AGE OF VICTORIA PODCAST

By Chris Fernandez-Packham (Victorian History Lover/Queen Victoria Fan)

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The story of the how the Victorians shaped the world.

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EP046 A TOUCH OF CLASS
1:05:52

The essential guide to the Victorian class system. There was more to being middle class than drinking tea, and the working class weren’t all up the Chimney. From the well dressed footman, to the Haymarket prostitute, to the pie seller, and duke. All of Victorian life is here. This episode covers.  Intro.  A discussion of […]

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Aug 13, 2022
MINI020 WOMEN GETTING DRESSED 1840s style
47:55

This much requested episode deals with the important but fun topic of women’s clothes and fashions in the 1840s. If you want to understand how a Victorian woman dressed and why, this is the episode for you.  This episode covers.  Intro & reviews. The importance of dressing well. We don’t do business casual.  Victoria, a […]

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Jul 14, 2022
EP045: THE GRAVEST CHOICE – VICTORIAN ERA ABORTION
44:46

This episode deals with the real and harrow position for women during with contraception, pregnancy, and abortion in the Victorian era. Campaigners like Annie Besant attacked the patriarchy, and fought for the right to be heard. Women risked their lives getting dangerous abortions, in constant fear of the law, whilst the great scandal of the […]

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Jun 11, 2022
5TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – SAY CHEESE
42:33

This anniversary is a memorable event and naturally deserves to be photographed by the paparazzi. But what was the story of the invention of the photograph, and how did it become a Victorian icon? A story filled with invention, persistence, a lot of daring do, and possibly holding back some manly tears. Not to mention […]

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May 10, 2022
EP044 SEX RELIGION AND WEDDING NIGHT BLUES – VICTORIA SEX PT2
39:17

Our dive under the covers continues. How did sex and religion come together in the Victorian era? How was the bible such an influence on men & women’s sexuality? Should a religious Victorian be having sex? Some evolutionary pitfalls, social problems and a couple of wedding nights to talk about. This episode covers. Intro & […]

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Apr 06, 2022
EP043 VICTORIAN SEX PT1: GETTING DOWN TO IT.
48:18

Why yes, we will be asking what Victoria did with Albert. We will be asking about the how’s and why’s of Victorian sex & sexualities. There’s a lot to say, so we are getting started with just how reserved were they really, and did the have a lot of sex? This episode covers. Intro & […]

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Mar 09, 2022
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2021 – TICKLING THE CHRISTMAS IVORY
57:56

What could be more of a traditional Victorian Christmas than carols by candlelight with an orchestra, piano and harp? Quite a bit actually. Victorian piano’s were a late addition and the carols were a really new thing. Find out how carols and piano’s go together like new age German synth and wannabe edgy 20 somethings. […]

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Dec 22, 2021
EP042 EARLY DAYS OF A ROYAL MARRIAGE
47:10

Marriage isn’t easy, even in the early days, especially a royal marriage. It’s even harder if you are an intellectual who dabbles in cutting edge music, but your wife only thinks of you as a sex object. It wasn’t easy being Albert. Victoria had a lot of on her plate too, what with being a […]

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Dec 05, 2021
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2021
35:07

An ancient tradition, but surely one that the Victorians didn’t celebrate? Wrong, they did celebrate. Oh boy was it a big dangerous, flaming drunken party of a holiday. Join me to explore a Victorian Halloween. This episode covers Intro & reviews. The birth of Halloween. The ancient rites. Religion & superstition. The loss of the […]

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Oct 31, 2021
EP041 ROOTS OF BLOOD
50:34

With the hardships of the voyage across the ocean over, the settlers had to build a life in South Africa. An unsettled land, with slavery, war, opportunity, growth and social conflict, early colonial South Africa was no paradise for the rich and idle of Britain. For the lucky and hard working, their were opportunities and […]

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Oct 03, 2021
EP040 ACROSS THE SEAS
43:20

An empire lives on the backs of people; its own or those it conquers. For the British, South Africa needed colonists to clear the forests, build the farms, and man the armies. But getting them from Britain to South Africa was no easy task. Learn about the hard start to a colonists voyage from the […]

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Sep 09, 2021
EP039 BLOOD ON THE LAND
49:57

