Moving 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.

I hope that this process will not disrupt your enjoyment of the podcast. It will continue just as it has ever done, with all the research and humour that I know you enjoy.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do get in touch.

Thanks for reading,


48 - Anne of Cleves (2): God Send Me Well To Keep

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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Headboard from bed of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves (the Guardian)

Some more on Thomas Cromwell (History Today)

CHAT: Anne Boleyn with Claire Ridgway

Concluding my series on Anne Boleyn, I wanted to get someone on the podcast who really got Anne Boleyn - and luckily the first person on my list who I contacted agreed to come on the show.

Claire Ridgway

Claire is a writer, blogger and all around Tudor fanatic from my homeland of England but now plies her trade in sunny Spain. In 2009, she started one of my favourite history websites on the whole web, the Anne Boleyn Files - a fantastic repository of her research and fascination with England's most controversial queen.

You can find her stuff in all these places:



Claire's author page on Amazon

43 - Anne Boleyn (3): Mistress on the Throne

Often when we think about Anne Boleyn we see either the sultry mistress or the tragic victim - but people often forget that for 3 years she was a queen consort and don't judge her time on the throne on its merits. Today, we see how her reign stacks up to that of her forebears.


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Bishop Hugh Latimer (wikipedia)

Elizabeth I using the politics of ostentation (The Elizabeth Files)

Anne Boleyn and Hampton Court Palace (On the Tudor Trail)

Venes Regrets, Venes Tous - directed by David Skinner, sung by Clare Wilkinson (Youtube)

CHAT: Katherine of Aragon with Heather Teysko

A discussion of Henry VIII's first queen with fellow podcaster Heather Teysko. In my first ever Chat episode, we discuss our opinions on Katherine's reign, her family and upbringing, her reactions to her problems conceiving and Anne Boleyn.

Heather Teysko

She is producer and host of the Renaissance English History Podcast.

Heather has been running this show for 8 years now, and it stands as one of the best history podcasts on English and early modern history around. From wars, royals and nobles, to fashion, beauty and culture, this show covers it all.

She also has a show with her husband, watching the tv series The Tudors where they discuss the history behind the hit show.

You can find her show in all these places:


Renaissance English History Podcast
Watching the Tudors