Monday, 7 February 2011

Edmund Ironside - Rex Factor Podcast

Edmund Ironside became king under pretty poor circumstances but succeeded in if not making a silk purse out of a sow's ear, at least dealing with the mighty Canute in a way that earns respect.  And as the Rex Factor team point out, his name is nearly as good as some of the Viking ones too.

The guys behind Rex Factor describe it as a light hearted romp through the kings of England.  It is a pretty good description.  The format is two guys talking about kings, with one being knowledgeable and the other asking questions.  I personally found it a bit irritating and won't be listening to any more episodes.  I won't write it off though.  They have done what they set out to do pretty well and I can imagine that it would appeal to a lot of people.  If you want an introduction to English history and don't know very much about it yet, it could well be a good choice as a starting point.

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