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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com


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Berbice: a slave rebellion that nearly succeeded
00:48:25

Historian Marjoleine Kars tells Elinor Evans about a little-known 1763 rebellion by enslaved people in Berbice, in present-day Guyana. Chronicled in her Cundill prize-shortlisted book Blood on the River, it was an event that revises our understanding of the actions of enslaved people at the dawn of the Age of Revolution.


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Oct 16, 2021
Trial by combat: the real history behind The Last Duel
00:38:05

Hannah Skoda delves into the bloody and brutal spectacle of trial by combat in the Middle Ages 


To coincide with the release of new film The Last Duel, Hannah Skoda explores the bloody and brutal spectacle of trial by combat in the Middle Ages. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she reveals how judicial violence was used to settle legal disputes, and recounts some of the most dramatic real cases. 

 

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Oct 15, 2021
Liberty and racism: an interconnected history
00:43:22

Tyler Stovall speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his Cundill prize-shortlisted book White Freedom, which explores how European and American ideas about ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom’ have been underpinned by racism since the Enlightenment.


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Oct 13, 2021
George III: the tyrant who lost America?
00:45:24

Andrew Roberts discusses his landmark new biography of King George III and takes on some of the myths that have surrounded the monarch


Historian Andrew Roberts discusses his landmark new biography of King George III with Rob Attar. He takes on some of the myths that have surrounded the king, such as: Was he really a tyrant? Was his “madness” caused by porphyria? And how responsible was he for the loss of the American colonies?


(Ad) Andrew Roberts is the author of George III: The Life and Reign of Britain's Most Misunderstood Monarch(Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: 

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Oct 12, 2021
At home with the Mongols
00:57:39

“The Horde” was an empire like no other, ruled by Nomadic Mongol Khans for three centuries. But how was the Mongol empire governed, and what was everyday life like within it? Marie Favereau speaks to David Musgrove about her Cundill prize-shortlisted book on the subject.


(Ad) Marie Favereau is the author of The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World (Belknap Press, 2021) Buy it now from Amazon:

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Oct 11, 2021
Pompeii: everything you wanted to know
00:55:24

Archaeologist Sophie Hay responds to listener questions and popular search queries about the city that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in AD 79 and has gone on to become one of our best sources of information about everyday Roman life. 

 

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Oct 09, 2021
Unexpected Edwardians
00:37:01

Nick Baker and John Woolf, writers of Stephen Fry’s Edwardian Secrets, discuss some lesser-known aspects of the Edwardian age


The Edwardians were not just about the afternoon tea and croquet on the lawn. Behind the Downton Abbey image of the age lies a much murkier reality. Nick Baker and John Woolf, writers of the new Audible series Stephen Fry’s Edwardian Secrets, discuss some of the lesser-known aspects of the era.

 

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Oct 09, 2021
Plagues of our past
00:53:08

From when our ancestors first mastered fire to the rise of modern cities, humanity’s progress has been accompanied by a revolving door of parasites, bacteria and viruses, wreaking havoc on our health. Kyle Harper, author of Plagues Upon the Earth, discusses the sprawling history of infectious disease.  


(Ad) Kyle Harper is the author of Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History (Princeton, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:


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Oct 08, 2021
Courage under fire: the story of a WW2 tank regiment
00:44:19

Military historian, author and broadcaster James Holland tells the story of the Sherwood Rangers, a British tank regiment which was in the thick of the action from the Allied assault on Normandy on D-Day until the final defeat of Nazi Germany.


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Oct 06, 2021
How Hindustan became India
00:55:15

Manan Ahmed Asif discusses his book The Loss of Hindustan, the Invention of India, which has just been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize


Historian Manan Ahmed Asif discusses his recent book The Loss of Hindustan, the Invention of India, which has just been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. He explores the historical concept of Hindustan and reveals how, through the colonial era, it came to be replaced with the modern idea of India.


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Oct 05, 2021
The turbulent Stuart century
00:40:28

Dr Clare Jackson discusses her new book Devil-Land, which examines the insecurities and anxieties that plagued England between 1588 and 1688, from fears of a foreign invasion to paranoia over Catholic plots. 


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Oct 04, 2021
The Boer War: everything you wanted to know
00:35:29

Saul Dubow responds to listener questions on Victorian Britain’s bitter conflict with two southern African republics 

 

What triggered the Boer War? Why did it take Britain so long to bring its enormous resources to bear? And how did the war puncture the people of Britain’s confidence in the power of their armed forces? Professor Saul Dubow answers your questions on the bitter imperial conflict.

 

 

 

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Oct 03, 2021
My father the Nazi
00:25:39

As governor-general of Nazi-occupied Poland, Hans Frank bore heavy responsibility for the abuse and murder of hundreds of thousands of Poles and millions of Polish Jews. His son, Niklas Frank, recounts his father’s role in the Nazi regime and explains why he’s made it his mission to ensure that his father’s murderous legacy is never forgotten.

 

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Oct 02, 2021
Adventures of a Victorian actor
00:33:44

Helen Batten shares stories from her new biography of Victorian singer, stage performer and entrepreneur Emily Soldene, from a career in London’s rowdy music halls to adventures abroad and the bright lights of 19th-century Broadway.

 

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Oct 01, 2021
John of Gaunt: prince without a throne
00:38:16

John of Gaunt rose to become one of the most powerful figures of his age, yet was ultimately unable to secure a crown for himself. Historian, author and podcaster Helen Carr charts the eventful life of the 14th-century prince.

 

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Sep 29, 2021
Inside the prehistoric mind
01:01:06

How did prehistoric people in Britain view and understand the world around them? What did they smell, hear and see? Francis Pryor, one of Britain’s leading archaeologists and the author of Scenes from Prehistoric Life, delves into the sensory world of our prehistoric ancestors.

 

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Sep 28, 2021
How did the British royals survive WW1?
01:05:11

While many European royals faced abdications and revolutions during the First World War, the British monarchy not only survived the conflict, but was strengthened by it. Historian Heather Jones discusses her new book, For King and Country, which explores the royal family’s role during the war.

 

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Sep 27, 2021
Medieval Wales: everything you wanted to know
01:19:16

Matthew Stevens tackles listener questions on the history of the Welsh regions during the Middle Ages

 

Matthew Stevens tackles listener questions and popular search queries on the history of Wales and the Welsh regions during the Middle Ages, from the Norman invasion and Edward I’s conquest to the Welsh roots of the Tudor dynasty.

 

 

 

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Sep 26, 2021
A surprising history of the index
00:37:07

The index, the bit at the back of a book you mostly only turn to for reference, has a bit of a dowdy reputation – and it’s an unfair one. Dennis Duncan discusses the index’s surprising history – one that has saved heretics from the stake, kept politicians from office and proved a battleground for snarky academic rivalries. 

 

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Sep 25, 2021
Why did medieval monks write histories?
00:44:34

Why did medieval monks and abbots write histories, and what does it tell us about the role of monasticism in the Middle Ages? Medievalist Dr Benjamin Pohl of the University of Bristol tells us more.

 

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Sep 24, 2021
India’s Suffragettes
00:40:02

Between 1917 and 1947, a group of Indian women fought for their right to vote. Sumita Mukherjee discusses their campaign, and reveals how Suffragettes were connected both to India’s wider struggle for independence, and women’s suffrage movements across the world.

 

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Sep 22, 2021
Jihad and the British empire
00:31:59

Neil Faulkner reveals how the Anglo-Arab Wars of 1870-1920 helped give rise to the first modern jihad

 

Neil Faulkner, author of Empire and Jihad, describes how Britain’s entanglements in the Middle East and north Africa in the decades leading up to the First World War helped trigger a radical Islamic insurgency.

 

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Sep 21, 2021
Transplant surgery: an eye-opening history
00:40:23

From transfusions of lambs’ blood to tooth replacements, Paul Craddock chronicles the strange history of transplant surgery

 

From lambs’ blood transfused into human veins, to tooth replacements and new noses crafted from forearm skin, Paul Craddock – author of new book Spare Parts – chronicles the strange history of transplant surgery.

 

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Sep 20, 2021
The Paris Peace Conference: everything you wanted to know
01:00:55

Professor David Stevenson answers listener questions on the 1919-20 conference that sought to resolve the aftermath of the First World War

 

In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, Professor David Stevenson explores the 1919–20 conference that sought to resolve the aftermath of the First World War, and whose legacy has been fiercely debated ever since. Was the resulting Treaty of Versailles too harsh on Germany? Did the peacemakers create lasting problems in the Middle East? And what effect did the Spanish Flu have on proceedings? 

 

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Sep 19, 2021
World history in 100 moments
00:44:05

Archaeologist and television presenter Neil Oliver discusses his new book, The Story of the World in 100 Moments, which explores the whole of human history through just 100 milestone events.

 

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Sep 18, 2021
Extraordinary hoaxes of the 18th century
00:43:47

Ian Keable describes some of the most audacious, bizarre and inventive pranks that fooled Georgian Britain 

 

From a woman who seemingly gave birth to rabbits to a man who claimed he could climb inside a wine bottle, Ian Keable – author of The Century of Deception – describes some of the most audacious, bizarre and inventive pranks that fooled Georgian Britain.

 

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Sep 17, 2021
Maria Theresa: empress, warrior, matriarch
00:53:06

Nancy Goldstone discusses the 18th-century family saga of Habsburg empress Maria Theresa, and her equally formidable daughters 

 

Nancy Goldstone discusses the 18th-century family saga of Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa and her equally formidable daughters (including Marie Antoinette) who married into royal houses around Europe.

 

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Sep 15, 2021
From Roman villas to Downton Abbey: Britain’s country houses
00:32:03

Clive Aslet, author of The Story of the Country House: A History of Places and People, reveals how Britain’s attitude to its stately piles has reflected the nation’s evolving political and economic landscape over the past 2,000 years.

 

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Sep 14, 2021
Hitler’s war on “degenerate art”
00:37:41

Journalist and author Charlie English shares the story of a remarkable collection of artworks by psychiatric patients in Weimar Germany and also explores the devastating impact of Nazism on modernist art and people with mental illnesses.

 

(Ad) Charlie English is the author of The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Art and Hitler’s first Mass-Murder Programme (William Collins, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gallery-Miracles-Madness-Charlie-English/dp/0008299625/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

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Sep 13, 2021
The Borgias: everything you wanted to know
00:58:32

In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, Professor Jill Burke tackles listener questions and internet search queries on the Borgias, from rumours of incest and the Banquet of the Chestnuts to the forgotten triumphs Pope Alexander VI.


 

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Sep 12, 2021
Why the Tudors fell for courtly love
00:38:28

Sarah Gristwood considers how the Tudor monarchs used medieval ideas about courtly love for their own ends 

 

In medieval Europe, the nobility were entranced with courtly love, a genre of literature that saw chivalrous knights performing heroic deeds to protect and serve their lovers. But as Sarah Gristwood argues, these tropes later captured the hearts and minds of the Tudor dynasty, who used ideas about courtly love to further their own agendas. 

 

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Sep 11, 2021
Wedgwood: the radical potter
00:30:11

Tristram Hunt, author of The Radical Potter, discusses the life and work of Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), from his groundbreaking ceramic creations and enterprising business ventures to his political radicalism. 

 

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Sep 10, 2021
Aboriginal Australians: a modern history
00:44:42

Historian Richard Broome, author of Aboriginal Australians, discusses the experiences of Australia’s indigenous peoples after the arrival of white settlers, uncovering stories of exploitation and oppression, but also of agency and cultural independence.

 

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Sep 08, 2021
Decolonisation to Covid-19: history education today
00:53:10

How does a history degree help you suss out fake news? How have history students been affected by covid-19? And are history degrees still valued as much as they once were? On today’s podcast, a panel of experts consider these questions and more, as they tackle the big issues facing history higher education in 2021.

 

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Sep 07, 2021
Seances, skis and secrets: an extraordinary WWI escape
00:41:41

Interned in a remote, forbidding prisoner of war camp at the height of the First World War, two British officers turned to an unlikely tool in their bid to escape – a ouija board. Margalit Fox, author of The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History, tells their story.

 

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Sep 06, 2021
The Spanish Armada: everything you wanted to know
00:51:07

Why did the Spanish Armada set sail? What ships were used by the fleets? And did Queen Elizabeth I really give a famous speech at Tilbury? In our latest ‘Everything you wanted to know’ episode, Robert Hutchinson answers your questions on the Tudor era’s most famous maritime face-off.

 

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Sep 05, 2021
The Special Boat Service: WW2’s silent heroes
00:42:21

Historian Saul David discusses SBS – Silent Warriors, his new authorised history of the Special Boat Service in the Second World War. He explains how this daring maritime unit played a crucial role in Allied victory and highlights some of its most spectacular operations.

 

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Sep 04, 2021
The surprisingly modern Middle Ages
00:55:15

Dan Jones explores the similarities and differences between the medieval experience and our lives today

 

In what ways was the medieval era surprisingly modern? Dan Jones, whose latest book is Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages, reveals the similarities and differences between the medieval experience and our lives today. 

 

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Sep 03, 2021
Why do things change?
00:25:37

David Potter, author of Disruption: Why Things Change, analyses the causes of huge events that altered human history and guides us on a tour of radical transformation in western history, taking in the Black Death, Adolf Hitler, the printing press and the perils of complacency.

 

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Sep 01, 2021
History in 2021, with Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb
00:43:14

Sixty years ago EH Carr’s groundbreaking book, What is History?, explored how we should study the past. Now his great-granddaughter, Helen Carr, has teamed up with Suzannah Lipscomb to edit a new volume, What is History, Now?. Here, they discuss the importance and challenges of writing history in the 21st century.

 

(Ad) Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb are the editors of What is History, Now? (Orion, 2021). Preorder it now from Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/what-is-history-now/suzannah-lipscomb/helen-carr/9781474622455

 

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Aug 31, 2021
How Walter Scott’s stories shaped Scotland
00:23:42

An outpouring of bestselling novels and poems flowed from Walter Scott’s pen – from Waverley to Rob Roy. In fact, his writing was so influential that it helped overhaul the world’s view of Scotland, making it synonymous with the Highlands, romantic landscapes and clan honour. Annika Bautz discusses the writer’s work and the impact he had on perceptions of the country.  

 

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Aug 30, 2021
Food history: everything you wanted to know
00:59:53

In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, Annie Gray tackles listener questions on culinary history, from Tudor breakfast and the oldest recipe books to long-forgotten foods and the surprisingly long history of vegetarianism.

 

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Aug 29, 2021
The rise of the Paralympics
00:25:07

From the Stoke Mandeville Games, which took place just after the Second World War, to this summer’s Paralympics, Ian Brittain describes how sport for disabled people has been on an incredible journey over the past 70 years.

 

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Aug 28, 2021
Behind the scenes of The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family
00:48:58

Through canny political manoeuvrings and passionate affairs, the Boleyns catapulted themselves from the sidelines of the Tudor court to the very apex of power. Dr Owen Emmerson, who recently appeared in the BBC docudrama The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family, traces the clan’s meteoric rise – and crushing fall.

