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History Extra podcast

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

Episodes

  • Peter Frankopan on global history in 2020

    Aug 05 2020

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

  • Medieval dynasties: how to stay on the throne

    Aug 03 2020

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

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

    Aug 02 2020

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

  • Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

    Aug 01 2020

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

  • The Princes in the Tower: History’s Greatest Mysteries

    Jul 31 2020

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

  • Stonehenge: History’s Greatest Mysteries

    Jul 30 2020

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

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

    Jul 29 2020

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

  • The lost colony of Roanoke: History’s Greatest Mysteries

    Jul 28 2020

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

  • The Voynich Manuscript: History’s Greatest Mysteries

    Jul 27 2020

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

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

    Jul 26 2020

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

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

    Jul 25 2020

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

  • Unburied treasures

    Jul 24 2020

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

  • African American abolitionists in Britain

    Jul 22 2020

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

  • A history of magic

    Jul 20 2020

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

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

    Jul 19 2020

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

  • At home with the medieval aristocracy

    Jul 18 2020

    Professor Louise Wilkinson, a medievalist at the University of Lincoln talks about her research into the household accounts of Eleanor de Montfort, a key figure in the mid-13th century civil war. The conversation particularly discusses what these accounts tell us about day-to-day life in an aristocratic household – what people ate and drank, what they wore, and what they did on a daily basis – as well as how they inform us about the ramifications of the political upheavals that occurred at ...more

  • Lionheart of stone: the medieval statue debate

    Jul 17 2020

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

  • The Abdication crisis

    Jul 15 2020

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

  • Nero: Rome’s Antichrist?

    Jul 13 2020

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

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

    Jul 12 2020

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

  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles

    Jul 11 2020

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

  • Museums and colonialism

    Jul 10 2020

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

  • David Abulafia on The Boundless Sea

    Jul 08 2020

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

  • California’s century of change

    Jul 06 2020

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

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

    Jul 05 2020

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

  • The Picts

    Jul 04 2020

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

  • Women and the Crusades

    Jul 03 2020

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

  • World War Two: the challenge of commemoration

    Jul 01 2020

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

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

    Jun 29 2020

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

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

    Jun 28 2020

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

  • William and Cnut: a tale of two conquerors

    Jun 27 2020

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

  • Amy Robsart: a Tudor tragedy

    Jun 26 2020

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

  • Britain and the Korean War

    Jun 24 2020

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

  • Working mothers

    Jun 22 2020

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

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

    Jun 21 2020

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

  • Saturday lecture: Medieval love and marriage

    Jun 20 2020

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

  • The Lancaster

    Jun 19 2020

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

  • Henry III: inside the mind of a medieval king

    Jun 17 2020

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

  • Francis Drake: slave trader

    Jun 16 2020

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

  • Britain and the slave trade

    Jun 15 2020

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

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

    Jun 14 2020

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

  • The Field of the Cloth of Gold

    Jun 12 2020

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

  • The secret plot to kill Lincoln

    Jun 10 2020

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

  • The unexpected Tudors

    Jun 08 2020

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

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

    Jun 07 2020

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

  • Saturday lecture: Medieval disease and medicine

    Jun 06 2020

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

  • The history of the Bible

    Jun 05 2020

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

  • A legendary pirate

    Jun 03 2020

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

  • The cosmopolitan Chaucer

    Jun 01 2020

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

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

    May 31 2020

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

  • Saturday lecture: Medieval food

    May 30 2020

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

  • Indian soldiers at Dunkirk

    May 29 2020

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

  • Medieval prisoners of war

    May 27 2020

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

  • David Olusoga on A House Through Time

    May 25 2020

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

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

    May 24 2020

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

  • Saturday lecture: Medieval crime and violence

    May 23 2020

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

  • Cooking for Churchill

    May 22 2020

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

  • Rutger Bregman’s optimistic history of the world

    May 20 2020

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

  • Living on the edge in Victorian Britain

    May 18 2020

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

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

    May 17 2020

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

  • Surviving the Great Plague

    May 15 2020

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

  • Rethinking the Renaissance

    May 13 2020

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

  • The life and legend of Florence Nightingale

    May 11 2020

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

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

    May 10 2020

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

  • Britain at War

    May 08 2020

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

  • The Northumbrians: from Bede to Geordie Shore

    May 06 2020

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

  • Medieval globetrotters

    May 04 2020

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

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

    May 03 2020

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

  • The Corn Laws crisis

    May 01 2020

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

  • How the world made us

    Apr 29 2020

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

  • The unexpected Vikings

    Apr 27 2020

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

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

    Apr 26 2020

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

  • A Nazi mystery

    Apr 24 2020

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

  • A new view of Africa’s past

    Apr 22 2020

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

  • Chanel and the Riviera

    Apr 20 2020

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

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

    Apr 19 2020

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

  • The scandalous Byrons

    Apr 17 2020

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

  • The mistresses of Charles II

    Apr 15 2020

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

  • The spies who inspired Bond

    Apr 13 2020

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

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

    Apr 12 2020

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

  • Apollo 13

    Apr 10 2020

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

  • The Black Death and social change

    Apr 08 2020

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

  • The genius of Artemisia

    Apr 06 2020

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

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

    Apr 05 2020

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

  • Viking women

    Apr 03 2020

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

  • Okinawa: the battle and the bomb

    Apr 01 2020

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

  • Women at war

    Mar 30 2020

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

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

    Mar 29 2020

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

  • A history of celebrity

    Mar 27 2020

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

  • Russia’s musical journeys

    Mar 25 2020

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

  • Blitz spirit

    Mar 23 2020

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

  • Shakespeare and America

    Mar 20 2020

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

  • News in the Middle Ages

    Mar 18 2020

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

  • Coronavirus: a historical perspective

    Mar 16 2020

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

  • Wales’s turbulent 20th century

    Mar 13 2020

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

  • Resistance in the British empire

    Mar 11 2020

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

  • Hadley Freeman on a 20th-century family history

    Mar 09 2020

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

  • Written in stone

    Mar 06 2020

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

  • Dictators explained

    Mar 04 2020

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

  • Food and war

    Mar 02 2020

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

  • London’s trailblazing women

    Feb 28 2020

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

  • Secrets of Lindisfarne

    Feb 26 2020

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

  • Medieval medicine

    Feb 24 2020

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

  • Georgian terrorists: the Cato Street Conspiracy

    Feb 21 2020

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

  • Burglary: a modern history

    Feb 19 2020

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

  • The rise of Hitler

    Feb 17 2020

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

  • Michael Wood on the Peterloo photograph

    Feb 14 2020

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

  • The bombing of Dresden

    Feb 12 2020

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

  • Secrets of war leadership

    Feb 10 2020

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

  • Confronting evils

    Feb 07 2020

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

  • Marie Antoinette

    Feb 05 2020

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

  • Mary Beard on the nude in western art

    Feb 03 2020

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

  • The woman who gave birth to rabbits

    Jan 31 2020

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

  • Indians in the trenches

    Jan 29 2020

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

  • Fighting for the vote

    Jan 27 2020

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

  • The Holocaust orphans

    Jan 24 2020

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

  • Simon de Montfort’s medieval revolution

    Jan 22 2020

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

  • The Windrush generation

    Jan 20 2020

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

  • Puritans and the Mayflower

    Jan 17 2020

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

  • The Auschwitz volunteer

    Jan 15 2020

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

  • Medieval myths

    Jan 13 2020

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

  • Confronting a dark past

    Jan 09 2020

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

  • From Allies to enemies

    Jan 06 2020

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

  • The long history of Brexit

    Jan 02 2020

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

  • The filthy Middle Ages?