The story of the British Empire in South Africa continues. The first battles were being won, but the cost was blood on the soil, spilt by the British and shed by the native peoples as well as the soldiers in red. This episode covers Intro & reviews. Col Graham and the imperial mindset. Warfare is […]

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Aug 09, 2021
EP038 A TOEHOLD IN AFRICA
47:32

The British Empire was vast, but it didn’t spring up over night. South Africa was a vital imperial staging post, then a fledgling colony. The story of how it got to be is intimately linked to the land and the people. Start the next series on empire, this episode covers Intro and reviews Why South […]

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Jul 01, 2021
EP037 INSIDE THE GATES OF HELL
44:39

Prison is never nice, but the Victorian prison of Port Arthur in Van Diemen’s Land combined starvation, deprivation, desperation, and isolation. It was considered a hell on Earth. This episode covers: Intro & reviews. Guest podcast promo’s A vision of a better future. Reality check – isolation and mental health Narrowly avoiding prison The problems […]

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Jun 02, 2021
4TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – LOVELACE AND BABBAGE
58:29

To celebrate the 4th anniversary, the episode will be all about Lovelace and Babbage; the true inventors of the computer age. The episode covers Intro & reviews. “There must be an easier way to do this” – why being lazy can change the world What were these engines? Ada Lovelace, a life in Technicolour Ada’s […]

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May 11, 2021
EP036 MEET THE PRISONERS
50:20

At its heart, a prison is the people. But what kind of people ended up in the hellish Port Arthur Prison in Van Diemen’s Land? Was it really just for the worst of the worst? Or was it a machine that simple chewed people up indiscriminately. How can we begin to understand it. Join me […]

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Apr 18, 2021
EP035 THE UNFORTUNATE HANNAH HERBERT
54:37

How does it feel to be cast out? To lose everything you’ve ever known and be sent to the ends of the world? Want to understand what being a convict transported to Tasmania feels like? This show is for you. It covers; – Intro & reviews. – Introducing Hannah to the Court. – How did […]

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Mar 01, 2021
MINI0019 Men Getting Dressed 1840’s style
1:06:03

Clothes maketh the man; but how did a gent dress in the 1840s? This episode features; Intro & podcast update. Clothing, class, and mindset. Beauty standards. Aspirational dressing. Wasn’t it cold! Men getting dressed in 1840. Underwear. Shaving – a risky business. Shirts & sewing. Trousers. Waistcoats. A riot of colour & overcoats. Men get […]

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Feb 01, 2021
AOV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2020
1:06:22

Merry Christmas everyone. What a year, so lets round it off in comfort. This special episode features. Thank you’s. Quick chat about Victorian Christmas Cards Introducing Mrs Beeton, and the standardisation of recipes. Why running a household really was difficult. A valet or a butler? Hints of gender conflicts and the danger of left over […]

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Dec 24, 2020
EP034 HOW TO BUILD HELL
1:15:58

The journey into Empire continues as we look at Tasmania, known as Van Diemen’s Land. Here the European settlers, the indigenous people, the convict system, the bush rangers, the lure of food, the battle for land, resulted in war, conquest and genocide. The birth pang of a new world was one of agony, yet the […]

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Dec 03, 2020
EP033 (PT2) WHO OWNS THE LAND?
49:22

The journey into Empire continues as we look more closely at the Australia’s, and the difficult issues of landownership, native rights, and how land can tie to identity. I also cover the culture clash between the Europeans and the Indigenous Peoples. This is part 2, which covers more of the background of Empire in the […]

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Nov 01, 2020
EP033 (PT1) WHO OWNS THE LAND?
41:24

The journey into Empire continues as we look more closely at the Australia’s, and the difficult issues of landownership, native rights, and how land can tie to identity. I also cover the culture clash between the Europeans and the indigenous aborigines. This episode then breaks and in part 2, it will cover more of the […]

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Oct 18, 2020
EP032 PHILOSOPHY OF EMPIRE – THE VALUE OF LIFE?
1:01:34

To understand the past, sometimes we need to examine our values and subject them to philosophical analysis. The British Empire was a complex, varied entity that stretched across the world and changed over the centuries. How do we understand the mindset of those people in the C19th who created it, or lived in it? This […]

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Sep 04, 2020
EP031 VICTORIA & ALBERT – A ROMANTIC PRINCE & A WEDDING
47:29