 

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Aug 27, 2021
What’s next for period drama?
00:56:07

Which stories and historical periods should we be seeing dramatised on screen? What influence can historians have on how these stories are told? And how much does historical accuracy really matter to audiences? On today’s podcast, a panel of experts – Amanda-Rae Prescott, Anthony Delaney and Maddy Pelling – tackle the big questions surrounding period drama in the 21st century and ask: what’s next? 

 

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Aug 25, 2021
Vikings and Franks
00:50:13

The Vikings famously raided Britain and Ireland, but they also turned their attentions to Francia and Europe’s western seaboard. Christian Cooijmans explains what we know about interactions between the Franks and the Vikings.

 

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Aug 23, 2021
The forgotten matriarch of the Wars of the Roses
00:38:47

Cecily Neville, mother of Richard III, is typically glossed over in the story of the Wars of Roses. But behind the scenes, she fought her own war, using intrigue, manipulation and the power of words to support her family’s struggle for power. Annie Garthwaite discusses her new novel, Cecily, following the extraordinary life of this forgotten matriarch.

 

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Aug 23, 2021
British police history: everything you wanted to know
00:42:08

When did the first professional police force come into being? Why do the British police largely not carry guns? And what was the point of police boxes? In our latest ‘Everything you wanted to know’ episode, Chris Williams answers your questions on the history of law enforcement in Britain.

 

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Aug 22, 2021
The Windsors in exile
00:40:59

Andrew Lownie discusses his new book Traitor King, which delves into the lives of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson after the abdication crisis of 1936. The discussion ranges from their sympathies for the agents and aims of Nazi Germany to their opulent and eccentric post-war lifestyle.

 

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Aug 21, 2021
Working-class girlhood in 1930s Bolton
00:33:38

Hester Barron and Claire Langhamer discuss their new book, Class of ’37, which looks at what we can learn from essays written in 1937 by 12- and 13-year-old girls from Bolton.

 

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Aug 20, 2021
Censorship: waging war on free speech
00:37:31

Eric Berkowitz describes the lengths to which rulers – from the first Chinese emperor to Henry VIII – have gone to suppress freedom of speech

 

Humans have been attempting to stamp out free speech for millennia. Eric Berkowitz discusses the inglorious history of censorship – from the first Chinese emperor to Henry VIII – and explains why he believes that attempts to silence others never work.

 

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Aug 18, 2021
The history hidden in British heritage sites
00:22:10

Fatima Manji talks about her new book Hidden Heritage: Rediscovering Britain’s Lost Love of the Orient, which explores the objects and landmarks that are often obscured by the traditional stories told in many heritage sites, and how they point to a more complex British history.

 

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Aug 17, 2021
Monarchs, fascists & communists: Romania’s modern history
00:38:39

Paul Kenyon discusses his book Children of the Night, which charts the story of modern Romania, and its colourful, chaotic and often corrupt leaders – from unstable playboy King Carol II, to communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.

 

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Aug 16, 2021
Early Medieval Britain: everything you wanted to know
00:55:23

In the latest episode in our series tackling history’s biggest topics, Dr Rory Naismith, author of Early Medieval Britain, c500–1000, responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries on Britain in the early Middle Ages. 

 

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Aug 15, 2021
Bewitched cars & mail-order charms: witchcraft in modern France
00:33:46

From bewitched cars and mail-order charms to murder investigations, Will Pooley delves into the surprising history of witchcraft in France from the Revolution to the Second World War, revealing how supernatural beliefs adapted to a modernising society. 

 

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Aug 14, 2021
Witnesses to the Berlin Wall
01:19:34

As we approach the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s construction, Major General Sir Robert Corbett and journalists Mark Wood and Alastair Stewart discuss their memories of the divided city and the dramatic events of November 1989. The discussion is chaired by the author Iain MacGregor.

 

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Aug 13, 2021
Robespierre’s brutal downfall
00:40:40

Colin Jones tells the story of Maximilien Robespierre’s fall from power – a dramatic 24 hours that ended with the revolutionary titan facing the guillotine

 

Maximilien Robespierre awoke on the morning of 27 July 1794 as arguably the most powerful man in Paris – the intellectual driving force behind the French Revolution. Twenty-four hours later he was languishing in a cell, condemned to die by the guillotine. Author Colin Jones tells the story of these fateful 24 hours in Robespierre’s life – a day that would alter the trajectory of the French Revolution.

 

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Aug 11, 2021
How should we teach the slave trade?
00:32:08

Teachers Richard Kennett and Tom Allen discuss how they have worked with six other teachers to create a new textbook on this previously overlooked element of the city’s history, and its impact on Bristol today.

 

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Aug 10, 2021
Building utopia after WW1
00:43:16

Left traumatised by the horrors of the First World War, between the 1920s and 1940s people around the world set out to create “perfect” societies – with mixed results. Anna Neima, author of The Utopians: Six Attempts to Build the Perfect Society, charts their efforts.

 

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Aug 09, 2021
The Ottoman empire: everything you wanted to know
00:43:51

Eugene Rogan answers listener questions on one of history’s most powerful – and long-lasting – empires

 

How did the Ottomans dominate swathes of Europe, Asia and Africa for up to seven centuries? How did their sack of Constantinople in 1453 change the course of history? And why did they back the wrong horse in the First World War? Eugene Rogan answers your questions on one of the world’s greatest empires. 

 

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Aug 08, 2021
Portraits, power and royal wigs
00:35:45

Sue Pritchard, curator of a new exhibition of royal portraits at the National Maritime Museum, discusses how wigs were used to convey royal power

 

Sue Pritchard, curator of Tudors to Windsors, a new exhibition of royal portraits at the National Maritime Museum, discusses how monarchs used wigs to convey royal power and spark fashions, from Elizabeth I’s fiery false locks, to Charles II’s luxuriant cascading curls. 

 

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Aug 07, 2021
Wartime Britain’s mixed-race babies
00:32:46

During the Second World War, an estimated 2,000 babies were fathered by African-American GIs stationed in Britain. Lucy Bland reveals how these mixed-race children faced discrimination in the streets and ambivalence from the government, and why so many were given up by their mothers.

 

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Aug 06, 2021
The transformation of India’s glamorous golden couple
00:52:30

John Zubryzcki shares the story of the party-loving royals of the House of Jaipur, who turned to politics following Indian independence

 

In the 1950s and 60s, the House of Jaipur’s Jai and Ayesha were seen as India’s golden couple, rubbing shoulders with American film stars and British royalty. But as the princely states’ power was squeezed post-partition, the couple had to balance partying with politics. John Zubrzycki charts their tumultuous lives.

 

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Aug 04, 2021
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, on historical fiction
00:26:31

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Marguerite Kaye join us to discuss their new historical romance novel, Her Heart for a Compass, which follows Victorian aristocrat Lady Margaret Montagu Scott, as she seeks to shake off the suffocating restrictions of the time.

 

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Aug 03, 2021
Oliver Cromwell’s remarkable rise to power
00:25:11

Historian Ronald Hutton discusses Oliver Cromwell’s early life and career, exploring the brilliance and cruelty of the future Lord Protector and explaining how he rose from obscurity to become one of the dominant figures of the age.

 

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Aug 02, 2021
Modern Welsh history: everything you wanted to know
00:59:04

Martin Johnes tackles listener questions about the history of modern Wales, from the Industrial Revolution to devolution

 

In the latest episode in our series tackling major historical topics, Professor Martin Johnes answers listener questions about the history of modern Wales. He covers topics from the rapid industrialisation that transformed the nation’s landscape and culture in the 19th century to devolution at the turn of the 21st century. 

 

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Aug 01, 2021
George II: reassessing a much-forgotten monarch
00:36:27

Norman Davies introduces a long-maligned and overlooked monarch, George II, King of Great Britain and Ireland and Elector of Hanover, considering the legacy of his rule, the familial rifts that characterised his reign, and his role in the trade of enslaved people.


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Jul 31, 2021
A hard-fought history of trespass
00:29:05

Nick Hayes discusses the contested history of land ownership in England, from William the Conqueror to the Kinder trespass

 

Nick Hayes, author of The Book of Trespass, discusses the contested history of land ownership in England, from William the Conqueror to the Kinder trespass. He recounts moments from history when people have come to blows over whether our natural resources should belong to the many, or be accessed only by a privileged few.

 

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Jul 30, 2021
Antwerp: city of innovation & intrigue
00:33:22

In the 16th century, Antwerp was a global centre of trade, talked about around the world. Michael Pye considers its rise and bloody fall

 

In the 16th century, Antwerp was a global city that was talked about around the world – a centre of commerce, trade, knowledge and innovation, plus one of scandal, murder, secrets and intrigue. Michael Pye, author of Antwerp: The Glory Years, considers its rise and bloody fall.

 

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Jul 28, 2021
How the 1964 Tokyo Olympics redefined Japan
00:36:33

With the Olympics underway in Tokyo, Chris Harding looks back at 1964 – the last time Japan hosted the competition

 

With the Summer Olympics underway in Tokyo, Chris Harding looks back to the 1964 games – the last time Japan hosted the competition. He explores how the competition redefined the nation on the world stage two decades after the Second World War. 

 

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Jul 27, 2021
Australian bushrangers: folk heroes or common criminals?
00:43:51

Meg Foster discusses the bandits that lived outside the law in Australia’s bush – from Ned Kelly to surprising lesser-known figures 

 

Meg Foster discusses the bandits that lived outside the law in Australia’s bush, unpicking myth from reality in the stories of criminals who became folk heroes and national icons. She looks at the infamous bushranger Ned Kelly, and also shares surprising stories of lesser-known Aboriginal, black and women bushrangers.

 

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Jul 26, 2021
Olympic history: everything you wanted to know
00:44:48

As the world’s best athletes congregate in Tokyo for the 29th Summer Games, David Goldblatt answers your questions on the history of the Olympics

 

How violent were the ancient Greek Olympics? How did the Nazis react to Jessie Owens’ incredible performance in Munich, 1936? And what ranks as the greatest achievement in the history of the Games? David Goldblatt, author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics, answers your questions on Olympic history.

 

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Jul 25, 2021
Why were the Georgians fixated with fatness?
00:29:39

Dr Freya Gowrley reveals how Georgian satirists used images of fatness to comment on the anxieties of the age 

 

From Britain's heaviest man who became a much-loved celebrity, to rotund imperialists mocked in humorous prints, Dr Freya Gowrley reveals how Georgian satirists used images of fatness to comment on the anxieties of the age. 

 

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Jul 24, 2021
How assassinations have changed history
00:25:19

Michael Burleigh discusses his book Day of the Assassins: A History of Political Murder, which considers what we can learn from looking at assassinations as a category of political violence. He also talks about some of the key assassinations through history, from Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln to the mysterious 1986 killing of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme.

 

(Ad) Michael Burleigh is the author of Day of the Assassins: A History of Political Murder (Picador, 2021)


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Jul 23, 2021
The slave trade: a family history
00:28:29

Alex Renton discusses his new book, Blood Legacy, which offers an unflinching account of his ancestors’ involvement in the slave trade. He also considers how best to deal with this unwanted inheritance, and how the long-lasting impact of slavery still affects the world today. 

 

(Ad) Alex Renton is the author of Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family’s Story of Slavery (Canongate, 2021)

 

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Jul 21, 2021
The piano: a musical history
00:32:34

For more than 300 years, the piano has captivated audiences, while composers have pushed the instrument’s boundaries. Susan Tomes, author of The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces, discusses some of the most impressive pieces of piano music ever written, and shares the stories of the composers who penned them. 

 

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Jul 20, 2021
Should they stand or fall? The great statue debate
00:44:44

As statues of controversial historical figures continue to hit the headlines, Alex von Tunzelmann – author of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues that Made History – looks at some of the most illuminating examples from across the centuries. She explores why the debate has proven so divisive, and gives her take on what should happen to controversial statues.

 

(Ad) Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues that Made History (Headline, 2021)


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Jul 19, 2021
The church in medieval England: everything you wanted to know
01:05:15

Did medieval people have sex in churches? What was a boy bishop? And why did women have to sit in the ‘safe side’ of a church in the Middle Ages? In the latest episode of our everything you want to know series, Professor Nicholas Orme responds to author questions and popular internet search queries about the church in medieval England.

 

(Ad) Nicholas Orme is the author of the upcoming book Going to Church in Medieval England (Yale University Press, due 27 July)


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Jul 18, 2021
Madness & misery in Antarctica
00:48:59

In 1897 the Belgian Antarctic Expedition set sail in search of the south magnetic pole, but their journey was scuppered by a long, arduous winter trapped in the pack ice. Malnourishment, madness, and the threat of murder loomed. Julian Sancton, author of Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night, charts their extraordinary journey.

 

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Jul 17, 2021
The battle over the Benin Bronzes
00:32:43

Looted from Benin City in 1897, the Benin Bronzes are one of the most impressive collections of artworks ever created – and their future is under debate. While many of these artefacts are currently held in European museums and private collections, calls are being made to return them Nigeria. Bronwen Everill discusses the history of the bronzes, the culture that created them, and what their future might be.

 

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Jul 16, 2021
Britain & France: enemies or economic partners?
00:44:59

From the Falklands to North America, British and French soldiers spent much of the 18th century locked in battle. Yet many influential thinkers believed that the two nations’ prospects were best served by cooperation not conflict. John Shovlin discusses the attempts to reset the dial on Anglo-French relations in the 18th century.

 

(Ad) John Shovlin is the author of Trading with the Enemy: Britain, France, and the 18th-Century Quest for a Peaceful World Order (Yale, 2021) 

 

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Jul 14, 2021
Watergate in 100 days: how President Nixon fell
00:22:44

Author and former Washington Post journalist Michael Dobbs talks about his new book King Richard, which charts 100 pivotal days as the Watergate scandal gained a grip on Richard Nixon’s presidency, eventually leading to his infamous downfall.

 

(Ad) Michael Dobbs is the author of King Richard: Nixon and Watergate, an American Tragedy (Scribe, 2021) 

 

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Jul 13, 2021
Contraception, consent & erotic connection: sex through history
00:36:05

Fern Riddell, author of Sex: Lessons from History, discusses what we can learn from looking at sexual culture in the past, and gives her thoughts on what we get wrong about the sex lives of our forebears, from contraception and sex work to the joy of sexual connection.

 

(Ad) Fern Riddell is the author of Sex: Lessons from History (Hodder & Stoughton, 2021) 

 

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Jul 12, 2021
The Highland Clearances: everything you wanted to know
00:45:30

Who was to blame for the Highland Clearances? Why did they happen? And what became of those who were forcibly evicted? In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, historian Sir Tom Devine, author of The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, responds to listener questions on the causes and consequences of one of the most notorious episodes of Scottish history.

