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Eleanor of Aquitaine: myth and reality
Dec 12 • 62 min
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.…
World War Two’s secret heroes
Dec 9 • 22 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
Asians in 1980s Britain
Dec 5 • 22 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
Secrets of the river
Dec 2 • 26 min
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 For information regarding your data…
The Mountbattens: success and scandal
Nov 28 • 41 min
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…
The teashop empire
Nov 25 • 49 min
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 For information regarding…
Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudors
Nov 21 • 33 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
Maoism
Nov 18 • 27 min
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…
A history of the United States
Nov 14 • 36 min
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.…
The King: Henry V on film
Nov 12 • 35 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Pacific War on screen
Nov 11 • 24 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall
Nov 7 • 48 min
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.…
Treasures of Tutankhamun
Nov 4 • 22 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Fortress: An epic battle of World War I
Oct 31 • 38 min
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 For information…
The death of Kitchener: a World War One mystery
Oct 28 • 36 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain in the early 80s
Oct 24 • 68 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
The House of York
Oct 21 • 42 min
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 For information regarding…
Bonus Episode: Sequences with consequences
Oct 19 • 37 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Slave revolt
Oct 17 • 29 min
Historian James Walvin describes how enslaved people fought for their freedom and ultimately helped to bring down the Atlantic slave empires. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Peter Hennessy on Britain in transition
Oct 14 • 39 min
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.…
Secret listeners
Oct 10 • 29 min
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 For information regarding your data…
William Dalrymple on the East India Company
Oct 7 • 33 min
William Dalrymple explains how a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Catherine the Great: fact and fiction
Oct 3 • 27 min
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 For information…
Orlando Figes on the transformation of Europe
Sep 30 • 46 min
Orlando Figes describes the cultural transformations of 19th-century Europe through the lives of a remarkable menage a trois. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Fake news in World War Two
Sep 26 • 38 min
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 For information…
The destruction of Pompeii
Sep 23 • 33 min
Daisy Dunn revisits the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and considers the history that was preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Max Hastings on the Dambusters
Sep 19 • 37 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Suzannah Lipscomb on women’s lives in Reformation France
Sep 16 • 57 min
Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dan Jones about the lives of women in 16th-century France. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring legacy
Sep 12 • 37 min
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 For information regarding your…
The Crusades, with Dan Jones
Sep 9 • 61 min
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.…
Poland, 1939: World War Two begins
Sep 5 • 45 min
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 For information…
Hitler’s war with Anglo-America
Sep 2 • 37 min
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 For information regarding…
War trauma
Aug 29 • 41 min
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.…
Chernobyl: the story of a tragedy
Aug 26 • 31 min
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 For…
The real Peaky Blinders
Aug 22 • 45 min
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.…
The corner shop revolution
Aug 19 • 24 min
Babita Sharma explores the history of the British corner shop, explaining how Asian immigrants transformed these local businesses. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Peterloo: the story of a massacre
Aug 15 • 36 min
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…
Britain’s key archaeological discoveries
Aug 12 • 35 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Gordon Brown on Andrew Carnegie
Aug 10 • 12 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Prisoner dilemmas
Aug 8 • 32 min
Harry Potter explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Why black hair matters
Aug 5 • 33 min
Historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri explains how the history of black hair reflects broad themes of capitalism, slavery, colonialism and more. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Zinoviev Letter conspiracy
Aug 1 • 31 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Making jokes about Romans
Jul 29 • 18 min
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.…
Charlemagne: medieval empire builder
Jul 25 • 21 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Stonewall and the fight for gay rights
Jul 22 • 41 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
The race to the moon
Jul 18 • 43 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
An Indian cricket team in imperial Britain
Jul 15 • 34 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The battle of Trafalgar
Jul 11 • 35 min
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 For…
King killers in America
Jul 8 • 34 min
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 For information regarding your data…
AC Grayling on the history of philosophy
Jul 4 • 36 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The problem with the Anglo-Saxons
Jul 1 • 45 min
Susan Oosthuizen explains why we should be reassessing what we think about the Anglo-Saxons. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Victorian freak shows
Jun 27 • 29 min
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 For information regarding…
Appeasement and the road to World War Two
Jun 24 • 29 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The women of Bletchley Park
Jun 20 • 28 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
At home with the royals
Jun 17 • 28 min
Adrian Tinniswood explores the fascinating history of Britain’s royal households, from the Tudor period until today. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The story of Madame Tussaud
Jun 13 • 18 min
Edward Carey discusses the life of Madame Tussaud, who created waxworks in the era of the French Revolution. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The life of Saladin
Jun 10 • 56 min
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 For information…
A new view of D-Day
Jun 6 • 36 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Monarchy and faith in Tudor England
Jun 3 • 24 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rachel Reeves on women who changed politics
May 30 • 27 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jacob Rees-Mogg on the Victorians
May 27 • 48 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Women in the 1960s
May 23 • 35 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
Gentleman Jack
May 20 • 22 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Jared Diamond on countries in crisis
May 16 • 47 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Secrets of Britains castles
May 13 • 37 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Rise and Fall of the Boleyns
May 9 • 25 min
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. For information regarding your data…
Women who made modern Britain
May 6 • 28 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How population has shaped world history
May 2 • 29 min
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. For information regarding your…
The landscape of England
Apr 29 • 31 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Amritsar assassin
Apr 25 • 35 min
Anita Anand tells the story of one man’s quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Letters from World War Two leaders
Apr 22 • 40 min
Professor David Reynolds discusses the relationship between World War Two leaders Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, as revealed by the messages exchanged between them For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Notre-Dame
Apr 18 • 24 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Melvyn Bragg on Heloise and Abelard
Apr 15 • 30 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Exploring Britain’s cathedrals
Apr 11 • 37 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Scottish Clearances
Apr 8 • 35 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
King John: medieval monster
Apr 4 • 31 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
World War Two’s ‘ordinary’ soldiers
Apr 1 • 46 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Rethinking the crusades
Mar 28 • 29 min
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:…
The women killed by Jack the Ripper
Mar 25 • 27 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The global Vikings
Mar 21 • 46 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Henry VI: terrible king
Mar 18 • 32 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Churchill’s navy
Mar 14 • 46 min
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. For information regarding your…
Victorian murder scandal
Mar 11 • 23 min
Author and biographer Claire Harman talks to us about a 19th-century killing that drew in the literary world, including Dickens and Thackeray. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rutger Bregman: historian in the news
Mar 7 • 23 min
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…
King George V at war
Mar 4 • 36 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Schools through time
Feb 28 • 20 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl
Feb 25 • 36 min
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…
Medieval warrior queen
Feb 21 • 30 min
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’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A global history of philosophy
Feb 18 • 35 min
Philosopher and author Julian Baggini speaks about his new book, How the World Thinks, in conversation with the historian Justin Champion. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Love in Georgian times
Feb 14 • 31 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Eric Hobsbawm: history and politics
Feb 11 • 45 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The story of modern Japan
Feb 7 • 37 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
War and music
Feb 4 • 24 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Bonus Episode: How technology is changing politics
Feb 2 • 35 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
A Roman woman of great power
Jan 31 • 42 min
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. For information regarding your data…
World-changing women
Jan 28 • 33 min
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. For information regarding your data…
Legacies of the Holocaust
Jan 24 • 47 min
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…
Diversity in history
Jan 21 • 27 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy,…
The story of the Hurricane
Jan 17 • 25 min
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. For information…
Mary, Queen of Scots’ tragic life
Jan 14 • 33 min
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…
The true history of The Favourite
Jan 10 • 53 min
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 For information regarding your data…
Remarkable women through history
Jan 7 • 41 min
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…
Egypt’s lost tombs
Jan 3 • 38 min
Egyptologist, author and broadcaster Chris Naunton talks about the search for the resting places of famous Egyptians such as Nefertiti and Cleopatra For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Medieval civil war
Dec 31, 2018 • 43 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Indians in World War One
Dec 27, 2018 • 38 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
2018 Christmas history quiz
Dec 24, 2018 • 24 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Bess of Hardwick: a Tudor success story
Dec 20, 2018 • 32 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Wonders of the Middle Ages
Dec 17, 2018 • 35 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Letters that changed the world
Dec 13, 2018 • 28 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Black radicalism with Kehinde Andrews
Dec 10, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Napoleon: the insecure emperor
Dec 6, 2018 • 31 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History in colour
Dec 3, 2018 • 29 min
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. For information regarding your…
Walter Ralegh: enemy of the state
Nov 29, 2018 • 39 min
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 For…
The Germans who fought Hitler
Nov 26, 2018 • 43 min
Paddy Ashdown tells the stories of German opponents of Nazism who plotted to bring down Hitler’s regime. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hunting Britain’s Nazis
Nov 22, 2018 • 24 min
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. For information regarding your data…
Tales from D-Day
Nov 19, 2018 • 33 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bernard Cornwell on the Last Kingdom
Nov 15, 2018 • 34 min
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. For information regarding your data…
Nietzsche’s dangerous ideas
Nov 12, 2018 • 45 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Dan Snow on shell shock
Nov 8, 2018 • 25 min
The popular historian discusses war trauma over the past century, the subject of his upcoming BBC Two documentary For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The end of the First World War
Nov 5, 2018 • 43 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mike Leigh on Peterloo
Nov 1, 2018 • 15 min
The acclaimed writer and director talks about the creation of his major new historical epic For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Peterloo Massacre
Oct 29, 2018 • 35 min
Historian and author Jacqueline Riding discusses the tragic events of August 1819 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Anglo-Saxon treasures
Oct 25, 2018 • 35 min
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Thomas Cromwell reconsidered
Oct 22, 2018 • 49 min
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his new book on the Tudor statesman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A new life of Churchill
Oct 18, 2018 • 34 min
The historian and author Andrew Roberts discusses his new biography of Winston Churchill, revealing some of the insights arising from his research and tackling some of the biggest debates around Britain’s wartime prime minister. For information regarding…
Peter Jackson on the First World War
Oct 15, 2018 • 45 min
We speak to the Lord of the Rings director about They Shall Not Grow Old, his ambitious new film that recreates the First World War in colour For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Adventures in Iceland
Oct 11, 2018 • 33 min
With the aid of his recently discovered diaries, Katherine Findlay tells the unusual story of Pike Ward – a Devon fish merchant who became an Icelandic knight in the early 20th century. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Brexit and American independence
Oct 8, 2018 • 28 min
Historian Tom Cutterham compares the ongoing negotiations to take Britain out of the EU with those of the 1780s when the United States departed from the British empire. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bonus Episode: Identifying Jack the Ripper
Oct 7, 2018 • 26 min
In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, criminologist David Wilson applies the latest scientific techniques in the case of the notorious Whitechapel murderer of 1888. For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Nazi on the run
Oct 5, 2018 • 31 min
The author and barrister Philippe Sands discusses the incredible story of Otto von Wächter, which forms the basis of his new BBC podcast and Radio 4 series, Intrigue: The Ratline For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The spy who changed the cold war
Oct 1, 2018 • 40 min
Bestselling historical author Ben Macintyre talks to us about his new book, The Spy and the Traitor, which tells the remarkable story of a KGB double agent who risked his life to help the west during the Cold War For information regarding your data…
Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley
Sep 27, 2018 • 44 min
We head to Kensington Palace, once home to the young Victoria, to discuss the queen’s life with the author, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Neil Oliver’s history of the British Isles
Sep 24, 2018 • 51 min
The archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver talks about some of the highlights of his new book, which charts the history of the British Isles through 100 key locations For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The good war?
Sep 20, 2018 • 30 min
Journalist and author Peter Hitchens discusses his new book, The Phoney Victory, which challenges a number of popular beliefs about the Second World War For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The extraordinary history of ordinary things
Sep 17, 2018 • 31 min
Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell explore some of the fascinating stories that appear in their Histories of the Unexpected book and podcast, from signatures to lions For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A half-hour history of Europe
Sep 13, 2018 • 36 min
Author and journalist Simon Jenkins is joined by Professor Kathleen Burk to discuss his forthcoming Short History of Europe, which explores some of the key themes and milestones in the continent’s past For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Dissent through the centuries
Sep 10, 2018 • 32 min
The Private Eye editor and broadcaster Ian Hislop is joined by curator Tom Hockhenhull to discuss some of the themes and objects that appear in their new British Museum exhibition, I Object For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Who should we commemorate?