How does the Queen of Kingdom and ruler of the Empire choose a husband? This is not a choice to get wrong, so Victoria was under pressure. Was Albert the Romantic Prince and perfect companion of her dreams? Learn about the Prince, his childhood, his music, & his journey from shy intellectual to confident suitor […]

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Aug 01, 2020
EP030 QUEEN VICTORIA’S NO GOOD, VERY BAD YEAR
56:38

How was Victoria coping with being Queen? She was intelligent, stubborn, cultured, but sometimes misguided and blinkered. Worse, the nation itself seemed fractured, bitter, and in danger of collapse. Her first two years as monarch showed the need for her to have a partner. Someone who could share the load, act as a lightning rod […]

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Jul 01, 2020
3RD ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL VICTORIA & ALBERT – A ROYAL, AND A ROMANTIC
43:11

EP030 3rd Anniversary Special: Victoria & Albert -a Royal and a Romantic. The podcast is 3 years old, so time for Victoria and Albert to become a couple. One of histories famous romances and two names that almost define the age. Yet it was a strange road that brought them together. In this show we […]

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Jun 01, 2020
EP029 THE COURT OF KING CHOLERA – THE GREAT VICTORIAN PLAGUE
1:41:57

EP029 “The Court of King Cholera – the great Victorian plague” explores one of the most famous pandemics in history. There was horror, death, and a little hope. Many bad decisions, anger and mistrust, but also groundbreaking science. When disease strikes it is easy to think humanity is levelled and we all stand together – […]

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May 08, 2020
MINI018 RAILWAY TIME
25:55

MINISODE 018 RAILWAY TIME is here to take a light hearted look at the social etiquette of train travel, and the small matter of how the trains revolutionised time. This show covers Reviews and thank you’s Railways; is this a polite way to travel? “I say, have we met?” The problems with the timetables. The […]

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Apr 16, 2020
EP028 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? RAILWAY MANIA AND SOCIAL CHANGES
59:41

EP028 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? RAILWAY MANIA AND SOCIAL CHANGES is here to count the cost of progress. As railways make men staggeringly rich, people start to fly too close to the sun and get their wings singed. Or fall prey to predators, like George Hudson, the Railway King. This episode covers Reviews, […]

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Apr 07, 2020
EP027 Pt2 “made it run”
50:28

Railways were one of the great achievements of the Victorian Era, but they are complicated and hard to build. This show covers the process and the people involved in building these incredible pieces of engineering. Pt 2 of this episode covers; The navigators; hard work for hard men. Drink hard, play hard, fight hard. The […]

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Mar 14, 2020
EP027 Pt1 “Once I built a railroad”
37:13

Railway building was a great achievement of the Victorian Age, but railways are complicated and hard to build. This show covers the process and the people involved in building these incredible pieces of engineering. Pt 1 of this episode covers; The kinds of labourer & builders. Surveying and risks to historic sites. Wordsworth and the […]

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Mar 04, 2020
EP026 The railway is coming!
1:04:06

The railway is here. What a change Britain was about to see! A herald of a new age, and new way of life. Something new in human history. This episode covers; The English landscape and the train 1820-1840. Early trains & popular . Economic impacts. Canal and coach monopolies. Slum clearance & Agar Town. A […]

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Feb 01, 2020
BONUS CHAT WITH THE SIECLE PODCAST – BRITAIN AND FRANCE AFTER WATERLOO
38:22

Bonus episode of The Age of Victoria & The Siècle! Learn about the differences between how France and Britain experienced the years after Waterloo in a conversation between your host Chris Fernandez-Packham and David Montgomery, host of the Siecle Podcast. We chat about the state of Britain and France after the battle of Waterloo, to […]

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Jan 21, 2020
MINI017 Great things are done when men and mountains meet
40:45

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.” -William Blake Join me for this adventurous minisode. This show has Setting the scene; literature and the quest for adventure. How Victorian masculinity was shaped by adventure literature. How the mountains effect our minds An ordinary boy […]

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Jan 16, 2020
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2019
1:13:27

Victorian Christmas Time! Mistletoe and Wine; listening to Podcast time. This is a special episode for Christmas 2019. Learn about the hustle & bustle of the Victorian Christmas, with a focus on the games and entertainments. Find out how much effort people went to, then enjoy the bonus story on a special subject. This show has […]

