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Sex & Scandal in King James' Court

Betwixt The Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society

08-04-2024 • 1 hr 1 min

King James I was a man whose sexuality was known by people in France, let alone (the newly formed) Britain of the early 17th century.


So it may come as no surprise that men, such as the handsome George Villiers, might use their sexuality to their advantage and gain status, money and power whilst romancing the king.


Helping Kate explore the sex and scandal of the Jacobean court is Anthony Delaney, historian and co-host of History Hit sister podcast After Dark.


As an added treat, Kate's also joined by Robbie Taylor Hunt, who was the intimacy coordinator on the hit TV show based on this story, Mary & George.


Robbie can be found on @RTaylorHunt (X/Twitter), @robbietaylorhunt (Instagram).

He's the co-creator of Pansexual Pregnant Piracy at Soho Theatre (March 26th - April 13th) which is a raucous comedy based on the true queer seafaring tale of 18th-Century pirate Anne Bonny.


Was the King and George's well-known relationship purely sexual and conceited? Or was it a full blown love affair? How were same sex relationships thought of in the 17th century?


This episode was edited by Tom Delargy. The producer was Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.


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