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Episodes

David Stirling: SAS hero or fraud?

Special forces historian Gavin Mortimer casts a critical eye over David Stirling, who is renowned as the founder of the SAS in the Second World War. Speaking to Rob Attar, Mortimer argues that Stirling’s wartime record was far less impressive than he claimed and that his legend has obscured the achievements of those around him. (Ad) Gavin Mortimer is the author of David Stirling: The Phoney Major: The Life, Times and Truth about the Founder of the SAS (Little Brown, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fdavid-stirling%2Fgavin-mortimer%2F9781472134592 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/2238m 4s

The Norman kings of Africa

The Normans famously conquered England, but did you know they also had a short-lived kingdom in North Africa in the 12th century? Professor Levi Roach explains to David Musgrove how the Normans established a presence in southern Italy and Sicily and expanded south towards Africa. (Ad) Levi Roach is the author of Empires of the Normans: Makers of Europe, Conquerors of Asia (John Murray Press, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2F9781529398465 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/2232m 24s

15 minutes of fame: Hildegard of Bingen, medieval polymath

It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve asked 15 historians to nominate a figure from history they think deserves their ‘15 minutes of fame’. In this episode, Dr Janina Ramirez nominates Hildegard of Bingen. Speaking with Emily Briffett, she explains why this 12th-century abbess, composer, scientist, writer and saint deserves to be better remembered today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/2219m 49s

British schools and education: everything you wanted to know

When did schooling become compulsory? How far did education differ between girls and boys? And why does the British school year start in September? Speaking to Emma Slattery Williams, Susannah Wright answers some of our listeners’ most popular questions on the history of British schools – from the establishment of the earliest schools to the surprisingly late abolition of corporal punishment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/07/221h 3m

On the streets of 19th-century London

Oskar Jensen introduces the characters roaming the streets of Georgian and Victorian London, from beggars to ballad singers. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, he explores what it would have been like to live and work on the streets of the capital, sharing stories of entrepreneurial street sweepers, impatient milkmaids, kidnapped children and timid hot-cross bun sellers. (Ad) Oskar Jensen is the author of Vagabonds: Life on the Streets of Nineteenth-century London (Prelude, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fvagabonds-life-on-the-streets-of-nineteenth-century-london-by-bbc-new-generation-thinker-2022%2Foskar-jensen%2F9780715654392 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/2237m 18s

The end of Roman Britain | 4. religion and belief

In the fourth episode of our podcast series on the end of Roman Britain, David Musgrove considers the role of religion in late Roman Britain with Dr David Petts. They look at how far Christianity was embedded in Britain by the fourth century, what other religious practices existed alongside it and, crucially, how far adherence to the Christian faith in the declining years of the empire helped to keep the Roman way of life going in Britain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2236m 6s

Casanova: more than a serial seducer

Giacomo Casanova is remembered for his reputation as a serial seducer. But according to author Leo Damrosch, he was far more than that. Speaking with Emily Briffett, Leo explains how Casanova was also an aspiring priest, spy, army officer and Masonic master, who led a colourful life that saw him interact with kings, empresses and some of the most famous writers of his time. (Ad) Leo Damrosch is the author of Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova (Yale University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fadventurer%2Fleo-damrosch%2F9780300248289 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2242m 46s

From bohemian Brighton to military Plymouth: the LGBTQ history of four British cities

Matt Cook and Alison Oram discuss their new book Queer Beyond London, which uncovers the LGBTQ experience in four English cities – Brighton, Manchester, Plymouth and Leeds – from the sixties to the noughties. Speaking with Rachel Dinning, they consider how local people, places and politics shaped LGBTQ lives in each city, establishing individual cultures often very distinct from the national narrative. (Ad) Alison Oram and Matt Cook are the authors of Queer Beyond London (Manchester University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fqueer-beyond-london%2Fprofessor-matt-cook%2Fprofessor-alison-oram%2F9781526145864 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/2251m 23s

15 minutes of fame: Marguerite de Navarre, royal influencer

It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve asked 15 historians to nominate a figure from history they think deserves their 15 minutes of fame. In today’s episode, Suzannah Lipscomb tells Emily Briffett about the life of Marguerite de Navarre, a 16th-century royal player who had a major influence on both the Renaissance and Reformation.If you’re enjoying this series and would like early access to more episodes, head to www.historyextra.com/15-minutes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/2216m 17s

The Mali empire: everything you wanted to know

Who founded the Mali empire? What impact did Islam have on its trajectory? What were its interactions with medieval Europe like? And what made its greatest leader, Mansa Musa, so fabulously wealthy? Speaking to Spencer Mizen, Kevin MacDonald answers listener questions on one of Africa’s greatest historical powers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/2250m 12s

The BBC at 100: political tensions in the 1970s and 80s

In the latest instalment of our monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian David Hendy talks to Matt Elton about the political pressures and fissures that defined the 1970s and 80s – and the ways in which they shaped the corporation’s output. (Ad) David Hendy is the author of The BBC: A People’s History (Profile Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-bbc%2Fdavid-hendy%2F%2F9781781255254%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc2PCYX_d_582jtZj6du6A-9dNO8d8xXvVkPhP_Jmh1FuEm7Mui3xSYaAvwiEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/2237m 9s

The end of Roman Britain | 3. a militarised state?

In the third episode of our podcast series on the end of Roman Britain, David Musgrove looks at how far Britain was a militarised state between the third and fifth centuries. Historian Dr Rob Collins explains how Roman Britain was set up to support the military machine of the wider empire, and what might have happened when that military machine began to falter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2242m 49s

Who were the Celts?

Simon Jenkins considers the enigmatic story of the Celts, and asks whether any such people ever actually existed. Speaking with David Musgrove, he also questions what the term ‘Celtic’ should mean to us today. (Ad) Simon Jenkins is the author of The Celts: A Sceptical History (Profile Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-celts%2Fsimon-jenkins%2F9781788168809 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/06/2232m 26s

Pioneering women pilots: from ballooning spectacles to flying escapades

Sally Smith considers the contributions made and significant firsts achieved by British women in the field of aviation, from ballooning and parachuting, to piloting airships and fixed-wing aircraft. Speaking with Emily Briffett, she highlights the extraordinary lives these pioneers led and the trials they faced in order to achieve success. (Ad) Sally Smith is the author of Magnificent Women and Flying Machines: The First 200 Years of British Women in the Sky (The History Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Women-Flying-Machines-British/dp/075099746X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/2249m 2s

Discovering a lost royal battleship

Claire Jowitt discusses the discovery of a 17th-century shipwreck off the coast of Norfolk  Claire Jowitt speaks to Matt Elton about the news of the discovery of a 17th-century shipwreck off the coast of Norfolk – and why it might be the most important maritime find in decades.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/2234m 52s

The Edwardians: everything you wanted to know

In our latest everything you wanted to know episode, Dr John Jacob Woolf answers listener questions on Edwardian Britain. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, he touches on subjects ranging from suffrage, labour movements, empire and international relations, to leisure time, childhood and roller-skating. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/2234m 46s

Watergate at 50: the making of an American scandal

Half a century on from the Watergate scandal, Clifford Williamson explores its twists and turns, its key players, and its lasting impact on American politics. Speaking with Matt Elton, he explains how the conspiracy sparked a constitutional crisis that brought down a president. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2249m 50s

The end of Roman Britain | 2. life in the late imperial age

In the second episode of our podcast series on the end of Roman Britain, David Musgrove investigates what life was like for people living in the later Roman era, in the third and fourth centuries. He speaks to Professor Will Bowden to explore the inequalities that existed between the haves and have-nots, and how far the stresses and strains that were at play in the wider empire impacted on everyday life in Britain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2240m 18s

African-American philanthropy

In the first episode in our series of conversations with winners of the 2022 Dan David Prize, Dr Tyrone Freeman speaks to Helen Carr about his award-winning research into charitable traditions in African-American communities. The Dan David Prize is the world's largest history prize, which recognizes outstanding historical scholarship. Hear more conversations with other winners of the 2022 Dan David prize, early and ad-free now at historyextra.com/dan-david-prize. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/2231m 30s

Reconstructing the body of God

Francesca Stavrakopoulou, author of the Wolfson History Prize shortlisted book God: An Anatomy, discusses what ancient biblical texts tell us about the body of God. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she traces the origins of God back to an ancient deity called Yahweh, and talks about the challenges of working on religious history. (Ad) Francesca Stavrakopoulou is the author of God: An Anatomy (Picador, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/God-Anatomy-Francesca-Stavrakopoulou/dp/1509867333/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/2225m 21s

Midway: why America won the WW2 naval battle

In June 1942, the US and Japanese navies went head to head over a small atoll in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Brendan Simms and Steven McGregor, authors of The Silver Waterfall, speak to Ellie Cawthorne about the factors that led to the United States’ victory at Midway, exploring the importance of American industrial innovation, and reflecting on the extent to which Midway changed the course of the Pacific War. (Ad) Brendan Simms and Steven McGregor are the authors of The Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway (PublicAffairs, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2F9781541701373 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/2234m 28s

Crime & punishment in Britain: everything you wanted to know

Who maintained law and order before the police? When did Britain ban capital punishment – and why? And what are some of the weirdest punishments doled out through history? Historian of crime Nell Darby answers listener questions on crime and punishment through history. Speaking to Rachel Dinning, she discusses subjects ranging from the origins of the police to the history of prisons and the death penalty. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/221h 2m

Has Britain always looked backwards?

From the “Blitz spirit” invoked in the Covid-19 pandemic, to the 16th-century sense that a lost greatness needed to be recovered, historian Hannah Rose Woods reveals how nostalgia for a bygone era is nothing new. Speaking to Elinor Evans about her new book Rule, Nostalgia, she discusses the various ways our ancestors have looked back at our national past. (Ad) Hannah Rose Woods is the author of Rule, Nostalgia: A Backwards History of Britain (Ebury Publishing, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Frule-nostalgia%2Fhannah-rose-woods%2F9780753558737%23%3A~%3Atext%3DRule%2C%20Nostalgia%20is%20a%20timely%2C%3A%20past%2C%20present%20and%20future See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2227m 57s

The end of Roman Britain | 1. introduction, and a mystery mosaic

What really happened in Britain as Roman influence waned? Recent research is shaking up our view of the end of imperial rule during the fifth century, and one new find in particular – a mosaic at Chedworth Roman villa – is leading experts to reassess how far people carried on “being Roman”. In the opening episode of our new series, David Musgrove takes a trip to Chedworth to begin his investigation into the end of Roman Britain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2238m 40s

How the Persians were written out of history

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones tells Spencer Mizen why Eurocentric depictions of the “barbarous” Persians have obscured the achievements of one of the ancient world’s great civilisations. (Ad) Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is the author of Persians: The Age of The Great Kings (Wildfire, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Persians-Great-Professor-Lloyd-Llewellyn-Jones/dp/1472277287/ref=asc_df_1472277287/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=535049525184&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5614143262630945554&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006715&hvtargid=pla-1410292999858&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/06/2235m 16s

Shady deals & rigged elections: the changing face of corruption

Professor Mark Knights discusses how ideas about corruption were transformed in Britain and its empire between 1600 and 1850. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, he delves into the shady realms of bribery and electoral corruption and the blurred lines between public service and private gain. (Ad) Mark Knights is the author of Trust and Distrust: Corruption in Office in Britain and its Empire, 1600-1850 (Oxford University press, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Ftrust-and-distrust%2Fmark-knights%2F9780198796244 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/2235m 41s

Plastic surgery: transformed by WW1

The First World War unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence, and medicine struggled to keep up. British surgeon Harold Gillies was at the forefront of those dragging plastic surgery into the modern age, reconstructing the faces of thousands of soldiers. Lindsey Fitzharris speaks to Rhiannon Davies about Gillies’ remarkable contribution to medical science. (Ad) Lindsey Fitzharris is the author of The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I (Penguin, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-facemaker%2Flindsey-fitzharris%2F2928377080389 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/2237m 49s

Britain’s transformation during the Queen’s lifetime

This week sees Queen Elizabeth II make history as the first ever British monarch to celebrate their platinum jubilee. To mark her 70 years on the throne, Rhiannon Davies speaks to Dominic Sandbrook about some of the radical transformations the nation has undergone during her lifetime. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/2232m 36s

Empire of blood

Professor Caroline Elkins explains how the British empire was sustained by violence for more than 200 years. Speaking with Rob Attar, she reveals how liberal imperialism was able to coexist with regular acts of brutality in Britain’s colonies. (Ad) Caroline Elkins is the author of Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire (Bodley Head, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=7921&awinaffid=489797&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Flegacy-of-violence%2Fcaroline-elkins%2F9781847921062&clickref=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/2245m 33s

The Black Death | 6. how the pandemic transformed societies

In the final episode of our series on the Black Death, Professor Mark Bailey and Dr Claire Kennan discuss the medieval pandemic’s dramatic social, political and economic impact. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, they use England as a case study to explore how it restructured society, with effects that were felt for hundreds of years. The primary sources quoted in this series are mainly taken from:The Black Death, translated and edited by Rosemary Horrox (1994) The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents, John Arberth (2005) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2239m 52s

Fairy queens & giantesses: pagan goddesses in Christian Europe

Although medieval Europe was firmly Christian, pagan deities still loomed large in the popular imagination. Rhiannon Davies spoke to Ronald Hutton about four of these divine figures: the powerful and protective Mother Earth; the glamorous fairy queen; a night-roaming supernatural lady; and a Gaelic giantess. (Ad) Ronald Hutton is the author of Queens of the Wild: Pagan Goddesses in Christian Europe: An Investigation (Yale University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Queens-Wild-Goddesses-Christian-Investigation/dp/0300261012/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/2235m 7s

The birth of insulin: a scientific drama

One hundred years on from Fred Banting and Charles Best’s discovery, Dr Kersten Hall tells the tale of insulin and its vital role in helping people with diabetes. Speaking with Emily Briffett, he explores the other unsung heroes involved in the drama that saw insulin develop from “thick brown muck” to wall street gold. (Ad) Kersten Hall is the author of Insulin - The Crooked Timber: A History from Thick Brown Muck to Wall Street Gold (Oxford University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Insulin-Crooked-Timber-History-Street/dp/0192855387/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/2251m 1s

Dracula at 125: what can a vampire tell us about Victorian Britain?

Marking the 125th anniversary of the publication of Dracula, Roger Luckhurst tells Ellie Cawthorne why Bram Stoker’s vampire thriller has had such an enduring appeal. They discuss how the book exposed the anxieties of the late Victorian age, how contemporary readers reacted, and some of the most intriguing adaptations. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/2229m 39s

Witchcraft: everything you wanted to know

Were all suspected witches burned at the stake? Was torture a legal way of gaining a confession of practising magic? And which professions were most commonly accused of dabbling in the dark arts? Speaking with Charlotte Hodgman, Owen Davies answers your top questions about witchcraft in our latest Everything you wanted to know episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/2242m 21s

Alice Roberts on unearthing the Romans, Vikings & Anglo-Saxons

Professor Alice Roberts explores how cutting-edge developments in archaeology and genetic science can broaden our understanding of what happened in Britain between the first and tenth centuries AD. Through exploring the funerary sites of Romans, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, she explains to Emily Briffett what we can learn about life and death at this time. (Ad) Alice Roberts is the author of Buried: An Alternative History of the First Millennium in Britain (Simon & Schuster, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fburied%2Falice-roberts%2F9781398510036 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2243m 51s

The Black Death | 5. death, sin & spirituality

The arrival of a terrifying pandemic made medieval people increasingly preoccupied with death, sin and the afterlife. In this episode, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Helen Carr about spiritual responses to the Black Death, from special prayers to self-flagellation.The primary sources quoted in this series are mainly taken from:The Black Death, translated and edited by Rosemary Horrox (1994)The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents, John Arberth (2005) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/2231m 52s

Antony Beevor on the Russian revolution

Bestselling military historian Antony Beevor discusses his new book Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921. In conversation with Rob Attar, he delves into the two revolutions that overthrew Tsar Nicholas II and brought the Bolsheviks to power, and then examines the bloody civil war that ultimately consolidated communist control. (Ad) Antony Beevor is the author of Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Russia-Revolution-Civil-War-1917-1921/dp/1474610145/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2241m 20s

Eliza Acton: Britain’s first modern cookery writer

Writer Annabel Abbs discusses poet and food writer Eliza Acton, the protagonist of her new historical novel The Language of Food. She tells Emma Slattery Williams about Acton’s story and how her legacy has been overshadowed by Mrs Beeton. (Ad) Annabel Abbs is the author of The Language of Food (Simon & Schuster, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-language-of-food%2Fannabel-abbs%2F9781398502222 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2234m 41s

The BBC at 100: change & innovation in 60s Britain

In the latest episode of our monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian David Hendy speaks to Matt Elton about the ways in which the corporation kept up with a changing Britain through the 1960s. (Ad) David Hendy is the author of The BBC: A People’s History (Profile Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-bbc%2Fdavid-hendy%2F%2F9781781255254%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc2PCYX_d_582jtZj6du6A-9dNO8d8xXvVkPhP_Jmh1FuEm7Mui3xSYaAvwiEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/2235m 20s

WW2’s desert war: everything you wanted to know

Historian Jonathan Fennell answers listener questions on the North African campaign in the Second World War. Speaking with Rob Attar, he discusses some of the key moments and personalities, reflects on the challenges of fighting in a desert and considers whether this theatre really was a war without hate. (Ad) Jonathan Fennell is the author of ​​Fighting the People's War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Peoples-War-British-Commonwealth/dp/1107030951/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2239m 26s

Christine de Pizan: from medieval writer to feminist icon

Charlotte Cooper-Davis delves into the life and legacy of Christine de Pizan, a late medieval writer who was actively involved in the production of her own works. Speaking with Emily Briffett, Charlotte explores Christine’s vast catalogue of written work and how she has since become seen as a feminist icon. (Ad) Charlotte Cooper-Davis is the author of Christine de Pizan: Life, Work, Legacy (Reaktion Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fchristine-de-pizan%2Fcharlotte-cooper-davis%2F9781789144420 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2240m 36s

The Black Death | 4. medieval medical thinking

How do you fight a disease, when you don’t know what causes it? In this episode, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Elma Brenner about medieval medical thinking and how it informed responses to the Black Death, from ideas about how bad air and misaligned planets could make you sick, to the rituals and remedies used to treat plague victims and the state of 14th-century hospital care.The primary sources quoted in this series are mainly taken from:The Black Death, translated and edited by Rosemary Horrox (1994)The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents, John Arberth (2005) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2233m 16s

A legacy of inequality: the economic impact of empire

Imperialism led to eye-watering profits for the British, and after decolonisation those who had grown rich from the colonial project rewrote the rules to keep the coffers open. Rhiannon Davies speaks to Kojo Koram about the economic and legal effects of decolonisation, and how growing global inequality has its roots in empire. (Ad) Kojo Koram is the author of Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire (John Murray Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Uncommon-Wealth-Britain-Aftermath-Empire-ebook/dp/B093S5H74N/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/2232m 36s

Stasi poets: creative writing & the Cold War

Journalist Philip Oltermann explores the unusual story of the poetry group run by the East German Ministry for State Security. Speaking to Rob Attar, he explains why the Stasi decided to employ rhyme and verse in their battle against capitalism. (Ad) Philip Oltermann is the author of The Stasi Poetry Circle (Faber & Faber, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-stasi-poetry-circle%2Fphilip-oltermann%2F9780571331192 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/2241m 22s

Cathedrals: from bishops' seats to tourist hotspots

Nicholas Orme speaks to Emily Briffett about the long story of English cathedrals, tracing their role in society from their beginnings in the early Middle Ages to the modern day. Nicholas reveals how cathedrals have survived the turbulence of religious and social change, and explores what they can reveal to us about our history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/2242m 24s

The Restoration: everything you wanted to know

How did the Restoration of the monarchy come about, after a period of civil war and 11 years of Republican rule? How smooth was the transfer of power? And what did it mean for the everyday person? Speaking with Elinor Evans, Dr Clare Jackson tackles listener questions and popular internet search queries on Charles II’s ascension to the throne, in the latest episode in our Everything you wanted to know series. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2254m 50s

HistoryExtra Plus: get early access to our podcast series

Enjoying our new Black Death series? Listen to the next three episodes right now on our new subscription podcast channel HistoryExtra Plus, along with early access to our new series on the end of Roman Britain. Follow the link below to sign up now: https://apple.co/3w0aaXz  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/2233s

Eurovision: a political history

From voting scandals and political messaging to drag queens and ABBA, Dr Dean Vuletic speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. He discusses some of the controversies in the competition’s past and reveals what it can tell us about the changing face of Europe over the last six decades. (Ad) Dean Vuletic is the author of Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Postwar-Europe-Eurovision-Song-Contest/dp/1350107395/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2237m 44s

The Black Death | 3. living through the plague

What would it have been like to live through a Black Death outbreak? In this episode, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Professor Samuel Cohn about the experiences of medieval people in communities ravaged by the deadly disease. He reveals what the chroniclers tell us about the range of responses to the crisis in the late 1340s, and the lengths people went to to survive.The primary sources quoted in this series are taken from:The Black Death, translated and edited by Rosemary Horrox (1994) The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents, John Arberth (2005) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2228m 26s

Free speech: a brief, contentious history

Jacob Mchangama explores the global history of free speech, discussing its ancient origins, staunchest defenders and biggest critics. Speaking to Matt Elton, he also reveals the ways the right to speak freely has been threatened at moments of social upheaval. (Ad) Jacob Mchangama is the author of Free Speech: A Global History from Socrates to Social Media (Basic Books, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Free-Speech-Global-History-Socrates-ebook/dp/B09JFTPG9H/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2240m 27s

Disabled people in Tudor times

Phillipa Vincent-Connolly explores the lives of disabled people in the Tudor era. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she uncovers complex attitudes to disability in the period, and reveals how some disabled figures played key roles at the royal court. (Ad) Phillipa Vincent-Connolly is the author of the Disability and the Tudors: All the King's Fools (Pen & Sword, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disability-Tudors-All-Kings-Fools/dp/1526720051#:~:text=Being%20disabled%20with%20cerebral%20palsy,UK%20with%20her%20two%20boys/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/2221m 53s

Magellan: daring explorer or doomed failure?

In September 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set off on a fateful voyage to find a route to the Spice Islands. In the centuries since, Magellan has gone down in history as a chivalric adventurer, his name forever linked to the first circumnavigation of the globe. But, as Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto tells Ellie Cawthorne, Magellan’s career was in fact shaped more by failure than success. (Ad) Felipe Fernández-Armesto is the author of Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan (Bloomsbury, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Straits-Beyond-Magellan-Felipe-Fernandez-Armesto/dp/152663208X/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1650974172&refinements=p_27%3AFelipe+Fernandez-Armesto&s=books&sr=1-1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/2237m 50s

War in the air: everything you wanted to know

What are the origins of aircraft being used in war? How common were dogfights? And were early fighter pilots really the ‘knights of the air’? Speaking with Emily Briffett, Paul Beaver answers your top questions about military aviation in our latest Everything you wanted to know episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/221h 4m

The Dudleys: power behind the Tudor throne

The might of the Tudor dynasty was built on the blood and sweat of three generations of another family – the Dudleys. And sometimes, they paid the ultimate price. Rhiannon Davies speaks to Joanne Paul about the members of the family who were key players in the Tudor era, from Edmund Dudley’s efforts to raise taxes for Henry VII to Robert Dudley’s flirtatious friendship with Elizabeth I. (Ad) Joanne Paul is the author of The House of Dudley: A New History of Tudor England (Penguin, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-house-of-dudley%2Fdr-joanne-paul%2F9780241349823 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2234m 46s

The Black Death | 2. origins & spread

Over recent years, our understanding of the Black Death has been radically transformed by new scientific developments. In this episode, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Professor Monica Green about what the latest research can tell us about where the plague originated, and how it spread to eventually engulf vast swathes of the globe.The primary sources quoted in this series are taken from:The Black Death, translated and edited by Rosemary Horrox (1994) The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents, John Arberth (2005) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2237m 13s

Spain’s tumultuous story

Giles Tremlett explores the turbulent history of Spain. Speaking to Elinor Evans, he explores how its position on Europe's south-western corner has exposed it to influences from all over the world, giving it a history unlike any other nation on the continent. (Ad) Giles Tremlett is the author of España: A Brief History of Spain (Apollo, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Espa%C3%B1a-Brief-History-Spain-Tremlett/dp/1789544378/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=128739111730&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3v6SBhCsARIsACyrRAnQs1UN8yLBkk3J9LcWXCXJWT2-TxMBY-mF-ngKEnypYTRXTiaK0fcaAnhYEALw_wcB&hvadid=583087823497&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006715&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=b&hvrand=17429477802024292298&hvtargid=kwd-1645455064740&hydadcr=24428_1748934&keywords=espana+giles+tremlett&qid=1650454336&sr=8-1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2235m 13s

Despatches on dictators: US reporters in 1930s Europe

Deborah Cohen discusses a close-knit group of American foreign correspondents who reported on the tumult of interwar Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. She talks to Elinor Evans about how they dispatched breaking news back to the US, becoming some of the most famous names of the day in the process. (Ad) Deborah Cohen is the author of Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War (William Collins, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Call-Hotel-Imperial-Generation-ebook/dp/B08F9CBLR9/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/2238m 26s

Britain’s lost towns and villages

Britain is a land full of lost settlements – villages, towns and even cities. Matthew Green explores these deserted places with David Musgrove, looking at their scarred and romantic remains in the landscape, and considering how and why they became lost to time. (Ad) Matthew Green is the author of Shadowlands: A Journey through Lost Britain (Faber & Faber, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadowlands-Journey-Britains-Vanished-Villages/dp/057133802X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/2232m 29s

Medieval childhood: everything you wanted to know

What was it like to grow up in the Middle Ages? In our latest Everything you wanted to know episode, Dr Emily Joan Ward answers your questions about medieval childhood. Speaking to Dave Musgrove, she discusses topics including education, how children were put to work, and what they did for fun. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2258m 22s

The failings of emancipation

Professor Kris Manjapra speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book Black Ghost of Empire, which reveals how the end of slavery helped perpetuate systems of oppression and racial injustice, rather than disrupt them. (Ad) Kris Manjapra is the author of Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation (Penguin, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fblack-ghost-of-empire%2Fkris-manjapra%2F9780241392461 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2239m 12s

The Black Death | 1. Introduction

In the late 1340s, people in cities, towns and villages across the medieval world began to fall ill from a mysterious pestilence. This six part series looks at the how the Black Death shook the Middle Ages, killing millions and transforming societies. Speaking to expert historians, we'll track the spread of this devastating disease, reveal what it was like to live through the pandemic and consider its dramatic, long-lasting impact. The primary sources quoted in this series are taken from:The Black Death, translated and edited by Rosemary Horrox (1994) The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents, John Arberth (2005) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2217m 22s

Video games at 50: a cultural history

Fifty years on from the launch of the world’s first commercial home video game console – the Magnavox Odyssey – John Wills talks to Matt Elton about how videogames have reflected the world around them over the past half century, and the ways in which history and gaming increasingly overlap. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2243m 46s

Libraries: a book lover’s history

Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen delve into the history of libraries, from the humble book lover’s private selection to the most lavish literary collections. In conversation with Emily Briffett, they explore the innovations and ideas that made libraries what they are today. (Ad) Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen are the authors of The Library: A Fragile History (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-library%2Farthur-der-weduwen%2Fandrew-pettegree%2F9781788163422 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2244m 18s

The BBC at 100: TV takes off in the 1950s

In the latest episode of our monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian David Hendy speaks to Matt Elton about the rise of television during the 1950s – and how the decade saw the BBC increasingly clash with the political world. (Ad) David Hendy is the author of The BBC: A People’s History (Profile Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-bbc%2Fdavid-hendy%2F%2F9781781255254%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc2PCYX_d_582jtZj6du6A-9dNO8d8xXvVkPhP_Jmh1FuEm7Mui3xSYaAvwiEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/2233m 29s

The Falklands War: everything you wanted to know

How much of a gamble did sending a task force to the South Atlantic represent for Margaret Thatcher? How close did Britain come to losing the conflict? And did victory change the nation’s relationship with its armed forces? Speaking to Spencer Mizen, Helen Parr answers listener questions about British troops’ campaign to retake the Falkland Islands four decades ago. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2245m 14s

Introducing: HistoryExtra Plus

Would you like ad-free versions of our podcasts, early access to series and exclusive bonus content? Then check out our subscription podcast feed HistoryExtra Plus. Follow the link below to sign up now: https://apple.co/3xNlgAM See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/2235s

Rebel ramblers of the Kinder Trespass

Ninety years on from the Kinder Mass Trespass, Ben Anderson speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about what this act of popular protest achieved in 1932, how it became mythologised as a key moment in the right-to-roam campaign, and how we should remember it today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2226m 25s

Catherine the Great: inoculation pioneer

Lucy Ward speaks to Elinor Evans about the story of English Quaker doctor Thomas Dimsdale, who took up the risky challenge of inoculating Empress Catherine II against smallpox, as a powerful statement at a time when the disease was ravaging Russia and superstition held sway. (Ad) Lucy Ward is the author of The Empress and the English Doctor: How Catherine the Great defied a deadly virus (Oneworld Publications, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-empress-and-the-english-doctor%2Flucy-ward%2F9780861542451 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2237m 22s

Trailblazers of black British theatre

Stephen Bourne introduces Spencer Mizen to some of the pioneers of black British theatre, from Ira Aldridge, who in 1825 became the first black actor to play Othello, to the emergence of Britain’s black-led theatre companies. (Ad) Stephen Bourne is the author of Deep Are the Roots: Trailblazers Who Changed Black British Theatre (The History Press 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-Are-Roots-Trailblazers-Changed/dp/0750996293/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2230m 20s

The Jagiellonians: the dynasty that shaped central Europe

Natalia Nowakowska reveals the story of the Jagiellonians – one of the most successful dynasties that many people have never even heard of. Speaking with Emily Briffett, she discusses how they rose from pagan tribal origins in Lithuania to become one of the biggest Catholic dynasties in Europe, with an expansive empire and a legacy that can still be felt today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/2245m 59s

Operation Mincemeat: WW2 espionage on film

In 1943, British agents concocted a daring plot to trick Hitler, involving a dead body, fake love letters and a false identity. Speaking with Emily Briffett, author and historian Ben Macintyre discusses the real history behind Operation Mincemeat, a new film adapted from his 2010 book of the same name. Operation Mincemeat is in UK cinemas from 15 April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/2228m 30s

Royal residences: everything you wanted to know

Historian Tracy Borman answers listener questions about the history of British royal residences, from imposing castles to decadent palaces. She speaks to Rachel Dinning about secret rooms, spooky hauntings, and her work as Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2248m 49s

The Northman: bringing the Viking world to life on screen

A blood-splattered slice of Viking action arrives in UK cinemas today with the release of Robert Eggers’ new saga-inspired epic, The Northman. Professor Neil Price, archaeologist and historical consultant on the film, speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about the process of recreating the Viking world on screen, and some of the historical themes that inspired the story. The Northman is in UK cinemas from 15 April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2224m 31s

Pets, pests & portents: birds through time

Over time, we’ve viewed birds as pets, pests, natural delights and bad omens. Roy and Lesley Adkins tell Emily Briffett about our complex and lengthy relationship with birds – a story of changing landscapes, fluctuating tastes in food and fashion, enjoyment and exploitation. (Ad) Roy and Lesley Adkins are the authors of When There Were Birds (Little Brown, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fwhen-there-were-birds%2Froy-adkins%2Flesley-adkins%2F9781408713570 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2229m 33s

Inside a Roman home

What could you expect to hear in the atrium of a Roman home? What was everyday life like for the slaves who worked in the kitchens? And which emperor hosted the worst dinner party? In conversation with Emily Briffett, Dr Hannah Platts takes us on a multi-sensory tour of the ancient Roman home. (Ad) Hannah Platts is author of Multisensory Living in Ancient Rome: Power and Space in Roman Houses (Bloomsbury, 2019). Buy it now from Bloomsbury:https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/multisensory-living-in-ancient-rome-9781350194496/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/2255m 53s

Medieval emotions: were they like our own?

Speaking to Dave Musgrove, medieval historian Elizabeth Boyle reflects on life throughout the Covid lockdowns, using early Irish literature to explore how similar the emotions of people in the middle ages were to our own. (Ad) Elizabeth Boyle is the author of Fierce Appetites: Loving, Losing and Living to Excess in my Present and in the Writings of the Past (Sandycove, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fierce-Appetites-Loving-present-writings/dp/1844885445/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/2234m 55s

Corruption in the ancient world

What was corruption like in the ancient world – and how can studying it help us make sense of shady dealings in the 21st century? Matt Elton speaks to Shushma Malik, Marta Garcia and Yehudah Gershon – three researchers behind a new project to reveal more about the murkier side of ancient Greece and Rome. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/2237m 30s

Trade unions: everything you wanted to know

Mark Crail tackles popular internet search queries and listener questions about the history of Britain’s trade union movement and its attempts to secure better conditions for the country’s workers. He talks to Jon Bauckham about the 19th-century origins of the unions, their connection with the Labour Party, and their role in strikes through the centuries. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2252m 53s

Wiretapping: a secret history

Wiretapping has a chequered past in the United States, from civil war soldiers who were seen as heroes for tapping enemy wires to the political scandals that rocked the 20th-century establishment. Brian Hochman, the author of The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States tells Rhiannon Davies about the history of electronic eavesdropping. (Ad) Brian Hochman is the author of The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FListeners-History-Wiretapping-United-States%2Fdp%2F0674249283%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fqid%3D1643728025%26refinements%3Dp_27%3ABrian%2BHochman%26s%3Dbooks%26sr%3D1-1 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2237m 2s

Burning down Ireland’s stately homes

Professor Terence Dooley, author of Burning the Big House, tells Ellie Cawthorne why so many of Ireland’s grand homes were subjected to arson during the early 20th century, revealing a complex web of disputes over land, protests against imperialism and IRA reprisals. (Ad) Terence Dooley is the author of Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in a Time of War and Revolution (Yale University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fburning-the-big-house%2Fterence-dooley%2F9780300260748 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/2231m 2s

Benjamin Franklin: portrait of a revolutionary

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tells Elinor Evans about the life and accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin – a man who both loved Britain but became a key figure in American independence, and who was a slave-owner yet later campaigned for abolition. Burns also talks about the challenges and thrills of portraying complex histories on screen, and of finding voices that bring the past to life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2239m 5s

Oxford: from wild student parties to the shadow of war

Daisy Dunn tells Spencer Mizen how students at Oxford University – including Evelyn Waugh, Vera Brittain and John Betjeman – were buffeted by world events in the 1920s and 30s. (Ad) Daisy Dunn is the author of Not Far From Brideshead: Oxford Between the Wars (Orion Publishing, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones: http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=4746&awinaffid=489797&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fnot-far-from-brideshead%2Fdaisy-dunn%2F9781474615570&clickref=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/2233m 1s

Why the Ukraine conflict isn’t a new Cold War

International history expert Professor Kristina Spohr talks to Matt Elton about the historical parallels of the current conflict in Ukraine – and why we shouldn’t see it as a new Cold War. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/2230m 52s

Scottish clans: everything you wanted to know

What do we mean by the word ‘clan’? Were these Scottish kinship groups more often allies or enemies? And did they really wear tartan? Speaking with Emily Briffett, Professor Murray Pittock tackles popular search queries and listener questions about Scottish clans. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2255m 8s

What one duel can tell us about Jacobean England

Lloyd Bowen shares the story of one remarkable 1601 duel with Elinor Evans. He reveals what the wealth of evidence around a single dispute can tell us about the codes of honour that governed elite violence in early modern England. (Ad) Lloyd Bowen is the author Anatomy of a Duel in Jacobean England: Gentry Honour, Violence and the Law (Boydell & Brewer, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fanatomy-of-a-duel-in-jacobean-england%2Flloyd-bowen%2F9781783276097 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2250m 17s

Digging up Roman London

Archaeologist Dominic Perring discusses what we know about London’s Roman past with Emily Briffett, examining the city’s key turning points and exploring how life there was affected by fire, plague and warfare. Using archaeological and historical records, he ties London’s story into the wider history of the Roman empire. (Ad) Dominic Perring is the author of London in the Roman World (Oxford University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Flondon-in-the-roman-world%2Fdominic-perring%2F9780198789000 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2250m 31s

Life in Cromwell’s Britain

Anna Keay introduces Spencer Mizen to the dramatic decade between the execution of Charles I in 1649 and the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. She reveals what life was like under Oliver Cromwell, as Britain embarked on its experiment with republicanism. (Ad) Anna Keay is the author of The Restless Republic: Britain without a Crown (William Collins, 2022). Buy it now on Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Interregnum-Peoples-Republic-Anna-Keay/dp/0008282021/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2238m 23s

1942: Churchill’s darkest hour

Historian Taylor Downing chronicles the events of the year 1942, which he contends was Britain’s lowest moment in the Second World War. Speaking to Rob Attar, he revisits some of the disasters that befell the country that year and highlights the crucial victory that transformed Churchill’s fortunes. (Ad) Taylor Downing is the author of 1942: Britain at the Brink (Little Brown, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-stasi-poetry-circle%2Fphilip-oltermann%2F9780571331192 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2242m 20s

Rapa Nui’s island mysteries

Archaeologist Cat Jarman delves into the mysteries and debates surrounding the history of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. In conversation with Rob Attar, she explores the creation of the astonishing moai monuments and explains the seemingly dramatic collapse of the island’s population. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/2230m 18s

The history of beauty: everything you wanted to know

Health and beauty historian Lucy Jane Santos answers listener questions and popular online search queries about beauty throughout the ages. From early cosmetics apparently made for gladiators to whether Georgian women really did use mouse fur for false eyebrows, this whistle-stop tour highlights some of the past’s strangest – and most dangerous – beauty practices. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2246m 23s

Bridgerton: behind the scenes of season 2

Hannah Greig, a historical consultant to the hit series Bridgerton, takes us behind the scenes of season two. She speaks to Elinor Evans about the real history on screen, from Regency etiquette to the gentlemen’s clubs that gained popularity in the era. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2231m 17s

Suleyman the Magnificent: the 16th-century’s most powerful ruler?

When Suleyman the Magnificent became Sultan of the Ottoman empire in 1520, he was proclaimed the world’s most powerful man, who could use his armies to smite Christendom. But behind the facade, scheming favourites pulled the strings and worked tirelessly to fulfil their own endless ambitions. Rhiannon Davies spoke to Christopher de Bellaigue to uncover the truth about Suleyman’s fascinating reign. (Ad) Christopher de Bellaigue is the author of The Lion House: The Coming of A King (Vintage, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-lion-house%2Fchristopher-de-bellaigue%2F9781847922397 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/2248m 43s

Our Winston Churchill obsession

Winston Churchill looms large in the modern imagination. Everyone from Fidel Castro to George W Bush have cited him as an exemplar in times of crisis. Historian Geoffrey Wheatcroft talks to Spencer Mizen about the world’s fixation with the wartime leader, arguing that this obsession is neither healthy, nor necessarily merited. (Ad) Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of Churchill’s Shadow: An Astonishing Life and a Dangerous Legacy (Vintage, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fchurchills-shadow%2Fgeoffrey-wheatcroft%2F9781847925732 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/2230m 40s

Naked statues, naughty gods & bad wine

Classicist and author Garrett Ryan talks to Kev Lochun about some of the biggest and most commonly asked questions surrounding ancient Greece and Rome. Why are all the statues naked? Who was the biggest drinker in the classical world? And why didn’t anyone go looking for the Greek gods on Olympus – or did they? (Ad) Garrett Ryan is the author of Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants (Prometheus, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naked-Statues-Fat-Gladiators-Elephants/dp/1633887022/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/2242m 43s

The BBC at 100: the corporation at war

In the third episode of our monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian David Hendy tells Matt Elton how the BBC became an important part of the national fabric during the Second World War – and how the conflict changed the organisation forever. (Ad) David Hendy is the author of The BBC: A People’s History (Profile Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-bbc%2Fdavid-hendy%2F%2F9781781255254%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc2PCYX_d_582jtZj6du6A-9dNO8d8xXvVkPhP_Jmh1FuEm7Mui3xSYaAvwiEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/03/2241m 12s

The Napoleonic Wars: everything you wanted to know

Dr Mike Rapport tackles popular search queries and listener questions about the 19th-century conflicts that tore Europe apart and triggered seismic political changes around the globe. He speaks to Jon Bauckham about the causes of the wars, the pivotal battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo, and the life of Napoleon Bonaparte himself. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/221h 3m

Prohibition: busting myths about the ban on booze

Mark Lawrence Schrad speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book Smashing the Liquor Machine, which busts commonly held myths about prohibition, revealing how campaigns to ban alcohol weren’t just led by puritanical evangelicals in the US, but were also backed by progressive campaigners across the globe. (Ad) Mark Lawrence Schrad is the author of Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History (Oxford University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smashing-Liquor-Machine-History-Prohibition/dp/0190841575/ref=asc_df_0190841575/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=535049525184&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12530786669099962417&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006715&hvtargid=pla-995956505473&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2233m 47s

Stitching together the history of fabric

The history of fabric is interwoven with the story of humanity, from the sackcloth shirts that tore open the skin of pious medieval saints to cotton’s connections to colonisation and the Industrial Revolution. Rhiannon Davies spoke to Victoria Finlay to unravel these complex stories. (Ad) Victoria Finlay is the author of Fabric: The Hidden History of the Material World (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fabric-Hidden-History-Material-World/dp/178125706X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/2233m 53s

Carrot conspiracies & digging for victory: feeding Britain in WW2

Professor John Martin speaks to Emily Briffett about Britain’s battle against starvation during the Second World War. From the invention of familiar myths about bread crusts and carrots, to the Dig for Victory and Ploughing Up campaigns, he examines the food shortages the government faced and the agricultural mission to ensure Britons had enough to put on the table. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/03/2228m 44s

​​Children of the Norman Conquest

Dr Eleanor Parker, author of Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England, talks to David Musgrove about the young people whose lives were upended by the momentous change of circumstances brought about by the Norman Conquest of 1066. She reveals how exploring their stories can offer a fresh approach to studying the Normans. (Ad) Eleanor Parker is the author of Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England (Bloomsbury, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conquered-Parker-Eleanor/dp/1788314506/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/2233m 19s

Britain’s WW2 island internment camp

During the Second World War, the British government imprisoned thousands of German and Austrian-born residents – many of them refugees from Nazi oppression – in makeshift internment camps on the Isle of Man. Acclaimed journalist Simon Parkin speaks to Jon Bauckham about the history of Hutchinson camp, which became home to a vibrant intellectual and artistic community. (Ad) Simon Parkin is the author of The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A True Story of an Artist, a Spy and a Wartime Scandal (Sceptre, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-island-of-extraordinary-captives%2Fsimon-parkin%2F9781529347227 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/2246m 52s

Gladiators: everything you wanted to know

Who became a gladiator? Were they really the superstars of their day? And was giving a thumbs down for a death sentence a real thing? In this Everything you wanted to know episode, Emily Briffett speaks with Alison Futrell to answers your top questions about ancient Rome’s arena fighters. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/2255m 58s

Fredegund and Brunhild: a tale of two queens

Shelley Puhak delves into the lives of queens Fredegund and Brunhild, famed for their bitter and bloody rivalry which wracked the Frankish empire in the latter sixth century. Speaking with Emily Briffett, she reveals how their stories were suppressed, overlooked and used as political propaganda by subsequent rulers, and considers how they should be seen today. (Ad) Shelley Puhak is the author of The Dark Queens: A Gripping Tale of Power, Ambition and Murderous Rivalry in Early Medieval France (Apollo, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Queens-Bloody-Rivalry-Medieval/dp/180110915X/ref=asc_df_180110915X/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=570409167989&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17412272789854525338&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006715&hvtargid=pla-1570399930681&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/2236m 5s

Prohibition: busting myths about the ban on booze

Mark Lawrence Schrad speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book Smashing the Liquor Machine, which busts commonly held myths about prohibition, revealing how campaigns to ban alcohol weren’t just led by puritanical evangelicals in the US, but were also backed by progressive campaigners across the globe. (Ad) Mark Lawrence Schrad is the author of Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History (Oxford University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smashing-Liquor-Machine-History-Prohibition/dp/0190841575/ref=asc_df_0190841575/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=535049525184&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12530786669099962417&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006715&hvtargid=pla-995956505473&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/03/2234m 34s

Eugenics: a toxic history

Adam Rutherford discusses the dark – and often surprising – history of the eugenics movement Geneticist Adam Rutherford speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about the dark, and often surprising, history of the eugenics movement, from ‘best baby’ fairs and population control to the Nazi ‘euthanasia’ programme. He discusses the ideas behind the ideology, and how its implementation has had devastating impacts. (Ad) Adam Rutherford is the author of Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics (Orion, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fcontrol%2Fadam-rutherford%2F9781474622387 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/03/2236m 47s

​​Gardens and the scientific revolution

Clare Hickman explores how gardens were used as places of scientific experimentation in the 18th and 19th centuries During the scientific revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, gardens were not only used for leisure and pleasure. Clare Hickman explains to Dave Musgrove how they also became places of scientific experimentation. (Ad) Clare Hickman is the author of The Doctor’s Garden: Medicine, Science and Horticulture in Britain (Yale University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctors-Garden-Medicine-Science-Horticulture/dp/0300236107/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/03/2234m 46s

Periods, fertility & childbirth: a pre-modern history

Mary Fissell talks to Ellie Cawthorne about women’s reproductive health in early modern Europe and America. She discusses how women dealt with their periods, theories about fertility, ideas about the female body and the childbirth process. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/2236m 50s

Radical women

Nan Sloane speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about her new book Uncontrollable Women, which charts the stories of now largely forgotten female activists who were involved in radical and reform movements between 1789 and 1832. (Ad) Nan Sloane is the author of Uncontrollable Women: Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries (Bloomsbury, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Funcontrollable-women%2Fnan-sloane%2F9781838606633 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/2230m 7s

The Franks: everything you wanted to know

Dr Christian Cooijmans answers listener questions on the medieval world of the Franks. Speaking to David Musgrove, he discusses long-lasting Frankish dynasties, renowned rulers and the Franks’ connections with the wider world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/2246m 26s

How museums are shaping the future

Neil MacGregor talks to Matt Elton about his new BBC Radio 4 series, The Museums that Make Us, and the ways in which museums around the UK are adapting to a changing society – and shaping the future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/2227m 59s

Ukraine: the WW2 roots of today's conflict

Keith Lowe talks to Matt Elton about the ways in which today’s conflict between Russia and Ukraine can be traced back to the Second World War and decisions made in the years that followed. Keith will be giving a five-part masterclass series on the aftermath of the Second World War beginning on 4 March – find out more at historyextra.com/masterclass. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/2225m 1s

Old English: a quick guide

Hana Videen explores the Old English language and reveals what it can tell us about daily life at the time it was spoken The medieval language of Old English is full of linguistic gems. Speaking to David Musgrove, Dr Hana Videen opens up this treasure chest of words to reveal what the language can tell us about daily life at the time it was spoken. (Ad) Hana Videen is the author of The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wordhord-Daily-Life-Old-English/dp/1788166108/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/2235m 58s

Witch hunters: cynical persecutors or misguided zealots?

Marion Gibson discusses the motivations and methods of “witch finders” who sought out supernatural wrongdoing in Stuart Britain. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she discusses why people became witch hunters and explores the techniques they used to extract confessions, from strip-searching and sleep deprivation to ‘swimming’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/2230m 28s

Fascism in Britain

Nigel Copsey discusses the British Union of Fascists and its leader, Oswald Mosley Nigel Copsey speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about the British Union of Fascists, which gained support in the 1930s, and its leader Oswald Mosley. They also discuss the party’s foundation, ideology and connections to the fascist regimes of Italy and Germany. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/2239m 43s

The American Revolutionary War: everything you wanted to know

Benjamin Carp tackles listener questions and popular search queries on the conflict that saw colonists in North America rise up and declare independence from the British. He speaks to Elinor Evans about the causes of the war, key battles, and how the revolution is mythologised today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/221h 0m

The BBC at 100: establishment values in the 1930s

In the second instalment of our new monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian David Hendy speaks to Matt Elton about the ways in which the corporation expanded and evolved throughout the 1930s to become part of the British establishment. (Ad) David Hendy is the author of The BBC: A People’s History (Profile Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-bbc%2Fdavid-hendy%2F%2F9781781255254%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc2PCYX_d_582jtZj6du6A-9dNO8d8xXvVkPhP_Jmh1FuEm7Mui3xSYaAvwiEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2236m 28s

Vikings: Valhalla’s real inspirations

Screenwriter Jeb Stuart discusses the real history that inspired his new Netflix show Vikings: Valhalla Screenwriter Jeb Stuart speaks to Kev Lochun about his new Netflix show Vikings: Valhalla, the successor to the hugely popular series Vikings. They discuss the real historical characters being brought to life through the series, the enduring popularity of the Vikings, and where the show could take viewers after season one. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/02/2231m 47s

Nixon in China: the trip that changed the Cold War

Fifty years ago this month, US president Richard Nixon embarked on a trip to China – a visit that marked a key moment in the thawing of relations between the two nations. Rana Mitter talks to Matt Elton about the 1972 visit, and how it changed the course of the Cold War. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/2235m 2s

In defence of Neville Chamberlain

Walter Reid tells Spencer Mizen that, far from going down in history as the bloodless author of appeasement, Neville Chamberlain should be remembered as a radical politician who saw through Hitler’s lies. (Ad) Walter Reid is the author of Neville Chamberlain: The Passionate Radical (Birlinn, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neville-Chamberlain-Passionate-Walter-Reid/dp/1780276745/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/02/2241m 16s

Spies in show business

Professor Christopher Andrew talks to Elinor Evans about his book Stars and Spies, co-written with Julius Green. He reveals the many historical links between spying and the entertainment industry that for centuries have helped intelligence operatives to hide in plain sight. (Ad) Christopher Andrew and Julius Green are the authors of Stars and Spies: The Story of Intelligence Operations and the Entertainment Industry (Bodley Head, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fstars-and-spies%2Fchristopher-andrew%2Fjulius-green%2F9781847925282 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/2234m 49s

Stonehenge: everything you wanted to know (part two)

In the second episode of this two-part special on Stonehenge, archaeologist and author Mike Pitts answers more listener questions on the most famous prehistoric monument in Britain. Speaking to David Musgrove, he discusses Stonehenge’s relationship with other prehistoric sites, its long legacy, and why we call it “Stonehenge”. (Ad) Mike Pitts is the author of How to Build Stonehenge (Thames & Hudson, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-TTClub&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fhow-to-build-stonehenge%2Fmike-pitts%2F%2F9780500024195%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAnuGNBhCPARIsACbnLzpsBA_shuubuZPKpKG0GYoG5FSn-YLJkUjZS3M0BBv9ZWfutkfZMKsaAt0uEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/2236m 44s

The secret WW2 mission to save Britain’s art collections

Caroline Shenton tells the story of the colourful cast of curators, museum directors and civil servants who embarked on a top-secret mission to protect Britain’s national art collections during the Second World War. Speaking to Emily Briffett, she explains how these dedicated men and women devised ingenious escape plans and concealed artworks and artefacts in the most unlikely of places in a race against time to save the nation’s heritage. (Ad) Caroline Shenton is the author of National Treasures: Saving the Nation’s Art in World War II (John Murray Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/National-Treasures-Saving-Nations-World/dp/1529387434/?tag=mad06e-21&ascsubtag=madeformums-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/2240m 39s

The Normans: beyond 1066

Judith Green reveals how there is much more to the Norman story than the events of the 1066 Conquest We all know the story of the Norman Conquest, when Duke William of Normandy led his troops across the Channel and took the crown of England. However, as Professor Judith Green tells David Musgrove, there is a lot more to the history of the Normans than the events of 1066. (Ad) Judith Green is the author of The Normans: Power, Conquest and Culture in the 11th Century Europe (Yale University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-Histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FNormans-Conquest-Culture-Century-Europe%2Fdp%2F0300180330 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/02/2244m 34s

British identity in 50 documents

Dominic Selwood chronicles Britain’s past through a diverse – and sometimes unexpected – selection of historical documents, from birthday invites and Valentine’s Day letters, to musical scores and shipping forecasts. Speaking with Emily Briffett, he explains what these can tell us about British identity past and present. (Ad) Dominic Selwood is the author of Anatomy of a Nation: A History of British Identity in 50 Documents (Constable, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anatomy-Nation-British-Identity-Documents/dp/1472131894/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/2241m 48s

Medieval masterclass 4: Revolution 1348-1527

In this fourth and final episode, Dan Jones reveals how the Middle Ages came to a close, starting off with a global pandemic that ripped across the world, devastating populations, reshaping economies and bringing societal change. Speaking to David Musgrove, he also introduces the geniuses of the Renaissance, and the great navigators who struck out in search of new worlds. Lastly, he examines how shifting religious dogma, allied to new communication technology, brought about the Protestant Reformation – an upheaval which brought the curtain down on “the middle age”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/02/2259m 17s

Shakespearean deaths: swordfights, snakebites & poison

From poison and fatal snakebites to dying from a broken heart, more than 250 named characters die in Shakespeare’s plays. Speaking with Ellie Cawthorne, Kathryn Harkup guides us through a grisly range of the Bard’s death scenes. She looks at the real history and science behind them, and how they would have been staged in Elizabethan England. (Ad) Kathryn Harkup is the author of Death By Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts (Bloomsbury, 2020). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fdeath-by-shakespeare%2Fkathryn-harkup%2F9781472958228 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/2229m 25s

Stonehenge: everything you wanted to know (part one)

In the first episode of a two-part special, archaeologist Mike Pitts answers listener questions on the most famous prehistoric site in Britain. Speaking to David Musgrove, he discusses how Stonehenge was built – and why. (Ad) Mike Pitts is the author of How to Build Stonehenge (Thames & Hudson, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-TTClub&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fhow-to-build-stonehenge%2Fmike-pitts%2F%2F9780500024195%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAnuGNBhCPARIsACbnLzpsBA_shuubuZPKpKG0GYoG5FSn-YLJkUjZS3M0BBv9ZWfutkfZMKsaAt0uEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/2242m 3s

Britain’s only war crimes trial

Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson discuss the 1999 prosecution of a former Nazi collaborator – Britain’s only war crimes trial Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson discuss Britain’s only war crimes trial, where a former Nazi collaborator was prosecuted for his involvement in the Holocaust, more than five decades after the events had occurred. In conversation with Rob Attar, they explore this landmark moment and consider the challenges of bringing perpetrators to justice after so much time has elapsed. (Ad) Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson are the authors of The Ticket Collector from Belarus: An Extraordinary True Story of Britain's Only War Crimes Trial (Simon & Schuster, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09QPKWCSB/ref=sr_1_3?adgrpid=127410484261&gclid=Cj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc36SxkExhIrmGJI5IQNxmArVxKUn7QkCYKVn55fcI7BYQyd6FQFU44aAhZdEALw_wcB&hvadid=566301370973&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006715&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3753860383860465962&hvtargid=kwd-1562441342634&hydadcr=10836_1789931&keywords=the+ticket+collector+from+belarus&qid=1642609045&sr=8-3&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/2235m 55s

Extinct animals of medieval Britain

From beavers to whales, Lee Raye discusses wildlife found across medieval Britain that has since gone extinct from the region In conversation with David Musgrove, Lee Raye discusses the animals that lived in medieval Britain but have since gone extinct from the region, from beavers and boars to whales and wolves – plus elusive big cats and birds. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/2251m 19s

Mexico’s ill-fated Austrian emperor

Edward Shawcross speaks to Elinor Evans about a little-known and disastrous attempt to install a Habsburg archduke, Ferdinand Maximilian, as emperor of Mexico in the mid-19th century, at a time when the US Civil War was raging. (Ad) Edward Shawcross is the author of The Last Emperor of Mexico: A Disaster in the New World (Faber & Faber, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Emperor-Mexico-Dramatic-Habsburg/dp/1541674197/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/2258m 35s

Medieval masterclass 3: Rebirth 1216-1347

Dan Jones charts the rise of the Mongols in the twelfth century – a sharp and hideously brutal episode, in which an eastern empire achieved fleeting domination over half the world, at the cost of millions of lives. Speaking to David Musgrove, he also looks at other emerging powers in the ‘high’ Middle Ages. He introduces merchants who invented extraordinary new ways to make fortunes, scholars who revived the wisdom of the ancients and founded great universities, and architects and engineers who built the cities, cathedrals and castles that still stand 500 years on.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/02/221h 1m

Georgian Britain: the highs and lows of a transformative age

Penelope J Corfield discusses the highs and lows of the Georgian era, from the abolition movement to the gin craze The long 18th century saw Britain undergo colossal changes, from growing overseas expansion and the transformation of attitudes towards disability, to the sexualisation of popular culture. Penelope J Corfield speaks to Rhiannon Davies about this explosive era of British history. (Ad) Penelope J Corfield is the author of The Georgians: The Deeds and Misdeeds of 18th Century Britain (Yale University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Georgians-Deeds-Misdeeds-Century-Britain/dp/0300253575/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/2255m 2s

Vichy France: everything you wanted to know

Shannon Fogg answers listener questions on the collaborationist regime created following France’s defeat by Nazi Germany In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, Professor Shannon Fogg answers listener questions on the collaborationist French regime that was created following the country’s defeat by Nazi Germany. In conversation with Rob Attar, she examines the origins of Vichy France, explores its relationship with Nazi Germany and reveals what life was like for those who lived under Vichy rule. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/221h 4m

Berlin’s tumultuous history

Barney White-Spunner discusses the extraordinary, absorbing and often tragic history of Germany’s capital Barney White-Spunner tells Spencer Mizen why Berlin – a metropolis that was at the centre of the Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, the Third Reich and the Cold War – has a history like no other city in the world. (Ad) Barney White-Spunner is the author of Berlin: The Story of a City (Simon & Schuster, 2020). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fberlin%2Fbarney-white-spunner%2F9781471181535 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/2243m 30s

Three female civil rights pioneers

Pamela Roberts discusses her research on Mary Church Terrell, Rosetta Lawson and Josephine Wilson Bruce – three women activists of Washington’s ‘black elite’ who visited Britain in the early 20th century and campaigned on issues including women’s rights, civil rights, temperance and education. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/02/2231m 8s

America’s Cold War culture boom

From artistic experimentation to an explosion in pop music, Louis Menand speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about American art, culture and ideas between 1945-65. They touch on the Beatles making waves in the US, the rise of counterculture, and how silent compositions and messy canvases redefined the boundaries of art. (Ad) Louis Menand is the author of The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War (HarperCollins, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-Histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-free-world%2Flouis-menand%2F9780007126873 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/2228m 1s

Medieval masterclass 2: Domination 750-1215

Dan Jones and David Musgrove delve into the age of the Franks, who revived a Christian, pseudo-Roman empire in the west. They trace the rise of the dynasties who carved Europe into Christian royal realms and look at the new forms of cultural ‘soft’ power that emerged around the turn of the first millennium. This episode also explores how monks and knights came to play such an important role in western society during the Middle Ages – and how the fusion of their two mindsets gave birth to the crusades.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/02/221h 2m

Margery Kempe: medieval mystic

Anthony Bale discusses the sensational life of medieval mystic Margery Kempe, charting a story of unusual visions, spiritual revelations, turbulent emotions and religious controversies. Speaking with Emily Briffett, he explores how her autobiography, The Book of Margery Kempe, has enriched our understanding of the early 15th century. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/2253m 19s

Greek myths: everything you wanted to know

In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, classicist Natalie Haynes tackles listener questions on Greek myths. Speaking to Rachel Dinning, she examines the tales of popular figures including Hercules and Aphrodite, and explores how these ancient stories have changed and evolved across history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/2259m 46s

Bloody Sunday: 50 years on

To mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Diarmaid Ferriter speaks about the event and its tangled legacy today To mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, historian Diarmaid Ferriter speaks to Rhiannon Davies about the events of 30 January 1972 and their tangled legacy for the people and politics of Northern Ireland today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/2238m 10s

The BBC at 100: audio adventures in the 1920s

In the first episode of our new monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian David Hendy speaks to Matt Elton about the institution’s founding in the 1920s – a decade of innovation and ingenuity. (Ad) David Hendy is the author of The BBC: A People’s History (Profile Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-bbc%2Fdavid-hendy%2F%2F9781781255254%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc2PCYX_d_582jtZj6du6A-9dNO8d8xXvVkPhP_Jmh1FuEm7Mui3xSYaAvwiEALw_wcB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/01/2241m 6s

Elitism in cricket: a history

Duncan Stone argues that classism and racism have held back England’s summer sport for decadesDuncan Stone talks to Spencer Mizen about cricket’s history of elitism – a story that, he contends, has long seen the rich and powerful dominate the sport’s evolution and image.(Ad) Duncan Stone is the author of Different Class: The Untold Story of English Cricket (Repeater, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Different-Class-Untold-English-Cricket/dp/1913462803/ref=asc_df_1913462803/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=499348463277&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9158678485622880103&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006476&hvtargid=pla-1294513684256&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/01/2233m 48s

Medieval masterclass 1: Imperium 410-750

Dan Jones takes listeners on a journey through early medieval Europe, beginning with the Roman empire in a state of collapse, rocked by a changing climate and mass migration. He speaks to David Musgrove about the superpowers that emerged in Rome’s wake: the so-called “barbarian” realms that laid the foundations for the European kingdoms, the state of Byzantium and the first Islamic empires. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/01/2259m 18s

Cold war mind games

Martin Sixsmith speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book The War of Nerves, which explores the role of psychology in the Cold War, from propaganda and paranoia to a divided mindset and unpredictable decisions made by unstable leaders. (Ad) Martin Sixsmith is the author of The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-war-of-nerves%2Fmartin-sixsmith%2F9781781259122 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/2236m 45s

America’s “Roaring Twenties”: everything you wanted to know

Were the twenties really “roaring”? If so, who actually experienced the best of the era? And were the parties really as debauched as popular culture suggests? Speaking with Emily Briffett, historian Sarah Churchwell answers listener questions about life in the United States during the 1920s. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/221h 5m

Escaping slavery in the American South

How can we reconstruct the experiences of enslaved people? Historian Shaun Wallace speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his work on the Fugitive Slave Database, which uses newspaper adverts for fugitive enslaved people from the American South to reconstruct the stories of those who escaped from slavery. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/2234m 0s

Munich: the real history behind the new film

Author Robert Harris speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about Munich: The Edge of War, the new Netflix film adapted from his 2017 historical novel Munich. They discuss the real history behind the 1938 Munich conference, the challenges of reassessing Neville Chamberlain, and what it’s like seeing your book adapted for the screen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/01/2222m 1s

The Gothic: from Dracula to The Shining

Roger Luckhurst speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about how the idea of the Gothic has evolved and mutated over time, from medieval-inspired architecture and 19th-century vampire fiction to politicised horror films. He also reveals how the genre has been used as a vehicle to explore society’s anxieties over time, from sex and gender to race and colonialism. (Ad) Roger Luckhurst is the author of Gothic: An Illustrated History (Thames & Hudson, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fgothic%2Froger-luckhurst%2F9780500252512 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/2241m 11s

Women of the Rothschild dynasty

Historian Natalie Livingstone chronicles the unexplored lives of the women who shaped the famous Rothschild banking dynasty. She speaks to Elinor Evans about how – though often excluded in a patriarchal society – they forged their own paths, from influential hostesses to pioneering scientists. (Ad) Natalie Livingstone is the author of The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty (John Murray, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Rothschild-Untold-Worlds-Dynasty/dp/1529366712#:~:text=From%20the%20East%20End%20of,dawn%20of%20the%20nineteenth%20century/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/01/2233m 37s

Queen Victoria’s spy network

Richard J Aldrich and Rory Cormac discuss Queen Victoria’s love of espionage and her network of royal intelligence agents Historians Richard J Aldrich and Rory Cormac speak to Emma Slattery Williams about their book The Secret Royals, which explores the connections between espionage and the British monarchy, revealing how Queen Victoria utilised a large covert network of international spies. (Ad) Richard J Aldrich and Rory Cormac are the authors of The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana (Atlantic Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-secret-royals%2Frichard-aldrich%2Frory-cormac%2F9781786499127 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/2243m 41s

Mao’s Cultural Revolution: everything you wanted to know

In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, Professor Rana Mitter answers your questions about one of the defining events of modern Chinese history. Speaking to Rob Attar, he explores the role of Chairman Mao in the Cultural Revolution, its impact on China’s population and its legacy today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/2244m 6s

How the Beatles were in tune with 60s Britain

Dominic Sandbrook explains how the Beatles reflected 1960s Britain, from the globalisation of pop culture to a fascination with mysticism  The 1960s was a time of transformation, as the grey of postwar Britain gave way to a technicolour youth culture, with screaming teenage fans, an outpouring of merchandise and a deep obsession with pop music. Dominic Sandbrook speaks to Rhiannon Davies about how the Beatles provided the soundtrack to a rapidly changing society.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/2238m 46s

Shining new light on medieval Europe

Matthew Gabriele and David M Perry speak to David Musgrove about their book The Bright Ages, which tackles the big themes of the Middle Ages and challenges some widely held views about the history of medieval Europe.(Ad) Matthew Gabriele and David M Perry are the authors of The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe (HarperCollins, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-Histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-bright-ages%2Fmatthew-gabriele%2Fdavid-m-perry%2F9780062980892 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/2246m 46s

A murder mystery in 19th-century Dublin

Thomas Morris speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book The Dublin Railway Murder, which reconstructs a strange historical cold case from 1856, revolving around a body discovered in a railway station office that was locked from the inside. (Ad) Thomas Morris is the author of The Dublin Railway Murder: The Sensational True Story of a Victorian Murder Mystery (Harvill Secker, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dublin-Railway-Murder-Thomas-Morris/dp/1787302393/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/01/2232m 13s

Trading and crusading in the Middle Ages

Mike Carr speaks to David Musgrove about Muslim-Christian relations in the medieval era, revealing how Papal-sanctioned trade was going on despite the background of the Crusades. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/01/2229m 24s

The Demerara slave uprising

Thomas Harding discusses a little-known uprising by enslaved people in the British colony of Demerara in 1823 Thomas Harding speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his new book, White Debt, which recounts the little-known uprising by enslaved people in the British colony of Demerara in 1823, as told through the experiences of four eyewitnesses. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/2242m 18s

The Age of Sail: everything you wanted to know

Naval historian Kate Jamieson tackles listener questions on the Age of Sail, when sailing ships dominated global trade and warfare In the latest episode in our series on history’s biggest topics, naval historian Kate Jamieson tackles listener questions on the Age of Sail. Speaking to Kev Lochun, she covers subjects ranging from ghost ships and sea monsters to the rigours of life at sea. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/2250m 3s

Ancient Greek scientific thinking

Curator Jane Desborough talks to Ellie Cawthorne about a new Science Museum exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom, which explores the ways in which Greek thinkers sought to understand the world around them – from the oceans and animals, to the cosmos and the human body. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/01/2216m 59s

Hells, heavens and afterworlds: a traveller’s guide

Edward Brooke-Hitching explores the many heavens, hells and lands of the dead from civilisations across global history Edward Brooke-Hitching speaks to Charlotte Hodgman about his latest book, The Devil's Atlas: An Explorer's Guide to Heavens, Hells and Afterworlds, exploring visions of the afterlife as imagined throughout history by cultures and religions around the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/2229m 35s

Women who served in WW2

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of conscription for women, historian Tessa Dunlop has written a new book capturing the remarkable lives of the last surviving women who served in Britain’s armed forces during the Second World War. Speaking to Emma Slattery Williams, Tessa draws on individual stories to paint a picture of what it was like to be young, female and at war. (Ad) Tessa Dunlop is the author of Army Girls: The secrets and stories of military service from the final few women who fought in World War II (Headline, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Farmy-girls%2Ftessa-dunlop%2F9781472282088 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/01/2258m 56s

A forgotten witch hunt in New England

Malcolm Gaskill speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book The Ruin of All Witches, which chronicles a little-known 1651 witchcraft case from Springfield, Massachusetts, revealing how an irascible brickmaker and his wife found themselves accused of diabolical activity. (Ad) Malcolm Gaskill is the author of The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruin-All-Witches-Death-World/dp/0241413389/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/01/220s

Goods & globalisation: merchants in Tudor & Stuart England

Between 1550 and 1650, English trade flourished as thousands of merchants sought out trading ventures across the globe. In conversation with Emily Briffett, Edmond Smith tracks the experiences of England’s merchants and explores how their efforts as a community shaped England’s relationship with the rest of the world.(Ad) Edmond Smith is the author of Merchants: The Community that Shaped England's Trade and Empire, 1550-1650 (Yale University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merchants-Community-Shaped-Englands-1550-1650/dp/0300257953/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/01/2232m 55s

The Jacobites: everything you wanted to know

Murray Pittock answers listener questions about the Jacobites, and their attempts to restore the Stuart dynasty to the throne. Speaking to Emma Slattery Williams, he discusses who the Jacobites were, why their risings failed, and how realistic the hit show Outlander is in its portrayal of the Jacobite cause. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/2242m 51s

History’s greatest mysteries: what caused the medieval ‘dancing plague’?

On several occasions from the 14th to 16th centuries, hundreds of people in central Europe began moving their bodies in a strange uncontrollable fashion – often for days on end. What was behind this unusual behaviour? In the final episode of this series of History’s Greatest Mysteries, medieval historian Helen Carr describes the events of the ‘dancing plagues’ and considers the various explanations that have been put forward so far.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/01/2221m 38s

History’s greatest mysteries: why did Mao’s chosen successor flee China?

Fifty years ago, in September 1971, Lin Biao boarded a flight out of the country, only to crash in the Mongolian desert shortly afterwards. Was this the result of an aborted coup on Lin’s part? And where exactly was his plane heading? In the latest in our series on history’s biggest conundrums, historian Rana Mitter answers these questions and more about the mysterious “Lin Biao incident”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/2137m 22s

History’s greatest mysteries: was the Trojan War fact or fiction?

Thanks largely to Homer’s Iliad, the Trojan War is one of the most famous events in Greek mythology. But how much – if any – of the legend is actually true? In the latest in our series on history’s biggest conundrums, the author and classicist Daisy Dunn revisits the literary and archaeological sources to seek out evidence for the clash between the Greeks and the city of Troy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/12/2128m 16s

History’s greatest mysteries: what happened to the Roman Ninth Legion?

The Ninth Legion of the Roman army was last recorded in York in around AD 107. After that it simply vanished from history. To this day no-one knows what caused the destruction of this elite army unit, although many theories have been put forward. As we continue our series on history’s most puzzling events, Miles Russell explores the various possibilities and explains what he think is the most likely reason for the legion’s disappearance. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/12/2132m 33s

History’s greatest mysteries: Agatha Christie disappears

In December 1926, crime writer Agatha Christie left her home and vanished without a trace. When she was discovered 11 days later, Christie claimed to have no memory of what had happened. As part of our series on history’s greatest mysteries, Dominic Sandbrook discusses the case that baffled the British public and triggered one of the largest manhunts ever mounted. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/12/2130m 34s

The state of history in 2021

Anna Whitelock looks back on some key moments and trends that made the historical headlines in 2021. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she covers topics including the “history wars”, cuts to university history courses and the best books published this year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/2132m 36s

Christmas feasts: WW2 rationing & postwar absurdity

Annie Gray looks back on festive food in the 20th century – from suspect dishes made under WW2 rationing to joyful postwar creations pickled in aspic and coated in piped green mayonnaise. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, for the final episode in our mini-series on Christmas food through history, she also touches on the best wartime cake recipes, Fanny Craddock, and putting bananas in Christmas pudding. (Ad) Annie Gray is the author of At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food through the Ages (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fat-christmas-we-feast%2Fannie-gray%2F9781788168199%23%3A~%3Atext%3DAt%20Christmas%20We%20Feast%3A%20Festive%20Food%20Through%20the%20Ages%20(Hardback)%26text%3D'A%20joy%20to%20immerse%20oneself%2Ctrimmings%2C%20pudding%20and%20brandy%20butter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/2127m 3s

Thomas Kendrick: MI6 spymaster who helped win WW2

Helen Fry speaks to Jon Bauckham about the remarkable life and career of Thomas Kendrick, an elusive MI6 intelligence officer who helped thousands of Jews escape Nazi-controlled Austria, before going on to mastermind the biggest Allied bugging operation of the Second World War. (Ad) Helen Fry is the author of Spymaster: The Man Who Saved MI6 (Yale University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spymaster-Man-Who-Saved-MI6/dp/0300255950/ref=asc_df_0300255950/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=499174488919&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13204997830046097313&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006715&hvtargid=pla-1244937888688&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/12/2137m 29s

Pearl Harbor episode 5: Chaos unleashed

In the final episode in our new series on the raid on Pearl Harbor, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Robert Lyman about the attack’s immediate aftermath and long term legacy, charting the chaos the Japanese offensive unleashed and tracing events through to the present day. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/12/2137m 2s

The Stuart princess who could have deposed Charles I

Elizabeth Stuart was beloved by Protestants and Catholics, English and Scots alike. Many clamoured for her to replace her brother, Charles I, on the throne, and one admirer even commissioned a treasonous painting of her wearing the Tudor crown. Nadine Akkerman speaks to Rhiannon Davies about this fascinating and now largely forgotten figure. (Ad) Nadine Akkerman is the author of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Hearts (Oxford University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elizabeth-Stuart-Hearts-Nadine-Akkerman/dp/0199668302/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/2135m 32s

Fascism: everything you wanted to know

Richard Bosworth answers listener questions on the authoritarian ideology that emerged in Italy a century ago How was Mussolini able to seize control in Italy a century ago? What differentiated Italian Fascism from Nazism? And is the term “fascist” bandied around too much today? In the latest in our series answering your questions on history’s biggest subjects, Richard Bosworth speaks to Spencer Mizen about the history of the rightwing ideology. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/2137m 44s

Yugoslavia: the beginning of the end

Dejan Djokic reflects on the brief 1991 war that saw Slovenia secure independence and helped set in motion the bloody collapse of Yugoslavia. In conversation with Rob Attar, he explores the events both as a historian and through his own memories of being a Yugoslav conscript based in Slovenia at the time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/12/211h 5m

Christmas feasts: Victorian merrymaking

From Twelfth cakes to creepy greetings cards and booze-soaked desserts, Annie Gray guides us through festive feasting in the Victorian era. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, for the third episode in our mini-series on Christmas food through history, she also touches on turkey, trifle and whether the Victorians really did “invent Christmas”. (Ad) Annie Gray is the author of At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food through the Ages (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fat-christmas-we-feast%2Fannie-gray%2F9781788168199%23%3A~%3Atext%3DAt%20Christmas%20We%20Feast%3A%20Festive%20Food%20Through%20the%20Ages%20(Hardback)%26text%3D'A%20joy%20to%20immerse%20oneself%2Ctrimmings%2C%20pudding%20and%20brandy%20butter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/210s

Triumph against the odds: the 1821 Greek Revolution

Historian Mark Mazower explains how the Greeks secured an unlikely victory against the Ottoman empire in their 1820s fight for freedom. Speaking to Rob Attar, he also reveals how the dramatic events of two centuries ago would have a profound impact on the future of the European continent.(Ad) Mark Mazower is the author of The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Greek-Revolution-Making-Modern-Europe-ebook/dp/B08W1TZMG9/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/2134m 44s

Pearl Harbor episode 4: The day of the attack

In the latest episode in our new series on the raid on Pearl Harbor, Ellie Cawthorne and Gavin Mortimer chart how the attack unfolded on 7 December 1941, sharing the stories and eyewitness accounts of those involved, from Japanese pilots and US navy personnel to army nurses and top commanders. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/2132m 1s

England’s last witches

John Callow discusses the tragic case of the Bideford witches, the last women in England to be executed for the crime of witchcraftIn 1682, three women – Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards and Mary Trembles – became the last in England to be hanged for the crime of witchcraft. John Callow speaks to Kev Lochun about how circumstance and ill-fortune led the so-called “Bideford witches” to the gallows, and how history has rehabilitated them.(Ad) John Callow is the author of The Last Witches of England: A Tragedy of Sorcery and Superstition (Bloomsbury, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-Histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-last-witches-of-england%2Fjohn-callow%2F9781788314398 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/2149m 38s

Hadrian’s Wall: everything you wanted to know

As we approach the 1900th anniversary of the building of Hadrian’s Wall, Rob Collins answers listener questions on Britain’s most famous Roman fortification. Speaking to David Musgrove, he tackles the big issues about the boundary’s creation and purpose, as well as looking at everyday life on the wall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/211h 1m

Animals in space: from Laika to jellyfish & tortoises

Stephen Walker tells Rhiannon Davies about the history of animals in space, from fruit flies and monkeys to Laika the Soviet space dog Thousands of animals paved the way for human space travel. But for many of them, it was an incredibly painful – or deadly – experience. Stephen Walker tells Rhiannon Davies about this overlooked chapter of space exploration, from Soviet space dogs strapped to rockets and chimpanzees sent up by NASA, to two tortoises who orbited the moon. (Ad) Stephen Walker is the author of Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space(HarperCollins, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-Histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fbeyond%2Fstephen-walker%2F9780008372507 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/2146m 13s

Christmas feasts: Georgian elegance

Taking in glamorous dinner parties and decadent “wine-chocolate”, Annie Graytransports us back to a festive feast from the Georgian era. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, for the second episode in our mini-series on Christmas food through history, she also touches on dangerous parlour games and complaints about Christmas being “too commercial”.(Ad) Annie Gray is the author of At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food through the Ages (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fat-christmas-we-feast%2Fannie-gray%2F9781788168199%23%3A~%3Atext%3DAt Christmas We Feast%3A Festive Food Through the Ages (Hardback)%26text%3D'A joy to immerse oneself%2Ctrimmings%2C pudding and brandy butter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/2123m 48s

How US-Russian relations fractured in the 1990s

Mary Sarotte tells Spencer Mizen about her new book Not One Inch, which reveals how diplomatic missteps after the fall of the Berlin Wall soured US-Russian relations and fuelled the rise of Vladimir Putin.(Ad) Mary Sarotte is the author of Not One Inch: America, Russia and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate (Yale University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:​​https://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-One-Inch-Post-Cold-Stalemate/dp/030025993X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-Histboty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/2136m 50s

Pearl Harbor episode 2: America on the eve of war

In the latest episode in our new series on the raid on Pearl Harbor, Dayna Barnes speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about the United States in the years and months leading up to the attack. They discuss the American perspective on the disintegrating relationship with Japan, get to grips with US thinking on the eve of the attack, and ask: why was the American public blindsided by the Japanese raid? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/2136m 8s

Pearl Harbor episode 3: Countdown to the raid

In the latest episode in our new series on the raid on Pearl Harbor, Steve Twomey speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about the immediate run-up to the attack, revealing how inch-perfect Japanese planning and complacent oversights by American military figures combined to leave Pearl Harbor naval base a sitting duck for Japanese bombers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/2141m 17s

Sex lives of medieval people

Were medieval attitudes to sex really that different from our own? Historian Katherine Harvey speaks to Elinor Evans about the sex lives of ordinary people in the Middle Ages – from how sexuality was governed by ideas about sin, to the “love magic” that was thought to trick people into bed.(Ad) Katherine Harvey is the author of The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages (Reaktion Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-Histboty&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-fires-of-lust%2Fkatherine-harvey%2F9781789144895 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/2124m 10s

The Great Depression: everything you wanted to know

Historian David M Kennedy answers listener questions and online search queries about the Great Depression, the economic crash that devastated the United States and other countries across the globe in the 1930s. In discussion with Rhiannon Davies, he covers topics ranging from the fate of minorities to the staggering unemployment statistics of the time.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/2150m 36s

Searching for WW1’s fallen soldiers

Robert Sackville-West describes attempts to identify the bodies of the dead after the devastating battles of the First World War Historian Robert Sackville-West describes the searches to identify – and in some cases, return – bodies of the dead after the devastating battles of the First World War: a service that provided important closure for many bereaved families. Speaking with Elinor Evans, he also explores how commemoration of the war dead has changed over the last century. (Ad) Robert Sackville-West is the author of The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War(Bloomsbury, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Searchers-Quest-Lost-First-World/dp/1526613158/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/2141m 2s

Christmas feasts: Medieval & Tudor revelry

From brawn to plum pottage, Annie Gray takes us back to the raucous world of festive feasting in the medieval and Tudor eras. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, for the first episode in our new mini-series on Christmas food through history, she also touches on subversive merrymaking, spectacular dinnertime entertainments and hefty meat pies.(Ad) Annie Gray is the author of At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food through the Ages (Profile Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fat-christmas-we-feast%2Fannie-gray%2F9781788168199%23%3A~%3Atext%3DAt%20Christmas%20We%20Feast%3A%20Festive%20Food%20Through%20the%20Ages%20(Hardback)%26text%3D'A%20joy%20to%20immerse%20oneself%2Ctrimmings%2C%20pudding%20and%20brandy%20butter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/2126m 42s

Pearl Harbor episode 1: A gathering storm in Japan

In the first episode in our new series on the raid on Pearl Harbor, Chris Harding speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about Japan in the years running up to December 1941. They discuss the long-running historical factors that edged the country ever closer to war with the United States, and ask: what led Japan to embark on such a risky gamble? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/2142m 47s

Colour: a human history

Colour has been hugely important to humans through history, with different cultures attaching their own meanings to all the hues of the rainbow. From the ancient societies who venerated purple to the modern political radicals who chose red as the colour of revolution, James Fox speaks to Rhiannon Davies about these fascinating associations. (Ad) James Fox is the author The World According to Colour: A Cultural History (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:​​https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-According-Colour-Cultural-History/dp/1846148243/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/11/2147m 53s

Stranger danger? Xenophobia’s unexpected history

Psychiatrist and historian George Makari speaks to Jon Bauckham about the origins of the term “xenophobia”, and the ways in which western thinkers have interpreted people’s fear of strangers, from the 19th century to the present day. (Ad) George Makari is the author of Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia (Yale University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fear-Strangers-History-Xenophobia/dp/0300259735/ref=asc_df_0300259735/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=534924812094&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12591081103742328032&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006715&hvtargid=pla-1420993758651&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/2138m 1s

The Irish famine: everything you wanted to know

Christine Kinealy answers listener questions on the devastating famine that struck Ireland in the mid-19th centuryChristine Kinealy answers listener questions on the causes and consequences of the devastating famine that struck Ireland in the mid-19th century. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she also discusses whether we should call it a “famine”, the role of aid and migration in the crisis, and if the British government can be blamed for what happened.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/2150m 43s

How Shakespeare inspired terrorists

Shakespeare has been an obsession of extremist groups across the globe over the centuries. The Nazi Party held him up as a hero, while Osama Bin Laden condemned him as the ultimate symbol of the depraved west. Islam Issa speaks to Rhiannon Davies about the playwright’s tangled relationship with terror.(Ad) Islam Issa is the author of Shakespeare and Terrorism (Routledge, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shakespeare-Terrorism-Spotlight-Islam-Issa/dp/0367334836/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/2139m 6s

How the Greeks changed the world

Historian Roderick Beaton ranges over 4,000 years of Greek history, from the glories of Mycenae to the life of a modern European nation. In discussion with Rob Attar, he picks out some of the key moments in this journey, including the triumphs of ancient Greece, the conquests of Alexander the Great and the 1820s battle for independence. (Ad) Roderick Beaton is the author of The Greeks: A Global History (Faber, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-greeks%2Fprofessor-prof-roderick-beaton%2F9780571353569 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/2150m 6s

What can churches tell us?

Peter Stanford speaks to Emily Briffett about his new book, If These Stones Could Talk, which chronicles his journeys around Britain and Ireland’s churches, abbeys, chapels and cathedrals in a quest to understand how religion has defined our past and continues to shape our present. (Ad) Peter Stanford is the author of If These Stones Could Talk: The History of Christianity in Britain and Ireland through Twenty Buildings (Hodder & Stoughton, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fif-these-stones-could-talk%2Fpeter-stanford%2F9781529396423 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/2149m 52s

Sex work: a brief history

From the courtesans of Edo Japan and ancient Greece to the mollyhouses of Regency London, Kate Lister speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about her new book Harlots, Whores and Hackabouts, which charts the long, diverse and colourful history of sex work.  (Ad) Kate Lister is the author of Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale (Thames & Hudson, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fharlots-whores-and-hackabouts%2Fkate-lister%2Fwellcome-collection%2F9780500252444 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/2131m 0s

The Ottoman “Age of Discovery”

The “Age of Discovery” is traditionally known as a period between the 15th and 16th centuries, when European Christian powers sailed west and encountered lands and peoples previously unknown to them. However, speaking to David Musgrove, Professor Marc David Baer contends that this narrative overlooks the influential role of the Ottoman empire. (Ad) Marc David Baer is the author of The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs (Basic Books, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ottomans-Khans-Caesars-Caliphs/dp/1473695708/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/2129m 58s

Anglo-Scottish border wars: everything you wanted to know

How much blood was spilled in the border regions of England and Scotland from the 14th to the 16th centuries? Who were the Reivers? And why did the French get involved? Michael Brown talks to Spencer Mizen about the cross-border clashes that marred Anglo-Scottish relations for 200 years. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/2143m 15s

A secret trial that transformed transgender rights

In 1965, Scottish aristocrat Ewan Forbes stood to inherit his family’s baronetcy but, as a transgender man, he soon became embroiled in a top-secret legal case which had consequences that still affect the lives of trans people today. Zoe Playdon explores this still largely unknown story, in conversation with Matt Elton.(Ad) Zoe Playdon is the author of The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes: The Transgender Trial that Threatened to Upend the British Establishment (Bloomsbury, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hidden-Case-Ewan-Forbes/dp/152661913X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/11/2133m 43s

How to tell the story of WW2 in museums

What makes a good Second World War exhibit? How can we best share the story of the Holocaust? Two new galleries dedicated to these seismic events at London’s Imperial War Museum grapple with these questions and others. Historian Keith Lowe spoke to curators Vicki Hawkins, Kate Clements and James Bulgin about the challenges of creating them.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/2126m 47s

How slavery & empire shaped epidemiology

Jim Downs speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book Maladies of Empire, which reveals how the conditions created by colonialism, war and slavery affected the study of disease and its spread in the 18th and 19th centuries. (Ad) Jim Downs is the author of Maladies of Empire: How Slavery, Imperialism, and War Transformed Medicine (Belknap Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=maladies+of+empire&adgrpid=130572957750&gclid=CjwKCAiA1aiMBhAUEiwACw25MVXIayiB36t6Q37ItDISGlC8aLKZyWNwGh6rUPr8g_WnL2PKKC-y3xoC2IAQAvD_BwE&hvadid=543075455219&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006715&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=12263352264959276216&hvtargid=kwd-1262783386938&hydadcr=24404_1748884&tag=googhydr-21&ref=pd_sl_2iezca746i_e&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/2136m 6s

George V: not so dull after all

Jane Ridley speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about the life and reign of George V. She reveals how the king, often unfairly dismissed as something of a dullard, in fact successfully steered the monarchy through a tumultuous era of British history. (Ad) Jane Ridley is the author of George V: Never a Dull Moment (Chatto & Windus, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/George-V-Never-Dull-Moment/dp/0701188707/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/2132m 31s

The man who made King Alfred great

As the author of the Life of King Alfred, the Welsh churchman Asser is in large part responsible for how the early medieval king was viewed, and the fact that he eventually got the moniker ‘the Great’. Speaking with our content director David Musgrove, Dr Robert Gallagher tells us about a new discovery he’s made about this monastic wordsmith. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/2141m 45s

Espionage history: everything you wanted to know

When did espionage become professionalised? What ingenious gadgets did intelligence agents use in the past? And how have animals been used for spying? Speaking with Elinor Evans, Michael Goodman tackles listener questions and popular search queries on the history of espionage and intelligence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/2155m 28s

The St Brice’s Day Massacre of 1002

On 13 November 1002, the St Brice’s Day Massacre took place, when Danes living in England were killed, apparently on the orders of King Aethelred. But the extent of the violence and motivation behind it continues to be much debated by historians. In conversation with David Musgrove, Dr Benjamin Savill outlines his new theory that the massacre may have been planned specifically for the feast day of the exiled St Brice.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/2152m 33s

Medieval manuscript makers

Medieval manuscripts tell a story far greater than just what’s written inside them. In conversation with Emily Briffett, Mary Wellesley shares the hidden histories of the artisans, authors and owners behind these fragile and beautiful documents.(Ad) Mary Wellesley is the author of Hidden Hands: The Lives of Manuscripts and their Makers (Quercus, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fhidden-hands%2Fmary-wellesley%2F9781529420883 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/2147m 10s

Surviving hell on earth: Polar explorer Ranulph Fiennes on Shackleton

Ernest Shackleton looms large in the heroic age of exploration, making two bids to reach the South Pole and famously attempting to traverse the Antarctic continent, before his ship was crushed by pack ice. Fellow polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes chronicles his dangerous exploits and reflects on his own expeditions in a conversation with Rhiannon Davies.(Ad) Ranulph Fiennes is the author of Shackleton: A Biography (Michael Joseph, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shackleton-Ranulph-Fiennes/dp/0241356717/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=118715083359&dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwt-6LBhDlARIsAIPRQcKRJILLUHRFfyslY6G2SY7Q2IWBFoJ617jPKW4rPHt0f2vvyQmAHZEaAgQOEALw_wcB&hvadid=506961849035&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006715&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=14826065410558208685&hvtargid=kwd-1209672137750&hydadcr=24433_1816114&keywords=ranulph+fiennes+shackleton&qid=1635519967&qsid=257-7780269-8086666&sr=8-1&sres=0241356717%2C0340826991%2C0241977258%2C1785904868%2C0753809877%2C0099422433%2CB07C7RDKXQ%2C1509896120%2C1472907159%2CB09D4VQW4X%2C1774261995%2C0753522063%2C1909263109%2CB06WD53Q24%2C1976969964%2CB08PFSDJLB&srpt=ABIS_BOOK&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/2146m 21s

The CIA’s secret African missions

Historian Susan Williams discusses the United States’ covert programme to undermine the leaders of newly independent African nations in the 1950s and 1960s. Speaking to Rob Attar, she highlights the stories of Congo’s Patrice Lumumba and Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, both of whom were ultimately ousted from power.(Ad) Susan Williams is the author of White Malice: The CIA and the Neocolonisation of Africa (C Hurst & Co, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fwhite-malice%2Fsusan-williams%2F9781787385559 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/11/2133m 32s

The rebel who defied William the Conqueror

Matt Lewis tells Spencer Mizen about the extraordinary escapades of Hereward the Wake, who led a rebellion in the 1070s that drove William the Conqueror and the Normans to distraction. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/2141m 15s

SALEM EPISODE 9: Conclusion

After the witch trials were over, Salemites had to resume life as normal and come to terms with what had happened. Suspected witches had to go back to living alongside those who had accused them. In our final episode we’ll be looking at the difficult legacy of the events at Salem, revealing how the beliefs that underlined them endured and asking: why did the witch trials happen? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/2122m 32s

SALEM EPISODE 8: Willful, weak-minded women?

Fourteen of the 19 people hanged for witchcraft at Salem were women. So could their gender – or perhaps their transgression of gender norms – be part of the reason they were targeted? And what about the five men hanged? In this episode we’ll try to unpick the complicated question of how gender impacted on the Salem witch trials. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/2129m 2s

SALEM EPISODE 7: Quarrelsome neighbours & family tensions

Salem was made up of a dense web of social connections – not all of which were harmonious. In fact, it was a community riven with fault lines that threatened to open up into great chasms of conflict. In this episode we’ll investigate whether tensions between members of the community could help explain who was accused of demonic activity – and who accused them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/2122m 49s

SALEM EPISODE 6: Chaos in the courtroom

The list of failings that could be levelled against the Salem justice system is substantial – from the acceptance of so-called ‘spectral evidence’ to the chaotic scenes that unfolded in the courtroom. In this episode we’ll consider how suspected witches were tried, revealing how they were induced into giving confessions and even encouraged to implicate others. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/2130m 19s

SALEM EPISODE 5: Satanic sabbaths and supernatural sins

From flying witches to demonic familiars and translucent cats, the Salem villagers believed themselves plagued by a spectrum of supernatural terrors. In this episode we’ll be investigating the long history of witchcraft beliefs that influenced accusations, from the first witches in the ancient world to the explosion of witch hunts triggered by fears of a satanic conspiracy in Early Modern Europe and America. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/2124m 46s

From chariots to e-scooters: transformations in transport

Tom Standage traces technological advances in transport, from the invention of the wheel to the rise of the carTom Standage, author of A Brief History of Motion, speaks to Jon Bauckham about technological advances in transport, from the invention of the wheel to the rise of the car, and reveals why modern transport dilemmas echo those of the late 19th century.(Ad) Tom Standage is the author of A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel to the Car to What Comes Next (Bloomsbury, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brief-History-Motion-Wheel-Comes/dp/1526608324/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/11/2154m 27s

Giving birth in the 17th century

Dr Sara Read explores women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth in early modern England. Speaking to Emma Slattery Williams, she discusses the research behind her recent novel, which tells the story of a midwife working during the Great Plague of 1665.(Ad) Sara Read is the author of The Gossips’ Choice (Wild Pressed Books, 2020). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gossips-Choice-Sara-Read/dp/1916489680/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/2141m 37s

Cricket as a colonial weapon

Dr Souvik Naha reveals how the Victorians used cricket to export “British virtues” across the empireFor 19th-century imperialists, cricket wasn’t just a game, it was a means of exporting “British virtues” across the empire. Dr Souvik Naha tells Spencer Mizen about the sport’s great “civilising mission”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/2136m 6s

Living through the fall of communism

Professor Lea Ypi reflects on her childhood years, which witnessed the final years of communism in Albania and the fraught transition to capitalist democracy. In conversation with Rob Attar, she also considers what these experiences have taught her about the true nature of freedom.(Ad) Lea Ypi is the author of Free: Coming of Age at the End of History (Penguin, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Ffree%2Flea-ypi%2F9780241481851 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/11/2145m 51s

Black cowboys on screen

Historian Tony Warner talks to Elinor Evans about some of the real historical figures depicted in the new Netflix western The Harder They Fall, starring Idris Elba and Regina King, and tells us more about where the film sits in the genre of black westerns. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/2121m 24s

SALEM EPISODE 4: The pervasive power of Puritanism

Religion was a powerful force at play in the Salem settlement. It not only determined the villagers’ daily routine but their whole outlook on life, influencing how they saw their neighbours and giving shape to their fears about threats to their community. In this episode we’ll be investigating how the Puritanical mindset stirred up intense paranoia about the devil, and could have made people more inclined to confess to satanic corruption. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/2122m 37s

SALEM EPISODE 3: A ‘new Jerusalem’ on the edge of a wilderness

In 1692, Salem was a colonial outpost teetering on the edge of a precipice. In this episode we’ll explore what life was like in the New England settlement, and consider whether environmental pressures – from the threat of attack to an inhospitable climate – could have played a role in the outbreak of accusations of witchcraft. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/2126m 41s

SALEM EPISODE 2: How events spiralled out of control

In order to understand why the Salem witch trials happened, we need to get to grips with how exactly things unfolded over the course of 1692. In this episode, we piece together a timeline of the events that reveals how the strange behaviour of a couple of young girls spread like a virus, mutating and mushrooming into community-wide paranoia that ultimately culminated in multiple executions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/2131m 15s

SALEM EPISODE 1: Introduction

In 1692, 19 members of a small New England community were hanged for witchcraft. Over the course of the year, young girls convulsed and barked like dogs, women confessed to flying on poles to satanic sabbaths, and villagers recounted seeing ghostly apparitions and translucent cats. How can we explain these seemingly inexplicable events? With the help of experts, we’ll delve into the historical factors that were at play in Salem to get to grips with one of the most fascinating moments in American history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/2114m 25s

Ghosts, necromancy & the underworld in ancient Mesopotamia

Irving Finkel speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his book The First Ghosts, which looks at what we can learn from the first written evidence of ghost beliefs. He reveals what ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets can tell us about everything from necromancy and getting rid of troublesome spirits to demons and the underworld.  (Ad) Irving Finkel is the author of The First Ghosts: Most Ancient of Legacies (Hodder & Stoughton, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-first-ghosts%2Firving-finkel%2F9781529303261 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/10/2138m 42s

What would you ask a historian?

Greg Jenner talks about his latest book, Ask A Historian, which tackles 50 burning questions that people have about the past Public historian Greg Jenner talks to Elinor Evans about his latest book, Ask A Historian, which tackles on 50 questions exploring some unexpected chapters of history that people have always wanted to know about – from whether people really ate powdered mummies, to the best historical figures to choose for an Oceans’ Eleven-style heist. (Ad) Greg Jenner is the author of Ask A Historian: 50 Surprising Answers to Things You Always Wanted to Know (Orion, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fask-a-historian%2Fgreg-jenner%2F9781474618618 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/2139m 41s

COMING SOON Salem: investigating the witch trials

Listen to our new podcast series delving into one of the most fascinating and mysterious events in American history. Find the first four episodes in your podcast feed from 31 October.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/2156s

Windows: an illuminating history

We often focus on the views we can see through windows, but what about the windows themselves? Matt Elton speaks to cultural sociologist Rachel Hurdley to explore what windows can reveal about our past – from living conditions and architectural styles to wider issues of defence, politics and social change. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/2132m 41s

How a ballerina survived the Gulag

Christina Ezrahi speaks to Elinor Evans about the story of Nina Anisimova, one of the most famous ballerinas in Stalin’s Soviet Union. After being arrested for supposed counter-revolutionary activity, Anisimova was transported to a forced labour camp, only to make a remarkable return to the stage. (Ad) Christina Ezrahi is the author of Dancing for Stalin: A Dancer’s Story of Courage and Survival in Soviet Russia (Elliott & Thompson Ltd, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dancing-Stalin-Dancers-Courage-Survival/dp/1783965576#:~:text=Dancing%20for%20Stalin%20is%20a,of%20courage%2C%20resilience%20and%20triumph.&text=of%20Bolshoi%20Confidential-,Nina%20Anisimova%20was%20one%20of%20Russia's%20most%20renowned%20ballerinas%20and,career%20concealed%20a%20dark%20secret./?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/10/2152m 55s

Afghanistan: a history of instability

A panel of expert historians discuss how history can help make sense of current events in Afghanistan The Taliban recently regained control of Afghanistan as US forces withdrew after two decades in the country. How can history help make sense of this seismic moment? Matt Elton joins a panel of experts – William Dalrymple, Rabia Latif Khan, Elisabeth Leake and Bijan Omrani – to explore how Afghanistan’s past can help us understand its present situation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/2150m 3s

Egyptian pharaohs: everything you wanted to know

What did the word ‘pharaoh’ mean? How did you become an ancient Egyptian king? And what was that beard all about? Speaking with Emily Briffett, Joyce Tyldesley answers listener questions and top internet search queries about ancient Egypt’s royal rulers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/2154m 55s

Medieval ghost stories

Historian Dan Jones’s new book, The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings, reimagines a medieval ghost story for modern audiences. He explains to Dave Musgrove what it tells us about attitudes to the afterlife in the Middle Ages.(Ad) Dan Jones is the author of The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings: A medieval ghost story (Head of Zeus, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-tale-of-the-tailor-and-the-three-dead-kings%2Fdan-jones%2F2928377065249 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/2131m 33s

How dogs shaped city life

Chris Pearson talks to Elinor Evans about his latest book, Dogopolis, which explores how human-canine relationships shaped urban living in three cities – New York, Paris and London – in the late 19th and 20th centuries, from differing attitudes towards pets and strays, to their roles in modern security.(Ad) Chris Pearson is the author of Dogopolis: How Dogs and Humans Made Modern New York, London, and Paris (Chicago, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fdogopolis%2Fchris-pearson%2F9780226798165  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/2129m 59s

African-American women’s battle for the vote

Martha S Jones discusses her Cundill History Prize-shortlisted book Vanguard, which charts African-American women’s long and determined fight for the vote. She speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about how the battle for suffrage connected to other issues and a wider struggle for political power.(Ad) Martha S Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (Basic Books, 2020). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vanguard-Black-Barriers-Insisted-Equality/dp/1541618610/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/2132m 17s

Asia’s anti-imperial revolutionaries

Tim Harper speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his Cundill History Prize-shortlisted book Underground Asia, which reveals how clandestine networks of anti-colonialist rebels operated across Asia in the early 20th century. (Ad) Tim Harper is the author of Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire (Allen Lane, 2020). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Imperial-Underground-Harper-Tim/dp/1846145627/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/2134m 53s

A family history of France

Following the fortunes of one extended family in a south-western French town in the 18th and 19th centuries, Emma Rothschild’s Cundill Prize-shortlisted book An Infinite History builds up a picture of what life was like for ordinary people in provincial France. She tells Rhiannon Davies how generations of the family survived revolution, wars and sweeping economic changes, to reveal a fascinating story of France’s history from below. (Ad) Emma Rothschild is the author of An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France Over Three Centuries (Princeton, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fan-infinite-history%2Femma-rothschild%2F%2F9780691200309%3Fawaid%3D3787%26utm_source%3Dredbrain%26utm_medium%3Dshopping%26utm_campaign%3Dcss%26gclid%3DCjwKCAjwh5qLBhALEiwAioods2hTOQ1IkWOOFqRZBkpKLDUNCmQ6uocmn4hwJXCKU3gMq_sKt-QVPBoCSygQAvD_BwE See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/2137m 21s

Apartheid: everything you wanted to know

Wayne Dooling answers listener questions on South Africa’s Apartheid regime. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, he covers subjects including the policy’s origins, the everyday experience of racial segregation, internal and international resistance, and the regime’s legacy on the country today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/2151m 33s

Berbice: a slave rebellion that nearly succeeded

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.(Ad) Marjoleine Kars is the author of Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press, 2020). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fblood-on-the-river%2Fmarjoleine-kars%2F9781620974599 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/2148m 25s

Trial by combat: the real history behind The Last Duel

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/2138m 5s

Liberty and racism: an interconnected history

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.(Ad) Tyler Stovall is the author of White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea(Princeton, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-viewingguide&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fwhite-freedom%2Ftyler-stovall%2F9780691179469 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/2143m 22s

George III: the tyrant who lost America?

Andrew Roberts discusses his landmark new biography of King George III and takes on some of the myths that have surrounded the monarchHistorian 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: https://www.amazon.co.uk/George-III-Britains-Misunderstood-Monarch/dp/0241413338/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/2145m 24s

At home with the Mongols

“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:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Horde-How-Mongols-Changed-World/dp/0674244214/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/2157m 39s

Pompeii: everything you wanted to know

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/10/2155m 24s

Unexpected Edwardians

Nick Baker and John Woolf, writers of Stephen Fry’s Edwardian Secrets, discuss some lesser-known aspects of the Edwardian ageThe 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/10/2137m 1s

Plagues of our past

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:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plagues-upon-Earth-Princeton-Economic/dp/069119212X/?tag=radtim01-21&ascsubtag=radiotimes-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/2153m 8s

Courage under fire: the story of a WW2 tank regiment

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.(Ad) James Holland is the author of Brothers in Arms: A Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE Day(Transworld, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fbrothers-in-arms%2Fjames-holland%2F9781787633940 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/2144m 19s

How Hindustan became India

Manan Ahmed Asif discusses his book The Loss of Hindustan, the Invention of India, which has just been shortlisted for the Cundill History PrizeHistorian 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.(Ad) Manan Ahmed Asif is the author of The Loss of Hindustan, the Invention of India (Harvard, 2020). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Loss-Hindustan-Invention-India/dp/067498790X/?tag=radtim01-21&ascsubtag=radiotimes-social-viewingguide See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/10/2155m 15s

The turbulent Stuart century

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. (Ad) Clare Jackson is the author of Devil-Land: England Under Siege, 1588-1688 (Penguin, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Devil-Land-England-Under-Siege-1588-1688/dp/024128581X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/10/2140m 28s

The Boer War: everything you wanted to know

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/2135m 29s

My father the Nazi

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. (Ad) Niklas Frank is the author of The Father: A Revenge (Biteback Publishing, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Father-Revenge-Niklas-Frank/dp/1785906798/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/10/2125m 39s

Adventures of a Victorian actor

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. (Ad) Helen Batten is the author of The Improbable Adventures of Emily Soldene: Actress, Writer and Victorian Rebel (Allison & Busby, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-improbable-adventures-of-miss-emily-soldene%2Fhelen-batten%2F%2F9780749026578  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/2133m 44s

John of Gaunt: prince without a throne

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. (Ad) Helen Carr is the author of The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster (Oneworld, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-red-prince%2Fhelen-carr%2F9780861540822 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/2138m 16s

Inside the prehistoric mind

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. (Ad) Francis Pryor is the author of Scenes from Prehistoric Life: from the Ice Age to the Coming of the Romans (Head of Zeus, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fscenes-from-prehistoric-life%2Ffrancis-pryor%2F9781789544145 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/09/211h 1m

How did the British royals survive WW1?

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. (Ad) Heather Jones is the author of For King and Country: The British Monarchy and the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/King-Country-British-Monarchy-Cultural/dp/110842936X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/09/211h 5m

Medieval Wales: everything you wanted to know

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/211h 19m

A surprising history of the index

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.  (Ad) Dennis Duncan is the author of Index, A Brief History of the (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Index-History-Dennis-Duncan/dp/0241374235/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/2137m 7s

Why did medieval monks write histories?

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/2144m 34s

India’s Suffragettes

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. (Ad) Sumita Mukherjee is the author of Indian Suffragettes: Female Identities and Transnational Networks(Oxford University Press, 2018). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Indian-Suffragettes-Identities-Transnational-Networks/dp/019948421X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/2140m 2s

Jihad and the British empire

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. (Ad) Neil Faulkner is the author of Empire and Jihad: The Anglo-Arab Wars of 1870-1920 (Yale, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Empire-Jihad-Anglo-Arab-Wars-1870-1920/dp/0300227493/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/09/2131m 59s

Transplant surgery: an eye-opening history

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. (Ad) Paul Craddock is the author of Spare Parts: A Surprising History of Transplants (Fig Tree, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fspare-parts%2Fpaul-craddock%2F9780241370254 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/2140m 23s

The Paris Peace Conference: everything you wanted to know

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?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/211h 0m

World history in 100 moments

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. (Ad) Neil Oliver is the author of The Story of the World in 100 Moments (Bantam Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-World-100-Moments-bestselling/dp/1787633101/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/2144m 5s

Extraordinary hoaxes of the 18th century

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. (Ad) Ian Keable is the author of The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in Eighteenth Century England (Westbourne Press, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-century-of-deception%2Fian-keable%2F9781908906441 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/2143m 47s

Maria Theresa: empress, warrior, matriarch

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. (Ad) Nancy Goldstone is the author of In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters (Little, Brown, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Empress-Defiant-Antoinette-Daughters/dp/0316449334/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/2153m 6s

From Roman villas to Downton Abbey: Britain’s country houses

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. (Ad) Clive Aslet is the author of The Story of the Country House: A History of Places and People (Yale, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-story-of-the-country-house-a-history-of-places-and-people%2Fclive-aslet%2F%2F9780300255058 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/09/2132m 3s

Hitler’s war on “degenerate art”

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/2137m 41s

The Borgias: everything you wanted to know

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/2158m 32s

Why the Tudors fell for courtly love

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.  (Ad) Sarah Gristwood is the author of The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty (Oneworld, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-tudors-in-love%2Fsarah-gristwood%2F9781786078940 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/2138m 28s

Wedgwood: the radical potter

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.  (Ad) Tristram Hunt is the author of The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Radical-Potter-Wedgwood-Transformation-Britain/dp/0241287898/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/2130m 11s

Aboriginal Australians: a modern history

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. (Ad) Richard Broome is the author of Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 (Fifth Edition – Allen and Unwin, 2019). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aboriginal-Australians-History-Since-1788/dp/1760528218/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/2144m 42s

Decolonisation to Covid-19: history education today

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/2153m 10s

Seances, skis and secrets: an extraordinary WWI escape

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. (Ad) Margalit Fox is the author of The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History (Profile, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-confidence-men%2Fmargalit-fox%2F9781788162715 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/09/2141m 41s

The Spanish Armada: everything you wanted to know

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/2151m 7s

The Special Boat Service: WW2’s silent heroes

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. (Ad) Sauld David is the author of SBS - Silent Warriors: The Authorised Wartime History (HarperCollins, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones:https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fsbs-silent-warriors%2Fsaul-david%2F%2F9780008394523 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/2142m 21s

The surprisingly modern Middle Ages

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.  (Ad) Dan Jones is the author of Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages (Apollo, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Powers-Thrones-History-Middle-Ages-ebook/dp/B08M6KFTR1/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/2155m 15s

Why do things change?

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. (Ad) David Potter is the author of Disruption: Why Things Change (OUP, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disruption-Things-Change-David-Potter/dp/0197518826/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/2125m 37s

History in 2021, with Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/08/2143m 14s

How Walter Scott’s stories shaped Scotland

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/08/2123m 42s

Food history: everything you wanted to know

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/2159m 53s

The rise of the Paralympics

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/2125m 7s

Behind the scenes of The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/08/2148m 58s

What’s next for period drama?

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?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/2156m 7s

Vikings and Franks

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/2150m 13s

The forgotten matriarch of the Wars of the Roses

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. (Ad) Annie Garthwaite is the author of Cecily (Penguin, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fcecily%2Fannie-garthwaite%2F9780241476871  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/2138m 47s

British police history: everything you wanted to know

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/2142m 8s

The Windsors in exile

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. (Ad) Andrew Lownie is the author of Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Bonnier Books, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Ftraitor-king%2Fandrew-lownie%2F9781788704816 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/08/2140m 59s

Working-class girlhood in 1930s Bolton

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. (Ad) Hester Barron and Claire Langhamer are the authors of Class of '37: Voices from Working-Class Girlhood (Metro, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Class-37-Voices-Working-class-Girlhood/dp/1789464056/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/08/2133m 38s

Censorship: waging war on free speech

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. (Ad) Eric Berkowitz is the author of Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News (Westbourne Press, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fdangerous-ideas%2Feric-berkowitz%2F9781908906427 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/2137m 31s

The history hidden in British heritage sites

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. (Ad) Fatima Manji is the author of Hidden Heritage: Rediscovering Britain’s Lost Love of the Orient (Chatto & Windus, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hidden-Heritage-Rediscovering-Britains-Orient/dp/1784742910/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/08/2122m 10s

Monarchs, fascists & communists: Romania’s modern history

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. (Ad) Paul Kenyon is the author of Children of the Night: The Strange and Epic Story of Modern Romania (Head of Zeus, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fchildren-of-the-night%2Fpaul-kenyon%2F9781789543162 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/2138m 39s

Early Medieval Britain: everything you wanted to know

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.  (Ad) Rory Naismith is the author of Early Medieval Britain c500-1000 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Medieval-Britain-500-1000-Cambridge-History/dp/1108440258/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/2155m 23s

Bewitched cars & mail-order charms: witchcraft in modern France

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/08/2133m 46s

Witnesses to the Berlin Wall

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. (Ad) Iain MacGregor is the author of Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth (Constable, 2019). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Checkpoint-Charlie-Berlin-Dangerous-Place/dp/1472130588/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/08/211h 19m

Robespierre’s brutal downfall

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. (Ad) Colin Jones is the author of The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris (Oxford University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-fall-of-robespierre%2Fcolin-jones%2F9780198715955 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/2140m 40s

How should we teach the slave trade?