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Dec 24, 2019
EP025 The industrial revolution & shattering the energy ceiling.
1:10:43

Forged in fire, the new era is born. The British unlock a new energy source and create the industrial revolution. Humanity around the world is transformed; no longer limited by our own muscles or the plodding of animals or the slow harnessing of wind and wave. Instead the British unleashed a revolution that allowed humanity […]

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Dec 01, 2019
EP024 VICTORIA; CRISIS & THE CROWN
46:18

The time has come. Victoria must weather the final crisis on her way to the throne. Join me for an exciting conclusion to Victoria’s childhood where she finds out if she has iron in her soul. This show has Continuation of her teenage years. Relationships with King William IV. The state of the monarchy. Victoria’s […]

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Nov 01, 2019
MINISODE 016 PUB QUIZ
10:52

PUB QUIZ. Time for you to grab a beer and a barstool like a good Victorian and have a go at testing your knowledge. Or if you have taken the pledge and joined the temperance movement, then get a cup of cocoa and join your friends for a civilised but fierce competition for the highest […]

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Oct 18, 2019
EP023 Politics; the Whigs & the Reform Act 1832
31:52

Are you eager for reform? What to change the establish? Shake up the old order? Surely the time has come to join the Whig party then? This show covers the Whigs in the 1820’s & 1830’s and the land mark Great Reform Act 1832. British politics was changing rapidly and Victoria was at the cusp […]

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Oct 01, 2019
MINISODE 015 TITLES & TIARA’S
47:38

Are you confused about your Lords & Dukes? Want to know why the Baron is always popping up? Wondering just what is the Duchy of Lancaster and why its so important? Want to know your Earls from your Marchioness’s? Worried about who gets to get to lead the dinner party when an Earl & a […]

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Sep 12, 2019
EP022 Politics – The Tories & the battle for Catholic Emancipation
43:49

This episode on the Tories & the Battle for Catholic Emancipation continue our breakdown of the complex political system in the 1820’s & 1830’s to show you how it all fits together. If you want to know about the reasons why the British struggled with Catholics, and why the Tories always seemed to be fighting […]

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Sep 01, 2019
EP021 Politics 101 The System in the 1820s/30s
53:48

Politics 101 is here. Every wondered if the Queen of England has any real power? Confused by your MP’s, PM’s and Lords Spiritual? Wondering how it all works in the UK if the Constitution isn’t written down? Unsure if Queen Victoria could just give out the orders? Today’s show breaks down the complex political system […]

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Aug 01, 2019
2ND Anniversary Special (pt2) – Charles Peace, Master of Disguise
49:55

What makes a master criminal? That type of person who goes beyond the normal petty crime or brute violence. Charles Peace was one of the most notorious criminals in the Victorian age, but why? He didn’t kill many people, or steal the crown jewels, or overthrow a government. He had that special star quality the […]

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Jul 01, 2019
2nd anniversary special – our first murder?
47:44

Happy 2nd Anniversary This is my look back on the last two years, a lot of thank you’s, some listener questions and our first murder? Two years of podcasts. Time to celebrate with a Victorian murder; you’ve all been asking for one for ages, so here you are. Don’t forget to make some cake and […]

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Jun 01, 2019
MINISODE 014 FILM REVIEW “VICTORIA THE GREAT”
32:58

I’ve launched a Patreon and I review our first film about Queen Victoria – Victoria the Great. I also read out the latest iTunes reviews.  The show starts with the announcement about Patreon and the various tiers. Then I remind listeners to send in questions for the upcoming 2nd anniversary special. The middle of the […]

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May 14, 2019
EP020 PT2 WHY EDUCATE A QUEEN & WHAT SHE LEARNT
51:42

In Ep20 pt 2 we continue our journey through Queen Victoria’s childhood education. Pt2 explores the specifics of education, what she learnt, and crucially, how her education would fit her into the increasingly strict and complex Victorian class system. It wasn’t easy being “the girl who will be Queen.” It also covers her relationship with […]

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May 01, 2019
EP020(pt1) Why educate a Queen?
35:55

In Ep20 pt 1 we continue our journey through Queen Victoria’s childhood. In this 2 part show you will see how Victoria was educated; as a child, but also as a future Queen. She joined an elite group of people who could read and write, but she had a huge weight of expectation to live […]

