Past Matters 2021 special episode – interview with Dr Ellie Woodacre

In one of three special episodes, I talk to royal studies specialist Dr Ellie Woodacre about a collection of books that belonged to Joan of Navarre, wife of Henry IV and stepmother to Henry V, of Battle of Agincourt fame. The books provide a fantastic starting part for a wider discussion about this little known English queen who left her children from her first marriage to move to England, had French royal blood, and was imprisoned by her stepson for witchcraft. 

Christmas 2021 special episode – interview with Lucy Jago Past Matters

Lucy Jago, author of 'A Net for Small Fishes', explains how a painting of Frances Howard, Countess of Somerset, resonated particularly with her as she was writing her novel, which follows Frances' involvement in the Overbury murder scandal that rocked the Stuart court.  
  1. Christmas 2021 special episode – interview with Lucy Jago
  2. Christmas 2021 special episode – interview with Annie Garthwaite
  3. Christmas 2021 special episode – interview with Jennifer Saint
  4. 2021 special – interview with Dr Valerie Schutte
  5. 2021 special – interview with Dr Ian Mortimer
A page from the copy of Durand de Champagne’s Miroir des Dames which was originally dedicated to Joan’s great-great grandmother and namesake Juana I of Navarre. The illustration shows Juana I receiving the book from her confessor. Copyright: Bibliotehque nationale de France
“Tomb of King Henry IV and Queen Consort Joan of Navarre” by sarflondondunc is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0The tomb of Henry IV and Joan of Navarre at Canterbury Cathedral.

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