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Henrietta Maria: The Most Hated Queen Consort?

Ep. 52

What does it take to get the reputation as one of the least popular queens in history?


Should we remember Henrietta Maria as the wife of the King executed by his subjects, the Catholic influencer and a serial adulterer? Or as a prankster, a patron of the arts and a mother of two Kings?


Henrietta Maria became Queen Consort of England, Scotland and Ireland aged 15. A quarter of a century and a civil war later she was widowed when her husband, Charles I, was executed. By the end of her life she was restored to court on a generous pension.


Her life, therefore, was a busy one, and in this episode of Betwixt the Sheets Kate is joined by Leanda de Lisle to bring Henrietta Maria out of the shadows. We look into her marriage, her motherhood and her life after the death of her husband.


*WARNING there are naughty words and adult themes in this episode*


Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Edited by Joseph Knight.


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