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2132m 8s

Building utopia after WW1

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. (Ad) Anna Neima is the author of The Utopians: Six Attempts to Build the Perfect Society (Pan Macmillan, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-utopians%2Fanna-neima%2F2928377056346  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/08/2143m 16s

The Ottoman empire: everything you wanted to know

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.  (Ad) Eugene Rogan is the author of The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 (Allen Lane, 2015). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Ottomans-Great-Middle-1914-1920/dp/1846144388/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/08/2143m 51s

Portraits, power and royal wigs

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/2135m 45s

Wartime Britain’s mixed-race babies

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.  (Ad) Lucy Bland is the author of Britain's ‘Brown Babies’: The Stories of Children Born to Black GIs and White Women in the Second World War (Manchester University Press, 2019). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Britains-%60Brown-Babies-Stories-Children/dp/1526133261/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/2132m 46s

The transformation of India’s glamorous golden couple

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. (Ad) John Zubryzcki is the author of The House of Jaipur: The Inside Story of India’s Most Glamorous Royal Family (C Hurst and co, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Jaipur-Inside-Indias-Glamorous/dp/1787385566/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/2152m 30s

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, on historical fiction

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. (Ad) Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Marguerite Kaye are the co-authors of Her Heart for a Compass (HarperCollins, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fher-heart-for-a-compass%2Fsarah-ferguson-duchess-of-york%2F9780008383602 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/2126m 31s

Oliver Cromwell’s remarkable rise to power

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. (Ad) Ronald Hutton is the author of The Making of Oliver Cromwell (Yale, due to be published 10 August). Preorder on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Oliver-Cromwell-Ronald-Hutton/dp/0300257457/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/2125m 11s

Modern Welsh history: everything you wanted to know

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/2159m 4s

George II: reassessing a much-forgotten monarch

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.(Ad) Norman Davies is the author of George II: Not Just a British Monarch (Penguin, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fgeorge-ii-penguin-monarchs%2Fnorman-davies%2F9780141978420 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/2136m 27s

A hard-fought history of trespass

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. (Ad) Nick Hayes is the author of The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us (Bloomsbury, 2021) Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-book-of-trespass%2Fnick-hayes%2F9781526604729  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2129m 5s

Antwerp: city of innovation & intrigue

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. (Ad) Michael Pye is the author of Antwerp: The Glory Years (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Antwerp-Glory-Years-Michael-Pye/dp/0241243211/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/2133m 22s

How the 1964 Tokyo Olympics redefined Japan

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.  (Ad) Christopher Harding is the author of The Japanese: A History in 20 Lives (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-japanese%2Fchristopher-harding%2F9780241434505 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/2136m 33s

Australian bushrangers: folk heroes or common criminals?

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/07/2143m 51s

Olympic history: everything you wanted to know

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. (Ad) David Goldblatt is the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics (W W Norton & Company, 2017). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Games-Global-History-Olympics/dp/0393292770 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/2144m 48s

Why were the Georgians fixated with fatness?

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/2129m 39s

How assassinations have changed history

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)Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Day-Assassins-History-Political-Murder/dp/1529030137/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2125m 19s

The slave trade: a family history

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) Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbooks%2Fsearch%2Fterm%2Fblood%2Blegacy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/2128m 29s

The piano: a musical history

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.  (Ad) Susan Tomes is the author of The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces (Yale, 2021) Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-piano%2Fsusan-tomes%2F9780300253924 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/2132m 34s

Should they stand or fall? The great statue debate

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)Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fallen-Idols-Twelve-Statues-History/dp/147228187X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/2144m 44s

The church in medieval England: everything you wanted to know

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)Preorder it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Going-Church-Medieval-England-Nicholas/dp/0300256507/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/07/211h 5m

Madness & misery in Antarctica

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. (Ad) Julian Sancton is the author of Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night (Ebury, 2021) Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fmadhouse-at-the-end-of-the-earth%2Fjulian-sancton%2F9780753553442 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/2148m 59s

The battle over the Benin Bronzes

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/2132m 43s

Britain & France: enemies or economic partners?

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)  Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trading-Enemy-Britain-18th-Century-Peaceful/dp/0300253567/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/2144m 59s

Watergate in 100 days: how President Nixon fell

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)  Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fking-richard%2Fmichael-dobbs%2F%2F9781913348731 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/2122m 44s

Contraception, consent & erotic connection: sex through history

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)  Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Lessons-History-Fern-Riddell/dp/1473666252/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/2136m 5s

The Highland Clearances: everything you wanted to know

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. (Ad) Tom Devine is the author of The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, 1600-1900 (Allen Lane, 2018)  Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-scottish-clearances%2Ft-m-devine%2F%2F9780141985930 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/2145m 30s

Running to escape the horrors of war

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/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/2146m 10s

The glamour & danger of Cairo’s 1920s nightlife scene

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. (Ad) Raphael Cormack is the author of Midnight in Cairo: The Female Stars of Egypt’s Roaring ‘20s (Saqi, 2021) Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Cairo-Female-Egypts-Roaring/dp/0863563139/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/2133m 37s

The Viking Great Army: the latest discoveries

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. (Ad) Julian Richards and Dawn Hadley are the co-authors of The Viking Great Army and the Making of England (Thames & Hudson, 2021) Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-viking-great-army-and-the-making-of-england%2Fdawn-hadley%2Fjulian-richards%2F9780500022016 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/2155m 24s

Glee-man, high-deedy & bendsome: a language to save England

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/2118m 30s

Healthcare before the NHS

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/211h 2m

The Medici: everything you wanted to know

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.  (Ad) Catherine Fletcher is the author of The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance(Bodley Head, 2020) Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Terror-Alternative-History-Renaissance/dp/184792509X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/2143m 5s

From hysteria to wandering wombs: women and medicine through history

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. (Ad) Elinor Cleghorn is the author of Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine and Myth in a Man-Made World (Orion, 2021)  Buy it now from Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Funwell-women%2Felinor-cleghorn%2F9781474616850 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/07/2142m 37s

Hogarth: the chronicler of the 18th century

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.(Ad) Jacqueline Riding is the author of Hogarth: Life in Progress (Profile, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fhogarth%2Fjacqueline-riding%2F9781788163477 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2156m 47s

Digging into the Klondike gold rush

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.      See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2138m 40s

The Cold War battle for Berlin

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.(Ad) Giles Milton is the author of Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown that Shaped the Modern World (John Murray, 2021). But it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fcheckmate-in-berlin-the-cold-war-showdown-that-shaped-the-modern-world%2F9781529393156 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2129m 26s

The history and mystery of UFOs

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.(Ad) David Clarke is the author of How UFOs Conquered the World: The History of a Modern Myth (Aurum, 2015). Buy it now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-UFOs-Conquered-World-History/dp/1781313032/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/2144m 36s

Canadian history: everything you wanted to know

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.(Ad) Donald Wright is the author of Canada: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2020). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fcanada-a-very-short-introduction%2Fdonald-wright%2F9780198755241  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/2153m 7s

Forgotten heroes: Japanese Americans in World War Two

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.(Ad) Daniel James Brown is the author of Facing The Mountain: The Forgotten Heroes of World War II (Viking, 2021). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Ffacing-the-mountain-a-true-story-of-japanese-american-heroes-in-world-war-ii-9780241356586%2F9780241356586 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/2127m 15s

The trials of Ethel Rosenberg

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. (Ad) Anne Sebba is the author of Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy (Orion, 2021). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fethel-rosenberg-a-cold-war-tragedy%2F9780297871002 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/2142m 23s

Socialite, countess, WW2 spy: Aline Griffith

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. (Ad) Larry Loftis is the author of The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones (Atria, 2021). Buy it now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Princess-Spy-Griffith-Countess-Romanones/dp/198214386X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2143m 34s

Murder: a legal history

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. (Ad) Kate Morgan is the author of Murder: The Biography (HarperCollins, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fmurder-the-biography%2Fkate-morgan%2F2928377056001  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/06/2137m 58s

The merits of meritocracy

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.  (Ad) Adrian Wooldridge is the author of The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fthe-aristocracy-of-talent-how-meritocracy-made-the-modern-world%2F9780241391495 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/2140m 59s

The Enlightenment: everything you wanted to know

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. (Ad) Ritchie Robertson is the author of The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness 1680-1790 (Penguin, 2020). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fthe-enlightenment%2Fritchie-robertson%2F9780241004821 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/2142m 21s

African Europeans

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.(Ad) Olivette Otele is the author of African Europeans: An Untold History (Hurst, 2020). Buy it now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/African-Europeans-History-Olivette-Otele/dp/1787381919//?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/2140m 41s

Women secret agents in Nazi-occupied France

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. (Ad) Kate Vigurs is the author of Mission France: The True History of the Women of SOE (Yale, 2021). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fmission-france-the-true-history-of-the-women-of-soe%2F9780300208573 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/06/2135m 24s

Introducing: HistoryExtra Plus

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2154s

Censorship, contradiction & controversy: a decade in the life of DH Lawrence

DH Lawrence’s work – such as The Rainbow, Women 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.  (Ad) Frances Wilson is the author of Burning Man: The Ascent of DH Lawrence (Bloomsbury, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fburning-man%2Ffrances-wilson%2F9781408893623  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2134m 4s

Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Secrets of being a successful leader

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. (Ad) Anthony Seldon is the author of The Impossible Office?: The History of the British Prime Minister (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Buy it now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08VJMP3D2//?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/2130m 49s

Unearthing Britain’s prehistoric secrets

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. (Ad) Alice Roberts is the author of Ancestors: A Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials (Simon & Schuster, 2021). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fancestors-a-prehistory-of-britain-in-seven-burials%2F9781471188015 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/2143m 56s

The Titanic: everything you wanted to know

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. (Ad) Tim Maltin is the author of 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic… But Didn't! (2010). ). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Thought-About-Titanic-Didnt/dp/1862549230/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/2148m 29s

What can we learn from past catastrophes?

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. (Ad) Niall Ferguson is the author of Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fdoom-the-politics-of-catastrophe%2Fniall-ferguson%2F9780241488447 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/2150m 39s

Women reporters of WW2

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. (Ad) Judith Mackrell is the author of Going with the Boys: Six Women Writers Who Went to War (2021, Picador). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fgoing-with-the-boys-six-extraordinary-women-writing-from-the-front-line%2F9781509882939 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/06/2137m 34s

Knights, dragons and beasts: the strange world of medieval romances

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2145m 56s

Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Margaret Thatcher

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/06/2122m 12s

Wolfson History Prize 2021 special

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/2157m 33s

Everything you wanted to know: British prisons

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/211h 20m

Ravenna: from Roman powerhouse to artistic hub

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.(Ad) Judith Herrin is the author of Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fravenna%2Fjudith-herrin%2F9781846144660 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/2146m 40s

Britain’s secret Jewish commandos

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. (Ad) Leah Garrett is the author of X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos Who Helped Defeat the Nazis (Vintage, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Troop-Secret-Jewish-Commandos-Helped/dp/1784743119/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/2139m 17s

William Blake: “artist or genius, or mystic, or madman”

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.  (Ad) John Higgs is the author of William Blake vs the World (Orion, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Blake-World-John-Higgs/dp/1474614353/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2140m 4s

Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Lord Salisbury

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/2118m 16s

The curious tale of an Anglo-Saxon giant

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/2131m 38s

The golden age of piracy: everything you wanted to know

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? (Ad) Rebecca Simon is the author of Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever (Mango Press, 2020). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-We-Love-Pirates-Captain/dp/1642503371/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/2159m 18s

Why are we living longer than our ancestors?

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/2128m 34s

Painting the Tudors: Hans Holbein the Younger

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. (Ad) Franny Moyle is the author of The King’s Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein (Apollo, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kings-Painter-Holbein-Genius-Heart/dp/1788541219/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/2151m 51s

Bretons, Britons, Celts & King Arthur

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. (Ad) Barry Cunliffe is the author of Bretons and Britons: The Fight for Identity (OUP, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bretons-Britons-Identity-Barry-Cunliffe/dp/0198851626/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/211h 5m

Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Winston Churchill

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2136m 0s

What the Stasi did next

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/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2129m 46s

The Anarchy: everything you wanted to know

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/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/2157m 36s

Busting myths about the Anglo-Saxons

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. (Ad) Marc Morris is the author of The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England (Hutchinson, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anglo-Saxons-History-Beginnings-England/dp/1786330997/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2158m 52s

Napoleon the art thief

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 (Ad) Cynthia Saltzman is the author of Napoleon's Plunder and the Theft of Veronese's Feast (Thames and Hudson, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Napoleons-Plunder-Theft-Veroneses-Feast/dp/0500252572/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2124m 29s

Marcus Aurelius: thinker or fighter?

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2140m 54s

Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Pitt the Younger

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/2116m 39s

The rise and fall of Britain’s motor city

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/2141m 7s

Samurai: everything you wanted to know

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/211h 7m

The quest to find Alexander’s lost city

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.  (Ad) Edmund Richardson is the author of Alexandria: The Quest for the Lost City (Bloomsbury, 2021) Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexandria-Quest-Dr-Edmund-Richardson/dp/1526603780/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2137m 19s

Katharine Parr: secrets of a Tudor survivor

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/2134m 27s

Blackface: a brief history

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. +++AFFILIATE TEXT +++(Ad) Ayanna Thompson is the author of Blackface (Bloomsbury, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blackface-Object-Lessons-Professor-Thompson/dp/150137401X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2137m 58s

Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Harold Wilson

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2122m 50s

Madness, property and power: the strange case of Mary Davies

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. +++AFFILIATE TEXT +++(Ad) Leo Hollis is the author of Inheritance: The Lost History of Mary Davies: A Story of Property, Marriage and Madness (Oneworld, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inheritance-History-Property-Marriage-Madness/dp/178607995X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/2141m 37s

The Vietnam War: everything you wanted to know

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/211h 12m

Medieval Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions

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.(Ad) Verena Krebs is the author of Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy with Latin Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Medieval-Ethiopian-Kingship-Diplomacy-Europe/dp/3030649334/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/211h 1m

Uncovering the truth about WW2’s Katyn massacre

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2147m 34s

The changing shape of slimming clubs

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2144m 20s

Who was Britain’s Greatest Prime Minister? Clement Attlee

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2122m 11s

How close to nuclear war did the Cuban Missile Crisis get?

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/2141m 4s

Prohibition: everything you wanted to know

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/211h 9m

The Danelaw: a Viking kingdom in England?

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2147m 46s

Britain’s great postwar party

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/2129m 8s

The Peasants’ Revolt: who were the rebels of 1381?

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.  You can find out more about the Estuary Festival here: https://www.estuaryfestival.com/event/detail/the-people-of-1381-outdoor-exhibition.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2149m 26s

Who was Britain’s greatest prime minister? Stanley Baldwin

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2126m 18s

Women fighters of the Jewish resistance

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. (Ad) Judy Batalion is the author of The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance (Virago, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Days-Fighters-Jewish-Resistance/dp/0349011567/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2130m 5s

Life in the workhouse: everything you wanted to know

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/2147m 35s

How constitutions changed the world

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2141m 37s

The pretenders who threatened Henry VII’s crown

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. (Ad) Nathen Amin is the author of Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders: Simnel, Warbeck and Warwick. Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Henry-VII-Tudor-Pretenders-Warbeck/dp/1445675080/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/2145m 57s

Why are we fascinated by ‘evil women’?

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2130m 15s

Who was Britain’s Greatest Prime Minister? Robert Walpole

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2123m 34s

Barbarossa: Hitler’s greatest gamble

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. (Ad) Jonathan Dimbleby is the author of Barbarossa: How Hitler Lost the War (Penguin, 2021) Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barbarossa-How-Hitler-Lost-War/dp/024129147X/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/2147m 40s

The Suez Crisis: everything you wanted to know

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/2141m 46s

Traitor or triple agent? The WW2 spy Mathilde Carré

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. (Ad) Roland Philipps is the author of Victoire: A Wartime Story of Resistance, Collaboration and Betrayal (Bodley Head, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoire-Wartime-Resistance-Collaboration-Betrayal/dp/1847925812/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2142m 19s

Leonardo da Vinci’s private life

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/2132m 9s

The bigamy trial that scandalised Georgian England

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2138m 35s

Unravelling the Bayeux Tapestry ep5: What now?

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/211h 16m

Dan Jones on 1,000 years of British history

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. (Ad) Dan Jones is the author of Crusaders: An Epic History of the Holy Land (Head of Zeus, 2019). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crusaders-Epic-History-Wars-Lands/dp/1781858896/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/211h 22m

The Maya: everything you wanted to know

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? (Ad) Matthew Restall is the co-author (with Amara Solari) of The Maya: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2020). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maya-Very-Short-Introduction-Introductions/dp/0190645024/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/211h 5m
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