 

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Jul 11, 2021
Running to escape the horrors of war
00:46:10

Jonathan Westaway explores why there was a boom in the popularity of endurance running following the First World War

 

Following the First World War, endurance athletes in the English Lake District and elsewhere devoted themselves to smashing long-distance running records. Jonathan Westaway explores how endurance running’s boom in popularity was in part a reaction to the horrors of the global conflict. 

 

Read Jonathan Westaway’s article here: http://clok.uclan.ac.uk/7025/

 

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Jul 10, 2021
The glamour & danger of Cairo’s 1920s nightlife scene
00:33:37

During its heyday in the roaring 20s, Cairo’s nightlife district was the place to go for a world-class night out – from glitzy variety shows in smoky clubs to Arabic operas performed to adoring audiences. Raphael Cormack, the author of Midnight in Cairo: The Female Stars of Egypt’s Roaring ‘20s, discusses this glamourous scene and some of the enterprising women who dominated it.

 

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Jul 09, 2021
The Viking Great Army: the latest discoveries
00:55:24

Julian Richards discusses the Viking Great Army, which wreaked havoc on the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England from 865-878

 

From 865-878, the Viking Great Army wreaked havoc on the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England. Julian Richards, author of The Viking Great Army and the Making of England, reveals how new research can shed light on the story of Norse fighting force.

 

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Jul 07, 2021
Glee-man, high-deedy & bendsome: a language to save England
00:18:30

Poverty and riots racked 19th-century rural England, but one eccentric Victorian cleric was convinced he had the solution – inventing a new language. Siân Rees introduces us to Reverend William Barnes, who developed a new version of English stripped of foreign words, which he was convinced would bind the nation together and return England to a state of harmony. 

 

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Jul 06, 2021
Healthcare before the NHS
01:02:24

Professor Barry Doyle explains what kind of treatment you could expect If you were ill before the National Health Service was founded in 1948 

 

If you were ill before the National Health Service was founded, what kind of treatment could you expect? Professor Barry Doyle discusses what hospitals and healthcare were like in Britain before 1948, revealing a surprisingly extensive and accessible system.

 

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Jul 05, 2021
The Medici: everything you wanted to know
00:43:05

How did the Medici influence the Renaissance? Just how rich were they? And what dark family secrets were lurking in their past? In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, historian Catherine Fletcher responds to listener questions and popular online search queries on the Florentine dynasty, covering everything from the family’s exorbitant wealth to their alleged scandalous affairs. 

 

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Jul 04, 2021
From hysteria to wandering wombs: women and medicine through history
00:42:37

Elinor Cleghorn discusses her new book Unwell Women, which traces the long history of the misdiagnosis and mistreatment of women’s health issues, and highlights some of the women who fought back against medical sexism.

 

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Jul 03, 2021
Hogarth: the chronicler of the 18th century
00:56:47

Jacqueline Riding discusses her new biography of William Hogarth, which charts the life and work of the famed artist and satirist. Hogarth was a larger-than-life figure whose many engravings and portraits highlighted the morals and vices of the 18th century.


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Jul 02, 2021
Digging into the Klondike gold rush
00:38:40

From grizzled gold miners to fresh-faced boys in search of adventure, 100,000 prospectors set out for the remote Yukon in search of gold. Stephen Tuffnell delves into the Klondike gold rush, which saw millions of dollars’ worth of gold pulled from the ground – and ended as abruptly as it began.    

 

 

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Jun 30, 2021
The Cold War battle for Berlin
00:29:26

Any illusions that the wartime entente between the western Allies and the Soviet Union would flourish in the new postwar world were shattered when the two sides came face to face on the streets of Berlin in the summer of 1945. Author Giles Milton reveals how spiralling tensions between Josef Stalin and his counterparts in the west over the fate of the German capital fired the starting gun on the Cold War.


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Jun 29, 2021
The history and mystery of UFOs
00:44:36

Following the release of the Pentagon’s much anticipated report on UFOs, Dr David Clarke explains how the idea of extra-terrestrials in mysterious flying saucers developed from its origins in the Cold War to become an enduring modern myth.


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Jun 28, 2021
Canadian history: everything you wanted to know
00:53:07

In the latest episode in our series tackling big historical topics, historian Donald Wright answers listener questions on the history of Canada, from the country’s indigenous population and its contribution to the two world wars, to the story behind the maple leaf flag and the reasons why Canada didn’t join the American Revolution.


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Jun 27, 2021
Forgotten heroes: Japanese Americans in World War Two
00:27:15

Bestselling author Daniel James Brown reveals how a group of young Japanese Americans overcame suspicion and prejudice to become some of the most decorated US soldiers in World War Two.


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Jun 26, 2021
The trials of Ethel Rosenberg
00:42:23

Historian and author Anne Sebba explores the life of Ethel Rosenberg, an American woman and mother of two who was executed for espionage in 1953 in one of the most sensational and controversial episodes of the Cold War.

 

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Jun 25, 2021
Socialite, countess, WW2 spy: Aline Griffith
00:43:34

Larry Loftis details the life and work of Aline Griffith, a model-turned-spy who rose to the upper echelons of society in WW2 Spain, mingling with everyone from famous bullfighters to the Spanish aristocracy.

 

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Jun 23, 2021
Murder: a legal history
00:37:58

Kate Morgan chronicles the legal history of murder, discussing the cases that shaped UK murder laws

 

Lawyer and writer Kate Morgan chronicles the legal history of murder, and explores the roles killers, victims, lawyers and judges have played in making UK murder law what it is today. She also discusses crimes that shaped the British legal system, from Richard Parker, the cannibalised cabin boy eaten by crewmates, to Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in the United Kingdom.

 

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Jun 22, 2021
The merits of meritocracy
00:40:59

Adrian Wooldridge discusses his new book Aristocracy of Talent, which explores meritocracy’s role in forging the modern world, and weighs up the challenges and advantages of a system in which people are advanced solely on the basis of their talents. 

 

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Jun 21, 2021
The Enlightenment: everything you wanted to know
00:42:21

Ritchie Robertson responds to listener questions on the intellectual and philosophical movement that swept Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries

 

How did the Enlightenment change the course of history? Why were elements of the established church so bitterly opposed to it? And are its ideals still relevant in the 21st century? Ritchie Robertson answers listener questions on the intellectual and philosophical movement that swept Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

 

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Jun 20, 2021
African Europeans
00:40:42

In a conversation recorded as part of our virtual lecture series, Olivette Otele discusses her book African Europeans: An Untold History, which charts the long history of Africans in Europe and explores the role that African individuals – from enslaved people to Roman emperors and medieval saints – have played in European history.


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Jun 19, 2021
Women secret agents in Nazi-occupied France
00:35:24

Kate Vigurs discusses the 39 female agents of the Special Operation Executive’s F-section, a diverse cohort of women recruited to carry out resistance work in occupied France during the Second World War – from wireless operation to crucial planning for D-Day.

 

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Jun 18, 2021
Introducing: HistoryExtra Plus
00:00:54

We’re launching a brand-new premium podcast feed, HistoryExtra Plus – a subscription channel where we take you on a deep dive into the past, with even more on history’s most gripping events. Brought to you by the team behind HistoryExtra and BBC History Magazine, HistoryExtra Plus brings you an in-depth look at history’s most exciting stories and compelling mysteries. Find out more and subscribe at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-extra-plus/id1569637306

 

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Jun 17, 2021
Censorship, contradiction & controversy: a decade in the life of DH Lawrence
00:34:04

DH Lawrence’s work – such as The RainbowWomen in Love and Lady Chatterley’s Lover – broke new ground and appalled censorious literary critics. Biographer Frances Wilson chronicles a pivotal decade in the writer’s turbulent life, characterised by a tempestuous marriage, a constant battle against class prejudice and a bitter backlash against vitriolic criticism. 

 

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Jun 16, 2021
Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Secrets of being a successful leader
00:30:49

For the concluding episode of our series on the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, Anthony Seldon joins us to discuss the secrets of being a great leader, and some of the challenges facing those in charge over the last 300 years.

 

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Jun 15, 2021
Unearthing Britain’s prehistoric secrets
00:43:56

Broadcaster and academic Alice Roberts joins us to discuss her new book Ancestors: A Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials, which reveals what archaeological discoveries and cutting-edge science can tell us about Britain’s prehistoric past.

 

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Jun 14, 2021
The Titanic: everything you wanted to know
00:48:29

Tim Maltin answers listener questions about the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912

 

Did the band really play on as the Titanic sank into the icy depths of the Atlantic? And is it true that the liner could have stayed afloat if it had hit the iceberg head on? In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, expert Tim Maltin responds to popular search queries and listener questions about the 1912 maritime disaster.

 

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Jun 13, 2021
What can we learn from past catastrophes?
00:50:39

From the eruption of Vesuvius to Chernobyl and Covid-19, Niall Ferguson charts how disasters have changed the course of history

 

From the eruption of Vesuvius to Chernobyl and Covid-19, disasters have changed the course of history. Historian Niall Ferguson discusses his new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, which asks what we can learn from historical catastrophes to help us tackle future crises.

 

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Jun 12, 2021
Women reporters of WW2
00:37:34

Judith Mackrell explores the experiences of six women war correspondents who broke some of the key stories of the Second World War

 

From the German invasion of Poland to the liberation of Paris and the discovery of Nazi concentration camps, women journalists reported on some of the pivotal moments of the Second World War. Judith Mackrell, author of Going with the Boys, charts the wartime careers of six female war correspondents who overcame significant obstacles to report from the front lines.

 

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Jun 11, 2021
Knights, dragons and beasts: the strange world of medieval romances
00:45:56

With their tales of supernatural beasts, death-defying quests and dashing knights that always got the girl, romances were the must-reads of the Middle Ages. Lydia Zeldenrust reveals how – despite concerns that they were corrupting readers – medieval romances became a pan-European literary sensation.

 

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Jun 09, 2021
Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Margaret Thatcher
00:22:12

In the latest episode of our new series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian and author Andrew Roberts nominates Margaret Thatcher, who combined ideological drive with steely determination.

 

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Jun 08, 2021
Wolfson History Prize 2021 special
00:57:33

The Wolfson History Prize celebrates the very best history books that combine academic rigour with popular appeal. Ahead of the announcement of the winner on 9 June, we speak to some of the shortlisted authors – Helen McCarthy, Sudhir Hazareesingh and Rebecca Clifford, who’ve been nominated for their books on working motherhood, Toussaint Louverture and child Holocaust survivors.

 

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Jun 07, 2021
Everything you wanted to know: British prisons
01:20:27

Dr Rosalind Crone answers all the key questions on the history of British prisons

 

Just how bad was life in Victorian prisons? How hard was hard labour, and how revolting was the food? In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Dr Rosalind Crone responds to listener queries on the history of British prisons.

 

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Jun 06, 2021
Ravenna: from Roman powerhouse to artistic hub
00:46:40

Once the capital of the western Roman Empire, the Italian city of Ravenna was claimed in turn by Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Lombards and Franks, turning into both a hub of early Christian art and a prototypical European city. Professor Judith Herrin discusses its long and storied history.


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Jun 05, 2021
Britain’s secret Jewish commandos
00:39:17

Leah Garrett tells the story of X-troop, a group of Jewish commandos who became one of Britain’s most potent weapons against the Nazis

 

X-troop was a World War Two commando unit with a difference ­– it was made up of German and Austrian Jews who’d fled to Britain and were desperate to take the fight to the Nazis. Historian Leah Garrett tells the story of how X-troop became one of Britain’s most potent weapons in the drive to liberate western Europe.

 

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Jun 04, 2021
William Blake: “artist or genius, or mystic, or madman”
00:40:04

John Higgs discusses the unconventional life and extraordinary art of poet and painter William Blake. He explains how an eccentric outsider once mocked and dismissed as a madman is now hailed in the pantheon of British art, and reveals how Blake’s work is still misunderstood today. 

 

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Jun 02, 2021
Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Lord Salisbury
00:18:16

In the latest episode of our series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian and author Andrew Roberts nominates Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, third Marquess of Salisbury, whose three terms in office at the end of the 19th century saw Britain reach the very height of its imperial power.

 

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Jun 01, 2021
The curious tale of an Anglo-Saxon giant
00:31:38

Tom Morcom and Helen Gittos discuss the Cerne Abbas Giant, a huge hill-carving in Dorset which has recently been re-dated to the Anglo-Saxon period

 

The Cerne Abbas Giant, a huge hill-carving in Dorset, has made the news recently for been re-dated to the Anglo-Saxon period. Dr Tom Morcom and Dr Helen Gittos from the University of Oxford reveal what this might mean for our understanding of the giant, and what it can tell us about Anglo-Saxon society more generally.

 

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May 31, 2021
The golden age of piracy: everything you wanted to know
00:59:18

Rebecca Simon responds to your questions on the ‘golden age’ of piracy, when bands of buccaneers menaced the high seas, preying on merchant vessels

 

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Rebecca Simon responds to your questions on the 17th-century ‘golden age’ of piracy, when bands of buccaneers menaced the high seas and preyed on merchant vessels. Plus, how accurate are pop culture portrayals of pirates?

 

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May 30, 2021
Why are we living longer than our ancestors?
00:28:34

Steven Johnson discusses the Extra Life project, which includes a book and new BBC Four series co-presented with David Olusoga. He chronicles a revolution in medicine, and explores the innovations in science and public health that have led to huge increases in life expectancy since 1900.

 

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May 29, 2021
Painting the Tudors: Hans Holbein the Younger
00:51:51

Having painted the cream of Tudor society, including King Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves and Thomas Cromwell, Hans Holbein the Younger’s work offers an unparalleled view into England’s court at the time. Franny Moyle delves into the famous painter’s work and the events that shaped it, from religious tensions in Europe to the toxic factionalism bubbling over in Henry’s court.

 

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May 28, 2021
Bretons, Britons, Celts & King Arthur
01:05:40

Barry Cunliffe considers the story of Brittany from prehistory to today, and explores the region’s connections with Britain

 

Why is Brittany called Brittany? What exactly is, or was, a Celt? And did King Arthur have a home in a mystical forest near Rennes? Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe, author of Bretons and Britons: The Fight for Identity discusses the story of Brittany from prehistory to today, and explores the region’s connections with Britain.

 

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May 26, 2021
Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Winston Churchill
00:36:00

In the latest episode of our series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, Jeremy Black nominates Winston Churchill – the leader who became a wartime icon by galvanising the nation in the face of terrible crisis.

 

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May 25, 2021
What the Stasi did next
00:29:46

For decades the Stasi were a pervasive and terrifying force in the lives of millions of East Germans. Former FBI agent Ralph Hope reveals how officers of the notorious security service sought to reinvent themselves in the decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and rarely faced the consequences of their actions. 

 

(Ad) Ralph Hope is the author of The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present (Oneworld, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grey-Men-Pursuing-Stasi-Present/dp/1786078279/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/

 

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May 24, 2021
The Anarchy: everything you wanted to know
00:57:36

The Anarchy – a 12th-century civil war for the English crown that pitted Empress Matilda against Stephen of Blois – is remembered as one of the most turbulent episodes of the Middle Ages. It was said to be a time when “Christ and his saints slept”. Medieval historian Matt Lewis answers your questions on this 18-year struggle for the throne – from the sexism that impeded Matilda’s bid for the throne, to the war’s impact on the power of England’s barons.