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Apr 03, 2019
EP019 Queen Victoria’s childhood pt1 “Life can be fragile”
59:02

Join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham for the first part of our series on Queen Victoria’s childhood. She was growing up at a time when life was fragile at best for children; between disease, poverty and murder, reaching adulthood was not guaranteed. Victoria had to face, an uncle who wanted to usurp the throne, a power […]

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Mar 01, 2019
EP018 Early days
50:03

Join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham and discover how Victoria is dealt the first tragedy in her life. Learn about the perils and power of being a Duchess. Plus we meet the abusive and magnetic John Conroy, a man of ambition and secrets. We also witness the death of a King and Victoria’s slow, unlikely, but […]

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Feb 01, 2019
AOV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2018 “Of traditions and ghosts”
1:38:55

Merry Christmas, join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham in learning about Victorian Traditions of the Earthly and Ghostly kind. Let me take you on a trip through history, busting myths about Christmas Trees, explaining how traditions came to be, some great events at Christmas, and of course a fireside story…..if you are brave enough. Love to hear from you […]

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Dec 25, 2018
EP017 A Queen (Victoria) is born
37:11

We meet Queen Victoria at last. This episode covers George III, the Prince Regent, the royal family tree, the succession, the death of Princess Charlotte, Victoria’s parents – The Duke & Duchess of Kent, her birth and finally her Christening & the origins of her name. There’s a fully transcript for the episode HERE Love to […]

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Dec 03, 2018
MINI013 The One With The Recap
16:47

This minisode gives a recap of the key themes in the show since launch as we get ready for a major Victorian event. (and no this isn’t like the Simpsons playing clips of old episodes in a ropey season 18 TV special). This show is a great chance to remind yourself of the real building […]

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Nov 23, 2018
EP016 PETERLOO MASSACRE; BRITAIN’S NADIR
1:08:16

Join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham and explore the Peterloo Massacre 1819; one of the darkest moments of British political & social history. From poverty & hope to anger and death.   This episode starts with a outline of the situation in Britain in 1819, and themes of progress. It sets out the difference in mindsets to […]

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Nov 09, 2018
EP015 MT TAMBORA PT3: EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FROZE TO DEATH
44:15

The fledgling United States is hit by freezing storms as the fall out from Mt Tambora continues to wreck havoc around the world. Then we turn to Switzerland and see how the darkness gives rise to the great gothic work of Frankenstein. In this episode we cover Climate science in the USA The early colonial […]

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Oct 02, 2018
MINI012 PRINCESS ALICE DISASTER
58:27

Join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham in a detailed investigation of the Princess Alice disaster on the Thames in Sept 1878, the horror of her sinking, and Victorian Londons reaction. This show covers The geography of the River Thames London then and now The ships involved The fatal mistakes Who were the Victims and the Survivors? […]

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Sep 21, 2018
EP 014 DARKNESS FALLS: MT TAMBORA PT2
50:55

Mt Tambora has devastated huge area’s in the Pacific. Now its global impact begins to be felt. In this latest monthly narrative show your host, Chris Fernandez-Packham, explores the enormous impact on the British mainland and Ireland in 1816 as the Year Without Summer Begins to bite. Topic outline Volcanoes and climate science. C19th Weather […]

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Sep 02, 2018
MINI011 VICTORIAN GIN – EMPIRE & RUIN
48:49

Roll up your shirt sleeves, push back your top hat, and throw open your coat tails. It’s time to grab a bottle of gin, and seek riches or ruin as you learn about the history of gin in the Victorian era. Truly the drink of Empire…..or your personal ruin. Intro What is gin? Bombay Sapphire […]

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Aug 17, 2018
EP013 THE VOLCANO’S WRATH: THE YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER PT1
29:57

No one in 1815 thought the world was about to change, but a cataclysmic volcanic eruption was about to change the course of history. The affairs of men seemed so important, yet in the tranquil Pacific, nature was about to shake the world and civilisations to their foundations. Join me for part 1 of the […]

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Aug 01, 2018
MINI010 VICTORIAN FISH AND CHIPS
31:09

Summer heat wave is here, so it’s time for Fish & Chips. You love em. I love em. The Victorians invented them. Don’t scoff, instead join me for a gallop through the history of Victorian fish and chips. Learn why Dickens was the key as always, and how fish and chips fuelled the industrial revolution. […]