Sep 6, 2018 • 28 min
Professor Lawrence Goldman explores the issues surrounding monuments to controversial historical figures in light of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and other recent debates For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Scots and Catalans
Sep 3, 2018 • 44 min
Historian Sir John Elliott explores the long histories of Scottish and Catalan nationalism and considers some of the key similarities and differences between the two. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
100 women who changed the world
Aug 30, 2018 • 42 min
Historians Joanne Paul, Olivette Otele and June Purvis dissect the results of our recent poll into history’s most important women, which saw Marie Curie come top, followed by Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst For information regarding your data privacy,…
Charles de Gaulle reconsidered
Aug 28, 2018 • 61 min
Historian Julian Jackson, author of a major new biography of Charles de Gaulle, offers a fresh take on the iconic French leader, exploring his role in World War Two and decolonisation, among other things. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Female spies of the Civil War era
Aug 23, 2018 • 26 min
Historian Nadine Akkerman introduces a number of remarkable women who acted as secret agents in the 17th century For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Captain Cook’s Endeavour
Aug 20, 2018 • 26 min
Journalist and author Peter Moore talks about HMS Endeavour, the ship that carried Cook on his landmark voyage to the Pacific 250 years ago For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dan Jones on the secrets of popular history
Aug 17, 2018 • 63 min
Historian, author and broadcaster Dan Jones talks to us about his career, his latest projects and how he combines swimming with his love of the past For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mary Beard’s life in Classics
Aug 16, 2018 • 45 min
We pay a visit to the renowned Cambridge classicist to discuss her career, her passion for the ancient world and her desire to share her expertise with the masses For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Historical fact and fiction
Aug 15, 2018 • 29 min
Historian and author Tracy Borman describes the process of writing her first historical novel, set in the era of King James VI & I and the European witch craze For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ian Kershaw on postwar Europe
Aug 14, 2018 • 62 min
For the 500th episode of the History Extra podcast we are joined by Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, who appeared in our very first programme. This time the topic for discussion is his new history of modern Europe For information regarding your data privacy,…
Inside the mind of Elizabeth I
Aug 13, 2018 • 36 min
In the first of five special programmes to mark our upcoming 500th episode, historian, author and broadcaster Helen Castor explores the psychology of the Virgin Queen and discusses the challenges of writing a new biography of one of England’s best-known…
Britons under Nazi rule
Aug 9, 2018 • 49 min
Historical author Duncan Barrett tells the stories of Channel Islanders who spent several years living under German occupation during World War Two For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Islam’s struggle with modernity
Aug 6, 2018 • 44 min
Ed Husain, author of The House of Islam, meets with the historian Tom Holland to explore the roots of some of the challenges Muslims face in the 21st century For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s foreign policy secrets
Aug 2, 2018 • 33 min
Historian Rory Cormac discusses his new book Disrupt and Deny, which investigates Britain’s use of spies and special forces for covert operations in the postwar period. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Tommies’ final acts
Jul 30, 2018 • 23 min
Jonathan Ruffle, creator of the BBC Radio 4 historical drama Tommies, explores the situation on the front line in August 1918 as the First World War approached its end For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Catholics in Elizabethan England
Jul 26, 2018 • 31 min
Historian Jessie Childs tells the story of Thomas Tresham, a Tudor gentleman who built a remarkable monument to his Catholic faith and risked the anger of the Virgin Queen For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rethinking 20th-century Britain
Jul 23, 2018 • 30 min
Professor David Edgerton explains why we need to revise our understanding of recent British history, from the world wars to the welfare state For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life
Jul 19, 2018 • 57 min
On the centenary of Mandela’s birth, we speak to the politician and author Peter Hain about the South African leader’s remarkable achievements in the face of tremendous adversity For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The murder of the Romanovs
Jul 16, 2018 • 32 min
Historical author Helen Rappaport explains why the last Russian tsar and his family met a violent end in 1918 and considers whether Britain could have saved the Romanovs from their fate For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s refugee camps
Jul 12, 2018 • 29 min
Historian Jordanna Bailkin discusses her new book, Unsettled, which explores the experiences of people of several different nationalities who fled to Britain in the 20th century For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Spies through the ages
Jul 9, 2018 • 33 min
Professor Christopher Andrew discusses his new book The Secret World, which explores the history of intelligence and espionage from ancient times until the present day For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Making the modern world
Jul 5, 2018 • 33 min
We are joined by bestselling historical author Simon Winchester, who reveals how some of history’s greatest engineers helped create the industrial age For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ireland’s past and present
Jul 2, 2018 • 34 min
Professor Jane Ohlmeyer discusses a new multi-volume history of Ireland and explains how the past continues to affect Anglo-Irish relations today For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sherwood Forest through the ages
Jun 28, 2018 • 31 min
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, presenter of a BBC Radio 3 series on forests, takes a trip to the home of Robin Hood to explore how forests have shaped our history and mythology For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The national debt dilemma
Jun 25, 2018 • 40 min
Economist Martin Slater charts 350 years of British government borrowing – from the Glorious Revolution to the 2008 financial crisis – and considers what lessons this history might have for policy makers today For information regarding your data privacy,…
Restoring women’s voices
Jun 21, 2018 • 29 min
Sarah Jackson, joint founder of East End Women’s Museum, explores how historical women are currently commemorated and how this might be done better in future For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The history of manners
Jun 18, 2018 • 37 min
Distinguished historian Sir Keith Thomas reflects on how concepts of civility and civilisation shaped society in the early modern period For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
World War One at home
Jun 14, 2018 • 25 min
Professor Maggie Andrews, historical consultant on the BBC Radio 4 drama series Home Front, joins us to reveal how the First World War was affecting British civilian life as the conflict entered its closing stages For information regarding your data…
Grenfell Tower: from hope to tragedy
Jun 11, 2018 • 27 min
Ahead of the BBC Two documentary Before Grenfell: A Hidden History, architect Peter Deakins discusses his involvement in the creation of the tower block and considers its place in the history of social housing in Britain For information regarding your…
Britain’s Catholic emancipation
Jun 7, 2018 • 32 min
Acclaimed historian and author Antonia Fraser joins us to discuss her new book The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The mystery of Donald Maclean
Jun 4, 2018 • 40 min
Author and editor Roland Philipps discusses A Spy Named Orphan, his new biography of the enigmatic Cambridge spy Donald Maclean For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
America’s changing dream
May 31, 2018 • 40 min
Professor Sarah Churchwell and fellow historian Adam IP Smith explore some of the ideas in her new book Behold, America, which traces the history of America First and the American Dream For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Challenging British heroes
May 29, 2018 • 28 min
Ahead of her new Channel 4 series, the author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch argues that we need to seriously revise our understanding of the likes of Nelson and Churchill For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s favourite queen
May 24, 2018 • 26 min
Bestselling author and historian Alison Weir discusses the life and tragic death of the Tudor king’s third wife, who bore him his long-awaited male heir. Alison also reveals the challenges of recreating Jane for her new historical novel For information…
The remarkable history of the Netherlands
May 21, 2018 • 22 min
In advance of his new BBC Radio 4 series, the journalist and broadcaster Misha Glenny reflects on some of the key moments in the Netherlands’ story: from the Dutch Golden Age to World War Two For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Beevor on Arnhem
May 17, 2018 • 59 min
Bestselling military historian Antony Beevor discusses his new book, which outlines why 1944’s Operation Market Garden was one of the biggest disasters of the Allied war effort For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Women Behind Lord Byron
May 14, 2018 • 31 min
Miranda Seymour discusses the extraordinary lives of Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, the wife and daughter of Lord Byron For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Entebbe raid
May 10, 2018 • 44 min
As the film Entebbe is about to arrive in UK cinemas, historian and author Saul David reveals the extraordinary story of the Israeli operation to rescue dozens of hostages from an airport in Uganda in 1976 For information regarding your data privacy,…
The failings of the French Revolution
May 7, 2018 • 27 min
Stephen Clarke, author of a new history of the French Revolution, argues that we need to look afresh at the events of 1789 and beyond For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
500 years of medicine
May 3, 2018 • 21 min
We speak to Simon Bowman of the Royal College of Physicians, which is celebrating its 500th anniversary, about how the work of doctors has changed since the time of Henry VIII For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Were the suffragettes terrorists?
Apr 30, 2018 • 28 min
Historian Fern Riddell talks about her new biography of suffrage campaigner Kitty Marion, which explores some of the darker aspects of the campaign for votes for women For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
1983: the Cold War almost goes nuclear
Apr 26, 2018 • 41 min
Historian and author Taylor Downing describes the events of the Able Archer scare, which nearly witnessed global Armageddon when the Soviets misread the intentions behind a NATO war exercise For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Economists who changed the world
Apr 23, 2018 • 28 min
Author and economist Linda Yueh discusses the work and legacy of some of history’s greatest economic thinkers, revealing some of the lessons they might offer for us today For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Medieval bodies
Apr 19, 2018 • 34 min
Art historian Jack Hartnell talks about his new book Medieval Bodies, which offers some fascinating perspectives on the ways people in the middle ages viewed their physical selves For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Africa’s contested past
Apr 16, 2018 • 40 min
Historians Tom Young and Emma Dabiri explore how Africa’s past has affected its present in a discussion prompted by the themes of Tom’s new book, Neither Devil Nor Child: How Western Attitudes Are Harming Africa For information regarding your data…
Shakespeare’s greatest actor
Apr 12, 2018 • 23 min
Ahead of his BBC Radio 3 documentary Exit Burbage, the journalist and author Andrew Dickson explores the remarkable career of Richard Burbage, a Jacobean actor who played many of Shakespeare’s best-known roles for the first time. For information regarding…
The Vietnam War on film
Apr 9, 2018 • 28 min
Acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Novick describes the making of an epic documentary series on the conflict in Vietnam, which she has co-directed with Ken Burns. She also reveals the secrets to making high quality history television programmes For information…
Medieval mystics
Apr 5, 2018 • 27 min
Medieval historian Hetta Howes reveals the extreme lengths to which women in the Middle Ages went to get closer to God and discusses how mystics were perceived by their contemporaries For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A quick history of France
Apr 3, 2018 • 31 min
Historian and author John Julius Norwich reflects on some of the key moments in France’s history and relates a few of the more unusual and scandalous stories he uncovered while researching his latest book. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Creating the SAS
Mar 29, 2018 • 47 min
We are joined by John Lewes, nephew and biographer of Jock Lewes, to talk about how his uncle helped found one of the world’s most famous special forces during World War Two For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Opposing the Nazis
Mar 26, 2018 • 47 min
Robert Scott Kellner talks about the extraordinary diary of his German grandfather, Friedrich, who recorded his observations of many of the Third Reich’s crimes. He also tells us about his role in getting the diary published more than 70 years later For…
The history of today
Mar 22, 2018 • 23 min
Historical novelist and broadcaster Sarah Dunant expands on her new BBC Radio 4 series When Greeks Flew Kites, which uses the past to illuminate modern concerns around medicine, old age, debt and sexual harassment For information regarding your data…
The postwar world
Mar 19, 2018 • 23 min
Historian and author Keith Lowe joins us to talk about his book The Fear and the Freedom, which explores the legacy of the Second World War on the decades that followed For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Marshall Plan and the Cold War
Mar 15, 2018 • 29 min
Economist and author Benn Steil explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe and describes how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR. He also considers what impact it had on European recovery after the Second World War For…
Ruth Ellis: the last woman to be hanged in Britain
Mar 12, 2018 • 32 min
Ahead of her new BBC Four series The Ruth Ellis Files, Gillian Pachter explores the controversial case of a British woman who was hanged for murder in 1955 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Vikings on screen
Mar 8, 2018 • 29 min
We speak to the acclaimed screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst about his work on the smash hit series Vikings and the secrets of creating blockbuster history dramas For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Music and revolution
Mar 5, 2018 • 28 min
Music expert Graham Griffiths discusses the 20th-century pianist and composer Leokadiya Kashperova, whose career was blighted by the events of the Russian revolution and whose work is now being celebrated with a special BBC Radio 3 concert For information…
Schama on Civilisations
Mar 1, 2018 • 19 min
As the major new BBC arts history series Civilisations is due to air, we speak to Simon Schama, one of its three presenters, to discuss the making of the series and how he was inspired by Kenneth Clark’s original For information regarding your data…
Science and suffrage
Feb 26, 2018 • 29 min
Historian of science Patricia Fara discusses her new book A Lab of One’s Own, which explores the challenges facing women scientists in the First World War era For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Terracotta Warriors
Feb 22, 2018 • 40 min
With a new exhibition open in Liverpool featuring a group of Terracotta Warriors, Edward Burman explores the fascinating history of these ancient Chinese sculptures For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
BBC Arabic at 80
Feb 19, 2018 • 17 min
In the year that BBC Arabic celebrates its 80th anniversary, we speak to the network’s Communication Advisor, Wissam El Sayegh, about the BBC’s history of broadcasting to the Arab world For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The World Cup story
Feb 15, 2018 • 26 min
With this year’s tournament in Russia only a few months away, we speak to veteran football writer Brian Glanville about the 88-year history of this global sporting extravaganza For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Spanish Flu pandemic
Feb 12, 2018 • 30 min
Catharine Arnold joins us to discuss her new book Pandemic: 1918, which explores the story of the influenza outbreak that caused devastation across the globe a century ago For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Pankhursts
Feb 8, 2018 • 33 min
In the second of our two episodes marking the centenary of (some) women being granted the vote in Britain, historian June Purvis considers the role of the Pankhurst family in the long battle for female suffrage For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Suffragettes
Feb 5, 2018 • 30 min
As we approach the centenary of (some) British women being granted the vote, historian and author Diane Atkinson explores the stories of the suffrage campaigners who believed in ‘deeds not words’ For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Elizabeth’s love rival
Feb 1, 2018 • 38 min
Historian and author Nicola Tallis explores the life of Lettice Knollys, who was a leading figure at the Tudor court until she enraged the Virgin Queen by marrying her favourite, Robert Dudley For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Britain’s secret wartime prison
Jan 29, 2018 • 26 min
Historian Helen Fry shares her discoveries about the Cage, a clandestine British interrogation centre, where extreme methods were used to extract information from enemy prisoners during the Second World War For information regarding your data privacy,…
Living with the oceans
Jan 25, 2018 • 44 min
Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe meets with historian David Abulafia to discuss humanity’s relationship with the Mediterranean and the Atlantic since ancient times For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The story of the Bayeux Tapestry
Jan 22, 2018 • 19 min
Following the announcement that the Noman embroidery may soon be heading to Britain, historian Kathryn Hurlock tackles some of the big questions relating to the iconic medieval artefact For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
East End Crime
Jan 18, 2018 • 23 min
John Bennett delves into the dark history of disorder and lawlessness in London’s East End From Jack the Ripper to the Kray twins, historian and tour guide John Bennett explores four centuries of crime and disorder in the London neighbourhood. For…
Prisoners of war
Jan 15, 2018 • 34 min
Historian Clare Makepeace joins us to discuss her new book Captives of War, which draws on first-hand testimonies to examine the experiences of British soldiers who were confined in POW camps in World War Two For information regarding your data privacy,…
Mary Shelley and her monster
Jan 11, 2018 • 29 min
Fiona Sampson, author of a new biography of Mary Shelley, discusses the remarkable life of the Frankenstein author and considers what her story can tell us about Georgian society For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The tragedy of Lady Jane Grey
Jan 8, 2018 • 43 min
Historian, author and broadcaster Helen Castor describes the short, but dramatic, life and reign of England’s ‘Nine Days Queen’, who is the subject of her new BBC Four series. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hamilton: the man behind the musical
Jan 4, 2018 • 46 min
We explore the amazing life story of Alexander Hamilton, with Ron Chernow, whose biography of the American Founding Father inspired the hip-hop musical sensation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Churchill’s darkest hour
Jan 2, 2018 • 38 min
Antony McCarten, writer of the new historical blockbuster Darkest Hour, considers whether the British leader came close to seeking peace with Hitler in 1940 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
1917: The world at war
Dec 28, 2017 • 34 min
Renowned First World War historian Professor David Stevenson explores the Russian Revolution, the Balfour Declaration, Passchendaele, and American entry into the First World War, as part of his survey of one of the 20th century’s most pivotal years For…
Christmas history quiz
Dec 25, 2017 • 23 min
The History Extra team present our annual festive quiz, testing your history knowledge with a Christmas twist. The questions have been set, as always, by QI writer Justin Pollard For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Alfred the Great and science at Christmas
Dec 21, 2017 • 45 min
Historian and author Max Adams discusses the famed Anglo-Saxon king and considers whether he deserves his stellar reputation. Meanwhile, we team up with our friends from the Science Focus podcast to explore the history of the Royal Institution Christmas…
The origins of civilisation
Dec 18, 2017 • 36 min
Yale political scientist James C Scott talks to us about his new book, Against the Grain, which explores some of the key questions around early agriculture and state-building. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Cornwell on Shakespeare
Dec 14, 2017 • 19 min
We are joined by the world-renowned historical novelist Bernard Cornwell who shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, which explores the world of Elizabethan theatre and the man at the centre of it For information regarding your data…
Eating with Dickens
Dec 11, 2017 • 29 min
Food historian and author Pen Vogler explores the Victorian diet and recipes through the life and works of 19th-century Britain’s best-known writer For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Animals that changed us
Dec 7, 2017 • 30 min
The academic, author and broadcaster Alice Roberts talks to us about her new book Tamed, which explores some of the most important relationships people have forged with different species over our history For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Britain on the edge
Dec 4, 2017 • 44 min
The historian and journalist Simon Heffer ranges over class, empire, politics. scandals and suffrage in an exploration of Britain in the years leading up to the First World War For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Black Tudors
Nov 30, 2017 • 34 min
Historian Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors: The Unknown Story, explores the lives of several Africans who resided in 16th-century England For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Victorian medicine
Nov 27, 2017 • 32 min
Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art, delves into the terrifying world of 19th-century hospitals and shows how scientific advances eventually led to dramatic improvements For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The history of sleep
Nov 23, 2017 • 26 min
Historian Sasha Handley explores the bedtime routines of the early modern period and considers what lessons today’s sleepers can draw from past centuries For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Charles II on the run
Nov 20, 2017 • 56 min
We join historian and author Charles Spencer on location at Boscobel House to discuss Charles II’s desperate flight from parliamentarian forces at the end of the Civil War. Boscobel was famously a hiding place for the king as he sought to escape his foes…
Demons and shipwrecks
Nov 16, 2017 • 44 min
To accompany their upcoming events in the UK-wide Being Human festival, Kasia Szpakowska discusses her research into Ancient Egyptian demonology, while Dan Pascoe reveals some of the insights that have been gained from excavating a sunken 17th-century…
Drinking history
Nov 13, 2017 • 25 min
Mark Forsyth, author of A Short History of Drunkenness, draws on fascinating examples from across the globe to explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with alcohol For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s Chinese army
Nov 9, 2017 • 44 min
Historians Frances Wood and Spencer Jones, who are both contributors to the upcoming Channel 4 documentary Britain’s Forgotten Army, reflect on the little-known contribution of more than 100,000 Chinese labourers to the Allied effort in the First World…
The Last Kamikazes
Nov 6, 2017 • 31 min
BBC journalist Mariko Oi discusses her experiences of interviewing some of the last survivors of the notorious Japanese raids in World War Two, in advance of her new documentary on BBC World Service For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
How networks shape history
Nov 2, 2017 • 38 min
The renowned historian, author and broadcaster Niall Ferguson reveals the ways networks have transformed our world, from the medieval era to the social media age For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The search for King Arthur
Oct 30, 2017 • 37 min
Archaeologist Dr Miles Russell talks to us about his bold new theory on the legendary British ruler, which is based on a reinterpretation of Geoffrey of Monmounth’s History of the Kings of Britain For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Medici
Oct 26, 2017 • 29 min
Historian and author Mary Hollingsworth reflects on the powerful dynasty who dominated the Italian Renaissance but whose tale also includes tyranny, crime and murder For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The death of Stalin
Oct 23, 2017 • 32 min
Historian Joshua Rubenstein discusses the dramatic events surrounding the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin in 1953, now the subject of a major new historical comedy film. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Gunpowder Plot
Oct 19, 2017 • 38 min
Historians Hannah Greig and John Cooper, who are consultants on the new BBC drama Gunpowder, explore the story of the 1605 attempt to blow up the king and parliament. Plus they reveal the challenges involved in recreating the events for the small screen…
Living with the Gods
Oct 16, 2017 • 37 min
Former British Museum director Neil MacGregor talks about his new BBC Radio 4 series Living with the Gods, and the accompanying exhibition, which together explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with faith For information regarding your data privacy,…
Richard III reconsidered
Oct 12, 2017 • 56 min
Historian and politician Chris Skidmore discusses his major new biography of the Yorkist king, offering his take on pivotal moments such as Richard’s seizing of the throne, his death at Bosworth and the disappearance of the princes in the tower For…
The Munich Conference
Oct 9, 2017 • 45 min
The acclaimed historical novelist Robert Harris talks to us about his new book Munich, which explores the events of September 1938 where Neville Chamberlain, Hitler and other European leaders met in Germany in an attempt to avert European war. For…
The world of the Scythians
Oct 5, 2017 • 24 min
We explore some of the most fascinating objects in the British Museum’s new exhibition about this nomadic warrior people who flourished 2,500 years ago. Curators St John Simpson and Chloë Leighton join us to share their thoughts on the Scythians For…
Starkey on the Reformation
Oct 2, 2017 • 39 min
Ahead of his BBC Two documentary to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the historian and broadcaster David Starkey offers his views on Martin Luther, Henry VIII and the religious upheavals of the 16th century, revealing some fascinating…
Tales of war
Sep 28, 2017 • 46 min
The distinguished authors and broadcasters Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan discuss their new book War Stories, which explores some remarkable incidents of ordinary people caught up in conflicts through history For information regarding your data privacy,…
Victoria the matchmaker
Sep 25, 2017 • 30 min
Author and TV producer Deborah Cadbury discusses her new book Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking, which reveals how the 19th-century British monarch sought to influence the future of Europe through the marriages of her descendants For information regarding your…
Christianity and the classical world
Sep 21, 2017 • 50 min
Classicist and journalist Catherine Nixey talks about her new book The Darkening Age with Professor Edith Hall. Their discussion explores the momentous changes that occurred when Christianity became the dominant faith of the Roman empire For information…
The Ukrainian famine
Sep 18, 2017 • 41 min
Historian and author Anne Applebaum discusses her new book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, which charts the events of the devastating 1932–33 famine in Soviet Ukraine. Almost 4 million people lost their lives in this man-made catastrophe For…
The Knights Templar
Sep 14, 2017 • 98 min
In a special extended-length episode popular historian Dan Jones is joined by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb to discuss his new book The Templars, which explores the rise and fall of the medieval military order who became the stuff of legend For information…
William Marshal: the greatest knight
Sep 11, 2017 • 42 min
In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend event, medieval historian Thomas Asbridge reflects on the remarkable career of William Marshal who served five English kings in the 12th and 13th centuries For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The History Hot 100
Sep 7, 2017 • 54 min
Historians Greg Jenner and Joanne Paul join us to talk about the results of our 2017 History Hot 100 survey. We asked you to tell us which historical figures are interesting you most and the final list has provided plenty of food for thought… For…
Viking Britain
Sep 4, 2017 • 27 min
We speak to Thomas Williams of the British Museum about his new book Viking Britain: An Exploration, which offers a fresh take on several centuries of Viking invasions and rule in Britain For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A deadly royal favourite?