 

(Ad) Matt Lewis is the author of Stephen and Matilda’s Civil War: Cousins of Anarchy (Pen & Sword, 2019). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stephen-Matildas-Civil-War-Cousins/dp/1526718332/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/

 

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May 23, 2021
Busting myths about the Anglo-Saxons
00:58:52

Historian Marc Morris tackles some of the most common misconceptions about the Anglo-Saxon era

 

What do we get wrong about the Anglo-Saxon era? Marc Morris, author of The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England, busts some of the most common misconceptions about the period, from the early fifth century through to the Norman Conquest.

 

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May 22, 2021
Napoleon the art thief
00:24:29

Napoleon didn’t just humiliate his European rivals on the battlefield, he also looted their finest works of art. Author Cynthia Saltzman tells us about her latest book, Napoleon’s Plunder and the Theft of Veronese’s Feast, which explores the French leader’s proclivity for plundering Renaissance masterpieces and spiriting them back to France

 

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May 20, 2021
Marcus Aurelius: thinker or fighter?
00:40:54

Shushma Malik explores the life and career of Rome’s renowned philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius

 

Classicist Shushma Malik explores the life and career of Rome’s renowned philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius, and explains how his greatest achievements may have been on the field of battle.

 

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May 19, 2021
Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Pitt the Younger
00:16:39

In the latest episode of our new series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian and broadcaster Dominic Sandbrook nominates William Pitt the Younger, the steady, upright leader who steered Britain through the turbulence of the French Revolution.

 

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May 18, 2021
The rise and fall of Britain’s motor city
00:41:07

Mark Evans charts the history of Coventry’s pioneering car industry, from the turn of the 20th century until the present day

 

Mark Evans, presenter of the BBC Four documentary Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry, charts the history of Coventry’s pioneering car industry, from the turn of the 20th century until the present day. It’s a story of innovation, war and fierce rivalries – and some of the most iconic cars ever made.

 

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May 17, 2021
Samurai: everything you wanted to know
01:07:11

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Professor Michael Wert responds to listener questions and internet search queries about Japan’s famous warriors, the samurai. He explains when the samurai emerged, how they evolved from warriors to aristocrats – and why they voted for their own abolition. Plus, Michael breaks down the mysteries of bushidō, seppuku and rōnin.

 

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May 16, 2021
The quest to find Alexander’s lost city
00:37:19

Classicist Edmund Richardson tells the astonishing story of a British deserter from the East India Company who embarked on a quest to find a lost city of Alexander the Great. 

 

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May 15, 2021
Katharine Parr: secrets of a Tudor survivor
00:34:27

Historian and novelist Alison Weir discusses the life of Katharine Parr – from her relationship with the king to her secret faith and other marriages. Plus, Alison reflects on her recently completed Six Tudor Queens series, discussing how her opinions of Henry VIII’s wives changed during the writing process.

 

(Ad) Alison Weir is the author of Six Tudor Queens: Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife (Headline, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Six-Tudor-Queens-Katharine-Sixth/dp/1472227824/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

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May 14, 2021
Blackface: a brief history
00:37:58

Ayanna Thompson discusses the history of blackface – a story spanning William Shakespeare, US race relations and Dartmoor Prison

 

Professor Ayanna Thompson, author of Blackface, discusses the long history of blackface performances and minstrelsy – a story that spans William Shakespeare, US race relations and Dartmoor Prison.

 

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May 12, 2021
Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Harold Wilson
00:22:50

In the latest episode of our new series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, Charlotte Lydia Riley chooses Harold Wilson, whose forward-looking premiership came to define the progressive 1960s.

 

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May 11, 2021
Madness, property and power: the strange case of Mary Davies
00:41:37

Leo Hollis untangles the bizarre 18th-century court case surrounding Mary Davies: a wealthy heiress married in mysterious circumstances

 

In 1701, Mary Davies – a hugely wealthy widow struggling with bouts of unstable behaviour – took a room in Paris’s Hotel Castile. The coming days are a tangle of conflicting accounts, but it seems that she emerged from her rooms as a married woman, before hastening back to London and vehemently denying her change in circumstances. However, her husband soon came calling, demanding his rights to her extensive land and property. Leo Hollis explores a bizarre court case that shocked London.

 

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May 10, 2021
The Vietnam War: everything you wanted to know
01:12:45

Historian Mark Atwood Lawrence responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries on one of the most seismic events of the Cold War, American history and the history of Southeast Asia. He explores some of the biggest debates surrounding the United States’ failure to stem the advance of communism in Vietnam.

 

(Ad) Mark Atwood Lawrence is the author of The Vietnam War: A Concise International History (OUP USA, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vietnam-War-Concise-International-Introductions/dp/0199753938/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

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May 09, 2021
Medieval Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions
01:01:21

Ethiopia was a Christian kingdom during the medieval period, and in the 15th and 16th centuries its kings sent diplomatic missions to their counterparts in western Europe. Verena Krebs reveals what these missions can tell us about the medieval world, and Ethiopia’s place within it.


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May 08, 2021
Uncovering the truth about WW2’s Katyn massacre
00:47:34

Jane Rogoyska explains how more than 20,000 Polish prisoners-of-war were murdered on Stalin’s orders in 1940, and explores the decades-long coverup that followed

 

Historian and biographer Jane Rogoyska explains how more than 20,000 Polish prisoners-of-war were murdered on Stalin’s orders in the spring of 1940. Plus, she explores the decades-long coverup that saw the Soviet Union accuse its Nazi foes of committing the atrocity.

 

(Ad) Jane Rogoyska is the author of Surviving Katyn: Stalin’s Polish Massacre and the Search for Truth (Oneworld, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Surviving-Katyn-Stalins-Polish-Massacre/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

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May 06, 2021
The changing shape of slimming clubs
00:44:20

From Weight Watchers to Rosemary Conley’s fitness empire, slimming clubs have been a staple of British culture for decades. But, as Dr Katrina Moseley reveals, their history goes far beyond the best diets to try or exercise regimes to adopt, with female friendship, entrepreneurial opportunities and feminist fury all playing a part in the story.

 

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May 05, 2021
Who was Britain’s Greatest Prime Minister? Clement Attlee
00:22:11

In the latest episode in our new series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian Charlotte Lydia Riley explores the postwar leadership of Labour prime minister Clement Attlee.

 

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May 04, 2021
How close to nuclear war did the Cuban Missile Crisis get?
00:41:04

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 saw a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union escalate to the edge of nuclear war. Historian Serhii Plokhy, author of a new account of the crisis, explores the factors that led the two sides back from the brink.

 

(Ad) Serhii Plokhy is the author of Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Allen lane). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nuclear-Folly-History-Missile-Crisis/dp/0241454735/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

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May 03, 2021
Prohibition: everything you wanted to know
01:09:39

Was Al Capone’s brother really a Prohibition agent? What was the atmosphere in a speakeasy like? And why did Americans think that banning booze would ever work? In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, historian Timothy Hickman responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries on the ban on booze in 1920s America.

 

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May 02, 2021
The Danelaw: a Viking kingdom in England?
00:47:46

Dr Ben Raffield explains how in the ninth and tenth centuries, Scandinavian laws and customs prevailed across a swathe of what’s now northern and eastern England

 

In the ninth and tenth centuries, Scandinavian laws and customs prevailed across a swathe of what’s now northern and eastern England called the Danelaw. Dr Ben Raffield considers what the Danelaw actually was, and how Scandinavian settlers interacted with the early English kingdoms.

 

 

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May 01, 2021
Britain’s great postwar party
00:29:08

Harriet Atkinson takes us back to 1951’s Festival of Britain, a celebration of a nation rising from the ashes of war

 

The Festival of Britain of 1951 was a nation’s attempt to show off its best side to the world – a great celebration of a people rising from the ashes of conflict. Harriet Atkinson reveals how this four-month-long carnival of patriotism was in fact, to a large extent, built around the genius of foreign-born designers.

 

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Apr 30, 2021
The Peasants’ Revolt: who were the rebels of 1381?
00:49:26

The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 was a key moment in the reign of King Richard II. New research is revealing just how well-organised an operation it was

 

The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 was a key moment in the troubled reign of King Richard II. New research is revealing how, far from being an ill-disciplined explosion of rage, it was actually organised with military precision. Professor Adrian Bell and Dr Helen Lacey tell us more. 

 

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Apr 28, 2021
Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Stanley Baldwin
00:26:18

In the second episode of our new series on the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most, Dominic Sandbrook champions Stanley Baldwin

 

In the second episode of our new series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian and broadcaster Dominic Sandbrook champions three-time 20th-century leader Stanley Baldwin.

 

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Apr 27, 2021
Women fighters of the Jewish resistance
00:30:05

Judy Batalion describes how a group of young Jewish women fought back against their Nazi oppressors in occupied Poland.

 

Author and historian Judy Batalion discusses her new book The Light of Days, which recounts how a group of young Jewish women fought back against their German oppressors in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War.

 

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Apr 26, 2021
Life in the workhouse: everything you wanted to know
00:47:35

From daily routines to whether inmates really ate gruel, Peter Higginbotham responds to listener questions about the workhouse

 

What was the daily routine in a British workhouse? Who would end up there? How accurate was Charles Dickens’ depiction of workhouse life? And did the inmates really eat gruel? In the latest in our series exploring history’s biggest topics, Peter Higginbotham responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries about the workhouse.

 

(Ad) Peter Higginbotham is the author of Life in a Victorian Workhouse (Pitkin, 2014) and The Workhouse Cookbook (The History Press, 2008). Buy them now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Victorian-Workhouse-Peter-Higginbotham-ebook/dp/B00APDQQ1Y/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod and https://www.amazon.co.uk/Workhouse-Cookbook-Peter-Higginbotham/dp/0752447300/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

 

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Apr 25, 2021
How constitutions changed the world
00:41:37

Linda Colley discusses her new book The Gun, the Ship and the Pen, which explores how written constitutions, together with warfare, forged the modern world. She talks about constitutions across the globe, from the United States and France, to Russia and the Pitcairn Islands.

 

(Ad) Linda Colley is the author of The Gun, the Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World. Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charters-Land-Britain-Written-Constitution/dp/1846684978/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

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Apr 24, 2021
The pretenders who threatened Henry VII’s crown
00:45:57

Nathen Amin discusses his latest book, Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders, which explores the conspiracies and plots that challenged Henry VII’s crown. He talks about the prominent ‘pretenders’ who declared themselves to be royal claimants, including Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck.


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Apr 23, 2021
Why are we fascinated by ‘evil women’?
00:30:15

Joanna Bourke, who has been delivering a series of Gresham lectures on six different ‘evil women’ through history, explores what ideas about evil and femininity can tell us about changing societal values over time.

 

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Apr 21, 2021
Who was Britain’s Greatest Prime Minister? Robert Walpole
00:23:34

In the first episode of our new series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian and author Jeremy Black celebrates Britain’s first prime minister – pioneering 18th-century statesman Robert Walpole.

 

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Apr 20, 2021
Barbarossa: Hitler’s greatest gamble
00:47:40

As we approach the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s fateful invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the historian, author and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby revisits the dramatic, murderous struggle between the two totalitarian regimes.

 

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Apr 19, 2021
The Suez Crisis: everything you wanted to know
00:41:46

The Suez Crisis – sparked by an ill-fated Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt in 1956 – is often viewed as a turning point in modern British history, when the nation finally lost its superpower status. Alex von Tunzelmann answers your questions on this diplomatic debacle, from why Anthony Eden thought the invasion a gamble worth taking, to how it changed the trajectory of the Cold War.

 

(Ad) Alex Von Tunzelmann is the author of Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary and the Crisis That Shook the World (Simon & Schuster, 2017). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Sand-Hungary-Crisis-Shook/dp/1847394604/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod

 

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Apr 18, 2021
Traitor or triple agent? The WW2 spy Mathilde Carré
00:42:19

Author Roland Philipps talks about his latest book, Victoire: A Wartime Story of Resistance, Collaboration and Betrayal, which recounts the extraordinary exploits of Mathilde Carré, a double – possibly even triple – agent in the Second World War.

 

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Apr 17, 2021
Leonardo da Vinci’s private life
00:32:09

Historian Catherine Fletcher discusses what is known about the private life and relationships of the Renaissance polymath. She considers the gaps in the historical record, and the inspirations for the story in the new TV drama Leonardo, starring Aidan Turner.

 

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Apr 16, 2021
The bigamy trial that scandalised Georgian England
00:38:35

Historian and author Catherine Ostler relates the tale of Elizabeth Chudleigh, a glamorous Duchess-Countess whose high-profile bigamy trial fascinated Georgian society. She also charts how Chudleigh managed to reinvent herself after this very public downfall.

 

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Apr 14, 2021
Unravelling the Bayeux Tapestry ep5: What now?
01:16:01

In the final episode of the series, our panel considers the afterlife of the Tapestry, debating its differing legacies in France and Britain, whether it might be exhibited in Britain, and why it continues to fascinate. Dr David Musgrove and Professor Michael Lewis are joined in the discussion by Professor Michael Wood and Dr Janina Ramirez.

 

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Apr 13, 2021
Dan Jones on 1,000 years of British history
01:22:49

To mark HistoryExtra’s 1,000th episode, Dan Jones takes us on a whistlestop tour through the last millennium of British history, touching on some of the most memorable moments and reinterrogating the familiar stories we tell about our national past.

 

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Apr 12, 2021
The Maya: everything you wanted to know
01:05:28

Professor Matthew Restall tackles listener questions and popular search queries about the central American civilisation

 

Professor Matthew Restall tackles popular search queries and listener questions about the central American civilisation. Where did the Maya live? What did they eat? And did they really predict that the world would end in 2012?

 

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Apr 11, 2021
Women prisoners in 19th-century Ireland
00:38:08

Elaine Farrell shares the stories of incarcerated Irish women, from daily routines inside a convict prison to relationships with staff and contact with the outside world. She also asks what their experiences can tell us about the lives of working-class women in 19th-century Ireland more generally. 

 

(Ad) Elaine Farrell is the author of Women, Crime and Punishment in Ireland: Life in the Nineteenth-Century Convict Prison (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Crime-Punishment-Ireland-Nineteenth-Century/dp/1108839509/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod 

 

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Apr 10, 2021
Stalin: the real victor of WW2
00:54:27

Sean McMeekin discusses his revisionist new history of the Second World War, which places Josef Stalin at the centre of the conflict

 

Historian Sean McMeekin discusses his revisionist new history of the Second World War, which places Josef Stalin at the centre of the conflict. He shows how the Soviet dictator outmanoeuvred both enemies and allies to secure his own ends.