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Jul 19, 2018
EP012 CONGRESS OF VIENNA PT 2 “TURNING BACK THE CLOCK”
36:31

As Napoleons downfall and Frances defeat become inevitable, the hard work and hard partying of the great diplomats and statesmen of Europe reached a fever pitch. In a whirl of balls and banquets the shape of Europe for the next 100 years would be decided. So much hung in the balance, but the great men […]

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Jul 01, 2018
MINI009 “A Victorian Scandal?”
35:55

Join me and decide who, if anyone was the truly scandalous one. The aristocrat? The banker? The Sporting Superstar?  This is a minisode that is a stand alone episode on a scandal involving Beatrice Sumner and Charles Hoare in the very late Victorian period, plus why framing a narrative is dangerous when studying history.  What […]

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Jun 20, 2018
MINI008 Announcements & thank you’s.
7:13

A very short update on upcoming episodes, reviews, thank you’s and a shout out to the excellent Pontifacts podcast.

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Jun 12, 2018
EP011 Congress of Vienna pt 1 “A Brave old world”
46:03

Every European school child should have learnt about the Congress of Vienna. Seriously. It is actually possibly the most important series of events in modern history that no one has ever heard of.  Honestly, how many of us have heard of it, or know what it was, or what happened? We should and not just […]

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Jun 01, 2018
1ST BIRTHDAY SPECIAL
19:40

The podcast is one year old today. Celebrate with listener questions (who should be on the Victorian Mount Rushmore?), poetry, trivia and many thank you’s to all my listeners and podcast buddies.

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May 04, 2018
EP010 EXIT NAPOLEON
51:37

Here end the Napoleonic Wars. The revolution is over. France is beaten and it seems Britain is set to take over power in Europe, and perhaps the world. Learn how France fell, how the political battles ousted Napoleon & doomed the Marshals, and the final triumph of the great British Napoleonic Army. Email any questions […]

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May 01, 2018
EASTER SPECIAL 2018 MATCH STICK GIRLS
33:01

Easters here! To celebrate the end of winter, learn about the struggles of the worst Victorian job and the people who did it. The Victorian matchstick girls. Exploited, downtrodden, at risk of the terrifying condition “Phossy Jaw” and always on the edge of disaster, these girls would shake the British establishment when they rose up […]

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Apr 01, 2018
EP009 GOD, SAVE ME FROM THE SURGEON’S KNIFE
43:04

After the bloody day of Waterloo, many soldiers found themselves in need of a doctor. Learn how the wounded were recovered, treated and operated on in the aftermath of one of the great battles of European history. The pain and near butchery would be horrific, but the lessons learned would lead to ground breaking advances […]

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Mar 01, 2018
Episode 008 Waterloo Pt 3: The climax
47:16

The climax of the Battle of Waterloo. The fate of Napoleon, France and Europe hangs in the balance. The French seem poised for victory. Can a thin line of brave Scotsmen and the dashing British cavalry save the Allies from defeat? This episode covers The heroic Scots The British Heavies and the Charge of the […]

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Feb 01, 2018
AOV NEW YEAR SPECIAL 2017
8:09

Happy New Year. A very short special: learn about how the Victorians did New Year, some old superstitions and why Auld Lang Syne was actually a happy song.   Don’t forget to leave an iTunes review or drop me and email.

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Dec 31, 2017
AOV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2017: “A Christmas Carol analysed”
51:22

Christmas Special 2017! Scrooge, Ghosts, Food, Tiny Tim. A real deep dive into the book that made Christmas……don’t miss it. Enjoy with a mince pie and something festive. Covers Why Dickens wrote it. Finances. Structure. The text as a historical source. Ghosts. Economics. Redemption. Without Dickens, we wouldn’t have a lot of the modern emphasis […]

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Dec 24, 2017
Minisode 007 Were the Victorians influenced by the Napoleonic Wars?
23:25

This minisode deals with the listener question “How does the Napoleonic Era relate to the Victoria Era?” The idea of a “Napoleonic Era” and a “Victoria Era” Key concept of continuity and why labels can be misleading. A very brief summary of Geo political impact. Military impact Financial & economic impact Social impact Scientific impact […]

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Dec 01, 2017
Episode 007 Waterloo Pt 2: Into the cannon’s mouth
47:22