Aug 31, 2017 • 31 min
Author and broadcaster Benjamin Woolley explores the very close relationship between James VI and I and his favourite the Duke of Buckingham. He also considers what role Buckingham may have played in the king’s demise For information regarding your data…
Queen Victoria behind closed doors
Aug 29, 2017 • 39 min
Historian and author Professor Jane Ridley reveals some lesser-known aspects of the 19th-century monarch’s life in a talk that she delivered at our Victorians Day earlier this year For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Friends or Enemies? Anglo-French relations
Aug 24, 2017 • 33 min
Historians Fabrice Bensimon and Renaud Morieux explore the complex relationship between France and Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was an era dominated by war and revolution but one which also saw more positive interactions between the…
Migrating to Britain
Aug 21, 2017 • 34 min
Clair Wills of Princeton University discusses her new book Lovers and Strangers, which explores the lives of people from across the globe who moved to Britain after the Second World War For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Jarrow March
Aug 17, 2017 • 36 min
Author and BBC broadcaster Stuart Maconie reflects on the iconic 1936 protest against poverty and unemployment. He also describes his experiences of retracing the route of the march 80 years later For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Witchcraft through the ages
Aug 14, 2017 • 29 min
We speak to Professor Ronald Hutton about his new book The Witch, which reveals how societies throughout the globe have lived in fear of witchcraft for more than 2,000 years For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Icelandic murder mystery
Aug 10, 2017 • 26 min
We speak to filmmaker Dylan Howitt, director of a new BBC Four documentary entitled Out of Thin Air, which explores the story of a double disappearance and controversial criminal investigation from 1970s Iceland For information regarding your data…
China in World War Two
Aug 7, 2017 • 53 min
Expert historians Hans van de Ven and Rana Mitter discuss China’s lengthy war against Japan and consider its impact on the country’s civil war and Chinese participation in the later conflict in Korea For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Koh-i-Noor
Aug 3, 2017 • 31 min
Historian and author William Dalrymple and BBC journalist Anita Anand join us to discuss their new history of the Koh-i-Noor, the famed Indian diamond, which was controversially brought to Britain in the 19th century For information regarding your data…
Living through Partition
Jul 31, 2017 • 26 min
We speak to Kavita Puri, presenter of the new BBC Radio 4 series Partition Voices, which tells the story of the turbulent birth of India and Pakistan through interviews with those who lived through it For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The lost objects of South Asia
Jul 27, 2017 • 27 min
Kanishk Tharoor talks about the latest series of BBC Radio 4’s Museum of Lost Objects, which explores the heritage of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The brilliance of Henry James
Jul 24, 2017 • 22 min
In advance of a major new Henry James season on BBC Radio 4, Professor Sarah Churchwell explores the life and work of the great Anglo-American author, whose books offer insights to changes in the USA and in the role of women in the late 19th and early…
The English in America
Jul 20, 2017 • 37 min
Historian and author James Evans talks to us about his new book Emigrants, which explains why hundreds of thousands of English people decided to make a new life in the Americas during the 17th century. He also explores the challenges of migrating to the…
Germany’s World War Two
Jul 18, 2017 • 50 min
In a talk that he delivered at our recent World War Two event in Bristol, Professor Nicholas Stargardt reflects on how the Second World War was experienced by ordinary Germans, both on the front line and back home For information regarding your data…
Voices of the Cold War
Jul 13, 2017 • 26 min
We are joined by the BBC journalist Bridget Kendall who picks out some of the most fascinating stories that feature in her new book and Radio 4 series on life in the Cold War For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A legendary spymaster
Jul 10, 2017 • 25 min
Historical author Henry Hemming discusses the life and career of Maxwell Knight, an eccentric spymaster and nature enthusiast who may have inspired the Bond character M For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hans Sloane and the British Museum
Jul 6, 2017 • 43 min
Author and historian James Delbourgo discusses his new book Collecting the World, which explores the life of the 18th-century natural historian Hans Sloane whose collections went on to form the basis of the British Museum in London For information…
Female flyers in Nazi Germany
Jul 3, 2017 • 28 min
Author and biographer Clare Mulley discusses her new book The Women Who Flew for Hitler, which explores the lives of two remarkable women who became leading aviators in the Third Reich For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Children at war
Jun 29, 2017 • 28 min
Historian Emma Butcher reflects on the experiences of child soldiers throughout history, ranging from Ancient Sparta to the Hitler Youth and recent conflicts in Africa For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Second World War
Jun 22, 2017 • 38 min
James Holland discusses the second book in his The War in the West trilogy with John Buckley, focusing on the years 1941-43. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jane Austen and Tudor London
Jun 15, 2017 • 55 min
Historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley shares her thoughts on the Georgian novelist who is the subject of her new biography. Meanwhile, Professor Stephen Alford reflects on how the English capital was transformed over the course of the 16th century For…
Medieval manuscripts and the First World War
Jun 8, 2017 • 59 min
Christopher de Hamel discusses his recent book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which has just won the Wolfson History Prize. Meanwhile, we speak to Jonathan Ruffle, creator of the BBC Radio 4 drama series Tommies, about some of the fascinating…
The Six-Day War and the Great Fire of London
Jun 1, 2017 • 56 min
Professor Matthew Hughes reflects on a brief, but hugely-important, Arab-Israeli conflict that began 50 years ago this month and continues to have an impact on the region. Meanwhile, historian and broadcaster Dan Jones joins us to highlight some of the…
Civil wars and Restoration England
May 25, 2017 • 49 min
Harvard professor David Armitage explores how internal conflicts have changed through history and considers what lessons can be learned for the wars of today. Meanwhile, bestselling popular historian Ian Mortimer guides us through life in England…
England’s bloody Reformation
May 18, 2017 • 44 min
As we near the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation, Professor Peter Marshall explores how the events impacted on England. He explains how Henry VIII’s break with Rome led to many decades of violence For information regarding your data privacy,…
Queen Victoria’s dinners and Henry VIII’s niece
May 11, 2017 • 55 min
Food historian and broadcaster Annie Gray explores the eating habits of Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch and compares them to the typical Victorian diet. Meanwhile, historian and author Morgan Ring tells the story of Margaret, Countess of Lennox,…
Martin Luther and the making of the USA
May 4, 2017 • 39 min
Professor Lyndal Roper explores the life of the father of the Reformation and considers his impact on Protestant history. Meanwhile, we speak to Misha Glenny about his new BBC Radio 4 series, which charts key milestones in the development of the United…
The Islamic enlightenment
Apr 27, 2017 • 35 min
Journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown interviews Christopher de Bellaigue about his new book The Islamic Enlightenment, which considers how the Muslim world has adapted to some of the wider changes of the 19th and 20th centuries For information…
Historical fiction and a US murder scandal
Apr 20, 2017 • 56 min
Philippa Gregory talks to us about her 30-year career as a historical novelist and the history behind bestsellers such as The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. Meanwhile, David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z, discusses his new book, which…
The ‘Father of History’ and India in the British empire
Apr 13, 2017 • 51 min
Professor Paul Cartledge reflects on the work of the Greek author Herodotus, who was born 2,500 years ago and is regarded as the first historian. Meanwhile, we catch-up with Dr Jon Wilson to discuss some of the big questions around the Raj For information…
America in World War One and a naval tragedy
Apr 6, 2017 • 74 min
On the centenary of America’s entry into the First World War, historian Adam IP Smith explores the impact of this momentous decision on both the conflict and the history of the United States. Meanwhile, we speak to archaeologist Graham Scott about the SS…
Women in popular history
Mar 30, 2017 • 51 min
We gathered a panel of historians – Janina Ramirez, Anna Whitelock, Joann Fletcher and Fern Riddell – to consider the the challenges and opportunities for women in TV, book publishing and other forms of public history For information regarding your data…
Blitzkrieg
Mar 23, 2017 • 44 min
Military historian Lloyd Clark challenges a number of myths about the 1940 German invasion of France, in a lecture he delivered at our World War Two day in Bristol’s M Shed last month For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Utopias in history and an environmental disaster
Mar 16, 2017 • 43 min
Writer and thinker Rutger Bregman discusses his new book Utopia for Realists, exploring examples of how to create a better society. Meanwhile, we speak to BBC radio producer Julian May about the aftermath of the Torrey Canyon disaster, when a huge oil…
Postwar occupations and Raleigh bicycles
Mar 9, 2017 • 41 min
Professor Susan L Carruthers tells the story of American forces who occupied Germany, Japan and other defeated powers after World War Two. Meanwhile, we are joined by TV producer Steve Humphries to chat about his upcoming BBC Four documentary Pedalling…
The Reformation
Mar 2, 2017 • 42 min
As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Professor Eamon Duffy joins us to discuss some of the big questions about the religious upheavals that altered the course of English and European history. For information regarding your data…
A revolutionary engineer and Victoria’s Indian confidant
Feb 23, 2017 • 45 min
Journalist and author Julian Glover describes the life and remarkable career of Georgian engineer Thomas Telford, the subject of his new biography. Meanwhile, we meet up with the writer Shrabani Basu to discuss the relationship of Queen Victoria with her…
The roots of modern rage
Feb 16, 2017 • 43 min
Author and journalist Pankaj Mishra and historian Tom Holland discuss Mishra’s new book, Age of Anger, which explores the origins of the resentments that are fuelling radical politics around the world For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The impact of war and a zoological institution
Feb 9, 2017 • 48 min
Professor Peter Clarke shares some insights from his new book The Locomotive of War, which considers how conflicts have shaped modern history. Meanwhile, Isobel Charman reveals some fascinating stories from the early years of London Zoo in the 19th…
The Russian revolution and myths of ancient Egypt
Feb 2, 2017 • 47 min
Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The history of puzzles and the extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard
Jan 26, 2017 • 45 min
Alex Bellos explores 2,000 years of puzzles, while Stephen Taylor introduces an unconventional Georgian aristocrat For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Battle of Britain
Jan 19, 2017 • 53 min
In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend at Malmesbury, historian James Holland describes how the Luftwaffe and RAF fought to control the skies over Britain in 1940. He explains how Britain came out on top in one of the pivotal clashes of World War Two.…
A history of Istanbul
Jan 12, 2017 • 42 min
Historian Bettany Hughes talks to Peter Frankopan about her new book exploring Istanbul’s diverse history, from its earliest days through to the upheavals of the 21st century For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The big questions of the Holocaust
Jan 5, 2017 • 53 min
Historian, author and broadcaster Laurence Rees joins us to discuss his upcoming book The Holocaust: A New History and consider some of the key debates in the history of the Nazi genocide of the Jews For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The birth of Eurasia
Dec 29, 2016 • 51 min
In a talk from our 2016 History Weekend event in Winchester, the renowned archaeologist Barry Cunliffe discusses the subject of his recent book By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2016 Christmas history quiz
Dec 22, 2016 • 25 min
Join the BBC History Magazine team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz. The quizmaster is QI writer Justin Pollard For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Corner shops and Russian ballet
Dec 15, 2016 • 53 min
Babita Sharma talks about her new BBC Four documentary ‘Booze, Beans and Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop’, while Simon Morrison explores the colourful history of the Bolshoi Ballet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Historians in parliament
Dec 8, 2016 • 34 min
Historian-politicians Tristram Hunt, Chris Skidmore, Kwasi Kwarteng and Peter Hennessy explain how their two professions relate to each other. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The attack on Pearl Harbor and physics through the ages
Dec 1, 2016 • 42 min
Nicholas Best reflects on the events and aftermath of the 1941 Japanese raid, while Carlo Rovelli discusses his new book ‘Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Arts and Crafts and unusual inventors
Nov 24, 2016 • 51 min
Rosalind Ormiston discusses an important 19th-century artistic movement, while David Bramwell introduces some of history’s most talented eccentrics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Soviet science and feeding Britain at war
Nov 17, 2016 • 59 min
Simon Ings, author of Stalin and the Scientists, describes how the Bolshevik leaders intervened in scientific research in the USSR. Meanwhile, food writer William Sitwell tells the story of a man who battled to bring supplies into Britain during the era…
The wartime SAS and Hitler’s drug addiction
Nov 10, 2016 • 66 min
Author and broadcaster Ben Macintyre details the extraordinary activities of the Special Air Service in the fight against the Axis, based on research for his new authorised history. Meanwhile, we speak to the German writer Norman Ohler whose sensational…
Black British history and Charles I’s children
Nov 3, 2016 • 69 min
Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga explores Britain’s often forgotten links with the people of Africa. Meanwhile, historical author Linda Porter, describes the fates of a group of royal children whose father was executed in 1649 For information…
Reporting from war zones
Oct 27, 2016 • 54 min
John Simpson, the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, reflects on his 50 years of reporting from conflicts all over the globe. Plus, he considers how life for the foreign correspondent has changed throughout history For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Aberfan disaster and women who made history
Oct 24, 2016 • 39 min
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, historian and producer Steve Humphries talks about how the Welsh village has coped with the tragedy. Meanwhile, we are joined by Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray to discuss some of the…
The Norman Conquest
Oct 13, 2016 • 56 min
As we approach the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings, medieval historian Marc Morris tells the story of William the Conqueror’s dramatic victory of 1066 and explores its profound legacy for England For information regarding your data privacy,…
Lenin and the Russian revolutions
Oct 6, 2016 • 53 min
Catherine Merridale recounts the future Soviet leader’s famous 1917 train journey across Europe to Petrograd, where the took command of the Bolsheviks. Meanwhile, we speak to Helen Rappaport about some of the foreign nationals then living in Petrograd who…
Historical television and the battle of Flodden
Sep 29, 2016 • 60 min
Tony Robinson discusses his new autobiography, No Cunning Plan, and the impact of shows such as Time Team and Blackadder. Meanwhile, Dr Katie Stevenson explores the 1513 battle of Flodden and its consequences for Scotland. Why did England emerge…
Women in politics and Robinson Crusoe
Sep 22, 2016 • 50 min
Julie V Gottlieb charts the progression from the Suffragettes to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton, while Andrew Lambert tells the story of a Pacific island connected to the famous Daniel Defoe novel For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Cold War summits
Sep 15, 2016 • 62 min
Historians David Reynolds and Kristina Spohr discuss their new book about the postwar meetings between international leaders that aimed to control the nuclear arms race For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Poldark and historical TV drama
Sep 8, 2016 • 56 min
As the smash-hit series Poldark returns to our screens, its historical advisor, Hannah Greig and Horrible Histories historian Greg Jenner join us to discuss the growing popularity of historical fiction on TV. The pair also consider the big question of…
The end of the First World War and the Duke of Wellington
Sep 1, 2016 • 54 min
Professor Robert Gerwarth discusses his new book The Vanquished, which shows how Europe continued to be beset by violence long after 1918. Meanwhile, Dr Huw Davies pays a visit to Apsley House, the magnificent London residence of the hero of Waterloo For…
The Great Fire of London
Aug 25, 2016 • 39 min
As we approach the 350th anniversary of the 1666 blaze, historical author Alexander Larman describes how the inferno devastated London. Meanwhile, we speak to Nicholas Kenyon, director of the Barbican Centre, about the rebuilding of the city that took…
The Suez crisis and the north of England
Aug 18, 2016 • 59 min
Historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann reflects on the dramatic events that took place in the middle east and Hungary 60 years ago. Meanwhile, we speak to broadcaster Melvyn Bragg about his new BBC Radio 4 series that charts the fascinating history of…
The 1920s: Roaring or tame?
