🎧 Historical Fiction
🎧 Queen Anne's Favourite: The Real Sarah Churchwell
Sarah Churchill – Duchess of Marlborough – was the politically influential intimate and then, blackmailer of Queen Anne. Sarah Churchill was vividly brought to life in the film The Favourite, in which she was played by Rachel Weisz. But does the film do Sarah Churchill and Queen Anne justice? How close was it to the truth of this remarkable woman? In this edition of Historical Fiction, Alice Roberts talks to Ophelia Field whose 2002 biography of Sarah Churchill, also titled The Favourite, has recently been updated and re-published in paperback.
Up Next in Season 1
🎧 Champion: A German Boxer, a Jewish ...
On 7 November 1938, 17-year old Polish Jew Herschel Grynszpan shot a Nazi official dead at the German embassy in Paris. The repercussions triggered a calamity which has been called the opening act of the Holocaust. In the novel Champion, Grynszpan's life is intertwined with that of German boxer, ...
🎧 Napoleon: Propaganda and the Theatre
Few historical figures have made as much of an impact on the arts and popular culture as Napoleon Bonaparte, portrayed at times as a heroic visionary, and at others as comically short and bossy. But how does the Napoleon of novels, plays and films, compare with the real man? And how did he contro...
🎧 The Grove of the Caesars
In 1st century Rome, public gardens created by Julius Caesar have become dangerous haunts, especially for women alone. When her husband has to leave the city, Flavia Albia is left to supervise his building project in an old grotto. Soon it becomes apparent that a dangerous serial killer has made ...