossed Property Magnate

Ep 13: Eleanor of Provence: The Spendthrift Savoyard

 

22 - Isabelle of France: The Daughter of the Carbuncle

Also known as Isabelle or Isabella of Valois.  The youngest queen on our list, Isabelle became queen when aged 7, and it took quite some propaganda to get Richard to agree to it. Apparently the best way to get a grown man to marry a primary school age kid is to compare her to an elephant...

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Philippe de Mézières (wikipedia)

Charles VI 'the Mad' of France (biography.com)

Isabella of Bavaria (wikipedia)

Cesei Lannister and Isabella of Bavaria (historygot.com)

Armagnac–Burgundian Civil War (wikipedia)

The end of Richard II's reign (BBC History)

Charles, Duke of Orléans (wikipedia)

21 - Anne of Bohemia: A Tiny Scrap of Humanity

Married for her connections to the Holy Roman Empire, Anne of Bohemia was bought for a high price and some may argue they didn't get their money's worth...

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Joan of Kent (wikipedia)

The Western Schism (Christianity Today)

Peaked-horn headdress (The Baldwin Project)

The Lords Appellant (wikipedia)

Anne of Bohemia interceding for Shrewsbury (Archive Zone)

Robert de Vere (wikipedia)

Supplemental - Alice Perrers: The Lady of the Sun

After the death of Philippa of Hainault, Edward III began to rely on a new woman.  But not a queen, and certainly not someone as squeaky clean as his former wife.

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Thomas Walsingham (wikipedia)

Piers Plowman (Piers Plowman Electronic Archive)

Wife of Bath (luminarium)

The Good Parliament (wikipedia)

 

 

20 - Philippa of Hainault: The Almost Perfect Queen

Coming off the heels of England's most controversial queen, Philippa of Hainault had a lot to do to rehabilitate the role in the eyes of the English nobility.  That she did, thanks to how perfectly matched she and her husband were.

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Children of Philippa of Hainault and Edward III (wikipedia)

Jean Froissart (The Online Froissart)

Second Scottish War of Independence (wikipedia)

Hundred Years War (Lectures in Medieval History)

The Black Death (History Today)

Siege of Calais - 1346 (wikipedia)

Queen's College, Oxford (wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

19 - Isabella of France (3): The First She-Wolf

Isabella was now holding the hot potato that was the reigns of power, but England was to find out that her saviour could be corrupted just as easily as her predecessors

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"All of this has happened before, and all will happen again" from Battlestar Galactica (youtube)

Edward II's emo poetry - 'The Song of Edward that he himself made'

The First Scottish War of Independence (BBC History)

Treaty of Northampton, also known as the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton (wikipedia)

Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster (wikipedia)

Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent (Executed Today)

The Bard, A Pindaric Ode (ThomasGrey.org)

18 - Isabella of France (2): Crossing the Rubicon

After Edward's victory in the Despenser War, he was at the high point of his entire reign. Everything was going swimmingly - but these good times would not last forever. His regime had defeated every source of opposition bar one: his wife Isabella.

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Charles IV of France (wikipedia)

Roger Mortimer (wikipedia)

County of Hainaut (wikipedia)

Isabella and Mortimer's invasion (wikipedia)

 

17 - Isabella of France (1): The Noblest and Fairest of Them All

Isabella of France was the highest-born queen that England had ever had, but her King was hardly the success that her pedigree deserved.

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Christopher Marlowe's Edward II (wikipedia)

Braveheart (wikipedia)

Ending of Love Actually (youtube)

The Ordinances of 1311 (englandscalling.wordpress.com)

Execution of Piers Gaveston (History Today)

Vita Edwardi Secundi (wikipedia)

The Tour de Nesle Scandal (History of Royal Women)

Battle of Bannockburn (wikipedia)

Treaty of Leake (wikipedia)

Battle of Boroughbridge (wikipedia)

 

 

Supplemental - Guinevere: The Queen of Camelot

Stories of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have proliferated for centuries, and so too have tales of his beautiful wife Guinevere.  Portrayed as a damsel in distress and adulterous harpie, her portrayal tells us a lot about what medieval writers thought about contemporary queens.