Aug 11, 2016 • 59 min
Historian, author and broadcaster Kate Williams explores the key developments of the early interwar period, in this talk that was delivered at our 2015 History Weekend event in Malmesbury For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Cold War and the history of philosophy
Aug 4, 2016 • 56 min
Dr Rory Cormac guides us around York Cold War Bunker, which was designed to monitor the fallout of a nuclear attack. Meanwhile, we speak to historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes about some of the enduring ideas from Ancient Greece For information…
Jacobites and the Ancient World
Jul 29, 2016 • 59 min
Jacqueline Riding describes the events of the 1745 rebellion, while Michael Scott explains how ancient cultures across the globe managed to interact with each other For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Two King Edwards
Jul 21, 2016 • 65 min
Richard Davenport-Hines and Piers Brendon, authors of new biographies of Edward VII and Edward VIII, discuss the two kings’ contrasting lives and reigns and their impact on the British monarchy For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Paris’s women at war and the Housewives’ League
Jul 14, 2016 • 56 min
Anne Sebba talks to us about her new book, Les Parisiennes, which explores how women of Paris fared under Nazi occupation. Meanwhile, we catch up with Jo Fidgen, presenter of a BBC Radio 4 documentary about housewives in postwar Britain For information…
Britain’s Second World War and the Country House
Jul 7, 2016 • 52 min
Dr Daniel Todman talks to us about his new book: Britain’s War: Into Battle, 1937-1941. Meanwhile, we are joined by historian Adrian Tinniswood to discuss the changing nature of English country houses during the interwar years For information regarding…
Battle of the Somme special
Jun 30, 2016 • 51 min
As we approach the centenary of the 1916 clash, we speak to Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, author of Somme: Into the Breach. Meanwhile, Jonathan Ruffle of gbfilms.com joins us to talk about his ongoing BBC Radio 4 series Tommies and how he plans to tackle the…
The Radium Girls and the cotton revolution
Jun 23, 2016 • 52 min
Kate Moore describes the tragic story of a group of women who were exposed to radium in 20th-century America, while Terry Wyke visits a key site from Britain’s textile heritage For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Wolfson History Prizes: Nazi camps and St Augustine
Jun 16, 2016 • 69 min
Robin Lane Fox and Nikolaus Wachsmann talk about their award-winning books: Augustine: Conversions and Confessions and KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Operation Barbarossa
Jun 9, 2016 • 48 min
As we near the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s assault on the Soviet Union, Antony Beevor explores this pivotal moment in the Second World War For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tudor monarchs and a Medieval civil war
Jun 2, 2016 • 65 min
Tracy Borman reveals the secret lives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor et al, while Nicholas Vincent describes the events of Simon de Montfort’s rebellion For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Writing history in the 21st century
May 26, 2016 • 57 min
Four leading historians discuss the big developments in book publishing since the launch of BBC History Magazine back in May 2000 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The battle of Jutland and 1950s domestic dangers
May 19, 2016 • 54 min
Admiral Lord West describes a crucial First World War naval clash, while Suzannah Lipscomb tells us about her new BBC documentary: Hidden Killers of the Post-war Home For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A Victorian murder and a ship that made history
May 12, 2016 • 56 min
Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, tells us about her new book, which investigates another shocking 19th-century crime. Meanwhile, Andrew Lambert guides us around the famous clipper Cutty Sark, a ship that raced around the world as…
Sykes-Picot and a 17th-century polymath
May 5, 2016 • 55 min
On the centenary of the Sykes-Picot agreement, historian Catriona Pennell reflects on this secret 1916 Anglo-French agreement to divide up the Middle East. Meanwhile, we talk to Joe Moshenska, author of A Stain in the Blood, which describes the amazing…
The history of consumerism and Chinese philosophy
Apr 28, 2016 • 51 min
Frank Trentmann explores how our patterns of consumption have changed over the centuries, while Christine Gross-Loh discusses the legacy of ancient Chinese thinkers For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Shakespeare’s world and cricket in South Africa
Apr 21, 2016 • 52 min
Edward Wilson-Lee looks at how the playwright’s work became celebrated on a global scale, while Dean Allen recounts the story of a pioneering British cricket enthusiast who popularised the sport in 19th-century South Africa For information regarding your…
Student life and working class culture
Apr 14, 2016 • 48 min
Our own Ellie Cawthorne talks about her new BBC Radio 4 series that focuses on 900 years of higher education. Meanwhile, author and broadcaster Stuart Maconie discusses his documentary about the decline of working class representation in the arts and…
Charles II and an Atlantic experiment
Apr 7, 2016 • 40 min
Historian Clare Jackson talks about her new biography of the 17th-century king, which is part of the Penguin Monarchs series. Meanwhile, BBC radio presenter Peter Gibbs tells us the story of how Ascension Island’s plant life was transformed 150 years ago…
The Dissolution and a forgotten colony
Mar 31, 2016 • 53 min
Dr Adam Morton visits Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire to explore the events of Henry VIII’s assault on the monasteries. Meanwhile, historian and author Matthew Parker tells the story of Willoughbyland, a forgotten English colony in South America For…
Democracy and an age of genius
Mar 24, 2016 • 68 min
Classicist Paul Cartledge heads back to Ancient Greece to explore the roots of mass participation in politics. Meanwhile, we speak to philosopher AC Grayling about his new book The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind…
The Easter Rising and a Victorian heyday
Mar 17, 2016 • 63 min
Heather Jones explores the dramatic rebellion of 1916, while Ben Wilson explains why the 1850s was such a transformative decade For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Muslims and Jews in the 16th century
Mar 10, 2016 • 57 min
Historian Jerry Brotton describes how Elizabethan England formed an important relationship with the Islamic world. He then goes on to tell the story of Venice’s Jewish ghetto, which was created 500 years ago For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Holy Roman Empire and Capability Brown
Mar 3, 2016 • 52 min
Professor Peter Wilson discusses his new book The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe’s History. Meanwhile, garden historian Sarah Rutherford pays a visit to the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where she explores the work of the great…
Middle East history special
Feb 25, 2016 • 53 min
Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf, the presenter and producer of the new radio series Museum of Lost Objects, highlight some of the antiquities that have been destroyed during recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, we’re joined by historian Tom…
Verdun and the Renaissance
Feb 18, 2016 • 51 min
Professor David Reynolds describes the Battle of Verdun, which pitched French and German forces against each other in one of the bloodiest episodes of the First World War. Meanwhile, art critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak talks to us about his new…
Benjamin Franklin in London
Feb 11, 2016 • 56 min
George Goodwin discusses the American Founding Father’s years in the British capital, on location at Benjamin Franklin House For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The battle over Henry VIII’s will
Feb 4, 2016 • 55 min
Tudor expert Dr Suzannah Lipscomb talks to fellow historian Dan Jones about a remarkable 16th-century document. The king’s will had great ramifications for 16th-century England and is still hotly debated today For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Romanovs and King Arthur
Jan 28, 2016 • 55 min
Historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to us about his new book that chronicles the remarkable Russian ruling dynasty. Meanwhile, archaeologist Miles Russell pays a visit to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, which has long been associated with one…
A global view of history
Jan 21, 2016 • 44 min
In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend event at Malmesbury, historian Michael Scott argues that we need to bring the histories of China, Greece, India and Rome together to adopt a less segmented approach to the ancient world For information regarding…
Postwar Germany and medieval CSI
Jan 14, 2016 • 52 min
Dr Lara Feigel talks to us about her new book, The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich, which shows how the Allies used culture to try to rebuild Germany after 1945. Meanwhile, we are joined by historian Elizabeth New to discuss a project…
The amazing history of Egypt
Jan 7, 2016 • 53 min
In a lecture from our 2015 History Weekend event, Professor Joann Fletcher, presenter of the BBC series Immortal Egypt, explores the story of this remarkable civilisation, from the pyramids to Cleopatra For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Victorian bakers and the Leningrad symphony
Dec 31, 2015 • 40 min
Historian and TV presenter Alex Langlands explains how bread making in the 19th century differed from today. Meanwhile, music expert Tom Service tells the remarkable story of Dimitri Shostakovich’s 7th symphony, which was composed and performed during the…
2015 Christmas history quiz
Dec 24, 2015 • 22 min
Test your trivia knowledge with our podcast pub quiz. The questions have been devised by QI’s Justin Pollard For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s railways and the Titanic
Dec 17, 2015 • 50 min
Simon Bradley, author of The Railways: Nation, Network and People talks to us about a British transport revolution. Meanwhile, we pay a visit to Titanic Belfast in the company of Aidan McMichael, an expert on the world’s most famous ocean liner For…
A history of red hair and amazing animals
Dec 10, 2015 • 44 min
Jacky Colliss Harvey charts the fascinating history of red-headedness from ancient times until the present day. Meanwhile, Stephen Moss talks about his new book Natural Histories, which accompanies a recent BBC Radio 4 series, describing extraordinary…
The Battle of the Atlantic and the history of Spain
Dec 3, 2015 • 57 min
Jonathan Dimbleby describes the pivotal World War Two naval clash, while Marion Milne talks about a new BBC Four series on Spain through the ages For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Shakespeare in 1606 and Olympic swimmers
Nov 26, 2015 • 48 min
Professor James Shapiro talks to us about his new book 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, a follow-up to his acclaimed 1599. Meanwhile the author Julie Checkoway tells the story of a remarkable group of Japanese-American swimmers who sought…
The Peasants’ Revolt and a Cold War spy
Nov 19, 2015 • 52 min
Author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg introduces his latest historical novel, Now is the Time, which centres on the 14th-cenury uprising. Meanwhile, we talk to Andrew Lownie about his new biography of a key member of the Cambridge Spy Ring, Guy Burgess. For…
Ancient Rome special
Nov 12, 2015 • 55 min
Classical historian and broadcaster Mary Beard talks to us about her new one-volume history of Rome entitled SPQR. Meanwhile, we speak to the bestselling historical novelist Robert Harris about his latest fictional portrait of the Roman statesman Cicero…
The end of the Cold War and British culture
Nov 5, 2015 • 59 min
Professor Robert Service describes how the leaders of the United States and Soviet Union – Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev – brought about a dramatic change in east-west relations. Meanwhile, historian Dominic Sandbrook talks to us about his new BBC…
World War Two spies and an extraordinary naturalist
Oct 29, 2015 • 60 min
Bestselling military historian Sir Max Hastings joins us to discuss his new book The Secret War. Meanwhile, we speak to historian and author Andrea Wulf about Alexander von Humboldt who made great strides in natural sciences in the 18th and 19th centuries…
The Last Kingdom and Agincourt
Oct 28, 2015 • 53 min
Bernard Cornwell talks about his books that inspired the new TV drama The Last Kingdom, while Anne Curry discusses Agincourt ahead of the 600th anniversary For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A year in medieval England
Oct 15, 2015 • 62 min
Cambridge historian and BBC Making History presenter Helen Castor interviews medieval historian Dan Jones about his new book, Realm Divided, which explores what it was like to live during the tumultuous year of 1215 For information regarding your data…
The Brontës and a revolutionary artist
Oct 8, 2015 • 57 min
Charlotte Brontë’s latest biographer, Claire Harman, visits the home of three remarkable literary sisters. Meanwhile, broadcaster and historian Loyd Grossman introduces the Georgian painter Benjamin West who shook the art world with his depiction of…
New views on the Holocaust and 1980s Britain
Oct 1, 2015 • 61 min
Yale historian Timothy Snyder discusses Black Earth, his bold new study of the Nazi genocide of the Jews. Meanwhile, we speak to Andy Beckett whose latest book charts the early years of the Thatcher revolution in the UK. For information regarding your…
Celts special
Sep 24, 2015 • 48 min
As the British Museum’s major new exhibition, Celts: Art and Identity, opens, curator Julia Farley guides us around some of the most important and intriguing objects on show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Somme and the Jacobites
Sep 18, 2015 • 47 min
Historian Andrew Roberts talks to us about his new book on the opening day of one of World War One’s bloodiest battles. Meanwhile, Professor Christopher Whatley discusses the events of the Jacobite revolt, 300 years after the 1715 uprising For information…
Roman emperors and women through the ages
Sep 10, 2015 • 50 min
Tom Holland speaks to us about his new book on the first five Roman emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Meanwhile, we’re joined by historical author Amanda Foreman to discuss her new BBC TV series The Ascent of Woman. For…
North Sea oil and the Blitz
Sep 3, 2015 • 63 min
BBC Radio 4 presenter James Naughtie talks to us about his new series that charts the history of Britain’s oil boom, which began 40 years ago. Meanwhile, historian and author Joshua Levine reveals how the Nazi bombing raids in World War Two impacted on…
Killing Mussolini
Aug 27, 2015 • 46 min
In a lecture from our 2014 History Weekend, historian Roderick Bailey describes the attempts of Britain’s SOE to assassinate the Italian Fascist leader during World War Two. To find out more about our 2015 History Weekend events in York and Malmesbury,…
Ancient cities and the Norman conquest
Aug 20, 2015 • 55 min
Classical historian Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explains how the great cities of Athens and Rome functioned in the ancient world. Meanwhile, medieval expert David Bates pays a visit to Norwich Castle, a key site for understanding how the Normans consolidated…
Crusade logistics and the battle over the slave trade
Aug 13, 2015 • 63 min
Oxford historian Christopher Tyerman talks to us about his new book How to Plan a Crusade. Meanwhile, we pay a visit to the University of Cambridge where Ryan Cronin introduces some remarkable documents relating to British slave ownership. For information…
The Pacific War and First World War black soldiers
Aug 6, 2015 • 54 min
Historian Francis Pike challenges some commonly-held assumptions about World War Two in Asia, as we reach the 70th anniversary of the attack on Hiroshima. Meanwhile, Stephen Bourne, author of Black Poppies, talks about the participation of black Britons…
Ancient thinkers and the history of madness
Jul 30, 2015 • 54 min
Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes discusses three of history’s greatest philosophers: Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha, who all feature in her new BBC Four TV series. Meanwhile, Professor Andrew Scull talks to us about his recent book: Madness in…
Witch trials and feuding queens
Jul 23, 2015 • 66 min
Historian Robert Poole visits Lancaster Castle, scene of the dramatic 1612 trials of the Pendle witches. Meanwhile, we’re joined by Nancy Goldstone whose latest book delves into the turbulent relationship of Catherine de Medici and Marguerite de Valois in…
Anglo-Saxon saints and British slave-owners
Jul 16, 2015 • 67 min
Oxford historian Janina Ramirez picks out some of the most remarkable saints from the early medieval period. Meanwhile, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga talks to us about his new BBC Two series Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Plus, this episode…
Regency scandal and the history of canals
Jul 9, 2015 • 39 min
Historical author Geraldine Roberts talks about a disastrous Georgian marriage that filled the newspapers of the day. Meanwhile, Professor Emma Griffin visits a historic canal to explain how these waterways helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution in…
India at war and mining accidents
Jul 2, 2015 • 58 min
Historian Yasmin Khan talks about her new book, The Raj at War, which explores the impact of World War Two on the people of India, many of whom fought in the conflict. Meanwhile, we speak to Daniel Blackie about a project that is examining the fate of…
Terror in Elizabethan England
Jun 25, 2015 • 67 min
In a lecture from our 2014 History Weekend in Malmesbury, Tudor historian Jessie Childs describes how Catholics were suppressed during the reign of the Virgin Queen. This week’s episode also includes an audio version of July’s anniversaries, written by…
Waterloo 200 special
Jun 18, 2015 • 54 min
As we reach the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo, expert historians Julian Humphrys and Tim Blanning reveal how Napoleon was finally defeated, and offer their thoughts on the legacy of the events of 1815. Plus, we broadcast a bonus audio version of a…
The real King John and the BBC in World War Two
Jun 11, 2015 • 77 min
As we reach the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, historians Stephen Church and Marc Morris offer their views on the controversial king who sealed the charter. Meanwhile, we are joined by the renowned broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby to talk about his…