This episode covers the early stages of the battle, including the desperate struggle for Hougoumont which has been immortalised in art, film and British Army legend. It goes on to cover the huge opening roar of the cannons of the Grand Battery. Covers the great strain on the defenders, the preparations for the main French […]

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Nov 12, 2017
Episode 006 Waterloo Pt1: Destiny dawns
49:40

The dawn of the day of Waterloo brings only fear, discomfort and suffering. This is the first in the Waterloo episodes series. It covers The feelings of the men and a most important breakfast. Why Napoleon felt he was onto a sure thing. The weather and terrain. The reasons why Waterloo was chosen, and how […]

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Oct 01, 2017
Minisode 006 Upcoming episodes and poetry
6:52

Shades of McGonagall!! Actually a quick update on plans for October/November plus some poetry. Good to be back.

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Sep 09, 2017
Episode 005 Quatre Bras – the chance to change history
43:50

Europe was at war. The fate of nations and armies hung in the balance. As people made hard choices, Napoleon began his attack. He planned to beat the Prussians, but that meant Marshal Ney had to face the British and their allies. Here was a chance for swift and decisive victory, but was Ney the […]

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Aug 01, 2017
Minisode 005 Big Ben
24:44

The story of the most distinctive clock and bell in the world. Learn how a tragic fire, and a  brilliant Victorian rotter, gave us the iconic Big Ben. This minisode details the great fire at Westminster, the rebuilding, commission of the clock, the troubles with building, and the great scandal that came afterwards. People were […]

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Jul 17, 2017
Minisode 004 Say what about California?
10:25

A quick minisode announcing our new twitter address, musing on topics, and why I’m not covering Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for a “This day in history slot” my discovery of the war in California on this day in history (07/07/1846), and the battle of Monterey. the importance of little things. Enjoy and please visit the […]

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Jul 07, 2017
Episode 004 Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte marches to war!
46:42

In the trouble world of 1815, there can be no peace in Europe. Napoleon must go to war. Join me in discovering how the storm clouds of war that had gathered over Europe finally broke. This episode covers An introduction to the position of the forces on 14 June 1815 How the armies began their […]

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Jul 01, 2017
Minisode 003 Victorian Ice Cream
13:37

A heatwave is gripping Britain in June 2017. That can mean only one thing – ICE CREAM TIME! But how did the Victorians make it? Was it really brought to Britain by an European immigrant, or did the Americans invent it first? Also include is news about how to get transcripts of the show. Enjoy […]

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Jun 23, 2017
Minisode 002 The adventures of Max Havelaar
11:57

Join me for another mini window into the curiosities of the Victorian age as we see how drinking coffee can help you find an unlikely hero. Adventurer, rogue, gambler, dualist, womaniser and civil servant; no not me……Max Havelaar.

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Jun 16, 2017
Minisode 001 Musings on service & Dickens
16:55

This is the first mini-episode “Minisodes” These will be mini releases to give listeners extra content between the main episodes. They will cover various topics that interested me, caught my eye, or don’t fall in the neat chronology of the main show. They will also include community news and announcements. They will very much be […]

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Jun 09, 2017
Episode 003 The British Armed Forces in 1815
44:23

This episode covers the British army in 1815, its tactics, weapons and organisation. It also explains how it differs from the other European period. I start with a general explanation of the cost of living and the Royal Navy. I then deal with British Officers, commissions and recruitment. Finally there’s an explanation of how the […]

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Jun 01, 2017
Episode 002 Napoleon and the French Army in 1815
41:56

In this episode I indulge my passion for Napoleonic history, and explore my fascination with Napoleon. I cover the great gamble of his return from exile, his struggles, the options available to him, and that magnificent instrument of war…..the French Army. This show covers The benefits and cost of ambition. Napoleon’s gamble to retake the […]

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May 07, 2017
EP001 BRITAIN AND EUROPE IN 1815
36:48

This is the first full episode. It covers the situation in Europe in 1815, and gives a feel for life in Britain on the eve of the great events of the last campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. What does the term Victorian mean? History as a spectrum. What will the podcast cover & why start […]

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May 07, 2017
Episode 000 Introduction
10:39

A quick explanation about the Age of Victoria Podcast, release schedule, contact details, why I’m podcasting and what is going to be covered.

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May 07, 2017