Written In Blood History

Written In Blood History

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History is people. These are their stories. They are written in blood.


Almost Episode: Finding the Phantom
Oct 15 • 15 min
There are exactly three musicals that I actually like. The Phantom of the Opera is one of them. As my wife is very used to by now, when Autumn rolls around, I start playing the Phantoms ominous music. Its sort of a childhood tradition. For some reason…
Robert Smalls: Born a Man
Oct 1 • 43 min
Welcome everyone to season 2 of Written in Blood History, now part of the Evergreen Podcast Network. I am truly grateful and honored to have you as a listener. Your continued listenership gives me the motivation to keep this little hobby of mine up, one…
Season 2: Looking Behind, Looking Ahead
Sep 15 • 3 min
I’ll keep this short since this isn’t really a history episode, but more of a transition from season one to season two. I went into this thing with very little idea of how long I would be doing it, or even exactly who I would be covering. It began with…
Patton, Part Two: The Force Multiplier
Sep 7 • 64 min
If this is your first time listening, you may want to go back and start with Part I of Patton, which bring you up to speed into the peace time era between world wars where Part II picks up. Oh, and by the way, the subject of this episode was blunt and at…
Patton, Part One: Master of the Sword
Sep 1 • 42 min
I cannot believe I have gotten to this point in the podcast, but this is my 12th full length monthly episode. This episode completes an entire year of Written in Blood History. I am not going to get all sappy on you in this intro. That will all come…
Almost Episode: The Nine
Aug 15 • 19 min
Imagine for a moment you’re at funeral of a beloved uncle, one of those guys who knew a ton of people, resulting in a massive who’s who of attendees. Then imagine yourself amongst all your other cousin’s and uncles, and other not so distant relatives.…
Tolkien: Myth-Maker In The Somme
Aug 1 • 47 min
Before I dive into the prologue here I want to ask you for a favor. If you have been listening to this little podcast and have enjoyed its content, and feel it has been worth a dollar a month, would you be so kind as to become a patron of the show? I am…
Almost Episode: The Boston Molassacre
Jul 15 • 13 min
Before I dive into this Almost Episode, I need to give a shout out to my excellent brother-in-law, Walter. Walter has very generously become my newest patron for the show. And so, as a patron, he gets this shout out, as well as early access to episodes…
Hugh Percy: Kicking the Hornet’s Nest
Jul 1 • 60 min
The American War for Independence was my first historical love. When diving into the details of the war, it doesn’t take long to discover all the near misses, and all the opportunities for alternative history. Washington’s coat riddled with bullet holes,…
Almost Episode: Supercell Over Grand Island
Jun 15 • 23 min
Before I get going here I need to give a shout out to Erin from Northwest Indiana. She recently signed up to be a patron of the show, and so not only will she be listening to this episode a few days earlier than its official release, she is also owed this…
Orban: Taker of the City
Jun 1 • 74 min
I go into these stories with a great deal of ignorance. What I thought would be a biography of a man became a biography of a city. When I first heard of Orban, he seemed like an endlessly fascinating and unbelievably consequential biographical subject.…
Almost Episode: The Emperor Plays Chicken
May 15 • 11 min
I need to start off by saying thank you to my very cool brother in law, Peter for becoming a show patron. By being a patron he get’s exclusive access to what I’m working on in the background, research material and the like. And Peter’s dollar a month…
Arminius: Rome Can Bleed
May 1 • 45 min
The following story is one that was forgotten, and then rediscovered. When the writings of Roman historian Tacitus were found in the 15th century – this “David VS Goliath” tale was among them. The principle sources are a few different Roman historians,…
Almost Episode: The Livestream That Ended The World
Apr 15 • 27 min
I want to be careful in explaining the reason for this episode at this time. This subject of this episode is the master storyteller Orson Welles – but more specifically, it’s about something he did that made him both famous, and infamous. He convinced a…
Patrick Pearse: The Deeds of Easter Week
Apr 1 • 85 min
The episode you’re about to hear has a lot of quoted oratory in it, which not only makes my job a little easier, but it is also probably more pleasing to your ear since the subject was infinitely better with words than I could ever pretend to be. It’s…
Almost Episode 2: The Fighting Irish Beat-down of the Klan
Mar 13 • 15 min
I’m pretty excited about this episode. I had never heard this story until I relocated to South Bend about five years ago. It’s been on my list of potential episodes since I started this podcast and I think March is an appropriate month to finally do, one…
Episode 6: The Black Dog of Arden
Mar 2 • 59 min
I should probably begin with an apology. This episode is by far the most audacious one for me so far, at least in terms of scope. Over the next hour, I’m going to traverse 50 years and 4 countries, and many characters with interweaving plots, interests,…
Almost Episode 1: The Marathon of Chief White Pigeon
Feb 15 • 12 min
So, this is the first in a series called ‘Almost Episodes’. And the idea is for them to be quick one-off episodes that I can deliver in a shorter amount of time, and thus, publish in between my monthly biography series. But they serve another purpose as…
Episode 5: Romance and Revolution
Feb 3 • 45 min
Prologue:This story begins with a chair. During my childhood in my grandparents’ home there was a chair that no one was allowed to sit in. It was made of simple dark stained wood, with a square frame and ladder back… it was conspicuously placed outside of…
Episode 4: Mudswamp Of Martyrs
Jan 6 • 51 min
The land of the rising sun, Japan, is actually over six and a half thousand islands. And in the 16th century, it was a land of contradiction. Though technically ruled by an emperor, and Zen Buddhism long held as the official religion, the island was…
Episode 3: The Vagrant Viking
Dec 8, 2019 • 73 min
Prologue: This is episode three of Thicker Than Blood History, our subject is like no other. In the immortal words of actor Sam Elliot… sometimes there’s a man… Late in the 1930’s there was a man. A 50 year old man who, like so many others, walked the…
Episode 2: Mutiny in Paradise
Nov 6, 2019 • 42 min
Script: I’ve felt lately as if mankind’s space exploration is at a watershed moment. At least in terms of who’s doing the exploring. NASA may have broken the ice, but now… enter capitalism, stage left. If we play this out, say another, I don’t know… call…
Episode 1: The Half-Hanged Witch of Hadley
Oct 12, 2019 • 31 min
What do you need to believe a story? Especially if the story is, well… unbelievable. I think I’m the type of person who wants to see evidence. Show me the facts and I’ll consider all sides. But what if there isn’t any tangible evidence… what if all you…