Queen Victoria at home and a new Civil War museum
Jun 4, 2015 • 51 min
Jane Ridley, biographer of Queen Victoria, guides us around Osborne on the Isle of Wight where the queen and Prince Albert used to reside. Meanwhile, Charlotte Hodgman gets an early preview of the new National Civil War Centre in Newark, where she…
The Battle of the Bulge and children of the Holocaust
May 28, 2015 • 55 min
Military historian Antony Beevor offers a fresh interpretation of the 1944 Ardennes offensive that represented Hitler’s final attempt to turn the tide of the war. Meanwhile, journalist Wendy Holden tells the remarkable tale of three young women who gave…
The history of India and a terrible explosion
May 21, 2015 • 55 min
Professor Sunil Khilnani joins us to talk about his new BBC Radio 4 series Incarnations, which tells the story of India through the lives of its most remarkable figures. Meanwhile, we speak to Brian Dillon about an accident in a munitions factory that…
Wolfson History Prize 2015 special
May 14, 2015 • 63 min
The winners of this year's Wolfson History Prize, Richard Vinen and Alexander Watson, join Rob Attar for a discussion about their books on the First World War and national service. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
VE Day special
May 7, 2015 • 52 min
Historian Richard Overy describes the situation in Britain and Europe as the Second World War came to an end. Meanwhile, we’re joined by TV producer Steve Humphries to talk about his new series Britain’s Greatest Generation, which contains interviews with…
Magna Carta and the Holocaust
Apr 30, 2015 • 54 min
David Starkey, one of Britain’s best-known historians, joins us to offer his views on the Great Charter as it approaches its 800th anniversary. Meanwhile, we speak to Professor Dan Stone about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and about how…
Medieval universities and an unlikely friendship
Apr 23, 2015 • 62 min
Historian Hannah Skoda pays a visit to Merton College in Oxford to explore the origins of one of the world’s most famous educational institutions. Meanwhile, Anna Thomasson talks to us about her new book on the relationship between the artist Rex Whistler…
Gallipoli and famine
Apr 16, 2015 • 45 min
On the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli, Australian writer Peter FitzSimons describes the disastrous Allied campaign of 1915. Meanwhile, historian Cormac Ó Gráda, author of Eating People Is Wrong, explains how famines occasionally resulted in…
Saladin and suffragettes
Apr 9, 2015 • 48 min
John Man – author of a new biography of Saladin – explains how the medieval Muslim leader was able to triumph over the crusaders. Meanwhile, we talk to historian June Purvis about why the votes for women campaign turned to violence. For information…
Science and St Peter
Apr 2, 2015 • 43 min
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Steven Weinberg discusses his new book that charts thousands of years of scientific discovery. Meanwhile, actor and TV presenter David Suchet speaks to us about his upcoming BBC documentary series on the first Bishop of Rome.…
The history of immigration
Mar 26, 2015 • 39 min
This week’s episode is an immigration history special. Historians Robin Fleming and Mark Ormrod draw on the latest research to examine the lives of migrants into England during the anglo-Saxon and medieval periods. For information regarding your data…
Richard III reburial special
Mar 19, 2015 • 48 min
With just a few days to go until the reburial of the last Plantagenet king in Leicester Cathedral, we speak to two experts with close connections to the event. Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, considers the ways that the recent discoveries…
Food from the past and the history of illegitimacy
Mar 12, 2015 • 53 min
As the new BBC TV series Back in Time for Dinner is due to air, we talk to food writer Mary Gwynn about how our mealtime tastes have changed over the past 70 years. Meanwhile, historian Jane Robinson discusses her new book In the Family Way, which looks…
Shakespeare and war in the Middle East
Mar 5, 2015 • 63 min
Charlotte Hodgman visits Stratford-upon-Avon to explore the birthplace of William Shakespeare in the company of expert Paul Edmondson. Meanwhile, Oxford historian Eugene Rogan discusses the final years of the Ottoman empire and explains how the First…
The life of Keynes and a trip to Ancient Greece
Feb 26, 2015 • 55 min
Acclaimed biographer Richard Davenport-Hines talks to Matt Elton about his new book on the 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes, which focuses on the man rather than his work. Meanwhile, classical historian Peter Jones tackles some important…
The Peasants’ Revolt
Feb 19, 2015 • 39 min
This week we are broadcasting a lecture that was delivered at our History Weekend festival in Malmesbury in October 2014. Historian Juliet Barker speaks about the great uprising of 1381, and challenges a number of misconceptions about the revolt. For…
Amazing inventions and London after dark
Feb 12, 2015 • 53 min
Science writer Steven Johnson discusses his new BBC TV series How We Got to Now, which explores some of the greatest innovations in history. Meanwhile, Dr Matthew Beaumont describes how famous Londoners have gained inspiration from walking the city’s…
Life in the workhouse and British biographies
Feb 5, 2015 • 43 min
Charlotte Hodgman visits a former Victorian workhouse in the company of historian Samantha Shave to see whether life inside really matched the Dickensian legend. Meanwhile, we speak to Sir David Cannadine on the challenges of editing the gigantic Oxford…
Elizabeth I and an unlikely suffragette
Jan 29, 2015 • 55 min
Historian Lisa Hilton explores the life and reign of the Virgin Queen, subject of her new biography Elizabeth I: Renaissance Prince. Meanwhile, BBC Radio 4 presenter Anita Anand discusses Sophia Duleep Singh, the goddaughter of Queen Victoria who went to…
Debating British monarchy
Jan 22, 2015 • 76 min
The authors of new Penguin biographies of Henry VIII, Edward VI, George V and George VI discuss these kings' lives and reigns. They also consider wider themes relating to British monarchy in a debate chaired by Helen Castor. For information regarding your…
Henry VIII and Henry the Young King
Jan 15, 2015 • 68 min
Tudor historian John Guy, author of a new short biography of Henry VIII, discusses the Tudor king’s life and relationships and what he’s learned about Henry over his many years of research. Meanwhile, medievalist Thomas Asbridge tells us about a…
Wolf Hall and medieval civil war
Jan 8, 2015 • 49 min
As the BBC TV dramatisation of Wolf Hall is shortly due to air, series director Peter Kosminsky reveals the challenges and joys of filming Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed novels. Meanwhile, Professor David Crouch visits Wallingford Castle in Oxfordshire, which…
Stalin’s early years and Mein Kampf
Jan 1, 2015 • 62 min
Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, author of a major new biography of Josef Stalin, describes the Soviet leader’s path to power. Meanwhile, BBC journalist Chris Bowlby gives us the lowdown on his forthcoming Radio 4 documentary about Adolf Hitler’s…
Christmas podcast quiz
Dec 24, 2014 • 25 min
For our Christmas Eve podcast, it’s the return of our annual history quiz. Test your knowledge of all things historical with four themed rounds of questions written by QI elf Justin Pollard and delivered by the BBC History Magazine team. For information…
Kamikaze pilots and Captain John Smith
Dec 18, 2014 • 55 min
Christopher Harding analyses the motivations of the Japanese kamikaze pilots, while Peter Firstbrook describes the life of the man whose life was famously saved by Pocahontas For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Student radicals and Crete in WWII
Dec 11, 2014 • 65 min
Esmée Hanna explores the wave of protests that took place in a number of British universities in the 1960s. Meanwhile, Rick Stroud tells the story of the audacious kidnap of a Nazi general in Crete during the Second World War and describes the role of…
The North Sea and Bronze Age remains
Dec 4, 2014 • 63 min
Historical author Michael Pye explores several centuries of the North Sea’s history to reveal how its waters aided all manner of social, economic and cultural development. Meanwhile, Charlotte Hodgman visits Flag Fen in the company of archaeologist…
Revolutions in Europe and forensics in history
Nov 27, 2014 • 60 min
Historian Adam Zamoyski discusses his new book, Phantom Terror, which reveals how Europe’s rulers lived in fear of conspiracies in the years between the revolutions of 1789 and 1848. Meanwhile, crime writer Val McDermid highlights some of the scientific…
Science fiction and dancing in history
Nov 13, 2014 • 52 min
Dominic Sandbrook gives us the lowdown behind his new TV series Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction. Meanwhile, Lucy Worsley explains how the dances of the past can reveal a great deal about Britain’s social history. For…
The Berlin Wall and the return of Charles II
Nov 6, 2014 • 51 min
As we approach the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, historian Hester Vaizey reveals the impact this momentous event had on the lives of ordinary East Germans. Meanwhile, freelance journalist Dan Cossins visits the Banqueting House in…
The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War
Oct 30, 2014 • 52 min
As we approach Bonfire Night, historian Clare Jackson pays a visit to Coughton Court in Warwickshire to explore its connections to the Gunpowder Plot. Meanwhile, Yale University’s Jay Winter joins us to discuss the First World War. For information…
Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit
Oct 23, 2014 • 43 min
British Museum director Neil MacGregor joins us to talk about his new BBC Radio 4 series Germany: Memories of a Nation, which illustrates the country’s history through a wealth of fascinating objects. Meanwhile, historical author Giles Milton discusses…
Georgian gardens and historical fiction
Oct 16, 2014 • 41 min
Charlotte Hodgman heads to Hampton Court Palace to check out their restored Georgian kitchen garden in the company of garden keeper Vicki Cooke. Meanwhile bestselling historical novelist Wilbur Smith talks about his latest book Desert God. Plus we…
The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists
Oct 9, 2014 • 66 min
Ranulph Fiennes talks about his ancestors’ involvement in the battle of Agincourt, and Paul Preston explores the life of Spanish communist politician Santiago Carrillo For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The trials of Joan of Arc
Oct 2, 2014 • 74 min
Historian Helen Castor discusses her new biography of the tragic French heroine Joan of Arc, describing her famous victories and the dramatic trial that condemned her to death. Putting the questions is fellow historian Dan Jones. For information regarding…
The history of humanity
Sep 25, 2014 • 54 min
Dr Yuval Harari chats to us about his new book, Sapiens, which explores tens of thousands of years of history and offers fresh insights into subjects such as agriculture, war, empire, science and capitalism. Plus, he questions whether all our progress has…
Hunting the regicides and the Chartist movement
Sep 18, 2014 • 45 min
Charles Spencer talks to Matt Elton about his new book, Killers of the King, which describes Charles II’s efforts to track down and take revenge on the men who executed his father during the Civil War. Meanwhile, Charlotte Hodgman visits Rosedene cottage…
Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses
Sep 11, 2014 • 60 min
Dan Jones is interviewed by Tudor expert Suzannah Lipscomb about his new book on the Wars of the Roses. The two historians discuss the writing of popular history, the role of medieval kings and the controversial figure of Richard III, among other things.…
Thomas Cromwell’s fall from grace
Sep 4, 2014 • 35 min
Tudor historian Tracy Borman discusses the career of Thomas Cromwell, the henchman of Henry VIII who brought down Anne Boleyn only to eventually share the same fate. Meanwhile, our First World War audio series continues as veterans recall September 1914…
George III and the art of anatomy
Aug 28, 2014 • 55 min
Former BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow talks about her new book The Strangest Family, which explores the private lives of King George III and his family. Meanwhile, we speak to Adam Rutherford about his BBC Four series The Beauty of Anatomy that…
The long history of the Crusades
Aug 21, 2014 • 47 min
In a lecture from our 2013 History Weekend festival, historian Tom Asbridge talks about how our understanding of the Crusades has changed over the past several centuries For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
James Bond and Vichy France
Aug 14, 2014 • 49 min
Historian and author Matthew Parker discusses how Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels reveal his thoughts about the changes taking place in Jamaica in the 1950s and 1960s. Meanwhile, author and biographer Caroline Moorehead discusses her new book about…
The global First World War
Aug 7, 2014 • 43 min
Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga discusses the subject of his new TV series The World's War, revealing how millions of people across the globe arrived in Europe to fight the First World War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The German view on the First World War
Jul 31, 2014 • 41 min
As we approach the centenary of the First World War, historian Alexander Watson, author of Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918, offers a German and Austro-Hungarian perspective on the events of 1914–18 and explains how the Central…
Richard III and dirty Tudors
Jul 24, 2014 • 49 min
Chris Skidmore, who is writing a new biography of Richard III, talks to us about how his research is presenting a different picture of the controversial 15th-century king. Meanwhile, we speak to Pamela Hartshorne about the challenges people faced in Tudor…
The World War Two French resistance and British holidays
Jul 17, 2014 • 57 min
Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown talks to Matt Elton about his new book on French resistance fighters who took on the Nazis during the Second World War. Meanwhile, Kathryn Ferry takes a trip to Hastings and St Leonards, in the company of…
Cold War smuggling and First World War veterans
Jul 10, 2014 • 40 min
Peter Finn and Petra Couvee reveal how the CIA tried to change the course of the Cold War by smuggling banned literature into the USSR, including Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago. Plus, in the second instalment of a series of extracts of…
Delphi and the Spanish empire
Jul 3, 2014 • 50 min
Classical historian Michael Scott delves into the remarkable history of Delphi, the site of a renowned oracle in Ancient Greece and a place that was visited by many leading figures in the Greek and Roman worlds. Plus we speak to Hugh Thomas, who has just…
Finance and war
Jun 26, 2014 • 51 min
Historian and Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng explores the long and complex relationship between wealth and warfare, from the Spanish empire until the present financial crisis. Meanwhile, Richard Van Emden explains how he put together a new book of first…
English gardens and Latin American football
Jun 19, 2014 • 64 min
Timothy Mowl guides us around a historic English garden, while Andreas Campomar explains Latin America’s fixation with football For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The legacy of the First World War
Jun 12, 2014 • 54 min
We're joined in the studio by the acclaimed Yale historian Adam Tooze to talk about his new book The Deluge, which focuses on the climax of the First World War and the resultant rise of the United States. Plus, we kick off our new Our First World War…
Wolfson History Prize special
Jun 3, 2014 • 56 min
Historians Catherine Merridale and Cyprian Broodbank have just been announced as the winners of the latest Wolfson History Prizes for their books on the Kremlin and the Mediterranean world. We spoke to them about their research and the challenges of…
D-Day and the Wars of the Roses
May 29, 2014 • 47 min
As we approach the 70th anniversary of D-Day, military historian James Holland challenges some popular assumptions about the 1944 Normandy campaign and recounts his experiences of meeting veterans. Meanwhile, historian and author Sarah Gristwood pays a…
Roman slavery and the man who started the First World War
May 22, 2014 • 43 min
Jerry Toner discusses the lives of slaves in Ancient Rome, while Tim Butcher explores the life of Gavrilo Princip, killer of Franz Ferdinand For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Monte Cassino and revolutionary Russia
May 15, 2014 • 46 min
On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, Matthew Parker explores one of the Allies' toughest challenges in the Second World War. Meanwhile we speak to Professor Orlando Figes, author of a new book and website about Russia's revolutionary…
Thomas Malthus and Wilkie Collins
May 8, 2014 • 48 min
This week we explore the life and work of two intellectual giants of the 19th century. First up, Robert Mayhew discusses the Georgian economist Thomas Malthus whose theories on population growth have remained controversial ever since. After that we're…
Victorian burials and the history of psychology
May 1, 2014 • 45 min
Ruth Levitt describes how London's cemeteries couldn't cope with the rising number of dead in the 19th century and reveals the solutions the Victorians devised for this problem. Meanwhile, we speak to Martin Sixsmith, presenter of the Radio 4 series In…
The value of war and the rail revolution
Apr 24, 2014 • 50 min
We speak to Ian Morris, author of War: What is it Good For?, about why he believes conflict has sometimes been a force for good. Plus, railway historian Di Drummond pays a visit to Manchester Liverpool Road Station where the age of passenger rail travel…
African history special
Apr 17, 2014 • 64 min
This week's podcast focuses on African history. First up, Miranda Kaufmann visits a replica of Francis Drake's Golden Hind and there explains how Africans played an important role in the Tudor explorer's adventures in the 16th century. Meanwhile, Gus…
Lawrence of Arabia and the Romanov sisters
Apr 10, 2014 • 53 min
Scott Anderson, the latest biographer of TE Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) describes his subject's eventful life and considers whether Lawrence's vision might have created a more stable Middle East. Meanwhile, we're joined by Helen…
Britain in the 1970s
Apr 3, 2014 • 39 min
Dominic Sandbrook charts the highs and lows of 1970s Britain in a lecture delivered at our History Weekend festival For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Anglo-Saxon treasures, and did Britain invent freedom?