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Geoffrey of Monmouth (wikipedia)

Chretien de Troyes (wikipedia)

Sir Thomas Malory (wikipedia)

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (kingarthurknights.com)

Supplemental - Empress Matilda: Daughter, Wife and Mother of Henry

A remarkable woman of Medieval Englandwho was in order a princess, an empress, a countess, a king, a rebel and a Queen Mother.  Although she was never crowned, she was the only female king in the history of Medieval England. 

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Episode 5: Matilda of Scotland

Episode 6: Adeliza of Louvain

Episode 7: Matilda of Boulogne

Holy Roman Emperor Henry V (wikipedia)

William of Malmesbury (wikipedia)

Gesta Stephani (wikipedia)

Geoffrey of Anjou (wikipedia)

Battle of Lincoln (wikipedia)

Rout of Winchester (wikipedia)

16 - Margaret of France: The Not So Evil Step-Mother

 

Marrying a man 40 years your senior is not often a portent of domestic harmony, but somehow it seemed to work for Margaret of France.

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Philip the Bold of France (wikipedia)

Margaret of Provence (wikipedia)

Philip the Fair (wikipedia)

Thomas of Brotherton (wikipedia)

Blanche, Duchess of Austria (wikipedia)

Piers Gaveston (wikipedia)

15 - Eleanor of Castile (2): The Stony Crossed Property Magnate

After returning from crusade and being crowned queen, Eleanor of Castile rejected the usual life of a queen to become a hard-nosed woman of business.  This did not endear her to her tenants, but does make her a very unusual and fascinating queen.

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Walter of Guisborough (wikipedia)

Edward I's wars in Wales (History Net)

Counties of England (Put Learning First)

Dominican Order (wikipedia)

Alfonso X of Castile (wikipedia)

Sancho IV of Castile (wikipedia)

Margaret Maid of Norway (wikipedia)

Eleanor Cross (Historic UK)

 

 

14 - Eleanor of Castile (1): The Last of the Crusading Queens

Another queen from Southern Europe, Eleanor of Castile's had quite a time before she became queen, including some birthing a bunch of kids and helping her husband through war, war and more war.

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The Reconquista (wikipedia)

The Emirate of Granada

Ferdinand III of Castile (wikipedia)

Abbey of Las Huelgas (wikipedia)

8th Crusade (wikipedia)

Mamluk Sultanate (wikipedia)

Sultan Barbaris (wikipedia)

Dante's Divine Comedy (wikipedia)

13 - Eleanor of Provence: The Spendthrift Savoyard

Eleanor of Provence was yet another foreign queen parachuted into England at a very young age, but she would end up wielding more power and being more controversial than the previous two queens combined.

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List of monarchs in Britain by length of reign (wikipedia)

Ramon IV of Provence (wikipedia)

Joan of Ponthieu (wikipedia)

Simon de Montfort (wikipedia)

Provisions of Oxford (wikipedia)

Mise of Amiens (wikipedia)

Battle of Lewes (wikipedia)

Battle of Evesham (wikipedia)

Amesbury Abbey (wikipedia)

 

12 - Isabelle of Angoulême: Isabelle or Jezebel?

Isabelle was yet another French queen to marry an Angevin, and John wasn't about to treat his wife any better than his forebears had.

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Bibliography

Norman Invasion of Ireland (wikipedia)

Robert of Gloucester (wikipedia)

Aymer of Angoulême (wikipedia)

Hugh IX of Luisgnan (wikipedia)

Battle of Bouvines (wikipedia)

First Barons' War (wikipedia)

Battle of Taillebourg (wikipedia)

11 - Berengaria of Navarre: The Lionheart's Absent Queen

The wife of Richard the Lionheart, Berengaria is barely known today, and barely noticed while she was alive.

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Bibliography

The Kingdom of Navarre (wikipedia)

Tancred of Sicily (wikipedia)

Emperor Isaac Komnenos of Cyprus (wikipedia)

Sodom and Gomorrah (wikipedia)

Blondel (wikipedia)