 

(Ad) Sean McMeekin is the author of Stalin’s War (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy now from it Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stalins-War-History-Second-World/dp/0241366437/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/

 

 

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Apr 09, 2021
Sending the first man into space
00:53:32

In 1961 cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to journey into space. Stephen Walker delves into the supercharged battle between the Soviets and Americans to reach this milestone

 

On 12 April 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history when he became the first man to journey into space. Stephen Walker delves into the story of Gagarin’s gruelling secret mission and the seismic battle between the world’s superpowers to conquer the new frontier: space.

 

Stephen Walker is the author of Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space (William Collins, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Stephen-Walker/dp/0008372500/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/

 

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Apr 07, 2021
Unravelling the Bayeux Tapestry ep4: What’s missing?
01:04:40

Although the story it depicts may have gone down in history, the Tapestry’s coverage of the events of 1066 is far from the whole story. In fact, there’s plenty that is missing, from rival claimants to entire battles. And these omissions can arguably tell us as much about the Tapestry as what is included. Dr David Musgrove and Professor Michael Lewis are joined in the discussion by Professor Tom License and Dr Emily Ward.

 

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Apr 06, 2021
The feminist who waged war on smallpox
00:30:48

Jo Willett tells the story of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who pioneered smallpox inoculation almost a century before Edward Jenner

 

Mary Wortley Montagu is one of the most important figures in the battle to combat smallpox, so why is this 18th-century aristocrat so little-known today? Jo Willett, author of The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu, shares the story of a fiercely independent scientist, feminist and woman of letters who changed the course of medical history.

 

(Ad) Jo Willett is the author of The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu: Scientist and Feminist (Pen & Sword, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pioneering-Life-Mary-Wortley-Montagu/dp/1526779382/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/

 

 

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Apr 05, 2021
The Great Fire of London: everything you wanted to know
00:44:53

How much damage did the Great Fire of London cause? How long did it take to put out? And did it really start in Pudding Lane? Rebecca Rideal responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries about the devastating blaze that swept through the capital in 1666.

 

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Apr 04, 2021
Cleopatra: unpicking myth from reality
00:25:16

The ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII is one of the most famous women in history, but how many of the legends surrounding her are actually true? Egyptologist Professor Joyce Tyldesley explores the life and legacy of the last queen of Egypt.

 

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Apr 03, 2021
Traffickers on trial: the sensational case of Lydia Harvey
00:47:23

In 1910, a sixteen-year-old girl named Lydia Harvey walked onto a steamship, sailed away from New Zealand and disappeared. She had been ensnared by two traffickers, who transported her Buenos Aires. Julia Laite uncovers Lydia’s journey, from a young girl coerced into prostitution to a star witness in a trial against her traffickers.  


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Apr 02, 2021
Bog bodies: what can they teach us?
00:51:18

Dr Melanie Giles unravels some of the mysteries around amazingly preserved human remains found in bogs – and reveals what we can learn from them

 

Dr Melanie Giles unravels some of the mysteries around amazingly preserved human remains found in bogs – and reveals what we can learn from them. She explains why these bodies have survived so well and the reasons why they might have been buried in wetlands across north-western Europe.

 

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Mar 31, 2021
Unravelling the Bayeux Tapestry ep3: What story does the Tapestry tell?
01:19:35

In recounting the Norman invasion of 1066, the Bayeux Tapestry tells a story that we’re all familiar with. But, look a bit closer and it’s not so simple. In this episode, we investigate whose version of events the Tapestry presents, and how its account of 1066 tallies up with other documentary sources. Dr David Musgrove and Professor Michael Lewis are joined in the discussion by Professor Elisabeth van Houts and Dr Leonie Hicks.

 

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Mar 30, 2021
500 years of women’s self-portraits
00:39:13

Jennifer Higgie charts the story of women’s self-portraits over the last 500 years of western art – uncovering tales of transgressive self-expression and overcoming oppression 

 

Jennifer Higgie charts the story of women’s self-portraits over the last 500 years of western art, revealing how female artists’ images of themselves transgressed societal norms, embraced self-expression and revealed insights about the eras they lived in.

 


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Mar 29, 2021
The Byzantine empire: everything you wanted to know
01:21:52

What did it mean to be ‘born in the purple’? What lasting legacy did the empire have on how we eat dinner? And what does ‘Byzantine’ actually mean? Professor Judith Herrin responds to listener questions and internet search queries about the 1,000-year history of Byzantine empire, which emerged in late antiquity and survived until the end of the Middle Ages.


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Mar 28, 2021
Ammonite & the real fossil hunter Mary Anning
00:41:32

Rebecca Wragg Sykes introduces us to 19th-century fossil hunter Mary Anning, whose life has inspired the new film Ammonite. She reveals the real woman behind the film, discussing Anning’s personal relationships, highlighting her most important discoveries and explaining how she was part of a substantial network of women scientists.

 

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Mar 27, 2021
Tales of Irish emigration
00:29:18

Historian Turtle Bunbury, author of new book The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism, shares stories of Irish emigrants and their descendants. He charts their influence on global history, from Christian missionaries in Europe in the early Middle Ages to the presidency of the United States.


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Mar 26, 2021
The mystery of the vanishing lighthouse keepers
00:36:20

Emma Stonex, author of a new novel The Lamplighters, talks about the strange true story of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse keepers, who vanished without a trace in December 1900, and delves into the unusual experience of life as a lighthouse keeper.


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Mar 24, 2021
Unravelling the Bayeux Tapestry ep2: How was the Tapestry created?
01:16:04

At around 70 metres long and handstitched with intricate detail, making the Bayeux Tapestry was no mean feat. In this episode, we delve into the details of how this mammoth embroidery was constructed, from the artistic traditions it follows and the materials used, to who may have actually stitched the designs. Plus, we reveal why it isn’t in fact a tapestry at all. Dr David Musgrove and Professor Michael Lewis are joined in the discussion by Professor Gale Owen-Crocker and Dr Alexandra Lester-Makin.

 

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Mar 23, 2021
Hate mail & mutilated horses: Conan Doyle investigates
00:33:05

Shrabani Basu, author of The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer, shares the surprising story of George Edalji, who was wrongly accused of fatally maiming cattle in 1903. She reveals how this miscarriage of justice exposed the simmering racial tensions of Edwardian England and captured the imagination of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle.


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Mar 22, 2021
The Elizabethans: everything you wanted to know
00:50:36

Nicola Tallis answers listener questions and online search queries about the Elizabethans. She covers everything from the dangers of using golden toothpicks and the religious rifts of the era to the reasons Queen Elizabeth I never married and the fate of her royal jewels.


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Mar 21, 2021
What happened to the Franklin Expedition? The real mystery behind The Terror
00:44:10

In 1845, two British navy ships sailed into the Canadian arctic and never returned. The fate of the Franklin Expedition has proven one of history’s most compelling mysteries, and most recently inspired the BBC drama The Terror. Here, Andrew Lambert explores the history behind the series and asks: what really happened to the expedition’s 129 crewmembers?


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Mar 20, 2021
Cellini: the “supreme scoundrel of the Renaissance”
00:38:56

Jerry Brotton describes the astonishing life and career of the Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini – a story of murder, plague, imprisonment and even necromancy

 

Professor Jerry Brotton describes the astonishing life and career of the 16th-century Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini, whose biography shines a light on the dark heart of the Renaissance and features murder, plague, imprisonment and even necromancy.

 

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Mar 19, 2021
How our hunger for land shaped history
00:40:26

Simon Winchester explores how humans’ quest to own land – from enclosure and division to violent seizure – has wreaked irreparable changes through history

 

Simon Winchester, author of Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World, explores how humans’ quest to own land has wreaked irreparable changes through history. He discusses when our division of land began, how the seizure of it has heralded huge historical shifts, and what it really means to ‘own’ land.

 

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Mar 17, 2021
Unravelling the Bayeux Tapestry Ep1: When, where and why was the Tapestry made?
01:24:18

In the opening episode of this podcast series examining one of the most fascinating objects of the medieval age, we explore all the need-to-know information about the Bayeux Tapestry, examining when and how it was made, who might have commissioned it and why. Dr David Musgrove and Professor Michael Lewis are joined in the discussion by Professor Shirley Ann Brown and Professor Elizabeth Pastan.

 

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Mar 16, 2021
The Clifford’s Tower massacre & medieval anti-Semitism
00:38:32

Dean Irwin explains the story of the 1190 anti-Semitic massacre at Clifford’s Tower in York, and how it fits into the wider story of England’s medieval Jewish population

 

In March 1190, all the Jewish residents of York lost their lives in an anti-Semitic massacre at Clifford’s Tower. Dean Irwin explains what happened, and how it fits into the wider story of England’s medieval Jewish population.

 

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Mar 15, 2021
The Thirty Years’ War: everything you wanted to know
00:42:29

Does the Thirty Years’ War merit its gruesome reputation? Who were the winners and losers of the conflict? And why did a Protestant mob throw Catholics out of a top-floor window of Prague Castle in 1618? Peter Wilson answers your questions on the conflict that tore central Europe apart for three decades in the 17th century, in the latest in our series tackling history’s major topics.

 

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Mar 14, 2021
Rebels, hostages and diplomats: royal women of the crusader states
00:49:31

Katherine Pangonis chronicles the formidable line of female rulers that shaped the crusader states of the Holy Land in the 12th century

 

Katherine Pangonis, author of Queens of Jerusalem, chronicles the formidable line of female rulers that shaped the crusader states of the Holy Land in the 12th century, sharing stories of rebel princesses, diplomatic double crosses and battles for the throne.

 

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Mar 13, 2021
To beard or not to beard? Facial hair through history
00:44:38

Dr Alun Withey, expert on the history of facial hair, takes us on a journey through shaving and grooming trends from 1650-1900

 

Why were big bushy beards once the height of fashion? When was it better to have a smooth face? And what were the perceived health benefits of whiskers, moustaches or goatees? Dr Alun Withey, expert on the history of facial hair, takes us on a journey through shaving and grooming trends from 1650-1900.

 

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Mar 12, 2021
The western front: a cauldron of innovation
00:30:18

In the popular imagination, the western front of the First World War has long been synonymous with futility and deadlock. But Nick Lloyd, author of new book The Western Front, argues that this was far from the case. It was in fact a cauldron of innovation and an epic struggle against the odds, shaped by transformative military and technological advancements.

 

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Mar 10, 2021
Assassinations: from the ancient world to JFK
00:45:29

Historian John Withington, author of Assassins’ Deeds: A History of Assassination from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day, explores some of history’s most notorious political killings. From the first known assassination to the plots to kill Franz Ferdinand and JFK, he reveals how these murders have often changed the course of history.

 

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Mar 09, 2021
The big questions of women’s history
00:54:30

We mark International Women’s Day with a panel discussion tackling the central issues of women’s history

 

We mark International Women’s Day with a panel discussion tackling the central issues of women’s history, including overlooked historical figures, exciting recent developments, whether men should write women’s history, and what work is still left to be done. Our panel features Maggie Andrews, chair of the Women’s History Network; Stella Dadzie, author of A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance, Helen McCarthy, author of Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood and Nicola Phillips, director of the Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender.

 

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Mar 08, 2021
The Cold War: everything you wanted to know
00:51:13

From espionage across the Iron Curtain, to the global struggles between communists and capitalists, Michael Goodman responds to your questions on the decades of geopolitical tension that shaped relations between east and west in the second half of the 20th century, in the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics.

 

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Mar 07, 2021
Voices of China
00:38:41

Michael Wood, author of The Story of China, gives a lecture on the ancient civilisation’s rich and varied history. He introduces us to five individuals from across the centuries whose lives and voices can shed light on Chinese history, including an emperor, a footsoldier and a feminist.

 

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Mar 06, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Game of Thrones’ medieval roots
00:01:31

Carolyne Larrington explores the medieval world that inspired the fantasy epic in a special HistoryExtra bonus episode, available now for free at https://www.historyextra.com/game-of-thrones-podcast

 

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Mar 05, 2021
Why treason was so unforgivable in the Middle Ages
00:56:59

Dr Amanda McVitty explains what treason meant in the medieval era, and why its consequences were particularly brutal

 

Dr Amanda McVitty, author of Treason and Masculinity in Medieval England, explains what treason meant in the Middle Ages. She explains how the crime was the subject of heated debate, and why the punishment for it was so brutal, humiliating and public.

 

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Mar 04, 2021
Formidable dynasties of the Italian Renaissance
00:31:56

Mary Hollingsworth discusses her new book, Princes of the Renaissance, which charts the wars and alliances between the powerful Italian families of the 15th and 16th centuries

 

Mary Hollingsworth discusses her new book Princes of the Renaissance, which charts the wars and alliances between the powerful Italian families of the 15th and 16th centuries – wealthy and influential dynasties whose patronage led to some of the greatest art and architecture of the period.

 

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Mar 03, 2021
Vikings in North America
00:37:15

Gordon Campbell reveals how the Vikings made epic voyages of discovery across the Atlantic a millennium ago 

 

The argument over whether Norse explorers settled in North America a millennium ago has raged for two centuries, pitting Protestants against Catholics, Native Americans against European colonists – and producing claims and counterclaims often grounded in an ideology of racial superiority. Gordon Campbell, author of Norse America, discusses this often-fractious debate and sets out what we actually know about the Vikings’ remarkable voyages across the Atlantic.

 

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Mar 02, 2021
Shipwrecked in the Arctic: a 16th-century survival story
00:53:25

Journalist Andrea Pitzer discusses her latest book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, which recounts the Arctic ordeal of Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew. In 1597, they set sail in a bid to find a North East passage to China, but spent nine months fighting off ravenous polar bears, extreme cold and a seemingly endless winter after becoming stranded in the ice.

 

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Mar 01, 2021
The Roman emperors: everything you wanted to know
01:05:00

Shushma Malik discusses some of the most admired and reviled Roman emperors, and considers whether the legends surrounding them stand up to scrutiny

 

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Shushma Malik responds to your questions on some of the most admired and reviled Roman emperors, and considers whether the legends surrounding them stand up to scrutiny.

 

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Feb 28, 2021
Adventure and archaeology in the golden age of Egyptology
00:46:26

Toby Wilkinson, author of A World Beneath the Sands, gives a lecture on the men and women whose obsession with Egypt’s ancient civilisation drove them to uncover its secrets in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He reveals how their work helped to enrich and transform our understanding of the Nile valley and its people, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too.

 

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Feb 27, 2021
Crafting historical weapons for Wolf Hall and The Witcher
00:40:43

From Roman catapults to medieval daggers, Tod of Tod’s Workshop has made it all. The historical weapon-maker gives a behind-the-scenes peek into making replica weapons and armour for period dramas and hit TV shows like Wolf Hall and The Witcher

 

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Feb 26, 2021
Nefertiti: wife, mother, pharaoh
00:53:50

Following the discovery of her striking bust in 1912, Nefertiti has become one of the best-known women of ancient Egypt. Professor Aidan Dodson – author of Nefertiti: Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife – discusses ancient Egypt’s sun queen and offers his take on whether she ever reigned as a fully-fledged pharaoh in her own right.