Mar 27, 2014 • 48 min
Charlotte Hodgman explores the Staffordshire Hoard, while Daniel Hannan argues that English-speaking people created many of our modern liberties For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Cold War spies and friendship through the ages
Mar 20, 2014 • 39 min
Ben Macintyre delves into the life of double agent Kim Philby, while Thomas Dixon explains how the meaning of friendship has changed over the centuries For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Escaping the Blitz and recording the First World War
Mar 13, 2014 • 37 min
Juliet Gardiner pays a visit to an unusual Second World War shelter, while Julia Cave recalls her experiences interviewing veterans of the First World War For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Viking treasures and Hitler’s ‘perfect woman’
Mar 6, 2014 • 48 min
Gareth Williams guides us through the British Museum's major new Vikings exhibition, while Julie Gottlieb explains why a Nazi women's leader was visiting Britain in 1939 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tasmanian aborigines and the historic importance of the River Nile
Feb 27, 2014 • 50 min
Tom Lawson talks about the often-brutal experiences of the people of Tasmania, while Toby Wilkinson explores the historic importance of the River Nile For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Napoleon’s formative years and great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment
Feb 20, 2014 • 46 min
Michael Broers discusses Napoleon's formative years, while Alexander Broadie looks at some of the great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Babylonian Noah and Norse mythology
Feb 13, 2014 • 57 min
Irving Finkel describes a remarkable Babylonian tablet that changes our understanding of the flood legend. Meanwhile, Joanne Harris gives us her take on the Norse gods For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Royal cousins at war and Brunel’s brilliance
Feb 6, 2014 • 49 min
Richard Sanders considers how Europe's monarchs ended up on opposing sides in the First World War, while Eugene Byrne explores the talents of Isambard Kingdom Brunel For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Memories of Churchill and the history of the individual
Jan 30, 2014 • 50 min
John Julius Norwich recalls his remarkable childhood, while Larry Siedentop discusses liberalism and the West's 'crisis of confidence' For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Paxman on World War One
Jan 23, 2014 • 51 min
Jeremy Paxman discusses Britain in the First World War, as his new BBC TV series is about to air. Meanwhile, Miles Russell takes us on a trip to a luxurious Roman home For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain and the Union
Jan 17, 2014 • 46 min
Linda Colley discusses the history of the United Kingdom and considers its future For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain in 1914 and Jesus in history
Jan 9, 2014 • 42 min
Mark Bostridge describes some of the challenges facing Britain before the First World War, while Reza Aslan comments on the historical Jesus For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The aftermath of the Second World War
Jan 2, 2014 • 44 min
Keith Lowe examines the struggles that faced postwar Europe, in a lecture from our recent History Weekend For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Black Death and Tudor adventurers
Dec 27, 2013 • 48 min
John Hatcher visits a village devastated by the Black Death, while James Evans describes the doomed search for the north-east passage in the 16th century For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Christmas quiz
Dec 19, 2013 • 23 min
Test your history knowledge with our annual Christmas podcast quiz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nelson Mandela special
Dec 12, 2013 • 46 min
Following the death of Mandela, Saul Dubow and Aron Mazel consider his remarkable political career and his role in ending Apartheid For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The legacy of the First World War and Gandhi’s early years
Dec 5, 2013 • 53 min
David Reynolds explains how the First World War shaped the 20th century, while Ramachandra Guha considers Mahatma Gandhi's formative years For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Victorian vigour and a remarkable family
Nov 28, 2013 • 53 min
Simon Heffer discusses the triumphs of Victorian Britain, while Adrian Tinniswood talks about the 17th-century Rainborowes who were involved in the Civil War For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
JFK and a neglected Tudor
Nov 21, 2013 • 57 min
Mark White reappraises JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, while Alison Weir describes the life of Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Global history and the rise of the factories
Nov 14, 2013 • 38 min
Michael Scott chats about his new Radio 4 series Spin the Globe, while Simon Thurley guides us around an important site in Britain's Industrial Revolution For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Cold War culture and the path to the First World War
Nov 7, 2013 • 44 min
Dominic Sandbrook explores how the Cold War impacted on many aspects of British life, while Margaret MacMillan tells us why she believes the First World War broke out when it did For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A new look at Nelson and a haunted castle
Oct 31, 2013 • 45 min
Quintin Colville guides us around a major new Nelson gallery, while Charlotte Hodgman pays a Halloween visit to a spooky castle For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tudor portraits and Victorian footballers
Oct 24, 2013 • 53 min
Tarnya Cooper introduces the National Portrait Gallery’s new Elizabethan exhibition, while Richard Sanders delves into the early years of football. Plus, we talk to the BBC’s Martin Davidson about the corporation’s First World War plans For information…
Ancient Greek theatre and Victorian prisons
Oct 17, 2013 • 54 min
Michael Scott delves into the origins of drama, while Alyson Brown takes a trip around the historic Beaumaris Gaol For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The First World War and Richard III
Oct 10, 2013 • 70 min
Sir Max Hastings explores the origins and bloody outbreak of the First World War, while Philippa Langley and Michael Jones describe the discovery of Richard III’s remains For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The mysteries of the Princes in the Tower
Oct 3, 2013 • 56 min
Leanda de Lisle visits the Tower of London to explore the fate of the princes believed to have been killed there. Hannah Greig tells us about the Georgian fashionable elite, and we speak to Hollywood star Matthew Fox about his new historical film Emperor…
Ancient burials and modern murders
Sep 26, 2013 • 54 min
Richard Bradley guides us around a Neolithic burial site, while Lucy Worsley explores the 19th and 20th-century British fascination with violent crime For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Witch-hunting and medieval letter writing
Sep 19, 2013 • 46 min
Tracy Borman investigates the case of three women accused of witchcraft, while Deborah Thorpe charts the perilous path of a medieval letter For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A fresh look at an Ancient Greek classic
Sep 12, 2013 • 35 min
Tom Holland tells us about his new translation of Herodotus, the father of history. Plus Ben Wilson and Margaret MacMillan reveal their favourite history books For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
On the Civil War trail
Sep 5, 2013 • 29 min
Mark Stoyle and Charlotte Hodgman visit a key location in the clash between King Charles and Parliament For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A fresh look at Edward III
Aug 29, 2013 • 53 min
Richard Barber describes the life and career of one of England’s most successful medieval kings, based on new research for his book. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
England and Scotland go to war
Aug 22, 2013 • 57 min
George Goodwin describes the Anglo-Scottish battle of Flodden as the 500th anniversary approaches. Plus Gary Sheffield considers how First World War commanders coped with the peculiar challenges of that conflict. Rob Attar presents For information…
The history behind the White Queen
Aug 15, 2013 • 49 min
Sarah Gristwood considers how the BBC series the White Queen matches up to the history of the period, while Nick Rennison explains how he wrote his debut historical novel. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots and a British civil rights struggle
Aug 8, 2013 • 63 min
Linda Porter explores the Scottish queen’s turbulent life, while Paul Stephenson recounts his experiences as a leader of the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Early Christianity in England and Douglas Hurd on Disraeli
Aug 1, 2013 • 56 min
Historian Sarah Foot explores the rise of Christianity in England, while former home secretary Douglas Hurd discusses his new book about Benjamin Disraeli. Matt Elton presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
English Heritage’s History Live festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire
Jul 25, 2013 • 40 min
Anna Whitelock, Chris Skidmore MP, English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley and other leading historians discuss the value of heritage in a special report from the History Live! festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire For information regarding…
The Spanish Armada and an Iron Age mansion
Jul 18, 2013 • 51 min
Robert Hutchinson explores the reality of the Spanish Armada campaign of 1588, while Professor Michael Fulford discusses the discovery of a huge Iron Age mansion at Silchester. Matt Elton presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Georgian marriage and food in history
Jul 11, 2013 • 58 min
Lesley Adkins discusses the realities of marriage in Georgian Britain, while Sarah Pennell explores changing attitudes to food in the early modern period. Matt Elton presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
China’s Second World War and royal births through the ages
Jul 4, 2013 • 58 min
Rana Mitter explores China’s little-known contribution to Allied effort in World War Two, while Kate Williams explains how royal babies have been treated through history. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nazi spies and Viking ships
Jun 27, 2013 • 40 min
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones tells the story of an unlikely German spy, while Giles Kristian recalls his adventures on a recreated Viking ship. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Margaret Thatcher’s path to power, and the story of the Devonshires
Jun 21, 2013 • 58 min
Matt Elton speaks to Charles Moore about the first volume of his authorised Margaret Thatcher biography, while Roy Hattersley explores the history of one of Britain’s most influential dynasties. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data…
Elizabeth I’s two bodies
Jun 13, 2013 • 38 min
Anna Whitelock explores the contradictions of the Virgin Queen’s private live in a lecture recorded on our recent Tudors Day For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Richard III vs Henry VII
Jun 6, 2013 • 57 min
Chris Skidmore describes how the first Tudor king seized the crown from Richard III at Bosworth, while Brendan Simms examines Europe’s past, present and future. Matt Elton presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Horrible Histories special
May 30, 2013 • 42 min
Charlotte Hodgman pays a visit to the set of the award-winning Horrible Histories TV series to find out the secrets of the show’s success. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A history of the world and a second Norman Conquest
May 23, 2013 • 39 min
Arne Westad discusses the challenges of writing global history, while Sean McGlynn describes how a French invasion nearly overthrew King John For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Wolfson History Prize special
May 16, 2013 • 60 min
The winners of this year’s Wolfson History Prize, Christopher Duggan and Susan Brigden, join Rob Attar for a discussion about their books and the importance of popular history For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ancient Greek warriors and Neolithic huts
May 9, 2013 • 51 min
Jason Crowley discusses some of Athens’ fiercest fighters, while Charlotte Hodgman heads to Wiltshire to meet the reconstructors of some Neolithic buildings. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sick royals and the last year of peace
May 2, 2013 • 58 min
Lucy Worsley explores the health problems of past British monarchs, while Charles Emmerson explores the world of 1913. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s last Dambuster
Apr 25, 2013 • 51 min
Britain’s last surviving member of the Dambusters raid, ‘Johnny’ Johnson, recalls his adventures. Plus Sam Willis reveals how Antigua became Nelson’s Caribbean hellhole. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The ideas of the First World War
Apr 18, 2013 • 40 min
Professor Hew Strachan considers the ideologies that propelled combatants in the 1914–18 war, in a lecture delivered at BBC History Magazine’s First World War day event. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Dwarves in the Holocaust and the Vikings’ cultural legacy
Apr 11, 2013 • 54 min
Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev relate the sad story of a group of dwarves during the Holocaust. Plus Janina Ramirez explains how the Vikings changed the culture of the British Isles. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Pompeii comes to London
Apr 4, 2013 • 44 min
Rob Attar takes a tour of the British Museum’s major new Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition in the company of curator Paul Roberts. Plus we broadcast the winning entries of our Young Historians’ Podcast Competition. Rob Attar presents For information…
With Anne Boleyn at the Tower
Mar 28, 2013 • 58 min
Suzannah Lipscomb and Charlotte Hodgman explore the downfall of Anne Boleyn, at the Tower of London where she met her end. Plus Kate Donington describes the nature of British slave ownership. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy,…
Henry V and Thomas Cromwell – hero and villain
Mar 21, 2013 • 46 min
We challenge the reputations of two titans of English history. Anne Curry explores Henry V’s disreputable youth, while Diarmaid Macculloch offers a robust defence of Wolf Hall star Thomas Cromwell. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data…
German prisoners and Nelson’s navy
Mar 14, 2013 • 48 min
Panikos Panayi explores the experiences of German internees in Britain during the First World War, while Sam Willis introduces some first-hand accounts from Nelson’s navy. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Papal election special
Mar 7, 2013 • 40 min
To mark the upcoming papal election, historian Stella Fletcher explores the long tradition of conclaves. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Industrial Revolution and post-war eugenics
Feb 28, 2013 • 32 min
Emma Griffin discusses the beneficiaries of the growth of British industry, while Clare Hanson explores the controversial eugenics movement of the post-war period. Rob Attar presents For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Georgian banking and medieval royalty
Feb 21, 2013 • 37 min
Anne Murphy discusses an 18th-century investigation into the Bank of England, while Judith Green reveals what Henry I spent his money on. Presented by Rob Attar For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hitler’s philosophers, and a Bronze Age boat
Feb 14, 2013 • 39 min
Yvonne Sherratt explains why German thinkers were enraptured by the Nazis, while Robert Van De Noort introduces a project to recreate a Bronze Age boat. Presented by Rob Attar For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Richard III special
Feb 7, 2013 • 48 min
Following the momentous announcement that the body found in a Leicestershire carpark is indeed Richard III, Matt Elton speaks to Leicester archaeologist Lin Foxhall and Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, to get an inside view on the…
Britain’s European rejection and an intimate view of archaeology
Jan 31, 2013 • 31 min
With Britain’s membership of the EU in the news again, we examine the moment 50 years ago, when Charles de Gaulle vetoed Harold Macmillan’s request to join the EEC. Plus, we chat with Richard Morris about his new, rather personal, book on Britain’s…
Spielberg’s Lincoln and a new look at Jane Austen
Jan 24, 2013 • 43 min
Adam Smith offers a historian’s perspective on the new Lincoln film, while Paula Byrne explores the life of Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The history of music and the Knights Templar
Jan 17, 2013 • 46 min
Tim Blanning discusses how music has shaped history, while Michael Haag explores the history of the Knights Templar in the context of the Crusades For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tudor accidents and the real Anglo-Saxons
Jan 10, 2013 • 47 min
Steven Gunn analyses accidental death in Tudor times, while Ryan Lavelle explores the darker side of the Anglo-Saxons. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Royal personality in Tudor and Medieval times
Jan 3, 2013 • 48 min
Mark Ormrod and John Cooper give a joint lecture on Edward III and Francis Walsingham For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The First World War and Roman shopping
Dec 27, 2012 • 41 min
Chris Clark challenges the traditional view of the First World War’s origins, while Claire Holleran takes us on a shopping trip in ancient Rome. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra Christmas quiz
Dec 25, 2012 • 17 min
Test your history knowledge with our festive trivia challenge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Napoleon and Mussolini
Dec 13, 2012 • 65 min
