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. 

New Year special – Sophia Dorothea, the British queen who never was Past Matters

In a new year special, historian and author Catherine Curzon tells podcast host Ploy Radford about the story of the British queen who never was – Sophia Dorothea, the much maligned wife of King George I. 
  1. New Year special – Sophia Dorothea, the British queen who never was
  2. Animal bones – Fishbourne Roman Palace
  3. Circles of Stone exhibition – Stonehenge
  4. Sword and helmet – William Morris Gallery
  5. 'The Lost King' – The Wallace Collection
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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