When she looked back over her life, Henrietta recognised these years as the happiest of her life.
With violence setting in on the Continent, England sought a wife for Prince Charles who might give them an advantage in the escalating war in Germany. what they got, was an unrepentant Catholic who was determined to be an active queen
After coming down south of the wall, Anne had a lot to live up to after the death of Gloriana. She may not have ruled a kingdom, but she did help define a courtly culture.
Coming from the famed at Elsinore, Anne was greeted by cheering crowds when she finally made it safely over to Scotland. But if they were expecting some meek, placid, blushing bride, they had a nasty surprise
As relations with the Habsburgs soured, Elizabeth and her councillors cast their eyes to the young brothers of the King of France: Henry, Duke of Anjou, and Francis, Duke of Alencon
Terrified of leaving England without an heir, Elizabeth's councillors searched Europe to find a suitable groom. First up, were Eric of Sweden, and Archduke Charles of Austria.
Elizabeth I is known to history as the Virgin Queen, but that didn't mean that she couldn't have a few dalliances in her time. Today we look at her two great English favourites: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.
With the coming to the throne of Mary I, England had an undisputed female ruler for the first time. There were many things to deal with, but key was the matter of her marriage.
I chat with Elizabeth Norton, historian and author of tons of books on queens, about all of the six wives of Henry VIII. I also reveal who you have crowned as your favourite queen!
Katherine had survived the conservative plot against her, but her position was not strong upon the death of her husband. Her quick remarriage was for love - but it was handled all wrong.
The first Queen of England to have a book published in her own name, Katherine Parr used her time on the throne to try and push England towards radical religious reform. And it would nearly cost her everything.
I GAVE YOU THE WRONG LINK FOR JUSTGIVING!
Katherine Parr was far from unprecedented in becoming a reluctant queen, but, if queen she must be, then she wanted to take full advantage.
Henry's final and most reluctant wife, Katherine Parr had quite an eventful life before becoming Queen of England
As the noose tightened around Katherine, Dereham, Culpepper and Lady Rochester, it became a free-for-all, as each attempted to save themselves by throwing the others under the bus.
Questions for the Elizabeth Norton interview and the move to Acast.
I'm going to be very open with you all about this. As a British person, I have always found talking about money a little... uncomfortable. I honestly found editing 30 minutes of my own voice a far less cringing task than when I have asked you for support on Patreon. It never ceases to amaze me how many of you are supporting me financially, especially those contributing over $12 per month - I will always be so grateful to you all.
However, what with getting married recently and moving into a new flat with my wife, there are now greatly increased demands on my time, especially with the podcast now a weekly show.
Don't get me wrong, I love doing the Queens of England Podcast. It is a creative outlet that I sorely needed when I started and it has been a sheer joy (most of the time) doing it for the last two years. This will never be a chore for me.
But doing all the research, writing, editing, recording, editing, rendering and posting for each episode takes up close to 15 hours per week, much of it on week days, and now more than ever I need this time to carry its own weight.
TLDNR, I have moved my media hosting service from Blubrry to Acast. This you won't really notice. What you will notice is that going forward there are going to be pre-roll and post-roll ads on the show.
If you are a listener to The History of England, Renaissance English History Podcast or 10 American Presidents then you will be familiar with this system as they are also hosted on Acast. I will not be doing mid-roll ads as these I think don't work on history podcasts.
Over time I will go through the back catalogue and remove the old Audible ads as well so I won't be doubling up on the advertising.
I am assured by Acast that this process has been done cleanly and smoothly so you won't have to resubscribe or redirect or anything like that.
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Henry VIII's youngest queen reached the throne thanks for her own beauty and charm, but there were skeletons in her closet which she made little effort to keep concealed.
Katherine came from a big fancy family and was brought up in a finishing school for girls. Where men were allowed to roam free. With wine. Unsupervised.
As Henry sought to end marriage number 4, Anne of Cleves had to play her weak hand very carefully if she was to survive.
After their disastrous first meeting with Anne of Cleves, Henry reluctantly embarked on his fourth marriage. Yet the proof of the pudding would be in the consumating - and there enlay the problem.
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