Alan Forrest considers how Napoleon used art as propaganda, while Christopher Duggan argues that Mussolini was a popular ruler. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Victorian cadaver trade, and lessons from the past masters
Dec 6, 2012 • 48 min
Elizabeth T Hurren explores how the bodies of paupers helped advance medical science, while Robert Greene explains how you can become the next Napoleon or Leonardo da Vinci. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Black soldiers in the World War Two, and medical history research
Nov 29, 2012 • 46 min
Stephen Bourne reflects on the black contribution to Britain’s fight against the Axis, while Alun Withey introduces a new medical history project. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Edward I and maps through history
Nov 22, 2012 • 42 min
Caroline Burt explores the reputation of Edward I and Simon Garfield explains his fascination with historical maps. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jujitsu suffragettes and the Battle of El Alamein
Nov 15, 2012 • 50 min
Jonathan Dimbleby considers a momentous Second World War clash, while Emelyne Godfrey reveals the story of suffragette martial artists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The importance of the Tudors
Nov 8, 2012 • 43 min
Suzannah Lipscomb explains the impact that Henry VIII, Elizabeth I et al had on English and British history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Why the Plantagenets matter
Nov 1, 2012 • 55 min
Dan Jones argues the importance of the Plantagenet dynasty to British history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The early years of the Iron Curtain and violence on the wane
Oct 25, 2012 • 49 min
Anne Applebaum discusses her new book on Communist Eastern Europe, while Steven Pinker argues that we've never lived in more peaceful times. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
World War Two farming and a new time saver for historians
Oct 18, 2012 • 50 min
Clare Griffiths considers how the Second World War affected agriculture, while John Morrill introduces an invaluable new resource for historians. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Battle of Poitiers and WWII strategy
Oct 11, 2012 • 43 min
David Reynolds discusses Britain’s World War Two strategy, while Bernard Cornwell considers the Battle of Poitiers, 1356. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History for future generations
Oct 4, 2012 • 36 min
Catherine Butler discusses history for children, while David Horspool examines rebellious texts of the past. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Letters from the USSR
Sep 27, 2012 • 36 min
Orlando Figes describes some remarkable letters from the Soviet Union, while Charlotte Hodgman investigates the history of gas in Britain. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Victorian cohabitation and the Libor scandal
Sep 20, 2012 • 40 min
Rebecca Probert explores cohabitation in Victorian times, while Tony Moore seeks out historical parallels to the Libor scandal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Disability through the ages
Sep 13, 2012 • 62 min
Simon Jarrett discusses disability through history, while David Priestland talks about how occupational groups have fought for power over the centuries. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The battle for Madagascar and The Wars of the Roses
Sep 6, 2012 • 46 min
Tim Benbow describes the Second World War battle for Madagascar, while Sarah Gristwood reflects on the role of women in the Wars of the Roses. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Spanish Civil War
Aug 30, 2012 • 41 min
Helen Graham reflects on the Spanish Civil War and Sam Willis comments on a remarkable naval discovery. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Historical geography and cookery
Aug 23, 2012 • 42 min
Jerry Brotton introduces the father of geography, while David Musgrove investigates some historical recipe books. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
American religions
Aug 16, 2012 • 52 min
Richard Carwardine explores religion in the USA and David Lees considers Vichy France’s role in the Holocaust. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Royal Navy
Aug 9, 2012 • 48 min
Sam Willis explores the history of the Royal Navy in the concluding half of our Tower of London lecture. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The British Army
Aug 2, 2012 • 46 min
Saul David describes the role of the British army in propelling the country to global-power status. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Cold War Olympic boycott
Jul 26, 2012 • 52 min
Matthew Roberts talks about the Luddite uprisings and Kevin Jefferys recalls a Cold War Olympic boycott. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Medieval travel and anti-suffrage postcards
Jul 19, 2012 • 45 min
Paul Oldfield details the medieval travelling experience, while June Purvis analyses anti-Suffragette postcards. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Smuggling and sport
Jul 12, 2012 • 47 min
Evan Jones explores smuggling in the Tudor era, and Alistair Dougall tells us why sport became a battleground in the 17th century. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Historic healthcare
Jul 5, 2012 • 49 min
Peter Caddick Adams revisits the battle of Monte Cassino and George Goslings talks us through the history of healthcare. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
British queens
Jun 28, 2012 • 78 min
Anna Whitelock and Kate Williams discuss Queens Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II in a special episode recorded at the Tower of London. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ancient Egypt and Trafalgar
Jun 21, 2012 • 41 min
John Romer considers ancient Egypt, while Sean McGlynn delves into the story of England’s medieval battle of Trafalgar. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Scottish military
Jun 14, 2012 • 45 min
Edward Spiers explores Scotland’s military history, while Malcolm Chase tells us why 1820 was a year of great importance. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The subcontinent
Jun 7, 2012 • 62 min
Antony Beevor talks to us about his new history of the Second World War and Sarah Ansari discusses the subcontinent since partition. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Napoleon in Russia
May 31, 2012 • 57 min
Dominic Lieven reviews Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, while Llewelyn Morgan considers the story of the Bamiyan Buddhas. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Thomas Beckett and WWII relived
May 24, 2012 • 64 min
John Guy tackles the story of Thomas Becket, and a Second World War veteran recalls his experiences. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Viking sagas and royal pageants
May 17, 2012 • 47 min
Emily Lethbridge considers Viking sagas, while Robert Blyth reviews royal pageants of the past. Find out more about Viking sagas and Emily’s travels at http://sagasteads.blogspot.co.uk/ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The War of Independence
May 9, 2012 • 55 min
Andrew Lambert discusses the War of 1812 between Britain and the USA, and we talk to Kishore Rao, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Shakespeare’s Richard III
May 3, 2012 • 48 min
Paulina Kewes considers Shakespeare’s treatment of Richard III, and Michael Wood tells us why he’s championing ordinary Britons. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Norman Conquest
Apr 26, 2012 • 63 min
Marc Morris explores the Norman Conquest, and Anna Whitelock discusses public history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History in our schools
Apr 19, 2012 • 45 min
Mary Beard describes life for ordinary people in ancient Rome, while Richard Evans considers the state of school history teaching. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Shakespeare’s Richard II
Apr 12, 2012 • 51 min
Gillian Hovell explores the Roman invasion of Britain and Dan Jones considers Shakespeare’s treatment of Richard II. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Falklands War
Apr 5, 2012 • 60 min
Max Hastings looks back on the Falklands War, and Helen Parr considers the impact of that conflict on veterans. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The FBI
Mar 29, 2012 • 42 min
Tim Weiner explores the murky history of the FBI, while James Robinson explains why some countries became rich as others remained poor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Letters from the front line
Mar 22, 2012 • 41 min
Diarmaid MacCulloch considers religion and Englishness, while Sian Price explores soldiers’ letters from the front. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tudor courtiers and the Great Bed of Ware
Mar 15, 2012 • 54 min
Suzannah Lipscomb talks about Tudor courtiers, while Kate Hay introduces the Great Bed of Ware. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Fleeing nuns and sinking ships
Mar 8, 2012 • 44 min
James Kelly on early modern nuns on the run, and Patrick Bishop on the sinking of the Tirpitz. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain’s enemies
Mar 1, 2012 • 37 min
Ian Mortimer explores the sensations of Elizabethan England, and Julian Farrance introduces some of Britain’s toughest military opponents. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jeremy Paxman on the empire
Feb 23, 2012 • 47 min
Jeremy Paxman considers the British empire, and Peter Thompson looks at the American Revolution. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
Feb 16, 2012 • 41 min
Mark Greengrass examines Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Chris Woolgar discusses the highlights of the Broadlands Archives, and Oliver Creighton introduces ‘polite’ landscapes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
100th episode special
Feb 9, 2012 • 51 min
For our 100th podcast episode we put your questions on the Crusades to historian Tom Asbridge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Homosexuals in the armed forces
Feb 2, 2012 • 44 min
Saul David talks military logistics and Stephen Bourne explores the role of homosexuals in the armed services during the Second World War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Civilisations old and new and the M Shed museum
Jan 26, 2012 • 45 min
Peter Watson considers the differences between Old and New World civilisations, while Dave Musgrove heads to the new M Shed museum to find out about a rather gruesome book. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Antarctic expedition special
Jan 19, 2012 • 43 min
In an Antarctic expedition special, Elin Simonsson talks about Captain Scott’s scientific legacy while Sophie Gordon considers the power of the Antarctic photographs taken on Scott and Shackleton’s expeditions. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Ancient Egypt through Victorian eyes
Jan 12, 2012 • 45 min
Sheilagh Ogilvie discusses unusual consumption regulations in early modern Germany and David Gange examines Victorian notions of Ancient Egypt. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
King George VI and stories from Africa
Jan 5, 2012 • 55 min
Denis Judd explains the appeal of King George VI and Gus Casely-Hayford tells the remarkable story of a golden African kingdom. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How is history relevant to us?
Dec 29, 2011 • 38 min
Roman Krznaric explains how history can guide our lives today, while Bill Cash MP lauds the statesman John Bright. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hidden tunnels in Exeter
Dec 22, 2011 • 60 min
Professor Mark Stoyle explores the historic passages that lie under the city of Exeter in Devon and Dr Steven Gunn talks about the perils of water in Tudor England. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Religion and war
Dec 15, 2011 • 44 min
Michael Snape considers the role of religion in war, and Julie Gottlieb reviews how female voters were seen in the interwar period. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Peter Englund’s new book
Dec 8, 2011 • 49 min
Peter Englund speaks about his new book on the First World War and we interview Michael Hunter about the scientist Robert Boyle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How to escape the tower
Dec 1, 2011 • 36 min
David Cannadine examines the history of teaching history and Nigel Jones reveals the best methods for escaping from the Tower of London. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The mourning of Queen Victoria
Nov 24, 2011 • 43 min
Helen Rappaport discusses the impact of Prince Albert’s death on Queen Victoria and the monarchy and Scot McKendrick considers what led Edward IV to create his royal library. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Voices of veterans and the debate on sugar
Nov 17, 2011 • 45 min
Second World War veterans describe their experiences of a three month forced march and Richard Huzzey explains how sugar caused fierce debate in Victorian Britain. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Second World War arctic convoys
Nov 10, 2011 • 35 min
Quintin Colville explores the World War Two Arctic convoys, and Steven Rippon considers medieval wetlands. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dambusters
Nov 3, 2011 • 28 min
James Holland explores the iconic Dambusters raid. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Edward III and a naval battle
Oct 28, 2011 • 65 min
Mark Ormrod examines the reign of Edward III and Sam Willis takes us back to a major naval battle in the French Revolutionary Wars. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Misconceptions of WWII
Oct 21, 2011 • 65 min
Max Hastings explores Second World War misconceptions and Justin Meggitt discusses pirates. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A new history of England and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oct 14, 2011 • 34 min
Peter Ackroyd talks to us about his new history of England and Philip Carter explains how a group of architects have made it into the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Queen Matilda
Oct 7, 2011 • 46 min
Tracy Borman considers the life and times of Queen Matilda, while Jon Henderson takes us underwater to the lost prehistoric city of Pavlopetri. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bernard Cornwell on his novels
Sep 30, 2011 • 40 min
Gary Sheffield describes Douglas Haig’s post-war career and Bernard Cornwell chats about his work as a historical novelist. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The East India Company and Nelson
Sep 23, 2011 • 38 min
Professor Andrew Lambert considers the career of Horatio Nelson. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The spies of Queen Elizabeth I
Sep 16, 2011 • 26 min
Dr John Cooper of York University explores the murky world of secret agents in the reign of Elizabeth I. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Being a British Missionary and troubles in Ireland
Sep 9, 2011 • 37 min
Emily Manktelow considers how British missionaries interacted with native peoples and Claire Fitzpatrick explores a site of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The end of slavery and headaches in history
Sep 2, 2011 • 45 min
James Walvin explores the abolition of the slave trade, Katherine Foxhall examines the history of migraines and Dan Snow heads to Erddig. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Greek slavery, Victorian heroism and Dan Snow on cars
Aug 26, 2011 • 39 min
Paul Cartledge comments on slavery in Ancient Greece, John Price describes Victorian heroism and Dan Snow is enthused by classic cars. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Germany’s defeat
Aug 19, 2011 • 44 min
Ian Kershaw explains why Nazi Germany fought to the end and Dan Snow previews the next episode of National Treasures Live. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Victorian telegraph and Dan Snow on his new series
Aug 12, 2011 • 32 min
Susan Doran describes the reign of Elizabeth I, Dan Snow talks about his new TV series and Richard Noakes highlights the Victorian telegraph. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The conquest of Wales and Mary I
Aug 5, 2011 • 55 min
Marc Morris describes England’s conquest of Wales, Dan Snow previews his new TV series and Anna Whitelock continues our Tudor series with a discussion of Mary I. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Summer holidays and Edward VI
Jul 29, 2011 • 29 min
John K Walton explores the British seaside holiday while Ralph Houlbrooke delves into the reign of Edward VI. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The career of one of England’s most well-known kings
Jul 22, 2011 • 38 min
George Bernard describes the reign of Henry VIII and Justin Champion talks Thomas Hobbes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The origins of the Tudors
Jul 15, 2011 • 32 min
Steven Gunn explains the importance of the first Tudor king and David Carpenter delves into some fascinating medieval documents. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Back to school and Hitler’s schemes for war
Jul 8, 2011 • 45 min
Jane Hamlett talks about Victorian boarding schools and Joe Maiolo explains how Hitler hoped to win the Second World War with rockets and flying bombs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain under Roman rule and the truth about the crusades
Jul 1, 2011 • 40 min
Tom Asbridge considers the real nature of the Crusades and Manda Scott opines on the Roman occupation of Britain. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Duke of Wellington and Alfred the Great
Jun 24, 2011 • 36 min
On the first of our weekly podcasts we have Peter Snow discussing the merits of the Duke of Wellington and Sarah Foot explaining why Alfred the Great’s legacy towers over Æthelstan’s. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
News for the BBC’s Doomsday Project and the future of the National Archive
Jun 1, 2011 • 56 min