 

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Feb 25, 2021
The women who fought back against Hollywood
00:36:50

Film critic Helen O’Hara talks about her new book Women vs Hollywood, which highlights female pioneers of film, and reveals some of the challenges faced by women working in Hollywood over the past century – from controlling studios and sexist roles to unequal pay and #MeToo.

 

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Feb 24, 2021
Rivalries and romances: couples that shook up history
00:42:11

When it comes to making a mark in the history books, sometimes two heads are better than one. Broadcaster and author Cathy Newman talks about her latest book It Takes Two: A History of the Couples Who Dared to be Different, which highlights duos that changed the course of history.

 

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Feb 23, 2021
The Vikings’ global connections
00:40:09

Dr Cat Jarman explores the far-reaching trading networks of the Vikings, from the Baltic sea to Asia

 

Dr Cat Jarman discusses her new book River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Road, which opens up the story of Scandinavian trade, settlement and communication from the Baltic sea right through to Asia.

 

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Feb 22, 2021
The space race: everything you wanted to know
00:52:53

Tom Ellis responds to listener questions on the great Cold War rivalry that saw the US and the Soviet Union battle for dominance in space

 

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Tom Ellis responds to listener questions about the space race. He covers topics including Cold War espionage, the role played by German engineers with Nazi connections, and the battle to plant a flag on the moon.

 

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Feb 21, 2021
Sathnam Sanghera on how modern Britain is shaped by empire
00:32:59

Sathnam Sanghera discusses where we can see the legacy of imperialism in Britain today – from politics and education to museums and multiculturalism 

 

Journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera discusses his new book Empireland, which interrogates everything from the objects in our museums and the subjects on our curriculum to the ways we think about race and multiculturalism, to trace the legacy of imperialism in Britain today.

 

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Feb 20, 2021
The big questions of LGBTQ history
00:50:51

We mark LGBT+ History Month with a panel discussion tackling some of the biggest themes in LGBTQ history

 

February is LGBT+ History Month. We mark it with a panel discussion in which Matt Cook, Channing Joseph, Jen Manion and Angela Steidele tackle some of the biggest themes in LGBTQ history.

 

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Feb 19, 2021
Chaos & communism: China’s 1949 revolution
00:38:02

Historian and journalist Graham Hutchings discusses his new book China 1949, which explores the events of a tumultuous year that saw communist victory in the Chinese civil war and the birth of the People’s Republic of China.

 

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Feb 18, 2021
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: poet, activist, trailblazer, runaway
00:53:06

Fiona Sampson, author of a new biography, Two-Way MirrorThe Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, discusses the life and work of the Victorian poet. Although perhaps best known for her runaway romance with fellow poet Robert Browning, Elizabeth also battled chronic illness and family troubles to create influential activist writing and ground-breaking poetry.

 

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Feb 17, 2021
Is “Blitz Spirit” a myth?
00:46:36

Ahead of their new BBC One documentary, Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley, historical consultant Joshua Levine and producer Yasmine Permaul interrogate the idea of “Blitz Spirit”. Introducing us to a raft of characters who lived through the bombings in London, they reveal how people really reacted to the devastating raids that threatened them and their loved ones. 

 

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Feb 16, 2021
Fatal accidents and violent injuries in the Middle Ages
00:34:30

Dr Jenna Dittmar, who has been studying medieval skeletons, reveals what her findings can tell us about injuries and violence in the era

 

Dr Jenna Dittmar, who has been part of a research project studying medieval skeletons from Cambridge, reveals what her findings can tell us about occupational injuries, accidents and levels of violence in the medieval period.

 

 

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Feb 15, 2021
The Dissolution: everything you wanted to know
00:52:16

Dr Hugh Willmott responds to listener questions on Henry VIII’s suppression of the monasteries in the 16th century

 

In this special live edition of our ‘everything you wanted to know’ series, Dr Hugh Willmott responds to listener questions about the suppression of the monasteries in the 16th century, exploring why Henry VIII targeted religious houses, how they were repurposed, and what happened to the monks and nuns that lived in them.

 

 

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Feb 14, 2021
The forgotten mothers of civil rights leaders
00:43:25

Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and James Baldwin are often remembered as change-makers who came into the world with their political ideas fully-formed – but this was far from the case. As Anna Malaika Tubbs reveals in her new book Three Mothers, the mothers of these civil rights leaders shaped their activism and taught their sons to resist racism.

 

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Feb 13, 2021
Sex, romance and rights: women's lives since 1950
00:58:12

Historian Carol Dyhouse talks about her new book, Love Lives: From Cinderella to Frozen, which explores how women's lives, dreams and loves have been transformed since 1950 –when Walt Disney's Cinderella was released, and teenage girls were told to dream of marriage, Mr Right, and happy endings.

 

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Feb 12, 2021
Victorian pet cemeteries: animals in the afterlife
00:31:34

In the 19th century, devoted pet-owners established Britain’s first pet cemeteries. Dr Eric Tourigny explains what they tell us about Victorian attitudes to animals

 

In the 19th century, devoted pet-owners established Britain’s first pet cemeteries. Dr Eric Tourigny of Newcastle University, who has been analysing inscriptions on animal gravestones dating back to the 1880s, explains what they tell us about Victorian attitudes to animals, and how Britain became a nation of pet lovers.

 

 

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Feb 11, 2021
How slavery fuelled the British empire
00:43:38

Padraic X Scanlan discusses his book Slave Empire: How Slavery Built modern Britain, which examines how slavery fuelled the British empire and explores the complicated, often contradictory, motivations of abolitionists.

 

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Feb 10, 2021
17th-century London: a city shaped by catastrophe
00:29:44

Author Margarette Lincoln talks about her latest book, London and the 17th Century, which describes how a period blighted by plague, fire, revolution and civil war helped transform London into one of the world’s great cities.

 

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Feb 09, 2021
Medieval forgeries
00:30:50

Forgery was the dirty little secret of the Middle Ages. Levi Roach explains who counterfeited medieval manuscripts and why

 

Forgery was the dirty little secret of the Middle Ages. As historian Levi Roach explains, some of Europe’s leading holy men cooked up counterfeit documents to rewrite the past as they thought it should have happened.

 

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Feb 08, 2021
Daily life in ancient Egypt: everything you wanted to know
01:00:11

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley responds to listener questions about daily life in ancient Egypt, from governance, pharaohs and the Egyptian mindset, to makeup, dental care and the popularity of cat mummies.

 

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Feb 07, 2021
Novelist Kate Mosse on The City of Tears
00:31:44

Author Kate Mosse talks about her historical novel The City of Tears, which transports readers back to the Wars of Religion in 16th-century France 

 

Author Kate Mosse talks about her historical novel The City of Tears, the latest instalment in the Burning Chambers series, which transports readers back to the Wars of Religion in 16th-century France. She speaks about the challenges of balancing historical reality with exciting storylines, and about mining sources to reconstruct the everyday lives of ordinary women.

 

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Feb 06, 2021
The Dark Ages: a ‘black hole’ in Britain’s history
00:42:44

Max Adams discusses his book The First Kingdom, Britain in the Age of Arthur, which pieces together the evidence to uncover what happened after the fall of Roman Britain. He speaks about some of the current theories about the era 400-600 AD, and why Arthurian myths have proven so popular.

 

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Feb 05, 2021
1962: London’s big freeze
00:35:40

Author Juliet Nicolson talks about her latest book, Frostquake, which tells the story of the frozen winter of 1962. As Britain shivered under a blanket of ice and snow, new political and cultural forces were emerging that would shake up the nation.

 

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Feb 04, 2021
Edward I’s letters
00:46:07

Dr Kathleen Neal explains what we can learn about Edward I, the famously militaristic “Hammer of the Scots”, from his letters

 

Dr Kathleen Neal explains what we can learn about medieval king Edward I, the famously militaristic “Hammer of the Scots”, from the letters that he sent to his nobles and officers. What can these missives tell us about Edward as a man, and how his reign unfolded? 

 

 

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Feb 03, 2021
Cary Grant: from humble beginnings to Hollywood icon
00:33:03

Author Mark Glancy tells us about his latest book, Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend, which chronicles the remarkable story of how Archibald Leach, a working-class lad from Bristol, became the most celebrated actor in Hollywood and the epitome of debonair sophistication.

 

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Feb 02, 2021
Blitz spirit or broken morale?
00:39:05

Jeremy Crang investigates reports on British morale made during the Second World War and considers what they can tell us about the ‘Blitz spirit’

 

Historian Jeremy Crang discusses his book The Spirit of the Blitz (co-edited with Paul Addison), which investigates reports on British morale made during the early months of the Second World War and considers what they can tell us about the so-called ‘Blitz spirit’.

 

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Feb 01, 2021
The Black Death: everything you wanted to know
01:01:33

Professor John Hatcher answers listener questions about the medieval pandemic, and reflects on how the Covid-19 crisis might shape our understanding of the plague

 

Professor John Hatcher, author of The Black Death: A Personal History, responds to listener questions and internet search queries about the medieval pandemic that ravaged 14th-century Europe. He also reflects on how the current Covid-19 crisis might shape our understanding of the Black Death.

 

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Jan 31, 2021
Why do we fight wars?
00:37:31

Margaret MacMillan gives a lecture on her book War: How Conflict Shaped Us, which explores the recurring reasons for conflict throughout history and examines how warfare has impacted on the human story.

 

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Jan 30, 2021
A guide to the Norse gods
00:52:35

From Thor to Odin, Carolyne Larrington discusses the legendary figures of Viking mythology

 

Professor Carolyne Larrington discusses her book The Norse Myths: A Guide to the Gods and Heroes, which explores the legendary stories and figures of Viking mythology, from one-eyed Odin to hammer-wielding Thor.

 

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Jan 29, 2021
The hunt for Caesar’s killers
00:41:34

Author and journalist Sir Peter Stothard discusses his latest book, The Last Assassin, which chronicles the hunt for Julius Caesar’s murderers, a momentous episode in ancient Rome’s story that triggered a brutal civil war and the dawn of the imperial age.

 

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Jan 28, 2021
Werewolves of the ancient world
00:23:38

Historian Daniel Ogden, author of new book The Werewolf in the Ancient World, explores the origins of the werewolf legend in stories from classical Greece and Rome.

 

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Jan 27, 2021
Rich vs poor in Regency Britain
00:34:32

Historian Ian Mortimer discusses how a vast chasm between rich and poor marked society in the early 19th century


Historian Ian Mortimer discusses the chasm between rich and poor that marked society in the early 19th century, and explores why many popular depictions of the era fail to show the realities of Regency inequality.

 

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Jan 26, 2021
Spectacular discoveries at Sutton Hoo
01:04:33

Ahead of the release of the new film The Dig, Professor Martin Carver discusses the real story of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo


Ahead of the release of Netflix’s new film The Dig, about the famous 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo, Professor Martin Carver explains the fascinating history of the iconic burial site. He speaks to David Musgrove about the team that worked on the excavation, and the remarkable early medieval treasures they unearthed.

 

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Jan 25, 2021
The Persian empire: everything you wanted to know
01:09:36

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, an expert in ancient history, responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries on the Persian empire. Once the largest empire the world had ever seen, Persia was one of the dominant powers of the ancient world.

 

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Jan 24, 2021
The shipwreck that sank a royal dynasty
00:42:15

In a talk from our virtual lecture series, author Charles Spencer discusses his book The White Ship, which explores the story of England’s early Norman monarchs and recounts a maritime tragedy that threw England’s royal line into disarray in 1120.

 

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Jan 23, 2021
The NHS: a brief history
00:38:04

Historian Susan Cohen discusses how Britain’s National Health Service has changed over the decades since its landmark creation in 1948. She explores the challenges of providing ‘cradle-to-grave care’ for all Britons, and discusses some of the biggest issues that the service has faced, including discrimination in the ranks, AIDS and Covid-19.

 

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Jan 22, 2021
Rebuilding Europe after WW2
00:38:28

Historian Paul Betts discusses his book Ruin and Renewal, which explores how postwar regeneration after 1945 was inspired by the contested concept of civilisation, and examines some of the competing visions for Europe’s future.

 

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Jan 21, 2021
How oceans shaped human civilisation
00:25:37

Physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski discusses the impact of oceans on human civilisations through history, from providing food to connecting trade routes. Plus, she explores how our relationship with the oceans has changed throughout the ages.

 

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Jan 20, 2021
Searching for freedom after the Holocaust
00:43:22

Rosie Whitehouse tells the story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sailed to Palestine in 1946, in defiance of the Royal Navy

 

Author and journalist Rosie Whitehouse discusses her book The People on the Beach, which tells the story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sailed from Italy to Palestine in 1946, taking on the might of the Royal Navy in the process.

 

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Jan 19, 2021
The race for vaccines: lessons from history
00:42:05

As the campaign to vaccinate the population against Covid-19 picks up pace, Gareth Williams explores previous efforts to combat lethal diseases, from smallpox to polio

 

Gareth Williams, emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Bristol, traces historical efforts to vaccinate populations against killer infections – from Edward Jenner’s eureka moment with smallpox in 18th-century England to rival scientists’ bitter battle to conquer polio in 1950s America.

 

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Jan 18, 2021
Britain’s Swinging Sixties: everything you wanted to know
00:51:31

Dominic Sandbrook answers popular search queries and listener questions about Britain in the 1960s

 

Did the Sixties really swing? Why did the decade see such an explosion of popular culture? And what were the top sellers in the supermarket? Historian, author and broadcaster Dominic Sandbrook answers popular search queries and questions you submitted about Britain in the 1960s.

 

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Jan 17, 2021
MI9’s secret escape missions
00:45:00

Historian Helen Fry, author of MI9, gives a lecture on the secret service for escape and evasion, who led missions to help allied prisoners of war make it out of Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War.

 

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Jan 16, 2021
Hitler and Stalin: tyrants at war
00:49:00

Laurence Rees compares the actions of the two dictators over the course of the Second World War

 

Historian, author and broadcaster Laurence Rees discusses his new book, Hitler and Stalin, which compares the actions of the two dictators over the course of the Second World War.

 

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Jan 15, 2021
How historians helped build the British empire
00:22:26

Priya Satia explores how historians helped advance the British empire, only to later become critics of imperialism

 

Professor Priya Satia discusses her recent book, Time’s Monster, which explores how historians helped advance the aims of the British empire, only to later become highly critical of imperialism.

 

 

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Jan 14, 2021
When British pop invaded America
00:39:34

David Hepworth tells the story of the British rock bands – from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin – who took the United States by storm in the 1960s

 

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth tells us about his latest book, Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There, which documents how a wave of skinny, pale, long-haired musicians from Blighty became the toast of 1960s America, heralding in a cultural revolution.

 

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Jan 13, 2021
The collapse of the Third Reich
00:40:18

Frank McDonough discusses the second volume in his history of the Third Reich, The Hitler Years, which details how Nazi Germany fell from the peak of its power in 1940 to disastrous defeat five years later.

