In the pivotal moments of history the little man is inevitably written out of the history books. Whatever happened to Cleopatra's milkman, Einstein's postman, Michelangelo's model or Shakespeare's gardener? Just maybe there was more going on behind the scenes than we could ever imagine.
Writers Lucy Caldwell, Heidi Regan and Jessica Ransom, take us behind the scenes for an alternative look at some great historical moments through the eyes of some unexpected - and, until now - overlooked witnesses who were there too!
It's history - but not quite as we know it!
Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint
by Lucy Caldwell
Reader: Corinne Kempa
Being overshadowed by a sibling takes on a whole new meaning when your sister is a figure of national notoriety.
Pretty As A Picture
by Heidi Regan
Reader: Raphael Koeb
Beauty and truth collide when a young assistant accompanies a master painter on an important royal commission.
She Wore a White Dress
by Jessica Ransom
Reader: Julie Dray
Dressing a queen is a great responsibility, especially for her final public appearance.
Producer: Heather Larmour
This week our afternoon readings take a look at some momentous moments in history from the perspective of those on the sidelines. Each afternoon some unexpected witnesses who were 'there too' tell us their stories and give us an insight into the happenings that didn't make it into the history books.
Today's 'I Was There Too!' reading takes us back to events in fifteenth century France and a most unusual case of sibling rivalry, as Corinne Kempa reads 'Maiden, Mother, Spinster, Saint' by Lucy Caldwell, producer Heather Larmour.