    Dec 30 2019

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

  • A curious history of Christmas

    Dec 26 2019

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

  • 2019 Christmas history quiz

    Dec 23 2019

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

  • The birth of the modern world

    Dec 19 2019

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

  • Politics, Roman style

    Dec 16 2019

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

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine: myth and reality

    Dec 12 2019

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

  • World War Two’s secret heroes

    Dec 09 2019

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

  • Asians in 1980s Britain

    Dec 05 2019

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

  • Secrets of the river

    Dec 02 2019

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

  • The Mountbattens: success and scandal

    Nov 28 2019

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

  • The teashop empire

    Nov 25 2019

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

  • Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudors

    Nov 21 2019

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

  • Maoism

    Nov 18 2019

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

  • A history of the United States

    Nov 14 2019

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

  • The King: Henry V on film

    Nov 12 2019

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

  • The Pacific War on screen

    Nov 11 2019

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

  • The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

    Nov 07 2019

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

  • Treasures of Tutankhamun

    Nov 04 2019

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

  • The Fortress: An epic battle of World War I

    Oct 31 2019

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

  • The death of Kitchener: a World War One mystery

    Oct 28 2019

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

  • Britain in the early 80s

    Oct 24 2019

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

  • The House of York

    Oct 21 2019

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

  • Bonus Episode: Sequences with consequences

    Oct 19 2019

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

  • Slave revolt

    Oct 17 2019

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

  • Peter Hennessy on Britain in transition

    Oct 14 2019

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

  • Secret listeners

    Oct 10 2019

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

  • William Dalrymple on the East India Company

    Oct 07 2019

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

  • Catherine the Great: fact and fiction

    Oct 03 2019

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

  • Orlando Figes on the transformation of Europe

    Sep 30 2019

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

  • Fake news in World War Two

    Sep 26 2019

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

  • The destruction of Pompeii

    Sep 23 2019

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

  • Max Hastings on the Dambusters

    Sep 19 2019

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

  • Suzannah Lipscomb on women’s lives in Reformation France

    Sep 16 2019

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

  • Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring legacy

    Sep 12 2019

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

  • The Crusades, with Dan Jones

    Sep 09 2019

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

  • Poland, 1939: World War Two begins

    Sep 05 2019

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

  • Hitler’s war with Anglo-America

    Sep 02 2019

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

  • War trauma

    Aug 29 2019

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

  • Chernobyl: the story of a tragedy

    Aug 26 2019

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

  • The real Peaky Blinders

    Aug 22 2019

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

  • The corner shop revolution

    Aug 19 2019

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

  • Peterloo: the story of a massacre

    Aug 15 2019

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

  • Britain's key archaeological discoveries

    Aug 12 2019

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

  • Gordon Brown on Andrew Carnegie

    Aug 10 2019

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

  • Prisoner dilemmas

    Aug 08 2019

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

  • Why black hair matters

    Aug 05 2019

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

  • The Zinoviev Letter conspiracy

    Aug 01 2019

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

  • Making jokes about Romans

    Jul 29 2019

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

  • Charlemagne: medieval empire builder

    Jul 25 2019

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

  • Stonewall and the fight for gay rights

    Jul 22 2019

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

  • The race to the moon

    Jul 18 2019

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

  • An Indian cricket team in imperial Britain

    Jul 15 2019

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

  • The battle of Trafalgar

    Jul 11 2019

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

  • King killers in America

    Jul 08 2019

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

  • AC Grayling on the history of philosophy

    Jul 04 2019

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

  • The problem with the Anglo-Saxons

    Jul 01 2019

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

  • Victorian freak shows

    Jun 27 2019

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

  • Appeasement and the road to World War Two

    Jun 24 2019

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

  • The women of Bletchley Park

    Jun 20 2019

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

  • At home with the royals

    Jun 17 2019

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

  • The story of Madame Tussaud

    Jun 13 2019

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

  • The life of Saladin

    Jun 10 2019

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

  • A new view of D-Day

    Jun 06 2019

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

  • Monarchy and faith in Tudor England

    Jun 03 2019

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

  • Rachel Reeves on women who changed politics

    May 30 2019

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

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg on the Victorians

    May 27 2019

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

  • Women in the 1960s

    May 23 2019

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

  • Gentleman Jack

    May 20 2019

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

  • Jared Diamond on countries in crisis

    May 16 2019

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

  • Secrets of Britains castles

    May 13 2019

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

  • The Rise and Fall of the Boleyns

    May 09 2019

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

  • Women who made modern Britain

    May 06 2019

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

  • How population has shaped world history

    May 02 2019

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

  • The landscape of England

    Apr 29 2019

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

  • The Amritsar assassin

    Apr 25 2019

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

  • Letters from World War Two leaders

    Apr 22 2019

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

  • Notre-Dame

    Apr 18 2019

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

  • Melvyn Bragg on Heloise and Abelard

    Apr 15 2019

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

  • Exploring Britain’s cathedrals

    Apr 11 2019

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

  • The Scottish Clearances

    Apr 08 2019

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

  • King John: medieval monster

    Apr 04 2019

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

  • World War Two's 'ordinary' soldiers

    Apr 01 2019

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

  • Rethinking the crusades

    Mar 28 2019

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

  • The women killed by Jack the Ripper

    Mar 25 2019

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

  • The global Vikings

    Mar 21 2019

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

  • Henry VI: terrible king

    Mar 18 2019

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

  • Churchill's navy

    Mar 14 2019

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

  • Victorian murder scandal

    Mar 11 2019

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

  • Rutger Bregman: historian in the news

    Mar 07 2019

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

  • King George V at war

    Mar 04 2019

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

  • Schools through time

    Feb 28 2019

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

  • Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl

    Feb 25 2019

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

  • Medieval warrior queen

    Feb 21 2019

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

  • A global history of philosophy

    Feb 18 2019

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

  • Love in Georgian times

    Feb 14 2019

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

  • Eric Hobsbawm: history and politics

    Feb 11 2019

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

  • The story of modern Japan

    Feb 07 2019

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

  • War and music

    Feb 04 2019

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

  • Bonus Episode: How technology is changing politics

    Feb 02 2019

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

  • A Roman woman of great power

    Jan 31 2019

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

  • World-changing women

    Jan 28 2019

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

  • Legacies of the Holocaust

    Jan 24 2019

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

  • Diversity in history

    Jan 21 2019

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

  • The story of the Hurricane

    Jan 17 2019

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

  • Mary, Queen of Scots’ tragic life

    Jan 14 2019

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

  • The true history of The Favourite

    Jan 10 2019

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

  • Remarkable women through history

    Jan 07 2019

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

  • Egypt’s lost tombs

    Jan 03 2019

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

  • Medieval civil war

    Dec 31 2018

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

  • Indians in World War One

    Dec 27 2018

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

  • 2018 Christmas history quiz

    Dec 24 2018

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

  • Bess of Hardwick: a Tudor success story

    Dec 20 2018

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

  • Wonders of the Middle Ages

    Dec 17 2018

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

  • Letters that changed the world

    Dec 13 2018

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

  • Black radicalism with Kehinde Andrews

    Dec 10 2018

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

  • Napoleon: the insecure emperor

    Dec 06 2018

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

  • History in colour

    Dec 03 2018

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

  • Walter Ralegh: enemy of the state

    Nov 29 2018

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

  • The Germans who fought Hitler

    Nov 26 2018

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

  • Hunting Britain’s Nazis

    Nov 22 2018

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

  • Tales from D-Day

    Nov 19 2018

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

  • Bernard Cornwell on the Last Kingdom

    Nov 15 2018

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

  • Nietzsche’s dangerous ideas

    Nov 12 2018

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

  • Dan Snow on shell shock

    Nov 08 2018

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

  • The end of the First World War

    Nov 05 2018

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

  • Mike Leigh on Peterloo

    Nov 01 2018

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

  • The Peterloo Massacre

    Oct 29 2018

    Historian and author Jacqueline Riding discusses the tragic events of August 1819  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Anglo-Saxon treasures

    Oct 25 2018

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

  • Thomas Cromwell reconsidered

    Oct 22 2018

    Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his new book on the Tudor statesman  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A new life of Churchill

    Oct 18 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Peter Jackson on the First World War

    Oct 15 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Adventures in Iceland

    Oct 11 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Brexit and American independence

    Oct 08 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Bonus Episode: Identifying Jack the Ripper

    Oct 07 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Nazi on the run

    Oct 05 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The spy who changed the cold war

    Oct 01 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

    Sep 27 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Neil Oliver’s history of the British Isles

    Sep 24 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The good war?

    Sep 20 2018

    Journalist and author Peter Hitchens discusses his new book, The Phoney Victory, which challenges a number of popular beliefs about the Second World War  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The extraordinary history of ordinary things

    Sep 17 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A half-hour history of Europe

    Sep 13 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Dissent through the centuries

    Sep 10 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Who should we commemorate?

    Sep 06 2018

    Professor Lawrence Goldman explores the issues surrounding monuments to controversial historical figures in light of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and other recent debates  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Scots and Catalans

    Sep 03 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 100 women who changed the world

    Aug 30 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Charles de Gaulle reconsidered

    Aug 28 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Female spies of the Civil War era

    Aug 23 2018

    Historian Nadine Akkerman introduces a number of remarkable women who acted as secret agents in the 17th century  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Captain Cook’s Endeavour

    Aug 20 2018

    Journalist and author Peter Moore talks about HMS Endeavour, the ship that carried Cook on his landmark voyage to the Pacific 250 years ago  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Dan Jones on the secrets of popular history

    Aug 17 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Mary Beard’s life in Classics

    Aug 16 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Historical fact and fiction

    Aug 15 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ian Kershaw on postwar Europe

    Aug 14 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Inside the mind of Elizabeth I

    Aug 13 2018

    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 historical figures.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britons under Nazi rule

    Aug 09 2018

    Historical author Duncan Barrett tells the stories of Channel Islanders who spent several years living under German occupation during World War Two  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Islam’s struggle with modernity

    Aug 06 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain’s foreign policy secrets

    Aug 02 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Tommies’ final acts

    Jul 30 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Catholics in Elizabethan England

    Jul 26 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Rethinking 20th-century Britain

    Jul 23 2018

    Professor David Edgerton explains why we need to revise our understanding of recent British history, from the world wars to the welfare state  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life

    Jul 19 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The murder of the Romanovs

    Jul 16 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain’s refugee camps

    Jul 12 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Spies through the ages

    Jul 09 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Making the modern world

    Jul 05 2018

    We are joined by bestselling historical author Simon Winchester, who reveals how some of history’s greatest engineers helped create the industrial age  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ireland’s past and present

    Jul 02 2018

    Professor Jane Ohlmeyer discusses a new multi-volume history of Ireland and explains how the past continues to affect Anglo-Irish relations today  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Sherwood Forest through the ages

    Jun 28 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The national debt dilemma

    Jun 25 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Restoring women’s voices

    Jun 21 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of manners

    Jun 18 2018

    Distinguished historian Sir Keith Thomas reflects on how concepts of civility and civilisation shaped society in the early modern period  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • World War One at home

    Jun 14 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Grenfell Tower: from hope to tragedy

    Jun 11 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain’s Catholic emancipation

    Jun 07 2018

    Acclaimed historian and author Antonia Fraser joins us to discuss her new book The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The mystery of Donald Maclean

    Jun 04 2018

    Author and editor Roland Philipps discusses A Spy Named Orphan, his new biography of the enigmatic Cambridge spy Donald Maclean  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • America’s changing dream

    May 31 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Challenging British heroes

    May 29 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s favourite queen

    May 24 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The remarkable history of the Netherlands

    May 21 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Beevor on Arnhem

    May 17 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Women Behind Lord Byron

    May 14 2018

    Miranda Seymour discusses the extraordinary lives of Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, the wife and daughter of Lord Byron  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Entebbe raid

    May 10 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The failings of the French Revolution

    May 07 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 500 years of medicine

    May 03 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Were the suffragettes terrorists?

    Apr 30 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 1983: the Cold War almost goes nuclear

    Apr 26 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Economists who changed the world

    Apr 23 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Medieval bodies

    Apr 19 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Africa’s contested past

    Apr 16 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Shakespeare’s greatest actor

    Apr 12 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Vietnam War on film

    Apr 09 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Medieval mystics

    Apr 05 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A quick history of France

    Apr 03 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Creating the SAS

    Mar 29 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Opposing the Nazis

    Mar 26 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of today

    Mar 22 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The postwar world

    Mar 19 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Marshall Plan and the Cold War

    Mar 15 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ruth Ellis: the last woman to be hanged in Britain

    Mar 12 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Vikings on screen

    Mar 08 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Music and revolution

    Mar 05 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Schama on Civilisations

    Mar 01 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Science and suffrage

    Feb 26 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Terracotta Warriors

    Feb 22 2018

    With a new exhibition open in Liverpool featuring a group of Terracotta Warriors, Edward Burman explores the fascinating history of these ancient Chinese sculptures  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • BBC Arabic at 80

    Feb 19 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The World Cup story

    Feb 15 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Spanish Flu pandemic

    Feb 12 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Pankhursts

    Feb 08 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Suffragettes

    Feb 05 2018

    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’  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Elizabeth’s love rival

    Feb 01 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain’s secret wartime prison

    Jan 29 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Living with the oceans

    Jan 25 2018

    Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe meets with historian David Abulafia to discuss humanity’s relationship with the Mediterranean and the Atlantic since ancient times  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The story of the Bayeux Tapestry

    Jan 22 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • East End Crime

    Jan 18 2018

    John Bennett delves into the dark history of disorder and lawlessness in London’s East EndFrom Jack the Ripper to the Kray twins, historian and tour guide John Bennett explores four centuries of crime and disorder in the London neighbourhood.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Prisoners of war

    Jan 15 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Mary Shelley and her monster

    Jan 11 2018

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The tragedy of Lady Jane Grey

    Jan 08 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Hamilton: the man behind the musical

    Jan 04 2018

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Churchill’s darkest hour

    Jan 02 2018

    Antony McCarten, writer of the new historical blockbuster Darkest Hour, considers whether the British leader came close to seeking peace with Hitler in 1940  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 1917: The world at war

    Dec 28 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Christmas history quiz

    Dec 25 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Alfred the Great and science at Christmas

    Dec 21 2017

    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 Lectures in the company of the writer and marine biologist Helen Scales  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The origins of civilisation

    Dec 18 2017

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Cornwell on Shakespeare

    Dec 14 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Eating with Dickens

    Dec 11 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Animals that changed us

    Dec 07 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain on the edge

    Dec 04 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Black Tudors

    Nov 30 2017

    Historian Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors: The Unknown Story, explores the lives of several Africans who resided in 16th-century England  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Victorian medicine

    Nov 27 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of sleep

    Nov 23 2017

    Historian Sasha Handley explores the bedtime routines of the early modern period and considers what lessons today’s sleepers can draw from past centuries  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Charles II on the run

    Nov 20 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Demons and shipwrecks

    Nov 16 2017

    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 warship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Drinking history

    Nov 13 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain’s Chinese army

    Nov 09 2017

    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 War  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Last Kamikazes

    Nov 06 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • How networks shape history

    Nov 02 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The search for King Arthur

    Oct 30 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Medici

    Oct 26 2017

    Historian and author Mary Hollingsworth reflects on the powerful dynasty who dominated the Italian Renaissance but whose tale also includes tyranny, crime and murder  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The death of Stalin

    Oct 23 2017

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Gunpowder Plot

    Oct 19 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Living with the Gods

    Oct 16 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Richard III reconsidered

    Oct 12 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Munich Conference

    Oct 09 2017

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The world of the Scythians

    Oct 05 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Starkey on the Reformation

    Oct 02 2017

    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 parallels with the present day  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Tales of war

    Sep 28 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Victoria the matchmaker

    Sep 25 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Christianity and the classical world

    Sep 21 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Ukrainian famine

    Sep 18 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Knights Templar

    Sep 14 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • William Marshal: the greatest knight

    Sep 11 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The History Hot 100

    Sep 07 2017

    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...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Viking Britain

    Sep 04 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A deadly royal favourite?

    Aug 31 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Queen Victoria behind closed doors

    Aug 29 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Friends or Enemies? Anglo-French relations

    Aug 24 2017

    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 countries  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Migrating to Britain

    Aug 21 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Jarrow March

    Aug 17 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Witchcraft through the ages

    Aug 14 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Icelandic murder mystery

    Aug 10 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • China in World War Two

    Aug 07 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Koh-i-Noor

    Aug 03 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Living through Partition

    Jul 31 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The lost objects of South Asia

    Jul 27 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The brilliance of Henry James

    Jul 24 2017

    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 20th centuries  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The English in America

    Jul 20 2017

    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 New World  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Germany’s World War Two

    Jul 18 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Voices of the Cold War

    Jul 13 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A legendary spymaster

    Jul 10 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Hans Sloane and the British Museum

    Jul 06 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Female flyers in Nazi Germany

    Jul 03 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Children at war

    Jun 29 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Second World War

    Jun 22 2017

    James Holland discusses the second book in his The War in the West trilogy with John Buckley, focusing on the years 1941-43.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Jane Austen and Tudor London

    Jun 15 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Medieval manuscripts and the First World War

    Jun 08 2017

    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 wartime incidents that he has researched for the programme  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Six-Day War and the Great Fire of London

    Jun 01 2017

    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 most interesting aspects of the 1666 inferno, which is explored in his new Channel 5 TV series  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Civil wars and Restoration England

    May 25 2017

    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 following Charles II’s Restoration – a time of sweeping changes throughout society  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • England’s bloody Reformation

    May 18 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Queen Victoria’s dinners and Henry VIII’s niece

    May 11 2017

    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, who had one of the most colourful lives of the Tudor age  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Martin Luther and the making of the USA

    May 04 2017

    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 States  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Islamic enlightenment

    Apr 27 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Historical fiction and a US murder scandal

    Apr 20 2017

    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 details the killing of several Native Americans in the 1920s and the subsequent investigation by the FBI  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The ‘Father of History’ and India in the British empire

    Apr 13 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • America in World War One and a naval tragedy

    Apr 06 2017

    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 Mendi disaster, which saw hundreds of South Africans drown off the coast of England in 1917  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Women in popular history

    Mar 30 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Blitzkrieg

    Mar 23 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Utopias in history and an environmental disaster

    Mar 16 2017

    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 tanker ran aground in 1967  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Postwar occupations and Raleigh bicycles

    Mar 09 2017

    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 Dreams, which charts the history of the iconic Raleigh bicycle  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Reformation

    Mar 02 2017

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A revolutionary engineer and Victoria’s Indian confidant

    Feb 23 2017

    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 Indian teacher Abdul Karim  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The roots of modern rage

    Feb 16 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The impact of war and a zoological institution

    Feb 09 2017

    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 century  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Russian revolution and myths of ancient Egypt

    Feb 02 2017

    Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of puzzles and the extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard

    Jan 26 2017

    Alex Bellos explores 2,000 years of puzzles, while Stephen Taylor introduces an unconventional Georgian aristocrat  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Battle of Britain

    Jan 19 2017

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A history of Istanbul

    Jan 12 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The big questions of the Holocaust

    Jan 05 2017

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The birth of Eurasia

    Dec 29 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 2016 Christmas history quiz

    Dec 22 2016

    Join the BBC History Magazine team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz. The quizmaster is QI writer Justin Pollard  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Corner shops and Russian ballet

    Dec 15 2016

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Historians in parliament

    Dec 08 2016

    Historian-politicians Tristram Hunt, Chris Skidmore, Kwasi Kwarteng and Peter Hennessy explain how their two professions relate to each other.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The attack on Pearl Harbor and physics through the ages

    Dec 01 2016

    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'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Arts and Crafts and unusual inventors

    Nov 24 2016

    Rosalind Ormiston discusses an important 19th-century artistic movement, while David Bramwell introduces some of history’s most talented eccentrics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Soviet science and feeding Britain at war

    Nov 17 2016

    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 of rationing  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The wartime SAS and Hitler’s drug addiction

    Nov 10 2016

    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 book Blitzed highlights the astonishing extent of drug use in the Third Reich  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Black British history and Charles I’s children

    Nov 03 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Reporting from war zones

    Oct 27 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Aberfan disaster and women who made history

    Oct 24 2016

    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 figures she's chosen for her new book A History of Britain in 21 Women  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Norman Conquest

    Oct 13 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Lenin and the Russian revolutions

    Oct 06 2016

    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 witnessed the year’s revolutionary events  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Historical television and the battle of Flodden

    Sep 29 2016

    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 victorious and how grievous a blow was the death of Scottish king James IV?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Women in politics and Robinson Crusoe

    Sep 22 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Cold War summits

    Sep 15 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Poldark and historical TV drama

    Sep 08 2016

    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 accuracy in historical drama.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The end of the First World War and the Duke of Wellington

    Sep 01 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Great Fire of London

    Aug 25 2016

    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 place after the Great Fire and, later, following the Blitz  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Suez crisis and the north of England

    Aug 18 2016

    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 north of England  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The 1920s: Roaring or tame?

    Aug 11 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Cold War and the history of philosophy

    Aug 04 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Jacobites and the Ancient World

    Jul 29 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Two King Edwards

    Jul 21 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Paris’s women at war and the Housewives’ League

    Jul 14 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain’s Second World War and the Country House

    Jul 07 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Battle of the Somme special

    Jun 30 2016

    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 Somme anniversary on the programme.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Radium Girls and the cotton revolution

    Jun 23 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wolfson History Prizes: Nazi camps and St Augustine

    Jun 16 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Operation Barbarossa

    Jun 09 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Tudor monarchs and a Medieval civil war

    Jun 02 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Writing history in the 21st century

    May 26 2016

    Four leading historians discuss the big developments in book publishing since the launch of BBC History Magazine back in May 2000  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The battle of Jutland and 1950s domestic dangers

    May 19 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A Victorian murder and a ship that made history

    May 12 2016

    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 part of the lucrative Victorian tea trade.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Sykes-Picot and a 17th-century polymath

    May 05 2016

    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 adventures of Sir Kenelm Digby.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of consumerism and Chinese philosophy

    Apr 28 2016

    Frank Trentmann explores how our patterns of consumption have changed over the centuries, while Christine Gross-Loh discusses the legacy of ancient Chinese thinkers  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Shakespeare’s world and cricket in South Africa

    Apr 21 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Student life and working class culture

    Apr 14 2016

    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 media  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Charles II and an Atlantic experiment

    Apr 07 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Dissolution and a forgotten colony

    Mar 31 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Democracy and an age of genius

    Mar 24 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Easter Rising and a Victorian heyday

    Mar 17 2016

    Heather Jones explores the dramatic rebellion of 1916, while Ben Wilson explains why the 1850s was such a transformative decade  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Muslims and Jews in the 16th century

    Mar 10 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Holy Roman Empire and Capability Brown

    Mar 03 2016

    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 landscape designer Capability Brown.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Middle East history special

    Feb 25 2016

    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 Asbridge to explore the events of the Third Crusade, which pitted Saladin against Richard the Lionheart  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Verdun and the Renaissance

    Feb 18 2016

    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 BBC Four series The Renaissance Unchained  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Benjamin Franklin in London

    Feb 11 2016

    George Goodwin discusses the American Founding Father’s years in the British capital, on location at Benjamin Franklin House  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The battle over Henry VIII’s will

    Feb 04 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Romanovs and King Arthur

    Jan 28 2016

    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 of Britain’s most powerful legends  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A global view of history

    Jan 21 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Postwar Germany and medieval CSI

    Jan 14 2016

    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 that uses modern forensic techniques to analyse medieval seals  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The amazing history of Egypt

    Jan 07 2016

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Victorian bakers and the Leningrad symphony

    Dec 31 2015

    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 World War Two siege of Leningrad  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 2015 Christmas history quiz

    Dec 24 2015

    Test your trivia knowledge with our podcast pub quiz. The questions have been devised by QI’s Justin Pollard  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain’s railways and the Titanic

    Dec 17 2015

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A history of red hair and amazing animals

    Dec 10 2015

    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 species that have changed our world  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Battle of the Atlantic and the history of Spain

    Dec 03 2015

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Shakespeare in 1606 and Olympic swimmers

    Nov 26 2015

    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 unlikely Olympic glory.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Peasants’ Revolt and a Cold War spy

    Nov 19 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient Rome special

    Nov 12 2015

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The end of the Cold War and British culture

    Nov 05 2015

    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 TV series Let Us Entertain You, which highlights Britain’s postwar cultural successes  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • World War Two spies and an extraordinary naturalist

    Oct 29 2015

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Last Kingdom and Agincourt

    Oct 28 2015

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A year in medieval England

    Oct 15 2015

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Brontës and a revolutionary artist

    Oct 08 2015

    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 General Wolfe’s death  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • New views on the Holocaust and 1980s Britain

    Oct 01 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Celts special

    Sep 24 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Somme and the Jacobites

    Sep 18 2015

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Roman emperors and women through the ages

    Sep 10 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • North Sea oil and the Blitz

    Sep 03 2015

    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 many different aspects of British society.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Killing Mussolini

    Aug 27 2015

    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, and to buy tickets, click here.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient cities and the Norman conquest

    Aug 20 2015

    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 their rule in England.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Crusade logistics and the battle over the slave trade

    Aug 13 2015

    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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Pacific War and First World War black soldiers

    Aug 06 2015

    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 in World War One.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient thinkers and the history of madness

    Jul 30 2015

    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 Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Witch trials and feuding queens

    Jul 23 2015

    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 the 16th century.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Anglo-Saxon saints and British slave-owners

    Jul 16 2015

    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 includes an audio version of an article from our August 2015 magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Regency scandal and the history of canals

    Jul 09 2015

    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 Britain.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • India at war and mining accidents

    Jul 02 2015

    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 miners with injuries and disabilities in the 19th century.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Terror in Elizabethan England

    Jun 25 2015

    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 Dominic Sandbrook.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Waterloo 200 special

    Jun 18 2015

    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 recent article on the tragic ascent of the Matterhorn.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The real King John and the BBC in World War Two

    Jun 11 2015

    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 upcoming TV series, BBC at War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Queen Victoria at home and a new Civil War museum

    Jun 04 2015

    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 discovers how the 17th-century conflict is being presented to visitors.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Battle of the Bulge and children of the Holocaust

    May 28 2015

    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 birth while in Nazi captivity.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of India and a terrible explosion

    May 21 2015

    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 caused great loss of life just before the battle of the Somme.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wolfson History Prize 2015 special

    May 14 2015

    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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • VE Day special

    May 07 2015

    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 surviving veterans of the conflict.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Magna Carta and the Holocaust

    Apr 30 2015

    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 these events impacted on all those involved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Medieval universities and an unlikely friendship

    Apr 23 2015

    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 and the author Edith Olivier. Plus, we continue our First World War oral history series.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Gallipoli and famine

    Apr 16 2015

    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 cannibalism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Saladin and suffragettes

    Apr 09 2015

    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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Science and St Peter

    Apr 02 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of immigration

    Mar 26 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Richard III reburial special

    Mar 19 2015

    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 have changed our view of the king. Meanwhile, Alexandra Buckle of Oxford University, explains how her research will inform the reinterment ceremony.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Food from the past and the history of illegitimacy

    Mar 12 2015

    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 at the stigma that often used to be faced by unmarried mothers and their children.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Shakespeare and war in the Middle East

    Mar 05 2015

    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 World War led to its downfall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The life of Keynes and a trip to Ancient Greece

    Feb 26 2015

    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 questions about the Greek world  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Peasants’ Revolt

    Feb 19 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Amazing inventions and London after dark

    Feb 12 2015

    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 streets at night over the centuries.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Life in the workhouse and British biographies

    Feb 05 2015

    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 Dictionary of National Biography  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Elizabeth I and an unlikely suffragette

    Jan 29 2015

    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 to campaign for women’s rights  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Debating British monarchy

    Jan 22 2015

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Henry VIII and Henry the Young King

    Jan 15 2015

    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 12th-century English king who never sat on the throne and his friendship with William Marshal, famed as ‘the greatest knight’.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wolf Hall and medieval civil war

    Jan 08 2015

    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 played an important role in the 12th-century battle for England’s throne between King Stephen and Empress Matilda.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Stalin’s early years and Mein Kampf

    Jan 01 2015

    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 notorious book, Mein Kampf.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Christmas podcast quiz

    Dec 24 2014

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Kamikaze pilots and Captain John Smith

    Dec 18 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Student radicals and Crete in WWII

    Dec 11 2014

    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 British agents in the adventure.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The North Sea and Bronze Age remains

    Dec 04 2014

    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 Francis Pryor to discover what the site tells us about life in Bronze Age Britain  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Revolutions in Europe and forensics in history

    Nov 27 2014

    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 techniques that have been used to catch criminals in the past  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Science fiction and dancing in history

    Nov 13 2014

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Berlin Wall and the return of Charles II

    Nov 06 2014

    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 London in the company of Professor Ronald Hutton, to discuss the Restoration  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War

    Oct 30 2014

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit

    Oct 23 2014

    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 some surprising tales from the past, including the story of Adolf Hitler’s drug addictions. To read an extract from Milton's book, click here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Georgian gardens and historical fiction

    Oct 16 2014

    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 continue our First World War series with memories of November 1914  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists

    Oct 09 2014

    Ranulph Fiennes talks about his ancestors’ involvement in the battle of Agincourt, and Paul Preston explores the life of Spanish communist politician Santiago Carrillo  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The trials of Joan of Arc

    Oct 02 2014

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of humanity

    Sep 25 2014

    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 made us happier  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Hunting the regicides and the Chartist movement

    Sep 18 2014

    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 in Worcestershire to discover more about Chartism  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses

    Sep 11 2014

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Thomas Cromwell’s fall from grace

    Sep 04 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • George III and the art of anatomy

    Aug 28 2014

    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 describes the connections between anatomical study and great works of art.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The long history of the Crusades

    Aug 21 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • James Bond and Vichy France

    Aug 14 2014

    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 resistance to the Nazis in occupied and Vichy France during the Second World War  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The global First World War

    Aug 07 2014

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The German view on the First World War

    Jul 31 2014

    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 Powers were overcome by the Allies. Meanwhile, we continue our series of extracts from interviews with veterans of the war, this time focusing on the month the conflict broke out.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out i...more

  • Richard III and dirty Tudors

    Jul 24 2014

    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 England when trying to keep their cities clean and hygienic.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The World War Two French resistance and British holidays

    Jul 17 2014

    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 Charlotte Hodgman, to explore Britain's interwar holiday boom.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Cold War smuggling and First World War veterans

    Jul 10 2014

    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 interviews with First World War veterans – recorded by the Imperial War Museum – retired parachutist Dolly Shepherd, reservist George Ashurst and Royal Navy seaman George Wainford take us back to July 1914: Franz Ferdinand is dead, and...more

  • Delphi and the Spanish empire

    Jul 03 2014

    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 completed the third volume of his trilogy of books on the Spanish empire, about how Spain managed to rule vast territories during the 16th century  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Finance and war