Michael Wood discusses the BBC’s Domesday Project, David Reynolds reflects on Operation Barbarossa, Angus Konstam considers the fate of Captain Kidd and the new CEO of the Nation Archives comments on the organisation’s future plans. For information…
History Extra podcast - May 2011
May 1, 2011 • 50 min
Miles Russell explores the mystery of the Roman Ninth Legion, Tara Hamling discusses Elizabethan drama and Paul Addison and Jeremy Crang reveal how British morale held up during the Second World War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - April 2011
Apr 1, 2011 • 43 min
David Edgerton explains why Britain was no underdog in the Second World War, Lucy looks at how hairstyles reflected political and social change and Chris Evans discusses British involvement in Latin American slavery. For information regarding your data…
History Extra podcast - March 2011
Mar 1, 2011 • 45 min
Harry Bennett discusses the role of the Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic, Niall Ferguson considers how much longer western supremacy can last, and Edward Higgs explores the challenges of the Victorian census. For information regarding your data…
History Extra podcast - February 2011
Feb 1, 2011 • 41 min
Mark Ormrod discusses the Black Death, Mark Nicholls explores the life of Sir Walter Ralegh and Simon Sebag Montefiore explains the challenges involved in writing a history of Jerusalem. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - January 2011
Jan 1, 2011 • 43 min
Ryan Lavelle discusses Viking warfare, Robb Robinson recalls the lives of Edwardian fishing fleets and David Musgrove visits Avebury with archaeologist Nicola Snashall. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - Christmas 2010
Dec 25, 2010 • 17 min
The BBC History Magazine team dish up a festive history quiz, with questions set by QI’s Justin Pollard. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - December 2010
Dec 1, 2010 • 35 min
Mark Stoyle explains the 16th-century Prayer Book Rebellion, Clive Bloom discusses Edwardian Terrorism and a selection of eyewitnesses recall momentous events of the 20th century. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - November 2010
Nov 1, 2010 • 38 min
Karen Allen reveals the Yorkshire origins of trick or treat and Richard Carwardine explains the importance of Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 election victory. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - October 2010
Oct 1, 2010 • 46 min
Miles Russell discusses the key moments in the Roman occupation of Britain, RJB Bosworth talks about Mussolini’s love life, and Dr Hannah Newton analyses the anguish of bereaved parents in the 17th century. For information regarding your data privacy,…
History Extra podcast - September 2010
Sep 1, 2010 • 53 min
Tim Benbow offers his thoughts on the Korean War, Helen Castor explains the difficulties of being a queen in the 12th century and Helen Rosslyn describes the impact of The Da Vinci Code on Rosslyn Chapel. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - August 2010
Aug 1, 2010 • 60 min
Max Jones on the decline of British heroes, Robert Bartlett talking Normans and Hugh Lunghi recalls his time with Stalin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - July 2010
Jul 1, 2010 • 39 min
Claire Jowitt talks about Elizabeth I’s pirates, Kay Chadwick introduces a Vichy propagandist and John Spurr discusses swearing in history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - June 2010
Jun 1, 2010 • 45 min
Edward Vallance discusses a 17th century radical and Hugh Doherty on true life Robin Hoods. Also, survivors of the Blitz in the Second World War relive the experience. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - May 2010
May 1, 2010 • 35 min
Laurence Rees explains why Hitler didn’t press his advantage at Dunkirk in 1940. Plus Michael Scott offers his insights into the 490 BC Battle of Marathon. Also this month Gillian Mawson tells the stories of Guernsey’s Second World War child refugees. For…
History Extra podcast - April 2010
Apr 1, 2010 • 29 min
Jenny Uglow gives us the lowdown on Charles II and the Restoration. Plus Emma Robertson explores the origins of chocolate in the British Empire. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - March 2010
Mar 1, 2010 • 34 min
Glenn Foard reflects on the discovery of the true location of the Bosworth battlefield and Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska explains the role of rationing in the Second World War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - February 2010
Feb 1, 2010 • 42 min
John Morrill explains why we need to look more closely at the words of Oliver Cromwell, Juliet Gardiner considers the 1930s, and Thomas Asbridge delves into Richard I’s crusades. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - January 2010
Jan 1, 2010 • 29 min
Neil MacGregor discusses key objects in world history, Robert Hume looks at toilet designer Thomas Crapper and Elaine Leong talks about medicines in the 18th century. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - December 2009 - Part 2
Dec 15, 2009 • 28 min
Robert Ferguson considers what drove the Vikings to launch their seaborne attacks, while Peter Martin reviews the life and personality of Dr Johnson. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - December 2009 - Part 1
Dec 1, 2009 • 30 min
Rachael Duffett considers how First World War soldiers took to the food they were served. Plus Julian Swann offers his thoughts on the origin of the French Revolution. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - November 2009 - Part 2
Nov 15, 2009 • 23 min
Sue Elliott explains how the children of the Britons who tended First World War graves at Ypres went on to fight the Nazis. Also in this issue Jeremy Black reveals why the battle of Quiberon 250 years ago saved Britain from invasion. For information…
History Extra podcast - November 2009 - Part 1
Nov 1, 2009 • 37 min
This week’s podcast is a First World War special. We begin with oral historian Peter Hart who introduces clips of interviews with war veterans from the Imperial War Museum sound archive. Also in this issue Fiona Reid explores the changing nature of…
History Extra podcast - October 2009 - Part 2
Oct 15, 2009 • 26 min
Michael Scott explains why the 4th century BC was just as important as the previous 100 years in the history of Ancient Greece. Also in this edition we speak to Caroline Dodds Pennock about the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II and the Spanish conquest of Mexico.…
History Extra podcast - October 2009 - Part 1
Oct 1, 2009 • 25 min
Amanda Vickery talks about her new radio series that delves into the history of private lives in Britain. Also in this edition Ian Mortimer explains why he thinks Henry V was a cruel king who doesn’t deserve his heroic reputation. For information…
History Extra podcast - September 2009 - Part 2
Sep 15, 2009 • 28 min
This month Dan Snow gives his opinions on the momentous Battle of Quebec that took place 250 years ago. Plus we speak to Tracy Borman about how Elizabeth I grew envious of the other women at her court. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - September 2009 - Part 1
Sep 1, 2009 • 47 min
This month’s podcast is a Second World War special. We speak to Dr Dan Todman about the situation on the home front in 1939 and you can hear exclusive extracts from two new BBC Second World War Audiobooks. For information regarding your data privacy,…
History Extra podcast - August 2009 - Part 2
Aug 15, 2009 • 31 min
Peter Thompson explains how a 17th-century shipwreck brought Bermuda into the British Empire; Sean McGlynn discusses Medieval atrocities and reveals how they compare to modern-day brutality. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - August 2009 - Part 1
Aug 1, 2009 • 31 min
John Gillingham explains how the murder of Thomas Becket inspired a magnificent fortress; Nicholas Orme leafs through a 16th-century guide to the art of swimming. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - July 2009 - Part 2
Jul 15, 2009 • 38 min
Mark Ormrod gives a colourful insight into medieval petitions; Christopher Lewis and Alison Boyle discuss two of the 17th century’s greatest astronomers: Galileo and Thomas Harriot. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - July 2009 - Part 1
Jul 1, 2009 • 28 min
Christine MacLeod challenges popular perceptions of the Industrial Revolution; Mark Collins talks about the history of Big Ben on its 150th anniversary. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - June 2009 - Part 2
Jun 15, 2009 • 24 min
Edward Vallance explores the story of Thomas Paine, hated in England in his lifetime but loved in America, June Purvis tackles the subject of the force feeding of suffragettes 100 years ago. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - June 2009 - Part 1
Jun 1, 2009 • 24 min
Antony Beevor discusses his latest book on D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, Helen J Nicholson explains what happened to the Knights Templar who went on trial in Medieval Britain. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - May 2009 - Part 2
May 15, 2009 • 28 min
Roger Moorhouse is on the trail of a serial killer in Nazi Berlin, Deborah Youngs discusses the fascinating diary of an ordinary gentleman in Tudor England. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - May 2009 - Part 1
May 1, 2009 • 32 min
The Great Turning Points in British History, Tristram Hunt discusses the life and legacy of Friedrich Engels, Angus Wainwright gives his thoughts on the Anglo Saxons and Sutton Hoo. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - April 2009 - Part 2
Apr 15, 2009 • 30 min
Brett Dolman considers King Henry VIII and Hampton Court, Nick Lloyd discusses the bloody Amritsar massacre of 1919. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - April 2009 - Part 1
Apr 1, 2009 • 31 min
Louise Raw discusses the 1888 Matchgirls strike, David Stevenson returns to 1918 in our Time Machine. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - March 2009 - Part 2
Mar 15, 2009 • 26 min
Marc Morris discusses how Edward I appropriated the legend of King Arthur, Peter Hart reflects on the dangerous careers of First World War fighter pilots. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - March 2009 - Part 1
Mar 1, 2009 • 27 min
Hallie Rubehold reveals a remarkable tale of adultery that caused a scandal in the 18th century, David Hipshon speaks about the controversial king Richard III and his violent death at the Battle of Bosworth. For information regarding your data privacy,…
History Extra podcast - February 2009 - Part 2
Feb 15, 2009 • 29 min
Sir David Attenborough gives his thoughts on Charles Darwin and the impact of his work, Adrian Desmond explains why he believes a passionate hatred of slavery was one of the driving forces behind Darwin’s career. For information regarding your data…
History Extra podcast - February 2009 - Part 1
Feb 1, 2009 • 40 min
Saul David talks about the forgotten battles of the Zulu Wars, Jane Hamlett talks about Victorian men and household furnishing, Richard Carwardine discusses US President Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - January 2009 - Part 2
Jan 15, 2009 • 37 min
Professor Robert Crawford giving us a taste of the poetry of Robert Burns, Richard Serjeantson talks about the Elizabethan courtier and polymath Francis Bacon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - January 2009 - Part 1
Jan 1, 2009 • 34 min
Sarah Wise discusses life in London’s notorious Old Nichol slum in the 19th century, Art historian Beth Williamson describes part of the medieval painting of the Last Judgement at Dauntsey Church in Wiltshire. For information regarding your data privacy,…
History Extra podcast - December 2008 - Part 2
Dec 25, 2008 • 27 min
BBC History Magazine’s Christmas Quiz with QI quizmaster Justin Pollard. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - December 2008 - Part 1
Dec 1, 2008 • 48 min
Stephen Conway returns to 1775, Professor Mark Connelly describes how the Victorians began to shop until they dropped, The ‘father of history’ on one of the great ancient civilisations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - November 2008 - Part 2
Nov 15, 2008 • 44 min
Film-maker Laurence Rees discusses the secret top-level dealings of WW2, Munro Price visits the French Revolution in the Time Machine, The making of the new documentary series ‘The History of Scotland’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - November 2008 - Part 1
Nov 1, 2008 • 46 min
Michael Palin looks back at the final hours of the conflict, Professor Gary Sheffield explains how the Allies were able to triumph in 1918, David Reynolds discusses the terms of the Armistice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - October 2008 - Part 2
Oct 15, 2008 • 31 min
Kate Williams talks about the young Victoria’s spirited struggle to become queen, Richard J Evans asks “how far did the German people support the Third Reich?”. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - October 2008 - Part 1
Oct 1, 2008 • 46 min
Patricia Davies recalls the brilliant deception plan Operation Mincemeat, Dr Ian Mortimer reveals what life was like for the inhabitants of medieval towns, Hannah Greig explains her role as historical advisor to the new film ‘The Duchess’. For information…
History Extra podcast - September 2008
Sep 1, 2008 • 40 min
Professor Mary Beard gives us an insight into the preserved Roman city of Pompeii, The controversial legacy of Oliver Cromwell is discussed by Professor John Morrill, Professor David Loades has a date with Elizabeth I and William Cecil. For information…
History Extra podcast - August 2008
Aug 1, 2008 • 38 min
Professor Anne Curry tells us which year she would like to visit in our time machine, TV presenter Ruth Goodman updates us on her progress on the Victorian farm, Professor Glyn Williams offers his opinions on the life of Captain Cook. For information…
History Extra podcast - July 2008
Jul 1, 2008 • 41 min
Code-breaker Jerry Roberts recalls his work at Bletchley Park in the Second World War, David Musgrove interviews a panel of historians about the latest research on the Bayeux Tapestry, Professor Tim Blanning takes our Time Machine to 1876 for a night at…
History Extra podcast - June 2008
Jun 1, 2008 • 43 min
David Musgrove takes a look around the new visitors’ centre at Culloden, Historical biographer Alison Weir describes her discovery of an unknown portrait of Elizabeth I, Professor Robert Service seeks answers from Leon Trotsky using our Time Machine. For…
History Extra podcast - May 2008
May 1, 2008 • 34 min
Alex Werner of the Museum in Docklands discusses a new exhibition on Jack the Ripper, TV presenter Ruth Goodman chats about her experiences living on a Victorian farm, Professor Paul Cartledge meets Athenian thinkers via our Time Machine. For information…
History Extra podcast - April 2008
Apr 1, 2008 • 36 min
Professor Lisa Jardine looks at the relationship between England and the Netherlands in 1688, Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood offers his thoughts on Alfred the Great, Professor Richard Holmes takes our Time Machine back to the Battle of Blenheim.…
History Extra podcast - March 2008
Mar 1, 2008 • 44 min
Historian and broadcaster Marc Morris on how Edward I made England and Scotland into enemies, Dr Dominic Sandbrook discusses the impact of Enoch Powell’s infamous 1968 speech, Professor Liam Kennedy meets the participants of the Easter Rising. For…
History Extra podcast - February 2008
Feb 1, 2008 • 59 min
Historical writer Derek Wilson explains his choices for the most awful years in British history, Dr Michael Goodman delves into the mysterious death of frogman Buster Crabb, Professor Mary Beard visits Ancient Rome in our Time Machine. For information…
History Extra podcast - January 2008
Jan 1, 2008 • 42 min
Ben Barkow talks about the study of the holocaust, Professor Ronald Hutton meets the founder of an obscure religion, David Musgrove takes a guided walk around the new Atlantic Worlds gallery at the National Maritime Museum. For information regarding your…
History Extra podcast - Christmas Quiz
Dec 25, 2007 • 47 min
Popular historian Justin Pollard and David Musgrove take charge of our history pub quiz. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - December 2007
Dec 1, 2007 • 44 min
Historical writer Julian Humphrys provides his tips for capturing a castle, Military historian and broadcaster Max Hastings discusses the Pacific War, Sue Wingrove rounds-up the history books of the year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
History Extra podcast - November 2007
Nov 1, 2007 • 27 min
Top Gear presenter James May explains his admiration for the Wright Brothers, Dr Anthony Cumming challenges traditional assumptions about the Battle of Britain, Author and journalist Leo McKinstry reveals how the Spitfire nearly missed its finest hour.…
History Extra podcast - October 2007
Oct 1, 2007 • 36 min
History programme-maker Laurence Rees recalls some of his most interesting encounters with Second World War veterans, David Musgrove takes a tour of the Mary Rose Museum and finds out about the ship’s final moments. For information regarding your data…
History Extra podcast - September 2007
Sep 1, 2007 • 23 min
Professor Harry Gelber looks back over China’s long history, Historical biographer Alison Weir and author and historian Tracy Borman tell the stories of two royal mistresses. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - August 2007
Aug 1, 2007 • 33 min
Professor Jonathan Phillips talks about the Second Crusade, A live report from a recreated Viking voyage, TV presenter Nicholas Crane discusses historic travellers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - July 2007
Jul 1, 2007 • 17 min
Professor Gary Sheffield describes the political talents of the Duke of Wellington. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
History Extra podcast - June 2007
Jun 1, 2007 • 17 min
Professor Ian Kershaw discusses the major decisions and turning points of the Second World War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy