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Episodes

MI9’s secret escape missions

Historian Helen Fry, author of MI9, gives a lecture on the secret service for escape and evasion, who led missions to help allied prisoners of war make it out of Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/2145m 0s

Hitler and Stalin: tyrants at war

Laurence Rees compares the actions of the two dictators over the course of the Second World War Historian, author and broadcaster Laurence Rees discusses his new book, Hitler and Stalin, which compares the actions of the two dictators over the course of the Second World War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/2149m 0s

How historians helped build the British empire

Priya Satia explores how historians helped advance the British empire, only to later become critics of imperialism Professor Priya Satia discusses her recent book, Time’s Monster, which explores how historians helped advance the aims of the British empire, only to later become highly critical of imperialism.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/2122m 26s

When British pop invaded America

David Hepworth tells the story of the British rock bands – from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin – who took the United States by storm in the 1960s Author and broadcaster David Hepworth tells us about his latest book, Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There, which documents how a wave of skinny, pale, long-haired musicians from Blighty became the toast of 1960s America, heralding in a cultural revolution.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/2139m 34s

The collapse of the Third Reich

Frank McDonough discusses the second volume in his history of the Third Reich, The Hitler Years, which details how Nazi Germany fell from the peak of its power in 1940 to disastrous defeat five years later.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/01/2140m 18s

Domesday Book: medieval big data

Stephen Baxter discusses the latest insights revealed by a new study of the 11th-century survey of England  Professor Stephen Baxter discusses the latest insights revealed by a new study of Domesday Book, which suggests that William the Conqueror’s survey of England in the mid-1080s was more efficient, complex, and sophisticated than previously thought.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/01/2150m 7s

The Renaissance: everything you wanted to know

Jerry Brotton, professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London, responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries about the Renaissance. He tackles everyday life in the era and explains why it saw such an explosion of ground-breaking art and culture.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/2145m 29s

The decline and death of Henry VIII

Robert Hutchinson gives a lecture on the Tudor monarch's final years, plagued by illness, bankruptcy, and thwarted ambitionsIn a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Chester History Weekend event, historian Robert Hutchinson discusses the final years of the Tudor monarch, revealing a lonely, vulnerable man plagued by illness, bankruptcy, and thwarted ambitions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/2140m 33s

Was the 1990s a golden age for British South Asians?

Kavita Puri discusses the experiences of British South Asians during the 1990s and early 2000s.BBC journalist Kavita Puri discusses the new series of her Radio 4 documentary Three Pounds in My Pocket, which explores the experiences of British South Asians during the 1990s and early 2000s.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/01/2132m 52s

Editor’s pick: Ian Kershaw on postwar Europe

In this episode from our archive, Ian Kershaw offers his take on how the continent has developed since the Second World WarIn this archive episode from 2018, recorded to mark HistoryExtra’s 500th episode, historian Sir Ian Kershaw offers his take on how the continent has developed over the past seven decades since the Second World War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/211h 0m

Brexit’s long historical roots

Robert Tombs discusses the historical background to Brexit, exploring Britain’s long and fluctuating relationship with EuropeProfessor Robert Tombs discusses his new book This Sovereign Isle, which examines the history of Britain’s relationship with Europe. He talks about how ideas about the past have shaped Brexit, and how future historians might view Britain’s decision to leave the EU.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/01/2139m 0s

Editor’s pick: Lenin’s revolutionary train journey

In this archive episode, Catherine Merridale recounts how the future Soviet leader travelled to Petrograd in 1917 – a key moment in the Russian RevolutionIn this episode from our archive, Catherine Merridale discusses her book Lenin on the Train, which recounts the future Soviet leader’s famous 1917 train journey across Europe to Petrograd – a key moment in the Russian Revolution.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/01/2128m 49s

The battle for Sicily, 1943

James Holland tells the story of the dramatic Allied assault on the island of Sicily in the Second World WarMilitary historian James Holland tells the story of the dramatic assault on the island of Sicily in 1943 – a key moment in the Second World War that saw Allied forces battle to return to ‘Fortress Europe’.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/01/2140m 44s

The Industrial Revolution: everything you wanted to know

Emma Griffin tackles internet search queries and questions submitted by listeners about Britain’s Industrial RevolutionEmma Griffin tackles internet search queries and questions submitted by listeners about Britain’s Industrial Revolution, from the key inventions and cultural impact to workers’ rights and child labour.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/01/2142m 19s

German Jews in WW1

Tim Grady gives a lecture exploring the varied experiences of German Jews in the First World WarIn a lecture he delivered at our 2019 History Weekend in Chester based on his book, A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War, Tim Grady reveals how German Jews played a central role in the First World War, and considers how they were impacted by the legacies of the conflict.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/2146m 10s

Bizarre books and macabre manuscripts

Edward Brooke-Hitching discusses some of history’s strangest literary curiosities, from hoax manuscripts to tomes bound in human skinEdward Brooke-Hitching discusses his book The Madman’s Library, which tells the stories of some of history’s strangest literary curiosities, from hoax manuscripts and books of demonology to volumes written in blood or bound in human skin.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/01/2141m 57s

Bonnie Prince Charlie: hero or coward?

Jacqueline Riding considers whether the Jacobite prince was a valiant freedom fighter, or a haughty cowardEver since he led a failed Jacobite rebellion against the British crown in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie has divided opinion. To his supporters, he was a courageous freedom fighter; to his detractors, a gutless popinjay. On the 300th anniversary of his birth, Jacqueline Riding considers the controversial prince’s life and legacy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/2044m 16s

Editor’s pick: covert Catholicism in Elizabethan England

In this episode from our archive, Jessie Childs tells the story of Tudor gentleman Thomas Tresham, whose faith set him at odds with the Virgin QueenIn this archive episode from 2018, historian Jessie Childs tells the story of Thomas Tresham, a Tudor gentleman who built a remarkable secret monument to his Catholic faith and risked the anger of the Virgin Queen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/2029m 47s

Thomas Becket: from murder to martyrdom

Eight hundred and fifty years ago today, the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was brutally murdered in his cathedral. Dr Emily Guerry explains what happened nextEight hundred and fifty years ago today, on 29 December 1170, the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was brutally murdered in his cathedral, by four knights acting on what they took to be a command from King Henry II. Dr Emily Guerry explains what happened, and why a cult sprang up around Becket almost immediately.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/12/2052m 25s

Bridgerton: ripping up the rulebook on Regency romance

Hannah Greig, historian and etiquette advisor to new Netflix show Bridgerton, joins us to talk about the historical detail that can be found in the drama – and the inspirations behind itHistorian and etiquette advisor Hannah Greig joins us to discuss the historical details that can be found in new Netflix drama Bridgerton. She talks about the inspirations behind the show, how it plays with the idea of what period drama should look like, and the challenges of bringing the opulence of upper-class Regency courtship to the screen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/12/2026m 51s

The Wars of the Roses: everything you wanted to know about

Lauren Johnson responds to listener questions about the Wars of the Roses, the 15th-century clashes for the English throne between the houses of Lancaster and YorkIn the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Lauren Johnson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Wars of the Roses, the 15th-century clashes for the English throne between the houses of Lancaster and York.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/12/201h 4m

Editor’s pick: the Windrush generation

In this episode from our archive, Colin Grant tells the stories of postwar immigrants who moved to Britain from the CaribbeanIn this archive episode, historian, author and broadcaster Colin Grant discusses his book, Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, which tells the stories of postwar immigrants who moved to Britain from the Caribbean.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/2041m 52s

Our 2020 Christmas quiz

Test your historical knowledge with our annual festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin PollardJoin the HistoryExtra team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz. Test your knowledge on turkey bowling, snowball fights and strange festive traditions with fiendish questions set by QI writer Justin Pollard.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/2019m 20s

Editor’s pick: Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton

In this episode from our archive, biographer Ron Chernow discusses the extraordinary life of the American Founding Father who inspired a hit musicalIn this archive episode from 2018, we spoke to historian Ron Chernow about the amazing life of the American Founding Father. Chernow discusses his biography of Hamilton, which inspired the hip-hop musical sensation, and his role as a historical consultant to the show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/12/2045m 46s

Christmas ghost stories

Telling spooky tales at Christmastime is a very old tradition. Francis Young explains the origins of this custom and what it tells usTelling spooky tales at Christmastime is a very old tradition. Folklorist and historian Francis Young explains where the idea of the ghost story originates and what it tells us about approaches to the festive period, from the early medieval period through to Charles Dickens and MR James.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/12/2032m 39s

The history of Christmas: everything you wanted to know

Did Cromwell ban mince pies? And why does Santa wear red? George Goodwin responds to listener questions and internet search queries on festive history Did Cromwell ban mince pies? When did people first give Christmas presents? And why does Santa wear red? George Goodwin, historian and author of Christmas Traditions: A Celebration of Festive Lore, responds to listener questions and internet search queries about the history of the festive period.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/2049m 29s

A WW2 story of survival

The Cut Out Girl author Bart van Es gives a lecture on the Jewish children who survived the Holocaust by living in hiding in the NetherlandsIn a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, based on his Costa Prize-winning book The Cut Out Girl, Bart van Es explores the stories of the thousands of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust by living in hiding in the Netherlands.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/2046m 41s

Editor’s pick: Were the suffragettes terrorists?

In this archive episode, historian Fern Riddell discusses her biography of suffrage campaigner Kitty Marion, which explores some of the darker aspects of the campaign for votes for women.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/12/2027m 23s

Ten things to do with a medieval donkey

Kathryn Smithies discusses the economic and cultural significance of donkeys in the Middle Ages  Kathryn Smithies, author of Introducing the Medieval Ass, discusses the economic and cultural significance of donkeys in the Middle Ages.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/2042m 19s

Hunting down the Portland Spy Ring

Writer and espionage historian Trevor Barnes discusses his book Dead Doubles, which details the thrilling 1960s MI5 investigation into the infamous Portland Spy Ring, one of the most dangerous KGB espionage networks ever to operate in the UK.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/2058m 50s

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Eight: A conclusion (of sorts)

In our final episode, we weigh up all the different theories we’ve heard over the course of the series, and our experts offer their final verdicts on what exactly happened to the princes. Plus, we ask: will the case ever be solved?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/2026m 57s

The gay MPs who opposed appeasement

MP and author Chris Bryant discusses his new book The Glamour Boys, which tells the story of group of young, queer British MPs who were some of the first to oppose appeasement in the 1930s and warn Britain’s government about the dangers of Hitler.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/2036m 1s

Magna Carta: everything you wanted to know

Professor David Carpenter responds to listener questions on the great medieval charter and its 800-year-long legacy Professor David Carpenter responds to listener queries and popular internet search queries about the great medieval charter sealed in 1215. He discusses King John, Magna Carta’s impact on England in the Middle Ages, and the document’s 800-year-long legacy.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/2041m 12s

Japan and the west

Chris Harding gives a lecture on Japan’s attempts to carve out a place for itself in a world dominated by western power and cultureIn a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, inspired by his book Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, Chris Harding explores Japan’s attempts to carve out a place for itself in a world dominated by western power and culture.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/2040m 38s

Cundill Prize-winner Camilla Townsend on global history

Historian Camilla Townsend recently won the Cundill History Prize for Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs. Here, she talks about the book’s success, and the challenges of writing global history for a popular audience.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/2022m 58s

Castro and the trip that shaped the 1960s

In September 1960, Fidel Castro visited New York City to give the opening address at the United Nations General Assembly. Historian Simon Hall, author of Ten Days in Harlem, explores the impact of this trip, and how it was to shape an entire decade.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/2037m 16s

Imperialism on the oceans

Professor Sujit Sivasundaram discusses his book Waves across the South: A New History Revolution and Empire, which rewrites the story of the British empire’s expansion across the Indian and Pacific Oceans, putting indigenous experiences front and centre.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/2034m 29s

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Seven: Survival theories

Is it possible that the princes may not even have been murdered at all – but survived? In this episode, we explore how that could have played out. We also look at the stories of ‘pretenders’ who appeared several years after the princes disappeared. Is there any chance, as some people think, that these could have been the lost boys?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/2035m 2s

The International Brigades: fighting fascism in Spain

Giles Tremlett discusses how more than 35,000 volunteers from across the globe fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil WarHistorian, author and journalist Giles Tremlett discusses his major new book on the International Brigades, which charts how more than 35,000 volunteers from across the globe fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/201h 1m

The Glorious Revolution: everything you wanted to know

How did James II’s replacement by William of Orange as king of England, Scotland and Ireland change the course of British history? Ted Vallance responds to listener questions about the 1688 Glorious Revolution In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Ted Vallance responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688, which saw William of Orange ousting James II as king of England, Scotland and Ireland  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/2057m 32s

The orphan hero who fought at Trafalgar

Helen Berry gives a lecture on the extraordinary story of an 18th-century foundling, George KingIn a lecture she delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, Helen Berry shares an extraordinary story from her book Orphans of Empire: The Fate of London’s Foundlings – of the 18th-century orphan George King, who was abandoned at London’s Foundling Hospital and went on to a remarkable life.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/2049m 35s

England’s sporting obsession

Robert Colls, author of This Sporting Life: Sport and Liberty in England, 1760-1960, discusses the critical role that our love of sport has played in English civil society over the past two centuries – from 19th-century prize fighters to the magic of Bobby Charlton.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/2037m 50s

How did the Reformation impact Jews?

Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation had on Europe’s Jewish communities.Historian Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation of the 16th century had on Europe’s Jewish communities and their relations with their Christian neighbours.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/2048m 7s

Ethiopia 1935: The real history behind The Shadow King

Author Maaza Mengiste discusses her Booker prize-nominated historical novel The Shadow King, set during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. She talks about the research involved, her own family connections to the story and how she uncovered the hidden history of Ethiopia’s female fighters.     See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/2031m 34s

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Six: The other suspects

While Richard III has long been the prime suspect in the princes’ disappearance, several other figures have also been placed in the frame down the centuries. In this episode, it’s time to entertain the theories that someone else may have been to blame. We’ll interrogate the cases against other characters that could be implicated, from shadowy court players and vengeful noblemen to unknown assassins.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/2026m 23s

The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis

Edith Hall explores Plato’s legend of Atlantis and considers why the tale continues to endure 2,500 years on Classicist Edith Hall, an expert on ancient Greek literature, explores Plato’s lost city of Atlantis. She considers our enduring fascination with the tale 2,500 years on and asks whether there ever was, in fact, a real Atlantis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/11/201h 4m

Ancient Babylon: everything you wanted to know

Professor Zainab Bahrani tackles popular internet search queries, and questions submitted by listeners, about the Mesopotamian city, which was one of the jewels of the ancient world. Topics range from religion, food and kings to the Hanging Gardens and the myth of the Tower of Babel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/2043m 38s

Looking for Egypt’s lost tombs

Are there any treasures left to be excavated in Egypt? Chris Naunton gives a lecture on some of the most fascinating ancient figures whose tombs are yet to be discoveredIn a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, Chris Naunton discusses his book Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt. He talks about some of the most fascinating ancient figures whose tombs are yet to be discovered, including Alexander the Great, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, and asks – will their burial places ever be found?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/2058m 13s

Robert Harris on V2, historical fiction and WW2

Robert Harris discusses V2, his new Second World War thriller inspired by the German missile campaign in 1944Best-selling historical novelist Robert Harris discusses his latest thriller, V2, inspired by the German missile campaign in 1944. He explains why he is obsessed by the Second World War, and shares some of the secrets of writing great historical fiction.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/2026m 7s

2020: The historians’ verdict

From debates about colonialism to lessons from previous pandemics, a panel of historians discuss how the past has shaped 2020 – and how the events of this momentous year should change our understanding of the pastFrom debates about colonialism to lessons from previous pandemics, history has repeatedly made the headlines this year. We invited historians Kerri Greenidge, Tom Holland, Suzannah Lipscomb and Michael Wood to discuss how the past has shaped 2020 – and how the events of this momentous year should change our understanding of the past.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/2055m 1s

Women in Greek myths

Natalie Haynes discusses the varied portrayals of women in Greek mythology, uncovering the multi-layered figures who emerge from different retellings Writer and classicist Natalie Haynes discusses her latest book Pandora’s Jar, which revisits the varied portrayals of women in Greek mythology, finding that the figures who emerge from different retellings and translations are less familiar than we might think.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/2027m 57s

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Five: CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE AND STRANGE BEHAVIOUR

There are some aspects the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower that simply don’t seem to add up – the key players involved behaved in ways that don’t make much sense to us today. In this episode we look at the historical context to try to untangle accusations of illegitimacy, the unexpected acts of desperate mother, and why everyone involved maintained silent about what happened to the princes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/2026m 16s

Germans who resisted the Nazis

Author and filmmaker Catrine Clay discusses her new book, The Good Germans, which explores German opposition to Nazism through the lives of six people who stood up to the Third Reich.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/2039m 27s

Shakespeare: everything you wanted to know

Paul Edmondson, head of research and knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, responds to listener questions and popular search queries on the life and work of England’s most famous playwright, covering everything from the Bard’s literary inspirations and family relationships, to conspiracies that his plays were penned by someone else.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/2039m 26s

A secret WW2 wargame

In a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Winchester History Weekend, Simon Parkin discusses the extraordinary story that inspired his book A Game of Birds and Wolves. He describes how a team of unlikely heroes developed a Battleship-like wargame in order to crack German U-boat tactics at the height of the battle of the Atlantic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/2042m 40s

Bernard Cornwell on The Last Kingdom’s finale and the next Sharpe

Bestselling historical novelist Bernard Cornwell discusses his new book War Lord, the final instalment in The Last Kingdom series. He speaks about why Aethelstan gets short shrift in history and reveals his next project – a new Sharpe adventure novel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/11/2025m 27s

Oswald, the many-headed medieval saint

Dr Johanna Dale explores how the seventh-century Northumbrian king Oswald become an important and popular saint across medieval Europe, and explains what his story can tell us about religion in the Middle Ages.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/2046m 36s

Has the EU been a success?

Kiran Klaus Patel, author of Project Europe: A History, tracks the development of the EU over the postwar decades, considering whether it really did bring peace to the continent and what impact it’s had on economic growth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/2032m 20s

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Four: EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE

In this episode we examine some of the key pieces of evidence that have been debated over the years, from historical chronicles to the discovery of bones in the Tower of London. As always in this case, our experts offer differing opinions on what these pieces of evidence can tell us – should we use them as part of the case against Richard, or part of the case to exonerate him?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/2018m 28s

An extraordinary Everest adventure

In the 1930s, eccentric aviator Maurice Wilson hatched a wild plan to fly from England to Everest in a Gypsy Moth plane, and then climb to the top of the mountain solo. Ed Caesar talks about the remarkable story that inspired his new book, The Moth and the Mountain.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/2047m 46s

The Wild West: everything you wanted to know

Historian and author Karen Jones responds to listener questions and popular search queries about the mass movement of settlers into the American west, from the hardships of homesteading and the violence of frontier life to Hollywood’s obsession with the grizzled gunslinger.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/2049m 46s

Viking warrior women & the ethics of excavating the dead

In a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Chester History Weekend, archaeologist Howard Williams discusses some of the most intriguing and contentious debates in archaeology today. How should we treat ancient human remains? And has evidence of a Viking warrior woman really been discovered in Sweden?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/2049m 54s

War and society: a tangled relationship

Professor Margaret Macmillan discusses her new book War: How Conflict Shaped Us, which explores conflict’s changing yet intrinsic role in human history, and reveals how warfare has often led to societal and scientific progress.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/2037m 17s

Ingenious medieval science

Historian Seb Falk discusses his new book, The Light Ages, which highlights the surprising sophistication of scientific research in the Middle Ages – from astronomy to medicine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/2047m 19s

Women in black: the surprising history of widows

Historian Maggie Andrews discusses her new book co-written with Janis Lomas, which looks at the complex and fascinating history of widows. Often historically viewed as figures of pity and poverty, many widows have also been leaders in women’s and welfare movements, and driving forces for social change.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/2034m 31s

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Three: THE PRIME SUSPECT

If one there’s one figure whose shadow looms large over this case, it’s Richard III. The princes’ uncle has long been the prime suspect, but no concrete evidence against him has ever been satisfactorily pinned down. In this episode, we look at the character of the man accused of murdering his young nephews. While Shakespeare portrayed him as a scheming, villainous monster and modern Richardians argue he has been a victim of Tudor propaganda, we’ll reveal that the truth may be more complex.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/2026m 11s

Personal stories of the Second World War

Victoria Panton Bacon shares remarkable first-hand testimonies from veterans of the Second World WarVictoria Panton Bacon, author of the new book Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War: A Collection of Untold Stories, shares moving first-hand testimonies from veterans of the 1939-45 conflict.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/11/2039m 44s

The Russian revolution: everything you wanted to know

Robert Service responds to listener questions and popular search enquiries about the Russian revolutions of 1917, which saw the beginnings of the Communist era. In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Robert Service responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Russian revolutions of 1917, which saw Tsar Nicholas II deposed and the beginnings of the Communist era.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/201h 19m

The story of the Dambusters

In a lecture from our 2019 History Weekend in Winchester, Max Hastings tells the dramatic story of the 1943 Dambusters raid. In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend event in Winchester, bestselling military historian Max Hastings tells the dramatic story of the 1943 Dambusters raid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/2054m 1s