 

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Jan 12, 2021
Domesday Book: medieval big data
00:50:07

Stephen Baxter discusses the latest insights revealed by a new study of the 11th-century survey of England 

 

Professor Stephen Baxter discusses the latest insights revealed by a new study of Domesday Book, which suggests that William the Conqueror’s survey of England in the mid-1080s was more efficient, complex, and sophisticated than previously thought.

 

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Jan 11, 2021
The Renaissance: everything you wanted to know
00:45:29

Jerry Brotton, professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London, responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries about the Renaissance. He tackles everyday life in the era and explains why it saw such an explosion of ground-breaking art and culture.

 

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Jan 10, 2021
The decline and death of Henry VIII
00:40:33

Robert Hutchinson gives a lecture on the Tudor monarch's final years, plagued by illness, bankruptcy, and thwarted ambitions


In a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Chester History Weekend event, historian Robert Hutchinson discusses the final years of the Tudor monarch, revealing a lonely, vulnerable man plagued by illness, bankruptcy, and thwarted ambitions.

 

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Jan 09, 2021
Was the 1990s a golden age for British South Asians?
00:32:52

Kavita Puri discusses the experiences of British South Asians during the 1990s and early 2000s.


BBC journalist Kavita Puri discusses the new series of her Radio 4 documentary Three Pounds in My Pocket, which explores the experiences of British South Asians during the 1990s and early 2000s.

 

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Jan 08, 2021
Editor’s pick: Ian Kershaw on postwar Europe
01:00:22

In this episode from our archive, Ian Kershaw offers his take on how the continent has developed since the Second World War


In this archive episode from 2018, recorded to mark HistoryExtra’s 500th episode, historian Sir Ian Kershaw offers his take on how the continent has developed over the past seven decades since the Second World War.

 

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Jan 07, 2021
Brexit’s long historical roots
00:39:00

Robert Tombs discusses the historical background to Brexit, exploring Britain’s long and fluctuating relationship with Europe


Professor Robert Tombs discusses his new book This Sovereign Isle, which examines the history of Britain’s relationship with Europe. He talks about how ideas about the past have shaped Brexit, and how future historians might view Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

 

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Jan 06, 2021
Editor’s pick: Lenin’s revolutionary train journey
00:28:49

In this archive episode, Catherine Merridale recounts how the future Soviet leader travelled to Petrograd in 1917 – a key moment in the Russian Revolution


In this episode from our archive, Catherine Merridale discusses her book Lenin on the Train, which recounts the future Soviet leader’s famous 1917 train journey across Europe to Petrograd – a key moment in the Russian Revolution.

 

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Jan 05, 2021
The battle for Sicily, 1943
00:40:44

James Holland tells the story of the dramatic Allied assault on the island of Sicily in the Second World War


Military historian James Holland tells the story of the dramatic assault on the island of Sicily in 1943 – a key moment in the Second World War that saw Allied forces battle to return to ‘Fortress Europe’.

 

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Jan 04, 2021
The Industrial Revolution: everything you wanted to know
00:42:19

Emma Griffin tackles internet search queries and questions submitted by listeners about Britain’s Industrial Revolution


Emma Griffin tackles internet search queries and questions submitted by listeners about Britain’s Industrial Revolution, from the key inventions and cultural impact to workers’ rights and child labour.

 

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Jan 03, 2021
German Jews in WW1
00:46:10

Tim Grady gives a lecture exploring the varied experiences of German Jews in the First World War


In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 History Weekend in Chester based on his book, A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War, Tim Grady reveals how German Jews played a central role in the First World War, and considers how they were impacted by the legacies of the conflict.

 

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Jan 02, 2021
Bizarre books and macabre manuscripts
00:41:57

Edward Brooke-Hitching discusses some of history’s strangest literary curiosities, from hoax manuscripts to tomes bound in human skin


Edward Brooke-Hitching discusses his book The Madman’s Library, which tells the stories of some of history’s strangest literary curiosities, from hoax manuscripts and books of demonology to volumes written in blood or bound in human skin.

 

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Jan 01, 2021
Bonnie Prince Charlie: hero or coward?
00:44:16

Jacqueline Riding considers whether the Jacobite prince was a valiant freedom fighter, or a haughty coward


Ever since he led a failed Jacobite rebellion against the British crown in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie has divided opinion. To his supporters, he was a courageous freedom fighter; to his detractors, a gutless popinjay. On the 300th anniversary of his birth, Jacqueline Riding considers the controversial prince’s life and legacy.

 

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Dec 31, 2020
Editor’s pick: covert Catholicism in Elizabethan England
00:29:47

In this episode from our archive, Jessie Childs tells the story of Tudor gentleman Thomas Tresham, whose faith set him at odds with the Virgin Queen


In this archive episode from 2018, historian Jessie Childs tells the story of Thomas Tresham, a Tudor gentleman who built a remarkable secret monument to his Catholic faith and risked the anger of the Virgin Queen.

 

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Dec 30, 2020
Thomas Becket: from murder to martyrdom
00:52:25

Eight hundred and fifty years ago today, the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was brutally murdered in his cathedral. Dr Emily Guerry explains what happened next


Eight hundred and fifty years ago today, on 29 December 1170, the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was brutally murdered in his cathedral, by four knights acting on what they took to be a command from King Henry II. Dr Emily Guerry explains what happened, and why a cult sprang up around Becket almost immediately.

 

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Dec 29, 2020
Bridgerton: ripping up the rulebook on Regency romance
00:26:51

Hannah Greig, historian and etiquette advisor to new Netflix show Bridgerton, joins us to talk about the historical detail that can be found in the drama – and the inspirations behind it


Historian and etiquette advisor Hannah Greig joins us to discuss the historical details that can be found in new Netflix drama Bridgerton. She talks about the inspirations behind the show, how it plays with the idea of what period drama should look like, and the challenges of bringing the opulence of upper-class Regency courtship to the screen.

 

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Dec 28, 2020
The Wars of the Roses: everything you wanted to know about
01:04:32

Lauren Johnson responds to listener questions about the Wars of the Roses, the 15th-century clashes for the English throne between the houses of Lancaster and York


In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Lauren Johnson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Wars of the Roses, the 15th-century clashes for the English throne between the houses of Lancaster and York.

 

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Dec 27, 2020
Editor’s pick: the Windrush generation
00:41:52

In this episode from our archive, Colin Grant tells the stories of postwar immigrants who moved to Britain from the Caribbean


In this archive episode, historian, author and broadcaster Colin Grant discusses his book, Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, which tells the stories of postwar immigrants who moved to Britain from the Caribbean.

 

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Dec 24, 2020
Our 2020 Christmas quiz
00:19:20

Test your historical knowledge with our annual festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard


Join the HistoryExtra team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz. Test your knowledge on turkey bowling, snowball fights and strange festive traditions with fiendish questions set by QI writer Justin Pollard.

 

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Dec 23, 2020
Editor’s pick: Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton
00:45:46

In this episode from our archive, biographer Ron Chernow discusses the extraordinary life of the American Founding Father who inspired a hit musical


In this archive episode from 2018, we spoke to historian Ron Chernow about the amazing life of the American Founding Father. Chernow discusses his biography of Hamilton, which inspired the hip-hop musical sensation, and his role as a historical consultant to the show.

 

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Dec 22, 2020
Christmas ghost stories
00:32:39

Telling spooky tales at Christmastime is a very old tradition. Francis Young explains the origins of this custom and what it tells us


Telling spooky tales at Christmastime is a very old tradition. Folklorist and historian Francis Young explains where the idea of the ghost story originates and what it tells us about approaches to the festive period, from the early medieval period through to Charles Dickens and MR James.

 

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Dec 21, 2020
The history of Christmas: everything you wanted to know
00:49:29

Did Cromwell ban mince pies? And why does Santa wear red? George Goodwin responds to listener questions and internet search queries on festive history

 

Did Cromwell ban mince pies? When did people first give Christmas presents? And why does Santa wear red? George Goodwin, historian and author of Christmas Traditions: A Celebration of Festive Lore, responds to listener questions and internet search queries about the history of the festive period.

 

 

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Dec 20, 2020
A WW2 story of survival
00:46:41

The Cut Out Girl author Bart van Es gives a lecture on the Jewish children who survived the Holocaust by living in hiding in the Netherlands


In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, based on his Costa Prize-winning book The Cut Out Girl, Bart van Es explores the stories of the thousands of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust by living in hiding in the Netherlands.

 

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Dec 19, 2020
Editor’s pick: Were the suffragettes terrorists?
00:27:23

In this archive episode, historian Fern Riddell discusses her biography of suffrage campaigner Kitty Marion, which explores some of the darker aspects of the campaign for votes for women.

 

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Dec 18, 2020
Ten things to do with a medieval donkey
00:42:19

Kathryn Smithies discusses the economic and cultural significance of donkeys in the Middle Ages 

 

Kathryn Smithies, author of Introducing the Medieval Ass, discusses the economic and cultural significance of donkeys in the Middle Ages.

 

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Dec 17, 2020
Hunting down the Portland Spy Ring
00:58:50

Writer and espionage historian Trevor Barnes discusses his book Dead Doubles, which details the thrilling 1960s MI5 investigation into the infamous Portland Spy Ring, one of the most dangerous KGB espionage networks ever to operate in the UK.

 

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Dec 16, 2020
The gay MPs who opposed appeasement
00:36:01

MP and author Chris Bryant discusses his new book The Glamour Boys, which tells the story of group of young, queer British MPs who were some of the first to oppose appeasement in the 1930s and warn Britain’s government about the dangers of Hitler.

 

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Dec 14, 2020
Magna Carta: everything you wanted to know
00:41:12

Professor David Carpenter responds to listener questions on the great medieval charter and its 800-year-long legacy

 

Professor David Carpenter responds to listener queries and popular internet search queries about the great medieval charter sealed in 1215. He discusses King John, Magna Carta’s impact on England in the Middle Ages, and the document’s 800-year-long legacy.

 

 

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Dec 13, 2020
Japan and the west
00:40:38

Chris Harding gives a lecture on Japan’s attempts to carve out a place for itself in a world dominated by western power and culture

In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, inspired by his book Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, Chris Harding explores Japan’s attempts to carve out a place for itself in a world dominated by western power and culture.


 

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Dec 12, 2020
Cundill Prize-winner Camilla Townsend on global history
00:22:58

Historian Camilla Townsend recently won the Cundill History Prize for Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs. Here, she talks about the book’s success, and the challenges of writing global history for a popular audience.

 

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Dec 11, 2020
Castro and the trip that shaped the 1960s
00:37:16

In September 1960, Fidel Castro visited New York City to give the opening address at the United Nations General Assembly. Historian Simon Hall, author of Ten Days in Harlem, explores the impact of this trip, and how it was to shape an entire decade.

 

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Dec 10, 2020
Imperialism on the oceans
00:34:29

Professor Sujit Sivasundaram discusses his book Waves across the South: A New History Revolution and Empire, which rewrites the story of the British empire’s expansion across the Indian and Pacific Oceans, putting indigenous experiences front and centre.

 

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Dec 09, 2020
The International Brigades: fighting fascism in Spain
01:01:05

Giles Tremlett discusses how more than 35,000 volunteers from across the globe fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War


Historian, author and journalist Giles Tremlett discusses his major new book on the International Brigades, which charts how more than 35,000 volunteers from across the globe fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

 

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Dec 07, 2020
The Glorious Revolution: everything you wanted to know
00:57:32

How did James II’s replacement by William of Orange as king of England, Scotland and Ireland change the course of British history? Ted Vallance responds to listener questions about the 1688 Glorious Revolution 


In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Ted Vallance responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688, which saw William of Orange ousting James II as king of England, Scotland and Ireland

 

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Dec 06, 2020
The orphan hero who fought at Trafalgar
00:49:35

Helen Berry gives a lecture on the extraordinary story of an 18th-century foundling, George King


In a lecture she delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, Helen Berry shares an extraordinary story from her book Orphans of Empire: The Fate of London’s Foundlings – of the 18th-century orphan George King, who was abandoned at London’s Foundling Hospital and went on to a remarkable life. 

 

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Dec 05, 2020
England’s sporting obsession
00:37:50

Robert Colls, author of This Sporting Life: Sport and Liberty in England, 1760-1960, discusses the critical role that our love of sport has played in English civil society over the past two centuries – from 19th-century prize fighters to the magic of Bobby Charlton.

 

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Dec 04, 2020
How did the Reformation impact Jews?
00:48:07

Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation had on Europe’s Jewish communities.


Historian Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation of the 16th century had on Europe’s Jewish communities and their relations with their Christian neighbours.

 

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Dec 03, 2020
Ethiopia 1935: The real history behind The Shadow King
00:31:34

Author Maaza Mengiste discusses her Booker prize-nominated historical novel The Shadow King, set during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. She talks about the research involved, her own family connections to the story and how she uncovered the hidden history of Ethiopia’s female fighters.   

 

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Dec 02, 2020
The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis
01:04:38

Edith Hall explores Plato’s legend of Atlantis and considers why the tale continues to endure 2,500 years on 


Classicist Edith Hall, an expert on ancient Greek literature, explores Plato’s lost city of Atlantis. She considers our enduring fascination with the tale 2,500 years on and asks whether there ever was, in fact, a real Atlantis.

 

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Nov 30, 2020
Ancient Babylon: everything you wanted to know
00:43:38

Professor Zainab Bahrani tackles popular internet search queries, and questions submitted by listeners, about the Mesopotamian city, which was one of the jewels of the ancient world. Topics range from religion, food and kings to the Hanging Gardens and the myth of the Tower of Babel.

 

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Nov 29, 2020
Looking for Egypt’s lost tombs
00:58:13

Are there any treasures left to be excavated in Egypt? Chris Naunton gives a lecture on some of the most fascinating ancient figures whose tombs are yet to be discovered


In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, Chris Naunton discusses his book Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt. He talks about some of the most fascinating ancient figures whose tombs are yet to be discovered, including Alexander the Great, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, and asks – will their burial places ever be found?

 

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Nov 28, 2020
Robert Harris on V2, historical fiction and WW2
00:26:07

Robert Harris discusses V2, his new Second World War thriller inspired by the German missile campaign in 1944


Best-selling historical novelist Robert Harris discusses his latest thriller, V2, inspired by the German missile campaign in 1944. He explains why he is obsessed by the Second World War, and shares some of the secrets of writing great historical fiction.

 

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Nov 27, 2020
2020: The historians’ verdict
00:55:01

From debates about colonialism to lessons from previous pandemics, a panel of historians discuss how the past has shaped 2020 – and how the events of this momentous year should change our understanding of the past


From debates about colonialism to lessons from previous pandemics, history has repeatedly made the headlines this year. We invited historians Kerri Greenidge, Tom Holland, Suzannah Lipscomb and Michael Wood to discuss how the past has shaped 2020 – and how the events of this momentous year should change our understanding of the past.

 

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Nov 26, 2020
Women in Greek myths
00:27:57

Natalie Haynes discusses the varied portrayals of women in Greek mythology, uncovering the multi-layered figures who emerge from different retellings 


Writer and classicist Natalie Haynes discusses her latest book Pandora’s Jar, which revisits the varied portrayals of women in Greek mythology, finding that the figures who emerge from different retellings and translations are less familiar than we might think.

 

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Nov 25, 2020
Germans who resisted the Nazis
00:39:27

Author and filmmaker Catrine Clay discusses her new book, The Good Germans, which explores German opposition to Nazism through the lives of six people who stood up to the Third Reich.

 

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Nov 23, 2020
Shakespeare: everything you wanted to know
00:39:26

Paul Edmondson, head of research and knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, responds to listener questions and popular search queries on the life and work of England’s most famous playwright, covering everything from the Bard’s literary inspirations and family relationships, to conspiracies that his plays were penned by someone else. 

 

 

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Nov 22, 2020
A secret WW2 wargame
00:42:40

In a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Winchester History Weekend, Simon Parkin discusses the extraordinary story that inspired his book A Game of Birds and Wolves. He describes how a team of unlikely heroes developed a Battleship-like wargame in order to crack German U-boat tactics at the height of the battle of the Atlantic.

 

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Nov 21, 2020
Bernard Cornwell on The Last Kingdom’s finale and the next Sharpe
00:25:27

Bestselling historical novelist Bernard Cornwell discusses his new book War Lord, the final instalment in The Last Kingdom series. He speaks about why Aethelstan gets short shrift in history and reveals his next project – a new Sharpe adventure novel.

 

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Nov 20, 2020
Oswald, the many-headed medieval saint
00:46:36

Dr Johanna Dale explores how the seventh-century Northumbrian king Oswald become an important and popular saint across medieval Europe, and explains what his story can tell us about religion in the Middle Ages.

 

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Nov 19, 2020
Has the EU been a success?
00:32:20

Kiran Klaus Patel, author of Project Europe: A History, tracks the development of the EU over the postwar decades, considering whether it really did bring peace to the continent and what impact it’s had on economic growth

 

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Nov 18, 2020
An extraordinary Everest adventure
00:47:46

In the 1930s, eccentric aviator Maurice Wilson hatched a wild plan to fly from England to Everest in a Gypsy Moth plane, and then climb to the top of the mountain solo. Ed Caesar talks about the remarkable story that inspired his new book, The Moth and the Mountain.

 

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Nov 16, 2020
The Wild West: everything you wanted to know
00:49:46

Historian and author Karen Jones responds to listener questions and popular search queries about the mass movement of settlers into the American west, from the hardships of homesteading and the violence of frontier life to Hollywood’s obsession with the grizzled gunslinger.

 

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Nov 15, 2020
Viking warrior women & the ethics of excavating the dead
00:49:54

In a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Chester History Weekend, archaeologist Howard Williams discusses some of the most intriguing and contentious debates in archaeology today. How should we treat ancient human remains? And has evidence of a Viking warrior woman really been discovered in Sweden?

 

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Nov 14, 2020
War and society: a tangled relationship
00:37:17

Professor Margaret Macmillan discusses her new book War: How Conflict Shaped Us, which explores conflict’s changing yet intrinsic role in human history, and reveals how warfare has often led to societal and scientific progress.

 

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Nov 13, 2020
Ingenious medieval science
00:47:19

Historian Seb Falk discusses his new book, The Light Ages, which highlights the surprising sophistication of scientific research in the Middle Ages – from astronomy to medicine.

 

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Nov 12, 2020
Women in black: the surprising history of widows
00:34:31

Historian Maggie Andrews discusses her new book co-written with Janis Lomas, which looks at the complex and fascinating history of widows. Often historically viewed as figures of pity and poverty, many widows have also been leaders in women’s and welfare movements, and driving forces for social change.

 

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Nov 11, 2020
Personal stories of the Second World War
00:39:44

Victoria Panton Bacon shares remarkable first-hand testimonies from veterans of the Second World War


Victoria Panton Bacon, author of the new book Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War: A Collection of Untold Stories, shares moving first-hand testimonies from veterans of the 1939-45 conflict.

 

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Nov 09, 2020
The Russian revolution: everything you wanted to know
01:19:41

Robert Service responds to listener questions and popular search enquiries about the Russian revolutions of 1917, which saw the beginnings of the Communist era. 


In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Robert Service responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Russian revolutions of 1917, which saw Tsar Nicholas II deposed and the beginnings of the Communist era.

 

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Nov 08, 2020
The story of the Dambusters
00:54:01

In a lecture from our 2019 History Weekend in Winchester, Max Hastings tells the dramatic story of the 1943 Dambusters raid.

 

In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend event in Winchester, bestselling military historian Max Hastings tells the dramatic story of the 1943 Dambusters raid.

 

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Nov 07, 2020
Inside the Viking mind
00:52:32

Neil Price takes us inside the Viking mind to explain how the Norse raiders viewed the world and what drove them to expand across the seas


Professor Neil Price, author of The Children of Ash and Elm, takes us inside the Viking mind to explain how the Norse raiders viewed the world and what drove them to expand across the seas. He answers some of the key questions about the period and offers new insights into Viking life

 

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Nov 06, 2020
Escaping Nazi-occupied Europe
00:29:39

Helen Fry discusses the top-secret work of MI9, which helped Allied prisoners of war escape during WW2


Historian Helen Fry discusses her new book MI9, which reveals how the secret agency helped Allied prisoners of war make it back to Britain, and shares stories of the Second World War’s most audacious escapes.

 

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Nov 05, 2020
The White Ship: a medieval royal tragedy
01:00:33

Charles Spencer speaks to Dan Jones about the White Ship disaster, which plunged the English monarchy into chaos 900 years ago


Bestselling author Charles Spencer speaks to fellow historian Dan Jones about the White Ship disaster, which plunged the English monarchy into chaos 900 years ago.

 

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Nov 04, 2020
An ‘ordinary’ Nazi
00:51:34

Daniel Lee discusses the life of an ‘ordinary’ member of the SS


Historian Daniel Lee describes how the chance discovery of a cache of documents within a piece of furniture led him to uncover the life of Robert Griesinger, an ‘ordinary’ member of the SS.

 

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Nov 02, 2020
Medical history: everything you wanted to know
00:59:27

Professor Mary Fissell responds to listener questions and popular search enquiries about the history of medicine, from pandemics of the past to grisly early surgeries.

 

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Nov 01, 2020
Poland 1939: The invasion that sparked WW2
00:53:13

Roger Moorhouse delivers a lecture on the German invasion of Poland in 1939

 

In a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Winchester History Weekend event, historian Roger Moorhouse tells the story of one of the most misunderstood campaigns of the Second World War – the German invasion of Poland in 1939.

 

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Oct 31, 2020
The Falklands War in the air
00:33:51

Aviation historian Rowland White explores the events of the 1982 Falklands War through the story of Britain’s Sea Harrier jump jet.

 

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Oct 30, 2020
Unexpected Irish tales
00:27:44

Author Turtle Bunbury shares stories from his book Ireland’s Forgotten Past – a collection of overlooked and ‘disremembered’ moments in the history of Ireland, from raging storms and the Knights Templar to Dublin’s Viking kings.

 

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Oct 29, 2020
Black Britons in WW2
00:36:15

Stephen Bourne discusses the experiences of Britain’s black community during the Second World War


Historian Stephen Bourne, author of Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime, discusses the experiences of black civilians and service personnel in Britain between 1939 and 1945, and charts their contributions to the war effort.

 

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Oct 28, 2020
At sea with the Vikings
00:44:01

Jan Bill gives us the lowdown on Viking ships, and offers updates on the Gjellestad Ship excavation, currently underway in Norway


Jan Bill gives us the lowdown on Viking ships, and updates us on the latest discoveries at the Gjellestad Ship excavation, currently underway in Norway. The professor of archaeology explains what it was like to sail on a Viking ship and the amount of time and money required to build them.

 

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Oct 27, 2020
Adventure & opportunity: female transatlantic travellers
00:31:37

Historian Siân Evans explores the lives and voyages of women in the golden age of transatlantic travel, which saw some enjoying luxurious journeys aboard opulent ocean liners and presented others with the opportunity to seek independence and a new life.

 

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Oct 26, 2020
The Regency era: everything you wanted to know
00:53:42

Emily Brand responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Regency era


Historian and author Emily Brand responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Britain in the Regency era, from the lavish spending and reputation of the Prince Regent himself to how much we can really learn from Jane Austen.

 

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Oct 25, 2020
Tudor queens on screen
00:50:44

Elena Woodacre delivers a lecture on the portrayal of historical queens in cinema and television, from Mary Queen of Scots to The Spanish Princess


In a lecture she delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Winchester History Weekend event, Elena Woodacre explores the ways that queens from the early modern era have been portrayed in cinema and television, from The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots to The Tudors and The Spanish Princess.

 

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Oct 24, 2020
Moving, medieval-style
00:54:52

Jim Leary explains how people in prehistory and the Middle Ages moved around the world 


Can we follow in the footsteps of our prehistoric and medieval forebears? Archaeologist Dr Jim Leary, who researches travel and mobility in the era, explains what we know about the ways people in prehistory and the Middle Ages moved around the world they lived in.

 

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Oct 23, 2020
Enslaved women & resistance
00:36:24

Stella Dadzie uncovers the experiences and resistance activities of enslaved women in the West Indies

 

Historian and activist Stella Dadzie talks about her new book, A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance, which uncovers the experiences of enslaved women in the West Indies, and reveals the inventive ways they resisted their oppressors

 

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Oct 21, 2020
Aztecs in their own words
00:37:08

Professor Camilla Townsend discusses her new book Fifth Sun: A New History of Aztecs, which overturns existing narratives about the ancient civilisation by charting its rise and fall through the stories of the Aztecs themselves.

 

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Oct 20, 2020
A new take on India’s history
00:44:22

Professor Richard M Eaton discusses his book, India in the Persianate Age, 1000–1765, which explores the nation’s rich history across eight centuries and argues that we should see it through a cultural, rather than purely religious, lens.

 

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Oct 19, 2020
The French Revolution: Everything you need to know
00:48:51

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Marisa Linton responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the dramatic events that engulfed France in the late 18th century. Topics discussed include the causes of the revolution, the role of Louis XVI and Mari Antoinette, and the bloodshed of the Terror. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 18, 2020
A Triple Bond Broken: The Destruction of the House of York
00:42:09

In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Thomas Penn explores the turbulent relationship between three brothers: Edward IV, George, Duke of Clarence and Richard III. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 17, 2020
An Atlantic slave war
00:33:04

Historian Vincent Brown discusses his recent book, Tacky’s Revolt, which describes an uprising in Jamaica that was the largest slave revolt in the 18th-century British Atlantic world. The book has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 16, 2020
An Anglo-Saxon warlord
00:49:53

Archaeologist Gabor Thomas, who directed the excavation, discusses the discovery of the ‘Marlow Warlord’ – a 6th-century burial near the Thames. 


You can listen to the Portable Antiquities Scheme podcast that was mentioned here:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/unburied-treasures-finds-detectorists-michael-lewis-podcast/


Michael Wood’s feature on the Anglo-Saxon question is here:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/professor-michael-wood-anglo-saxon-name-debate-is-term-racist/


The Marlow Warrior crowdfunder is here: https://reading.hubbub.net/p/marlowwarlord/


 

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Oct 15, 2020
Ancient wisdom with Neil Oliver
00:31:25

Archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver discusses some of the most striking finds in the history of archaeology and talks about his new book Wisdom of the Ancients, which searches the ancient past for timeless wisdom to help relieve our modern malaise.

 

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Oct 14, 2020
Black radical: William Monroe Trotter
00:42:14

Historian Kerri K Greenidge discusses her book Black Radical, which explores the life and career of the pioneering black newspaperman William Monroe Trotter, and which has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 13, 2020
Black radical: William Monroe Trotter
00:42:14

Historian Kerri K Greenidge discusses her book Black Radical, which explores the life and career of the pioneering black newspaperman William Monroe Trotter, and which has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 13, 2020
The dispossession of Native Americans
00:43:44

Historian Claudio Saunt discusses his recent book Unworthy Republic, which tells the story of the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands by the US government in the mid-19th century. The book has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 12, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about medieval daily life, but were afraid to ask
01:05:11

 In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Chris Dyer responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about life in the Middle Ages, including bodily hygiene, sleep patterns, love and marriage, policing and retirement. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 11, 2020
Should I stay or I should go? The problem with historical monuments in 2020
00:41:32

In a BBC History Magazine virtual lecture, Keith Lowe discusses why statues relating to empire and the Second World War have become contested ground. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 10, 2020
Sparta
00:41:49

Ancient historian Andrew Bayliss discusses the Greek city-state of Sparta. The conversation ranges from the Spartans’ military prowess and the legendary battle of Thermopylae, to the structure of their society and the darker aspects of Spartan history. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 09, 2020
Medieval turning points
00:58:48

What are the key turning points in the history of early medieval Europe? Historian Dr Charles West offers his thoughts on some important moments. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 07, 2020
The rise and fall of the Sikh empire
00:34:58

Historian Priya Atwal, whose written a new history of the Sikh empire that flourished in the early 19th century, discusses how It rose to prominence but was ultimately brought down by British imperialists. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 05, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of Japan, but were afraid to ask
00:55:02

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Christopher Harding responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the history of Japan, ranging from the ancient past to the Second World War and beyond. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Oct 04, 2020
Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
00:41:16

In a talk that he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, bestselling military historian Antony Beevor tells the story of Operation Market Garden – the 1944 Allied plan to jump the Rhine that ended in failure. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 03, 2020
A 1930s ghost hunt
00:30:24

Kate Summerscale, bestselling author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, discusses her new book, The Haunting of Alma Fielding, which delves into a tale of the supernatural in London just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Oct 02, 2020
Medieval eels and Englishness
00:43:07

Eels were a mainstay of the economy in the Middle Ages, and also a part of the developing English identity. Dr John Wyatt Greenlee explains why the fish mattered so much. Visit https://historiacartarum.org/ for more information on Dr Greenlee’s medieval eels project. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 30, 2020
Ken Follett’s Anglo-Saxon adventure
00:48:06

Bestselling historical novelist Ken Follett chats about how he recreated late Anglo-Saxon England for his new book, The Evening and the Morning, which is a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 28, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Neanderthals, but were afraid to ask
01:09:22

In an episode produced in collaboration with our colleagues at BBC Science Focus Magazine, archaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes tackles some of the big questions about Neanderthals and their relations with modern humans. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 27, 2020
Simon de Montfort and England’s First Revolution
00:57:23

In a talk that she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian Sophie Ambler tells the story of Simon de Montfort’s doomed rebellion against King Henry III in the 13th century. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 26, 2020
Toussaint Louverture’s revolutionary life
00:54:19

Historian Sudhir Hazareesingh talks to us about Black Spartacus, his acclaimed new biography of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture who battled against slavery and European colonial rule at the turn of the 19th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 25, 2020