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Latest podcasts

Famous Fool: who was William Somers?

William Somers instantly won Henry VIII over with his wicked sense of humour and was offered a place as the King’s court jester in 1525, but his comedic streak pushed boundaries nearly prematurely ending his life!

Tracy Borman explores the life and folly of Britain’s best known fool.

Published January 2016

Great Scout: who was Lady Baden-Powell?

Actively involved in the scouting movement during the First World War, Lady Baden-Powell began recruiting and organising Girl Guides. She was known at Hampton Court for her entertaining and, with the aid of her ‘Home Office’ staff, hosted regular lunches.

Explore the determination of this intriguing character, despite a backdrop of war and personal turmoil.

Published January 2016

Political Squabbler: who was Lord Hervey?

Lord Hervey was a courtier to Queen Caroline in the Hanoverian court. With an insight into family squabbles, he is well-known for his detailed and brutally frank memoirs of court.

This talk explores the life and gossip of Hervey’s life and writings.

Published January 2016

The Queen’s Dwarf: who was Jeffrey Hudson?

Famous as Henrietta Maria’s "Queen's dwarf", 18-inch tall Jeffrey Hudson was considered one of the wonders of the age.

Historian Chris Gidlow tell us more about one of the lesser known characters in the palace's history.

Published January 2016


More podcasts

Our other series include:

Curious Connections, leading experts look at modern issues and give a contemporary take on the Tower of London's history.

Art Talks, explores the fascinating world of art history and takes a look at some of the artists featured in the galleries at our palaces.

Fit to Rule, explores how the physical and mental health of our past monarchs has shaped the history of the nation.

Glorious Georges, a series of talks inspired by the 300th anniversary of George I's accession to the throne, and the dynasty of Georgian monarchs that followed.

Stories from the Palaces

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