Inside the Viking mind

Neil Price takes us inside the Viking mind to explain how the Norse raiders viewed the world and what drove them to expand across the seasProfessor Neil Price, author of The Children of Ash and Elm, takes us inside the Viking mind to explain how the Norse raiders viewed the world and what drove them to expand across the seas. He answers some of the key questions about the period and offers new insights into Viking life  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/11/2052m 32s

Escaping Nazi-occupied Europe

Helen Fry discusses the top-secret work of MI9, which helped Allied prisoners of war escape during WW2Historian Helen Fry discusses her new book MI9, which reveals how the secret agency helped Allied prisoners of war make it back to Britain, and shares stories of the Second World War’s most audacious escapes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/2029m 39s

The White Ship: a medieval royal tragedy

Charles Spencer speaks to Dan Jones about the White Ship disaster, which plunged the English monarchy into chaos 900 years agoBestselling author Charles Spencer speaks to fellow historian Dan Jones about the White Ship disaster, which plunged the English monarchy into chaos 900 years ago.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/201h 0m

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Two: THE TIMELINE

When it comes to understanding what happened to the Princes in the Tower, getting to grips the timeline of their disappearance is crucial. In this episode we chart the events of 1483, as the boys were taken into their uncle Richard III’s custody before he declared them illegitimate and was crowned himself instead. What could this dramatic sequence of events tell us about the princes’ disappearance? Does it suggest a ruthless seizure of power by Richard, or could it be evidence of an alternate course of events?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/2025m 9s

An ‘ordinary’ Nazi

Daniel Lee discusses the life of an ‘ordinary’ member of the SSHistorian Daniel Lee describes how the chance discovery of a cache of documents within a piece of furniture led him to uncover the life of Robert Griesinger, an ‘ordinary’ member of the SS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/11/2051m 34s

Medical history: everything you wanted to know

Professor Mary Fissell responds to listener questions and popular search enquiries about the history of medicine, from pandemics of the past to grisly early surgeries.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/2059m 27s

Poland 1939: The invasion that sparked WW2

Roger Moorhouse delivers a lecture on the German invasion of Poland in 1939 In a lecture he delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Winchester History Weekend event, historian Roger Moorhouse tells the story of one of the most misunderstood campaigns of the Second World War – the German invasion of Poland in 1939.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/2053m 13s

The Falklands War in the air

Aviation historian Rowland White explores the events of the 1982 Falklands War through the story of Britain’s Sea Harrier jump jet.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/10/2033m 51s

Unexpected Irish tales

Author Turtle Bunbury shares stories from his book Ireland’s Forgotten Past – a collection of overlooked and ‘disremembered’ moments in the history of Ireland, from raging storms and the Knights Templar to Dublin’s Viking kings.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/2027m 44s

Black Britons in WW2

Stephen Bourne discusses the experiences of Britain’s black community during the Second World WarHistorian Stephen Bourne, author of Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime, discusses the experiences of black civilians and service personnel in Britain between 1939 and 1945, and charts their contributions to the war effort.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/2036m 15s

At sea with the Vikings

Jan Bill gives us the lowdown on Viking ships, and offers updates on the Gjellestad Ship excavation, currently underway in NorwayJan Bill gives us the lowdown on Viking ships, and updates us on the latest discoveries at the Gjellestad Ship excavation, currently underway in Norway. The professor of archaeology explains what it was like to sail on a Viking ship and the amount of time and money required to build them.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/2044m 1s

Adventure & opportunity: female transatlantic travellers

Historian Siân Evans explores the lives and voyages of women in the golden age of transatlantic travel, which saw some enjoying luxurious journeys aboard opulent ocean liners and presented others with the opportunity to seek independence and a new life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/10/2031m 37s

The Regency era: everything you wanted to know

Emily Brand responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Regency eraHistorian and author Emily Brand responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Britain in the Regency era, from the lavish spending and reputation of the Prince Regent himself to how much we can really learn from Jane Austen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/2053m 42s

Tudor queens on screen

Elena Woodacre delivers a lecture on the portrayal of historical queens in cinema and television, from Mary Queen of Scots to The Spanish PrincessIn a lecture she delivered at BBC History Magazine’s 2019 Winchester History Weekend event, Elena Woodacre explores the ways that queens from the early modern era have been portrayed in cinema and television, from The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots to The Tudors and The Spanish Princess.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/2050m 44s

Moving, medieval-style

Jim Leary explains how people in prehistory and the Middle Ages moved around the world Can we follow in the footsteps of our prehistoric and medieval forebears? Archaeologist Dr Jim Leary, who researches travel and mobility in the era, explains what we know about the ways people in prehistory and the Middle Ages moved around the world they lived in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/2054m 52s

Enslaved women & resistance

Stella Dadzie uncovers the experiences and resistance activities of enslaved women in the West Indies Historian and activist Stella Dadzie talks about her new book, A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance, which uncovers the experiences of enslaved women in the West Indies, and reveals the inventive ways they resisted their oppressors  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/10/2036m 24s

Aztecs in their own words

Professor Camilla Townsend discusses her new book Fifth Sun: A New History of Aztecs, which overturns existing narratives about the ancient civilisation by charting its rise and fall through the stories of the Aztecs themselves.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/2037m 8s

A new take on India’s history

Professor Richard M Eaton discusses his book, India in the Persianate Age, 1000–1765, which explores the nation’s rich history across eight centuries and argues that we should see it through a cultural, rather than purely religious, lens.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/2044m 22s

The French Revolution: Everything you need to know

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Marisa Linton responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the dramatic events that engulfed France in the late 18th century. Topics discussed include the causes of the revolution, the role of Louis XVI and Mari Antoinette, and the bloodshed of the Terror. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/2048m 51s

A Triple Bond Broken: The Destruction of the House of York

In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Thomas Penn explores the turbulent relationship between three brothers: Edward IV, George, Duke of Clarence and Richard III. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/2042m 9s

An Atlantic slave war

Historian Vincent Brown discusses his recent book, Tacky’s Revolt, which describes an uprising in Jamaica that was the largest slave revolt in the 18th-century British Atlantic world. The book has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/2033m 4s

An Anglo-Saxon warlord

Archaeologist Gabor Thomas, who directed the excavation, discusses the discovery of the ‘Marlow Warlord’ – a 6th-century burial near the Thames. You can listen to the Portable Antiquities Scheme podcast that was mentioned here:https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/unburied-treasures-finds-detectorists-michael-lewis-podcast/Michael Wood’s feature on the Anglo-Saxon question is here:https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/professor-michael-wood-anglo-saxon-name-debate-is-term-racist/The Marlow Warrior crowdfunder is here: https://reading.hubbub.net/p/marlowwarlord/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/2049m 53s

Ancient wisdom with Neil Oliver

Archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver discusses some of the most striking finds in the history of archaeology and talks about his new book Wisdom of the Ancients, which searches the ancient past for timeless wisdom to help relieve our modern malaise.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/2031m 25s

Black radical: William Monroe Trotter

Historian Kerri K Greenidge discusses her book Black Radical, which explores the life and career of the pioneering black newspaperman William Monroe Trotter, and which has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/2042m 14s

Black radical: William Monroe Trotter

Historian Kerri K Greenidge discusses her book Black Radical, which explores the life and career of the pioneering black newspaperman William Monroe Trotter, and which has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/2042m 14s

The dispossession of Native Americans

Historian Claudio Saunt discusses his recent book Unworthy Republic, which tells the story of the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands by the US government in the mid-19th century. The book has recently been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/2043m 44s

Everything you ever wanted to know about medieval daily life, but were afraid to ask

 In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Chris Dyer responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about life in the Middle Ages, including bodily hygiene, sleep patterns, love and marriage, policing and retirement. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/201h 5m

Should I stay or I should go? The problem with historical monuments in 2020

In a BBC History Magazine virtual lecture, Keith Lowe discusses why statues relating to empire and the Second World War have become contested ground. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/2041m 32s

Sparta

Ancient historian Andrew Bayliss discusses the Greek city-state of Sparta. The conversation ranges from the Spartans’ military prowess and the legendary battle of Thermopylae, to the structure of their society and the darker aspects of Spartan history. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/10/2041m 49s

Medieval turning points

What are the key turning points in the history of early medieval Europe? Historian Dr Charles West offers his thoughts on some important moments. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/2058m 48s

Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode One: THE CASE

In 1483 two young princes vanished in the Tower of London. In the opening episode of this brand new podcast series, we explore how the mystery of their disappearance has captivated people for centuries – and still provokes fierce debate.https://www.historyextra.com/princes-tower-exclusive-history-podcast-series/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/2015m 37s

The rise and fall of the Sikh empire

Historian Priya Atwal, whose written a new history of the Sikh empire that flourished in the early 19th century, discusses how It rose to prominence but was ultimately brought down by British imperialists. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/10/2034m 58s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of Japan, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Christopher Harding responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the history of Japan, ranging from the ancient past to the Second World War and beyond. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/10/2055m 2s

Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944

In a talk that he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, bestselling military historian Antony Beevor tells the story of Operation Market Garden – the 1944 Allied plan to jump the Rhine that ended in failure. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/2041m 16s

A 1930s ghost hunt

Kate Summerscale, bestselling author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, discusses her new book, The Haunting of Alma Fielding, which delves into a tale of the supernatural in London just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/10/2030m 24s

Medieval eels and Englishness

Eels were a mainstay of the economy in the Middle Ages, and also a part of the developing English identity. Dr John Wyatt Greenlee explains why the fish mattered so much. Visit https://historiacartarum.org/ for more information on Dr Greenlee’s medieval eels project. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/2043m 7s

Ken Follett’s Anglo-Saxon adventure

Bestselling historical novelist Ken Follett chats about how he recreated late Anglo-Saxon England for his new book, The Evening and the Morning, which is a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/09/2048m 6s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Neanderthals, but were afraid to ask

In an episode produced in collaboration with our colleagues at BBC Science Focus Magazine, archaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes tackles some of the big questions about Neanderthals and their relations with modern humans. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/09/201h 9m

Simon de Montfort and England’s First Revolution

In a talk that she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian Sophie Ambler tells the story of Simon de Montfort’s doomed rebellion against King Henry III in the 13th century. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/2057m 23s

Toussaint Louverture’s revolutionary life

Historian Sudhir Hazareesingh talks to us about Black Spartacus, his acclaimed new biography of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture who battled against slavery and European colonial rule at the turn of the 19th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/2054m 19s

The Mayflower

On the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s momentous voyage to North America, historian and author James Evans reflects on the Pilgrim Fathers and the colony they established, and considers how important it was to the history of America. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/2026m 28s

JFK: the path to power

Historian Fredrik Logevall discusses the first volume of his major new biography of John F Kennedy, exploring the US president’s upbringing and rise to political prominence. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/2039m 42s

Viking genes unravelled

A new study of Viking DNA provides many new insights about the lives of Vikings. Dr Cat Jarman explains what it tells us, and what questions remain unanswered. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter the podcast survey here: https://immediateinsiders.com/uc/admin/65da/?a=1&b=6Survey closes Sunday 4th October 2020 at 11:59pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/2042m 18s

Hitler’s vengeance

Author Catherine Bailey discusses her recent book Fey’s War, which tells the story of a family caught up in the aftermath of the failed plot to kill Hitler in the summer of 1944. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/09/2027m 23s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the East India Company, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Jon Wilson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the English trading company that went on to become an agent of British imperialism in India during the 18th and 19th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/201h 21m

Ghosts of Viking London

 In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, archaeologist and author Thomas Williams discusses the many impacts the Norse raiders had on the city of London. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/2054m 58s

Ben Macintyre on Agent Sonya – the greatest female spy in history

Journalist and bestselling author Ben Macintyre talks to us about his latest book, Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy, which tells the incredible story of a German-born woman who spied for the Soviet Union against both Britain and Nazi Germany, and helped transform the balance of power in the Cold War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/2045m 9s

Prisoners of the Japanese

Historian Sarah Kovner talks to us about her new book, Prisoners of the Empire, which challenges longstanding beliefs about why Allied prisoners were mistreated in Japanese camps during the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/2024m 49s

Medieval rebellions

Historian Ryan Lavelle explores revolts against authority in the 11th century, including against the rule of William the Conqueror in England. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/09/2042m 59s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Suffragettes, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian and author Diane Atkinson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the militant campaign for votes for women in the early 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/2047m 32s

Scythians: Warrior Nomads of the Steppe

In a talk from our 2019 History Weekend in Winchester, Barry Cunliffe shares his knowledge of the skilled horsemen who rampaged across the steppe in the first millennium BC Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/2059m 29s

A Cold War killing?

Journalist and author Ravi Somaiya discusses his new book, Operation Morthor, which investigates the mysterious 1961 death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash during the Congo Crisis. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/2030m 2s

Simon Schama on the Romantics

Ahead of his new BBC Two series The Romantics and Us, the renowned art historian and broadcaster Simon Schama explores the legacy of the 18th and 19th-century artistic movement on the modern world. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/2046m 36s

Isabel Wilkerson on caste in America

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson discusses her new book, Caste: The Lies That Divide Us, which argues that the divisions in American society are best understood if it is viewed as a caste system, and draws on comparisons with India and Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/2039m 15s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the legends of King Arthur, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, experts Ron Hutton and Ad Putter respond to listener queries and popular search enquiries about King Arthur and the legendary tales surrounding him and his court. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/09/2055m 40s

The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, author and BBC broadcaster Anita Anand tells the dramatic story of one man’s decades-long quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/2053m 49s

Britain goes to war, part 2

Historian Alan Allport discusses his new book, Britain at Bay, which explores the years 1938–41 as the country transitioned from an uneasy peace to the most perilous moments of World War Two. The second part of this interview examines the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the broadening of the conflict to include the Soviet Union and the British empire. The first part was released yesterday. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/2044m 39s

Britain goes to war, part 1

Historian Alan Allport discusses his new book, Britain at Bay, which explores the years 1938–41 as the country transitioned from an uneasy peace to the most perilous moments of World War Two. The second part of this interview examines the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the broadening of the conflict to include the Soviet Union and the British empire. The first part was released yesterday. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/2045m 9s

Ernest Bevin: working-class warrior

Author and former cabinet minister Andrew Adonis discusses his new biography of Ernest Bevin, exploring how the Labour politician played a crucial role in both World War Two and the early years of the Cold War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/09/2041m 34s

The uncommon lives of common sailors

Author and journalist Stephen Taylor describes the experiences of ordinary British seamen who took to the waves during the age of sail in the 18th and 19th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/08/2040m 43s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Hundred Years’ War, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Anne Curry responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval clashes between English and French forces for control of the throne of France. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/08/2058m 28s

Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Dan Jones introduces a vivid cast of characters from the medieval conflicts for the Holy Land. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/2058m 58s

The extraordinary life of Sultan Selim I

Historian Alan Mikhail, author of a new biography of the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, explains how he transformed the empire in the early 16thcentury – with important consequences for the rest of the world. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/2058m 18s

Edward the Confessor

Medieval historian Professor Tom Licence, author of a new biography of King Edward the Confessor, discusses the life and times of the pre-conquest ruler of England, King Edward the Confessor. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/2058m 23s

Revisiting the Kindertransport

Playwright Jonathan Lichtenstein talks to us about his new book, The Berlin Shadow, which describes how he accompanied his father on a journey back to Berlin, retracing the steps he took in 1939 on the Kindertransport. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/08/2024m 48s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Aztecs, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Caroline Dodds Pennock responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Mesoamerican civilisation, including a discussion of the practice of human sacrifice. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/2048m 40s

Who Dares Wins: Britain in the Age of the Falklands

In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Dominic Sandbrook explores the history of Britain in the early 1980s. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/2052m 32s

The story of the Freemasons

Historian John Dickie, author of the new book The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World, sifts fact from fiction in the history of a much misunderstood organisation. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/08/2049m 17s

Africa’s cultural liberation

Author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch, who is presenting the new BBC Four series African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power, discusses the histories of Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal, and how contemporary artists in these countries are responding to the past. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/2026m 48s

The history of seduction

Clement Knox, author of the recent book Strange Antics: A History of Seduction, explores ideas of sex, courtship and power from the 18th century until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/08/2037m 42s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Spanish Civil War, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Paul Preston responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict that tore Spain apart from 1936–39. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/2057m 54s

Could D-Day Have Failed?

In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, military historian and author Peter Caddick-Adams reflects on the 1944 invasion of Normandy and considers the risks of the operation. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/2057m 1s

Victory in the east

As we approach the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, historian Jonathan Fennell describes how the British and Commonwealth forces turned the tide against Japan in the Burman campaign. Historyextra.com/podcas  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/08/2034m 28s

What’s in a medieval name?

Medieval historian James Chetwood explores the origins of people’s names in the Middle Ages and how trends in naming changed dramatically over the centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/2043m 58s

Authors in the Boer War

Author and biographer Sarah LeFanu discusses her recent book, Something of Themselves, which examines the involvement of three British writers – Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mary Kingsley – in the Anglo-Boer war at the turn of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2034m 51s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the American Civil War, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Adam IP Smith responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict between the Union and the Confederacy that devastated America in the 1860s. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/08/2049m 0s

Medieval Wonder Women

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Janina Ramirez brings to life lesser-known heroines from across the medieval period. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/08/2052m 33s

Documents that changed the world

The distinguished journalists and broadcasters Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan talk about their new book, The Treasures of World History, which compiles some of the most important documents to have shaped human civilisations, covering everything from the Rosetta Stone to Apollo 11. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/2038m 23s

Peter Frankopan on global history in 2020

Five years after the publication of his landmark book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, historian Peter Frankopan explores some of the major themes in global history and how they relate to life in 2020. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/2030m 6s

Medieval dynasties: how to stay on the throne

Historian Robert Bartlett explores how medieval royal families sought to retain their grip on the throne and explains why some dynasties thrived, while others collapsed. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/2048m 48s

Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 2)

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 1 of this interview aired last Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/201h 0m

Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Lauren Johnson discusses the tragic life of Henry VI whose catastrophic reign led to the bloodshed of the Wars of the Roses. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/2047m 56s

The Princes in the Tower: History’s Greatest Mysteries

In today’s episode we reveal the winner in our History’s Greatest Mystery poll: the fate of the princes in the Tower. Historian Nathen Amin considers some of the possible explanations for their disappearance in 1483 and whether Richard III was behind their murder. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/2021m 50s

Stonehenge: History’s Greatest Mysteries

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In second place is Stonehenge, and in today’s episode archaeologist Mike Pitts considers how and why the monument was created, more than 4,000 years ago. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2028m 4s

The fate of Jesus’s body: History’s Greatest Mysteries

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian and author Tom Holland explores historical and religious explanations as to what may have happened to Jesus’s body following his crucifixion in the 1st century AD. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/2022m 52s

The lost colony of Roanoke: History’s Greatest Mysteries

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Misha Ewen delves into the mysterious disappearance of a group of English settlers in North America in the late 16th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/2030m 46s

The Voynich Manuscript: History’s Greatest Mysteries

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Elma Brenner discusses the 500-year-old Voynich Manuscript, whose mysterious text has baffled some of the greatest code-breakers. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/2020m 26s

Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 1)

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 2 of this interview will follow next Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/07/201h 9m

Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Survivor

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Nicola Tallis describes the remarkable life of a pivotal figure in the Wars of the Roses and Tudor eras. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/2053m 27s

Unburied treasures

As the Portable Antiquities Scheme records it’s 1.5 millionth find, we speak to Michael Lewis, who is head of the scheme, about some of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries in its history, and how metal detectorists are contributing to our understanding of Britain’s past. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/2032m 55s

African American abolitionists in Britain

Historian Hannah-Rose Murray describes how Frederick Douglass and other African American abolitionists toured Britain in the 19th century to campaign against slavery in the United States. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/2042m 26s

A history of magic

Archaeologist and author Chris Gosden explores delves into the history of magical beliefs and practices from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/2035m 48s

Everything you ever wanted to know about medieval queens, but were afraid to ask

Dr Elena Woodacre is an expert on medieval and early modern queens and queenship at the University of Winchester. In this podcast, she answers the most popular listener and internet search questions about medieval queens, in our ‘Everything you want to know series’. Who was the most beautiful queen, how much power did queens have, and how did they balance motherhood and royal life, are just some of the questions posed. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/2059m 16s

At home with the medieval aristocracy

Professor Louise Wilkinson, a medievalist at the University of Lincoln talks about her research into the household accounts of Eleanor de Montfort, a key figure in the mid-13th century civil war. The conversation particularly discusses what these accounts tell us about day-to-day life in an aristocratic household – what people ate and drank, what they wore, and what they did on a daily basis – as well as how they inform us about the ramifications of the political upheavals that occurred at the time. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/07/2055m 36s

Lionheart of stone: the medieval statue debate

The past few months have seen vigorous debates about the future of statues to contested historical figures, typically related to the colonial era and the Confederacy. In this episode, historian Simon John considers whether we need to broaden the discussion out to include the medieval era and in particular the violent actions of the 12th-century English king Richard the Lionheart. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/2041m 43s

The Abdication crisis

Historian and author Alexander Larman is joined by popular historian Dan Jones to discuss his new book, The Crown in Crisis, which explores Edward VIII’s relationship with Wallis Simpson and how it led to the British king’s abdication. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/2055m 14s

Nero: Rome’s Antichrist?

Roman historian Shushma Malik discusses the infamous crimes of the emperor Nero and considers whether he is deserving of his monstrous reputation. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/2037m 59s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Cuban Missile Crisis, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Mark White responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Cold War nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/201h 8m

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles

Historian Pauline Stafford shares the latest research and thinking on some of the most important historical sources from Early Medieval England. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/2045m 52s

Museums and colonialism

Historian Alice Procter discusses her recent book The Whole Picture, which explains how modern museums often have problematic colonial histories and offers some ideas about how we should be rethinking these institutions. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/2027m 39s

David Abulafia on The Boundless Sea

Historian David Abulafia discusses his latest book, The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, which was recently declared the winner of the prestigious Wolfson History Prize. Our conversation focuses in particular on the maritime history of the medieval era. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2048m 26s

California’s century of change

Laurence Grissell, producer of the recent BBC Radio 4 series The Californian Century, explores some of the key moments in the Golden State’s modern history, from the age of Hollywood to the rise of Silicon Valley. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/2028m 43s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Scottish Wars of Independence, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Iain MacInnes responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Anglo-Scottish military conflicts of the 13th and 14th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/201h 2m

The Picts

Gordon Noble and Nicholas Evans, co-authors of The King in the North, discuss the latest thinking about the culture that flourished in what’s now Scotland in the first millennium AD. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/2050m 46s

Women and the Crusades

Historian Natasha Hodgson explores the many different aspects of women’s involvement in the medieval campaigns fought in the Holy Land. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/07/2050m 16s

World War Two: the challenge of commemoration

Historian and author Keith Lowe speaks to us about his new book Prisoners of History, which tells the stories of 25 monuments to the Second World War from across the globe and explains why many have become highly controversial. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/2019m 2s

A history of pandemics: from Spanish Flu to Covid-19

Medical historian and journalist Mark Honigsbaum, author of The Pandemic Century, compares the current Covid-19 pandemic, and our responses to it, to previous diseases outbreaks over the past 100 years. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2036m 38s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Georgians, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Kate Smith responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about British society during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/2040m 13s

William and Cnut: a tale of two conquerors

Historian Emily Ward, co-editor of a new book on the conquests of 1016 and 1066, explains how the earlier Danish invasion of England is crucial to our understanding of what happened 50 years later. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/2050m 41s

Amy Robsart: a Tudor tragedy

Historian and novelist Nicola Cornick discusses the life and mysterious death of Tudor gentlewoman Amy Robsart, wife of Elizabeth I’s chief favourite, Robert Dudley. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/2031m 16s

Britain and the Korean War

On the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula, historian Grace Huxford describes the key events of the conflict and explains how it played out in Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/2033m 54s

Working mothers

Historian Helen McCarthy, author of the new book Double Lives, considers how women in Britain have sought to balance the demands of work and childcare over the past century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/06/2034m 28s

Everything you ever wanted to know about British battlefields, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian and battlefield guide Julian Humphrys responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the locations of some of Britain’s most important clashes. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/2049m 28s

Saturday lecture: Medieval love and marriage

In the final talk from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Sally Dixon-Smith explores the history of romantic love and marriage practices in the Middle Ages. Historyextra.com/podcast   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/201h 3m

The Lancaster

Historian, author and former RAF navigator John Nichol describes the history of the iconic WWII bomber aircraft and tells the stories of the men who flew, fought and died in them. Hisoryextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/2040m 4s

Henry III: inside the mind of a medieval king

Historian David Carpenter, author of a major new biography of the 13th-century monarch Henry III, explains how we know more about his inner mind than any other English king of the period. He describes how Henry’s reign witnessed civil war, the ongoing fallout from Magna Carta, and amazing building projects. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2037m 16s

Francis Drake: slave trader

Sir Francis Drake was an English naval hero, famed for circumnavigating the globe and his role in defeating the Spanish Armada. But, he was also a slave trader. Following calls for statues of Drake to be removed, historian Claire Jowitt explores this dark chapter in Tudor history. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2035m 32s

Britain and the slave trade

As Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade comes under scrutiny following recent protests, historian Christer Petley charts the history of slavery within the British empire and considers how it should be reflected upon today. Plus, author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch offers her thoughts on the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/2042m 3s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the civil rights movement, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Kevin Gaines responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the American civil rights movement. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/201h 11m

Saturday lecture: Medieval religion and faith

In the fourth of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Emma J Wells examines the nature of Christianity in the Middle Ages and how it shaped wider society. Historyextra.com/podcast   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/201h 4m

The Field of the Cloth of Gold

On the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII and Francis I’s magnificent peace summit in northern France, historian Glenn Richardson explores the events of the Field of the Cloth of Gold and considers its impact on Anglo-French relations. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/2037m 57s

The secret plot to kill Lincoln

Bestselling authors Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch speak to us about their new book The Lincoln Conspiracy, which explores a little-known attempt to kill Abraham Lincoln in 1861, just prior to his inauguration as president. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2033m 11s

The unexpected Tudors

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell, creators of the Histories of the Unexpected books and podcast, take a sideways look at the Tudors era, exploring everything from gloves to priest holes. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/06/2031m 46s

Everything you ever wanted to know about Nazi Germany, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Richard J Evans responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Third Reich. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/2057m 4s

Saturday lecture: Medieval disease and medicine

In the third of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Elma Brenner explores some of the diseases that afflicted people in the Middle Ages, and the steps they took to heal the sick and avoid becoming ill in the first place. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/2055m 12s

The history of the Bible

Biblical scholar John Barton considers the historical background to the most influential book in western culture, exploring its creation and how it fits into the histories of Judaism and Christianity. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/2037m 28s

A legendary pirate

Bestselling author Steven Johnson talks to us about his new book, Enemy of All Mankind, which tells the story of the infamous 17th-century English pirate Henry Avery, whose audacious raid on an Indian treasure ship sparked a global manhunt. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/2027m 14s

The cosmopolitan Chaucer

Marion Turner explores the life of the 14th-century poet, arguing that we need to look beyond his status as the ‘father of English literature’. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/2035m 54s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Civil War, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Mark Stoyle responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict between Royalists and Parliamentarians that wracked the British Isles in the middle of the 17th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/2050m 3s

Saturday lecture: Medieval food

In the second of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Chris Woolgar presents a broad survey of what, when and how people ate during the middle ages. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/201h 7m

Indian soldiers at Dunkirk

Historian Ghee Bowman, author of The Indian Contingent, tells the stories of a group of Muslims in the British Expeditionary Force who were part of the famous evacuation from the beaches of France in 1940. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/2036m 2s

Medieval prisoners of war

Rémy Ambühl discusses his new research into the fate of captives in the Hundred Years’ War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2041m 45s

David Olusoga on A House Through Time

Ahead of the third instalment of his acclaimed BBC TV series A House Through Time, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga delves into the story of Bristol’s past and explains the value of studying history through our own homes. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2024m 0s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Crusades, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Rebecca Rist responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Christian campaigns in the middle east. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2059m 9s

Saturday lecture: Medieval crime and violence

In the first of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Hannah Skoda explores the nature and consequences of crime and violence in the middle ages. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/2059m 41s

Cooking for Churchill

Food historian Annie Gray tells the story of Georgina Landemare, who became Winston Churchill’s cook during the Second World War. Her career offers fascinating insights into the dining habits of the wartime leader and the nation as a whole. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2037m 42s

Rutger Bregman’s optimistic history of the world

Bestselling Dutch historian Rutger Bregman discusses his new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, which ranges through the past to argue that humanity is inherently good. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2035m 43s

Living on the edge in Victorian Britain

Historian Emma Griffin, author of the new book Bread Winner, explores how economic changes in 19th-century Britain affected family life for working class Victorians. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/2034m 42s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the English Reformation, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Diarmaid MacCulloch responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Henry VIII’s break from Rome and the seismic events that followed. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/2039m 36s

Surviving the Great Plague

As we grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, historian Vanessa Harding describes the events of the Great Plague that afflicted London in 1665, and explains how people at the time sought to cope with the disease. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2029m 18s

Rethinking the Renaissance

Historian Catherine Fletcher, author of the new book The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance, offers a fresh view on this transformative period in Italy – and Europe’s – past. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2039m 1s

The life and legend of Florence Nightingale

On the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, biographer Mark Bostridge reflects on the pioneering Victorian nurse’s work at the Crimean War and beyond. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2028m 24s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Vikings, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Judith Jesch, professor of Viking studies, responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Scandinavian people. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/201h 3m

Britain at War

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day we speak to historian Dan Todman, author of Britain's War: A New World, 1942–1947, about Britain’s role in defeating the Nazis and the challenges of adjusting to the postwar years. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2044m 4s

The Northumbrians: from Bede to Geordie Shore

Historian Dan Jackson, author of The Northumbrians, traces the distinctive history and culture of North East England, from ancient times to the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2038m 44s

Medieval globetrotters

Historian Valerie Hansen, author of a new history of the year 1000 AD, surveys the state of the world a millennium ago and argues that this was a crucial moment in the story of globalization, comparable to 1492. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2034m 25s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Victorians, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Sarah Richardson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Queen Victoria and the age that bears her name. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/2038m 48s

The Corn Laws crisis

Author and journalist Stephen Bates describes the battle over bread prices that divided Parliament in mid-19th-century Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2033m 21s

How the world made us

Scientist and author Lewis Dartnell discusses his recent book Origins, which explores how Earth’s physical features have had a profound effect on human civilisations throughout history. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2040m 28s

The unexpected Vikings

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell, creators of the Histories of the Unexpected books and podcast, take a sideways look at the Viking era, exploring how things like keys, butter and haircuts fit into their story. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2034m 4s

Everything you ever wanted to know about British prehistory, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist David Miles responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Britain’s distant past. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2057m 38s

A Nazi mystery

Philippe Sands, author of the multi-award-winning memoir East West Street, talks to us about his new book, The Ratline, which charts his investigation into the dramatic life and mysterious death of the senior Nazi Otto von Wächter. Philippe reveals how Otto managed to escape justice after 1945 and examines his relationship with his wife, Charlotte. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2057m 45s

A new view of Africa’s past

Historian Toby Green, author of the award-winning book A Fistful of Shells, explores the history of West Africa and its relations with the wider world, from the era of the slave trade to more recent times. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2043m 1s

Chanel and the Riviera

Anne de Courcy discusses Coco Chanel, and some other famous faces who graced the French Riviera, during the interwar years and the era of Nazi occupation. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2046m 50s

Everything you ever wanted to know about D-Day, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the defining episodes of World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/2053m 22s

The scandalous Byrons

Historian and author Emily Brand speaks about her new book, The Fall of the House of Byron, which explores the dramatic lives of the Georgian aristocratic family whose lives were blighted by scandal long before the arrival of the renowned poet. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2035m 11s

The mistresses of Charles II

Historian and author Linda Porter talks about her new book Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the court of Charles II, exploring the lives of the many women who shared the 17th-century monarch’s bed. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2027m 2s

The spies who inspired Bond

Author and spy expert Henry Hemming discusses the real historical personalities who Ian Fleming drew on to create 007 and other major characters in the Bond novels. Historyextra.com/podcast   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/2023m 58s

Everything you ever wanted to know about Roman Britain, but were afraid to ask

In the third of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist Miles Russell responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the four centuries of Roman rule in Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/2041m 42s

Apollo 13

Fifty years on from the NASA mission that almost ended in disaster, historian Tom Ellis revisits the dramatic story of the astronauts’ incredible battle to survive. Plus, he considers the state of the Cold War space race in the wake of the moon landing the year before. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2046m 42s

The Black Death and social change

As we seek to understand the broader impacts of Covid-19, historian Jane Whittle looks at how the devastating plague of the 1340s significantly reshaped the economy and society of England. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2036m 48s

The genius of Artemisia

Renaissance historian Catherine Fletcher explores the remarkable life and art of the acclaimed 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose work was due to be celebrated with a major National Gallery exhibition this month. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2026m 17s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Tudors, but were afraid to ask

Tracy Borman responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the 16th-century English royal dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/2036m 15s

Viking women

Johanna Katrin Fridriksdottir explores what everyday life was like for women in Norse society, the opportunities available to them and the challenges they faced. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2046m 18s

Okinawa: the battle and the bomb

On the 75th anniversary of the battle of Okinawa, historian Saul David revisits one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2034m 46s

Women at war

Dr Julie Wheelwright, author of the new book Sisters in Arms, explains the roles of female warriors from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2033m 47s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Normans, but were afraid to ask

 In a bonus Sunday episode, Marc Morris, author of an acclaimed history of the Norman Conquest, tackles some of the big questions about William the Conqueror and his followers, several of which were submitted by our listeners and social media fans. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2056m 43s

A history of celebrity

Greg Jenner chats explores the changing nature of fame over the centuries and describes how celebrities have fared in the public glare. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2037m 43s

Russia’s musical journeys

Sophy Roberts, author of The Lost Pianos of Siberia, explains how the instrument can illuminate the history of Russia, from the tsarist era to the decades of Soviet rule. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2025m 25s

Blitz spirit

At a time when Britons are being asked to revisit the ‘Blitz spirit’, historian Jonathan Boff explains how ordinary people coped with the privations of World War II and considers what parallels can be drawn between the 1940s and the current Coronavirus crisis. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/2044m 25s

Shakespeare and America

Acclaimed author James Shapiro considers why England’s foremost playwright has had such a profound impact on the United States, and how his words speak to contemporary concerns. Historyextra.con/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/2026m 37s

News in the Middle Ages

 Historian Helen Birkett explores communication networks and the spread of information and news in the medieval era. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2046m 49s

Coronavirus: a historical perspective

As COVID-19 dominates the news, Laura Spinney draws historical parallels with other pandemics in history and asks what we might learn from disease outbreaks in the past. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/03/2028m 10s

Wales’s turbulent 20th century

Simon Jenkins talks about his new BBC radio programme, Wales: A 20th-century Tragedy?, which explores the difficulties faced by the country in recent history, and offers some opinions on its future. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/2027m 8s

Resistance in the British empire

Priyamvada Gopal speaks about her book Insurgent Empire, which explores opposition to British colonial rule both within the empire and in Britain itself. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/2029m 13s

Hadley Freeman on a 20th-century family history

Hadley Freeman speaks to us about her quest to uncover her family’s history through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/03/2032m 39s

Written in stone

Stonemason Andrew Ziminski talks about some of Britain’s most impressive buildings and monuments. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/2030m 7s

Dictators explained

 Frank Dikötter discusses his new book How to Be a Dictator, which explores the malevolent careers of eight 20th-century rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/2036m 52s

Food and war

Historian Rachel B Hermann talks about her recent book No Useless Mouth, which explores how food and hunger played a critical role in the story of the American Revolutionary era. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/2032m 58s

London’s trailblazing women

 The author Francesca Wade talks to us about her new book Square Haunting, which tells the stories of five remarkable women – among them Virginia Woolf and Dorothy L Sayers – who all lived on the same London square in the interwar years. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/2031m 1s

Secrets of Lindisfarne

Archaeologist David Petts and Lisa Wilkins of DigVentures discuss an extraordinary Viking-era discovery that’s been made on the monastic site of Lindisfarne in Northumbria. The conversation also covers the latest trends in archaeological excavations and the broader history of the island. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2035m 13s

Medieval medicine

Elma Brenner of the Wellcome Library examines the state of healthcare in the Middle Ages and reveals some unusual remedies that were offered for people with injuries or diseases. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/2040m 55s

Georgian terrorists: the Cato Street Conspiracy

On the 200th anniversary of the Cato Street Conspiracy, Stephen Bates examines a failed attempt to murder the entire British cabinet in February 1820. He also explores the background and aftermath of this violent plot. historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/2033m 9s

Burglary: a modern history

Historian Eloise Moss, author of Night Raiders, explores a century of home intrusion in Britain, from the cat burglar phenomenon to Cold War espionage. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/2034m 45s

The rise of Hitler

Frank McDonough discusses the first volume in his new two-part history of Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/2023m 49s

Michael Wood on the Peterloo photograph

The acclaimed popular historian and broadcaster Michael Wood talks to us about a photograph he discovered that links his family to the infamous Peterloo massacre of 1819. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/2022m 50s

The bombing of Dresden

On the 75th anniversary of the Dresden raid, historical author Sinclair McKay explores one of the most controversial Allied actions of the Second World War. He describes the devastation caused by the bombing and considers whether it constitutes a war crime. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/201h 4m

Secrets of war leadership

Historian Andrew Roberts reflects on some of the greatest and most nefarious war leaders of the past – including Napoleon, Hitler, Churchill and Eisenhower – and considers what traits they shared. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/2036m 12s

Confronting evils

Susan Neiman considers how Germany and the United States have sought to come to terms with histories of racism and violence. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/2034m 58s

Marie Antoinette

Historian John Hardman discusses his new biography of the 18th-century French queen, exploring her role in the politics of the revolutionary era and explaining why she met a tragic end. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/2028m 36s

Mary Beard on the nude in western art

Ahead of her new BBC Two series The Shock of the Nude, classicist Mary Beard discusses some of the thorny issues surrounding the naked body in western art over the centuries. Later on in the episode she is joined by art historian Janina Ramirez to share her thoughts on a few of the most intriguing pieces that appear in the programmes. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/2040m 21s

The woman who gave birth to rabbits

Historian Karen Harvey explores the unusual case of Mary Toft who caused a sensation in 1726 by apparently giving birth to rabbits. Karen considers what the story and the reactions to it can tell us about Georgian Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/2036m 40s

Indians in the trenches

George Morton-Jack, historian and author of The Indian Empire at War, reflects on the contributions made by the vast number of Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/2036m 23s

Fighting for the vote

Historian and author Clare Wright reveals how Australian women battled for political equality in the early 20th century and helped inspire suffrage movements in other parts of the world. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/2045m 56s

The Holocaust orphans

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, historian Rebecca Clifford tells the stories of child survivors of the Holocaust who made their way to Britain after the war. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/2043m 49s

Simon de Montfort’s medieval revolution

Historian Sophie Ambler chronicles the dramatic life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established a revolutionary form of government. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/2040m 45s

The Windrush generation

Historian, author and broadcaster Colin Grant discusses his recent book, Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, which tells the stories of postwar immigrants to Britain from the Caribbean. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/2041m 53s

Puritans and the Mayflower

Stephen Tomkins discusses the rise of Puritanism in England and the origins of the Mayflower voyage to North America in 1620. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/2037m 54s

The Auschwitz volunteer

Jack Fairweather, author of the Costa Biography Award-winning book The Volunteer, tells the story of the Polish resistance leader Witold Pilecki who allowed himself to be arrested by the Nazis in order to gather intelligence from Auschwitz. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/2035m 8s

Medieval myths

Historian Hannah Skoda tackles some common misconceptions about the middle ages, from irrational peasants and filthy towns, to powerless women and mindless violence. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/2038m 2s

Confronting a dark past

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, historical broadcaster Chris Bowlby explains how Germany has sought to come to terms with the legacy of Nazism. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/2030m 26s

From Allies to enemies

Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy talks to us about his new book Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front, which describes a little-known World War Two joint operation between the US and USSR. As Plokhy reveals, the military collaboration hinted at the Cold War tensions that were to come. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/01/2039m 18s

The long history of Brexit

For our first episode of 2020, Professor David Reynolds explores how several centuries of British history have fed into the recent Brexit debate. He shows how empire, national identities and ideas of British decline have all shaped the present political situation. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/2037m 9s

The filthy Middle Ages?

Does the Medieval era deserve its reputation for poor hygiene and bad odours? Dr Katherine Harvey examines the evidence and reveals some of the unusual techniques that people used to keep clean. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/1924m 46s

A curious history of Christmas

Sam Willis and James Daybell offer a distinctive take on festive traditions, which takes in violent Christmas cards and obscene snowmen. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/1924m 26s

2019 Christmas history quiz

Test your history knowledge with our annual festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/1920m 12s

The birth of the modern world

 The writer and historian Charles Emmerson reflects on the crucial years 1917-24, which witnessed the conclusion of the First World War, the collapse of empires, and new ideologies and conflicts emerging across the globe. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1933m 28s

Politics, Roman style

Classicist and political journalist Asa Bennett discusses his new book Romanifesto, which explores the lessons that 21st-century politicians could learn from their Roman forebears. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/1935m 24s

Eleanor of Aquitaine: myth and reality

Sara Cockerill, author of a new biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, explores the story of the remarkable medieval queen and challenge some common misconceptions about her life. She is joined in conversation by the popular historian Dan Jones. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/191h 2m

World War Two’s secret heroes

Author and journalist Simon Parkin tells the incredible, but little-known, story of a real life game of battleships that transformed British fortunes in the battle of the Atlantic. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1922m 38s

Asians in 1980s Britain

Broadcaster Kavita Puri, who presents the BBC Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket, discusses how Asian communities were adjusting to life in Britain during the volatile 1980s. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/1922m 41s

Secrets of the river

Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling book Mudlarking, describes some of the fascinating historical objects she has discovered while scouring the banks of the Thames over the past 15 years. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/1926m 49s

The Mountbattens: success and scandal

The author and literary agent Andrew Lownie discusses his bestselling recent book The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves, which explores the colourful and controversial lives of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten. It’s a story that incorporates Indian independence, royal connections and scandalous love affairs. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/1941m 21s

The teashop empire

Author and journalist Thomas Harding describes how a family of Jewish immigrants to Britain in the 19th century went on to create Lyons – one of the country’s best-known food and restaurant companies. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1949m 39s

Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudors

Historian and author Nicola Tallis discusses her new biography of Margaret Beaufort who played a key role in the Wars of the Roses and whose son, Henry VII, began the Tudor dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1933m 31s

Maoism

 Professor Julia Lovell discusses her recent book Maoism: A Global History, which has just won the prestigious Cundill History Prize. In the conversation Julia explores the nature of Mao’s ideology and how it has shaped China and many other countries around the world. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/1927m 13s

A history of the United States

Jill Lepore, professor of history at Harvard, discusses her acclaimed recent book These Truths, which charts the highs and lows of American history since 1492 and considers how far the United States has lived up to its founding ideals. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1936m 54s

The King: Henry V on film

Lauren Johnson discusses the history behind the new Netflix film The King, considering how closely it follows the real events of Henry V’s life and reign. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1935m 16s

The Pacific War on screen

Roland Emmerich, director of the new blockbuster Midway film, tells us about the process of bringing a major World War Two battle to the big screen. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/1924m 54s

The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author and editor Iain MacGregor revisits some of the most dramatic events associated with the history of the Cold War barrier, from its construction in 1961 to its modern afterlife. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1948m 32s

Treasures of Tutankhamun

As a major new exhibition of the pharaoh’s tomb arrives in London, we speak to curator Tarek El Awady about the remarkable artefacts buried with Egypt’s iconic boy king. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/1922m 58s

The Fortress: An epic battle of World War I

Professor Alexander Watson describes the dramatic battle for the fortress city of Przemysl, which pitted a multi-ethnic Habsburg force against the might of the Russian army in the early months of World War I. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/1938m 24s

The death of Kitchener: a World War One mystery

The author and former Cabinet minister David Laws examines the life and dramatic death, in 1916, of Britain’s Secretary of State for War: Lord Kitchener. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/1936m 24s

Britain in the early 80s

Historian and author Dominic Sandbrook joins us to discuss his new book, Who Dares Wins, which explores the pivotal early years of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership in Britain: 1979-1982. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/191h 8m

The House of York

Historian and author Thomas Penn discusses the Wars of the Roses, the princes in the Tower and the start of the Tudor era as he reflects on the Yorkist dynasty and the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/10/1942m 59s

Bonus Episode: Sequences with consequences

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, Dr Robert Elliott Smith examines the dark history of algorithms and considers how they affect all of our lives today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/1937m 8s

Slave revolt

Historian James Walvin describes how enslaved people fought for their freedom and ultimately helped to bring down the Atlantic slave empires. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/1929m 12s

Peter Hennessy on Britain in transition

Historian Peter Hennessy talks about his new book Winds of Change, which tells the story of Britain in the early 1960s and explores subjects such as the Cold War, decolonisation, the Profumo affair and the country’s failed attempt to join the EEC. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/1939m 58s

Secret listeners

Author and historian Helen Fry talks about her new book, The Walls Have Ears, which describes an ingenious British intelligence operation to bug German prisoners during the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1929m 49s

William Dalrymple on the East India Company

William Dalrymple explains how a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power. Historyextra.com/podcast   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/1933m 25s

Catherine the Great: fact and fiction

Ahead of a major new TV drama about the Russian empress, historian Janet Hartley explores Catherine’s life and considers whether there is any truth behind the scandals that continue to damage her reputation. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1927m 34s

Orlando Figes on the transformation of Europe

Orlando Figes describes the cultural transformations of 19th-century Europe through the lives of a remarkable menage a trois. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/1946m 15s

Fake news in World War Two

Author and journalist Henry Hemming discusses his new book, Our Man in New York, which describes the adventures of British spymaster William Stephenson who plotted to bring the United States into World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/1938m 57s

The destruction of Pompeii

Daisy Dunn revisits the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and considers the history that was preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/1933m 42s

Max Hastings on the Dambusters

Sir Max Hastings discusses his new book on the iconic World War Two raid, describing the ingenuity and courage of the operation, as well as the terrible cost. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1937m 22s

Suzannah Lipscomb on women’s lives in Reformation France

Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dan Jones about the lives of women in 16th-century France. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/1957m 18s

Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring legacy

Historian and author Tom Holland discusses his new book Dominion, which explores the history of Christianity and argues that it has had a transformative and enduring impact on the western mindset. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/1937m 48s

The Crusades, with Dan Jones

Bestselling medieval historian Dan Jones discusses his new book Crusaders, which tells the stories of these religious conflicts through the people who were involved in them. He is joined in conversation by his fellow historian Helen Castor. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/191h 1m

Poland, 1939: World War Two begins

As we reach the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, historian Roger Moorhouse tells the story of the 1939 battle for Poland that saw the country dismembered by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/1945m 39s

Hitler’s war with Anglo-America

Professor Brendan Simms talks to us about his new biography of Adolf Hitler, which argues that the Nazi dictator’s main preoccupation was rivalry with Britain and America, rather than the Soviet Union. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/09/1937m 16s

War trauma

Dr Emma Butcher and Dr Hannah Partis-Jennings explore the history of war trauma, discussing how it has affected soldiers and civilians in conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars, the two world wars, and more recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/1941m 44s

Chernobyl: the story of a tragedy

Historian Serhii Plokhy, author of an award-winning book on the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster, explores the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl accident and offers his thoughts on the accuracy of the recent drama series. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/1931m 25s

The real Peaky Blinders

As the fifth series of the BBC historical drama is about to air, we talk to historian Andrew Davies about the real Birmingham gangsters who inspired the programme, and discover how late-Victorian society contributed to a rise in gang violence. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/1945m 58s

The corner shop revolution

Babita Sharma explores the history of the British corner shop, explaining how Asian immigrants transformed these local businesses. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/1924m 20s

Peterloo: the story of a massacre

Ahead of the 200th anniversary of Peterloo, we speak to Robert Poole, author of a major new history of the massacre. He explores the history of 19th-century radicalism that fed into the Manchester demonstration and then reveals why a peaceful meeting ended in death and injury. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/1936m 30s

Britain's key archaeological discoveries

Archaeologist and writer Mike Pitts discusses some of the major archaeological finds that have shaped the way we understand the early history of the British Isles.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/1935m 25s

Gordon Brown on Andrew Carnegie

Former prime minister Gordon Brown discusses the American businessman Andrew Carnegie, who gave away most of his fortune at the turn of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/1912m 31s

Prisoner dilemmas

Harry Potter explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/08/1932m 2s

Why black hair matters

Historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri explains how the history of black hair reflects broad themes of capitalism, slavery, colonialism and more. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/1933m 22s

The Zinoviev Letter conspiracy

Former Foreign Office historian Gill Bennett explores how a forged letter by a Soviet leader in 1924 shocked Britain and helped undermine the Labour Party. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/1931m 30s

Making jokes about Romans

Greg Jenner, historical consultant for the BBC series Horrible Histories, talks about the series’ big screen outing, Rotten Romans. He also explores wider questions about history and comedy and the current state of popular history. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/1918m 44s

Charlemagne: medieval empire builder

Professor Dame Janet L Nelson discusses Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks who became one of medieval Europe’s most important rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/1921m 49s

Stonewall and the fight for gay rights

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots in New York City, historian Chris Parkes explores the background to the events and shows how the episode became a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/1941m 24s

The race to the moon

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, historian Kendrick Oliver explores the space race that led to it and considers the legacy of the momentous events of July 1969. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/07/1943m 32s

An Indian cricket team in imperial Britain

Historian Prashant Kidambi revisits the first Indian cricket tour of Britain, which took place in the summer of 1911 when the British empire was still at its height. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/1934m 21s

The battle of Trafalgar

Historian Sam Willis describes the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets, while challenging misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/1935m 28s

King killers in America

Historian Matthew Jenkinson tells the stories of Edward Whalley and William Goffe who fled to New England in the 17th century following their involvement in the execution of King Charles I. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/1934m 6s

AC Grayling on the history of philosophy

AC Grayling ranges through 2,500 years of history to explore the impact of great thinkers like Aristotle, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/1936m 14s

The problem with the Anglo-Saxons

Susan Oosthuizen explains why we should be reassessing what we think about the Anglo-Saxons. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/1945m 50s

Victorian freak shows

Historian and author Dr John Woolf explores the extraordinary and complex stories of 19th-century performers such as General Tom Thumb, who became stars in the age of PT Barnum and other circus pioneers. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/1929m 59s

Appeasement and the road to World War Two

Historian and journalist Tim Bouverie discusses his new book Appeasing Hitler, which explores the failed diplomacy that led to World War Two and the Nazi domination of Europe. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/1929m 32s

The women of Bletchley Park

Historian and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop shares the stories of women she interviewed who worked at Britain’s codebreaking centre during World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/1928m 6s

At home with the royals

Adrian Tinniswood explores the fascinating history of Britain’s royal households, from the Tudor period until today. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/1928m 50s

The story of Madame Tussaud

Edward Carey discusses the life of Madame Tussaud, who created waxworks in the era of the French Revolution. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/1918m 33s

The life of Saladin

Professor Jonathan Phillips is joined by medieval historian Dan Jones to discuss the life and legacy of the Muslim ruler Saladin, who famously captured Jerusalem and battled the crusaders during the 12th century. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/1956m 40s

A new view of D-Day

James Holland revisits the events of 6 June 1944 and challenges myths that have grown up around the Allied landings and the battle for Normandy. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/1936m 11s

Monarchy and faith in Tudor England

Estelle Paranque and Emma J Wells reflect on the religious changes that took place during the reigns of Henry VIII and his children. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/1924m 30s

Rachel Reeves on women who changed politics

Rachel Reeves talks about her new book, Women of Westminster, which explores the achievements of some of Britain’s foremost women politicians. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/1927m 2s

Jacob Rees-Mogg on the Victorians

Jacob Rees-Mogg discusses his new book, which explores the lives of 19th-century figures who he believes were crucial in creating modern Britain. historyextra.com/podcasts   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/1948m 33s

Women in the 1960s

Virginia Nicholson talks about her new book How Was It For You?, which explores how some of the radical changes of the decade shaped the lives of women from different backgrounds. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/1935m 24s

Gentleman Jack

Biographer Angela Steidele explores the life of 19th-century gay pioneer Anne Lister, whose story is the inspiration behind the major BBC/HBO drama Gentleman Jack. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/1922m 14s

Jared Diamond on countries in crisis

Historian, author and geographer Jared Diamond discusses how ideas from psychology can help us understand how countries have coped with traumas through history. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/1947m 58s

Secrets of Britains castles

Medieval historian Marc Morris reveals the fascinating history of Britain’s castles, exploring why they were built, what they were used for, and the challenges of defending and attacking them.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/1937m 36s

The Rise and Fall of the Boleyns

Lauren Mackay, author of Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn, charts the tumultuous lives of the father and brother of one of the Tudor era’s most famous figures – Anne Boleyn.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/1925m 6s

Women who made modern Britain

Journalist and news presenter Cathy Newman discusses her new book Bloody Brilliant Women, which tells the stories of trailblazing women who changed the course of modern British history.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/1928m 38s

How population has shaped world history

Demography expert Dr Paul Morland discusses his new book The Human Tide, which explores how population has been a crucial factor in global events over the past two hundred years, and has shaped the world we live in today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/1929m 44s

The landscape of England

Professor Stephen Rippon of the University of Exeter explores the changing nature of England’s landscape, from the Iron Age until the Anglo-Saxon period.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/1931m 36s

The Amritsar assassin

Anita Anand tells the story of one man’s quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/1935m 23s

Letters from World War Two leaders

Professor David Reynolds discusses the relationship between World War Two leaders Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, as revealed by the messages exchanged between them  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/1940m 35s

Notre-Dame

Following Monday’s blaze that devastated Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral, we speak to historian Emma J Wells about the medieval building’s remarkable history and what its future might hold  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/1924m 41s

Melvyn Bragg on Heloise and Abelard

Renowned author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg discusses the 12th-century French thinkers Peter Abelard and Heloise, and the enduring love story at the centre of his new novel  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/1930m 20s

Exploring Britain’s cathedrals

Travel writer Christopher Somerville discusses his experiences of visiting some of Britain’s historic cathedrals and explains what they can tell us about the country’s religious past  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1937m 4s

The Scottish Clearances

Professor Tom Devine explores one of the most traumatic moments in Scottish history and explains how a number of misconceptions still exist around the Clearances.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/1935m 26s

King John: medieval monster

Professor Nicholas Vincent discusses the life and reign of the infamous 13th-century monarch, whose reign saw military disasters abroad and the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/1931m 46s

World War Two's 'ordinary' soldiers

Military historian Jonathan Fennell discusses his new book, which explores the experiences of citizen soldiers from Britain, its empire and commonwealth in the global battle against the Axis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1946m 20s

Rethinking the crusades

Historian Nicholas Paul explores some little known aspects of the crusades and also considers why this aspect of medieval history has inspired the far-right. Find out more about his research at: https://medievaldigital.ace.fordham.edu/mapping-projects/oxford-outremer-map-project/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/1929m 29s

The women killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold discusses her new book The Five, which uses the untold stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims to reveal what life was like for working-class women in Victorian London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/1927m 4s

The global Vikings

Medieval historian Levi Roach describes how the Norse people travelled, raided and settled far beyond their Scandinavian homeland, even journeying across the Atlantic to America.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/03/1946m 33s

Henry VI: terrible king

Historian and author Lauren Johnson discusses the life and reign of Henry VI, whose decades on the throne coincided with defeat in the Hundred Years’ War and the disaster of the Wars of the Roses.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/1932m 36s

Churchill's navy

Professor Matthew Seligmann describes the changes made by Winston Churchill to the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the First World War – ranging from pay and conditions to discipline and the treatment of homosexuals.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1946m 20s

Victorian murder scandal

Author and biographer Claire Harman talks to us about a 19th-century killing that drew in the literary world, including Dickens and Thackeray.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/1923m 58s

Rutger Bregman: historian in the news

We speak to Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, who recently hit the headlines with his appearance at the World Economic Forum and an unaired interview on Fox News. He discusses some of the ideas that caused a global sensation and the role of a historian in the modern world.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1923m 25s

King George V at war

Alexandra Churchill considers the impact of the British monarch on the First World War, and explores the question of whether he could have done more to save his cousin Tsar Nicholas II.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/1936m 43s

Schools through time

Former education secretary Alan Johnson discusses the history of schooling since the Victorian era, which is the subject of his new series on BBC Radio 4  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/1920m 52s

Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl

Professor Bart van Es talks to us about The Cut Out Girl, which was recently announced as the Costa Book of the Year. He explains how his family took in a young Jewish girl in the Netherlands during the Second World War, and the complex legacy of the traumatic war years for those involved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/02/1936m 29s

Medieval warrior queen

Historian Catherine Hanley tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/1930m 6s

A global history of philosophy

Philosopher and author Julian Baggini speaks about his new book, How the World Thinks, in conversation with the historian Justin Champion.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/02/1935m 3s

Love in Georgian times

For our Valentine’s Day episode, historian Sally Holloway explores the nature of courtship, love and marriage in 18th-century Britain, highlighting the similarities and differences to the modern day  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/1931m 42s

Eric Hobsbawm: history and politics

Professor Richard J Evans discusses his new biography of Eric Hobsbawm, the influential 20th-century historian who was famously – and sometimes controversially – a committed Marxist throughout his career  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/1945m 55s

The story of modern Japan

Dr Christopher Harding explores Japan’s dramatic history over the past 150 years, considering its relationship with the west and the cultural impact of its rapid modernisation  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1937m 26s

War and music

BBC broadcaster John Simpson discusses the connections between classical music and some of the most notable events of the mid-20th century, from World War Two to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/02/1924m 10s

Bonus Episode: How technology is changing politics

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, Jamie Susskind explains how the politics of the future will be shaped by the technology influencing our lives today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/1935m 54s

A Roman woman of great power

Historian Emma Southon explores the extraordinary life of Agrippina the Younger, who was the wife of Claudius, the mother of Nero and the sister of Caligula, as well as being a remarkable woman in her own right.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1942m 9s

World-changing women

Jenni Murray, longstanding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, discusses her new book, which tells the stories of some of the most fascinating women in global history, from Joan of Arc to Marie Curie and Madonna.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/01/1933m 14s

Legacies of the Holocaust

Historians Mary Fulbrook and Richard J Evans explore the aftermath of the Nazi genocide, looking at how thousands of perpetrators escaped justice and considering how subsequent generations have sought to understand the greatest atrocity of the 20th century  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/1947m 38s

Diversity in history

Olivette Otele, who recently became Britain’s first black female professor of history, joins Dr Sadiah Qureshi of the University of Birmingham to discuss race and equality in the British historical profession  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/01/1927m 46s

The story of the Hurricane

Joel Hammer, producer of the new BBC World Service podcast The Hurricane Tapes, revisits the life of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the American boxer whose imprisonment for a 1966 triple murder inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/1925m 31s

Mary, Queen of Scots’ tragic life

Historian, author and broadcaster Kate Williams tells the dramatic story of the 16th-century Scottish queen and reflects on her doomed relationship with Elizabeth I of England. As part of the conversation, Williams also discusses the upcoming film of Mary’s life  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1933m 28s

The true history of The Favourite

Historians Amanda Vickery, Hallie Rubenhold and Hannah Greig discuss the acclaimed new historical drama The Favourite and consider how accurately it reflects the reality of Queen Anne’s court in the early 18th century  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/1953m 36s

Remarkable women through history

Max Adams, author of Unquiet Women, explores the lives of some remarkable women from history whose stories have been largely forgotten. He also overturns the idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible – and explains why women’s history narratives are easy to find, if only you look in the right places  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/1941m 39s

Egypt’s lost tombs

Egyptologist, author and broadcaster Chris Naunton talks about the search for the resting places of famous Egyptians such as Nefertiti and Cleopatra  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/01/1938m 8s

Medieval civil war

Historian, author and broadcaster Nick Barratt explores the dynastic clashes between Henry II and his ambitious sons for control of the Plantagenet crown in the 12th century  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/1843m 26s

Indians in World War One

Professor Santanu Das explores the experiences of Indians who fought in and were affected by the First World War and explains how he has utilised a wide range of sources to uncover their forgotten stories  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/12/1838m 25s

2018 Christmas history quiz

Join the BBC History Magazine team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz with questions set by QI writer Justin Pollard. Read the text version at: www.historyextra.com/christmasquiz2018  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/1824m 44s

Bess of Hardwick: a Tudor success story

Kate Hubbard, biographer of Bess of Hardwick, explores the fascinating life of a Tudor woman who rose from relative obscurity to become one of the richest and most influential people of her age  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1832m 32s

Wonders of the Middle Ages

Kathleen Doyle and Tuija Ainonen discuss a major Anglo-French project that has made hundreds of medieval manuscripts available for the public to view online  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/1835m 19s

Letters that changed the world

Bestselling historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore describes some of history’s most fascinating and important letters, from Mark Antony’s thoughts on Cleopatra to a message Gandhi sent to Hitler  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1828m 36s

Black radicalism with Kehinde Andrews

Kehinde Andrews, professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, discusses his new book, Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century, and offers his opinions on a range of issues including Black History Month, reparations for slavery and the state of history education in the UK  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/1848m 44s

Napoleon: the insecure emperor

Historian Adam Zamoyski, author of a new biography of Napoleon, offers his views on the iconic French leader, exploring how his stellar career was driven by insecurities  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1831m 29s

History in colour

Popular historian Dan Jones and digital artist Marina Amaral discuss their groundbreaking book The Colour of Time, which uses colourised photographs to chart the history of the world from the mid-19th to mid 20th century.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1829m 26s

Walter Ralegh: enemy of the state

Anna Beer, biographer of Walter Ralegh, explores the extraordinary life and incendiary legacy of the Tudor polymath. She reveals how he became a favourite of Elizabeth I, only to fall foul of her successor, James VI & I, with deadly consequences  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1839m 23s

The Germans who fought Hitler

Paddy Ashdown tells the stories of German opponents of Nazism who plotted to bring down Hitler’s regime.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/1843m 50s

Hunting Britain’s Nazis

Journalist and author Robert Hutton talks about his new book Agent Jack, which describes the activities of Nazi sympathisers in Britain during World War Two and reveals the brilliant methods MI5 used to subvert them.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1824m 31s

Tales from D-Day

Author and historian Giles Milton describes some dramatic but lesser-known stories of soldiers and civilians who were involved in the Normandy landings of June 1944  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1833m 17s

Bernard Cornwell on the Last Kingdom

As the third series of the Anglo-Saxon drama is about to air, we speak to the renowned historical novelist Bernard Cornwell about his books that inspired the programmes, and about his writing career more broadly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/1834m 2s

Nietzsche’s dangerous ideas

The award-winning biographer Sue Prideaux discusses the life and work of the influential 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and explains how his ideas came to be associated with Nazi Germany  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1845m 28s

Dan Snow on shell shock

The popular historian discusses war trauma over the past century, the subject of his upcoming BBC Two documentary  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/1825m 6s

The end of the First World War

As we approach the centenary of the Armistice, Gary Sheffield explores the final moments of the conflict that devastated the world for four and a half years  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/1843m 19s

Mike Leigh on Peterloo

The acclaimed writer and director talks about the creation of his major new historical epic  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1815m 55s

The Peterloo Massacre

Historian and author Jacqueline Riding discusses the tragic events of August 1819  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/1835m 24s

Anglo-Saxon treasures

Claire Breay, lead curator of a major new Anglo-Saxons exhibition at the British Library, explores the cultural highlights of 600 years of English history  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/1835m 0s
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