    Jun 26 2014

    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 hand reminiscences from the First World War  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • English gardens and Latin American football

    Jun 19 2014

    Timothy Mowl guides us around a historic English garden, while Andreas Campomar explains Latin America's fixation with football  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The legacy of the First World War

    Jun 12 2014

    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 series with audio clips of interviews with veterans of the conflict.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wolfson History Prize special

    Jun 03 2014

    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 writing popular history.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • D-Day and the Wars of the Roses

    May 29 2014

    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 visit to Tewkesbury Abbey, which was a pivotal location in the 15th-century Wars of the Roses.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Roman slavery and the man who started the First World War

    May 22 2014

    Jerry Toner discusses the lives of slaves in Ancient Rome, while Tim Butcher explores the life of Gavrilo Princip, killer of Franz Ferdinand  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Monte Cassino and revolutionary Russia

    May 15 2014

    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 period.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Thomas Malthus and Wilkie Collins

    May 08 2014

    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 joined by Andrew Lycett, the latest biographer of the Victorian thriller writer Wilkie Collins, whose own life was also filled with secrets.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Victorian burials and the history of psychology

    May 01 2014

    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 Search of Ourselves, about the history of psychology.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The value of war and the rail revolution

    Apr 24 2014

    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 was born.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • African history special

    Apr 17 2014

    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 Casely-Hayford reveals the amazing historical achievements of the inhabitants of Timbuktu in Mali, in a talk that was given at our 2013 History Weekend festival in Malmesbury.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out info...more

  • Lawrence of Arabia and the Romanov sisters

    Apr 10 2014

    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 Rappaport, author of a new book on the private lives of the four daughters of Nicholas II of Russia, who would eventually all be murdered by the Bolsheviks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain in the 1970s

    Apr 03 2014

    Dominic Sandbrook charts the highs and lows of 1970s Britain in a lecture delivered at our History Weekend festival  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Anglo-Saxon treasures, and did Britain invent freedom?

    Mar 27 2014

    Charlotte Hodgman explores the Staffordshire Hoard, while Daniel Hannan argues that English-speaking people created many of our modern liberties  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Cold War spies and friendship through the ages

    Mar 20 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Escaping the Blitz and recording the First World War

    Mar 13 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'

    Mar 06 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Tasmanian aborigines and the historic importance of the River Nile

    Feb 27 2014

    Tom Lawson talks about the often-brutal experiences of the people of Tasmania, while Toby Wilkinson explores the historic importance of the River Nile  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Napoleon's formative years and great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment

    Feb 20 2014

    Michael Broers discusses Napoleon's formative years, while Alexander Broadie looks at some of the great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Babylonian Noah and Norse mythology

    Feb 13 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Royal cousins at war and Brunel's brilliance

    Feb 06 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Memories of Churchill and the history of the individual

    Jan 30 2014

    John Julius Norwich recalls his remarkable childhood, while Larry Siedentop discusses liberalism and the West's 'crisis of confidence'  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Paxman on World War One

    Jan 23 2014

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain and the Union

    Jan 17 2014

    Linda Colley discusses the history of the United Kingdom and considers its future  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain in 1914 and Jesus in history

    Jan 09 2014

    Mark Bostridge describes some of the challenges facing Britain before the First World War, while Reza Aslan comments on the historical Jesus  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The aftermath of the Second World War

    Jan 02 2014

    Keith Lowe examines the struggles that faced postwar Europe, in a lecture from our recent History Weekend  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Black Death and Tudor adventurers

    Dec 27 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Christmas quiz

    Dec 19 2013

    Test your history knowledge with our annual Christmas podcast quiz  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Nelson Mandela special

    Dec 12 2013

    Following the death of Mandela, Saul Dubow and Aron Mazel consider his remarkable political career and his role in ending Apartheid  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The legacy of the First World War and Gandhi's early years

    Dec 05 2013

    David Reynolds explains how the First World War shaped the 20th century, while Ramachandra Guha considers Mahatma Gandhi's formative years  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Victorian vigour and a remarkable family

    Nov 28 2013

    Simon Heffer discusses the triumphs of Victorian Britain, while Adrian Tinniswood talks about the 17th-century Rainborowes who were involved in the Civil War  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • JFK and a neglected Tudor

    Nov 21 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Global history and the rise of the factories

    Nov 14 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Cold War culture and the path to the First World War

    Nov 07 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A new look at Nelson and a haunted castle

    Oct 31 2013

    Quintin Colville guides us around a major new Nelson gallery, while Charlotte Hodgman pays a Halloween visit to a spooky castle  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Tudor portraits and Victorian footballers

    Oct 24 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient Greek theatre and Victorian prisons

    Oct 17 2013

    Michael Scott delves into the origins of drama, while Alyson Brown takes a trip around the historic Beaumaris Gaol  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The First World War and Richard III

    Oct 10 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The mysteries of the Princes in the Tower

    Oct 03 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient burials and modern murders

    Sep 26 2013

    Richard Bradley guides us around a Neolithic burial site, while Lucy Worsley explores the 19th and 20th-century British fascination with violent crime  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Witch-hunting and medieval letter writing

    Sep 19 2013

    Tracy Borman investigates the case of three women accused of witchcraft, while Deborah Thorpe charts the perilous path of a medieval letter  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A fresh look at an Ancient Greek classic

    Sep 12 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • On the Civil War trail

    Sep 05 2013

    Mark Stoyle and Charlotte Hodgman visit a key location in the clash between King Charles and Parliament  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A fresh look at Edward III

    Aug 29 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • England and Scotland go to war

    Aug 22 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history behind the White Queen

    Aug 15 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots and a British civil rights struggle

    Aug 08 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Early Christianity in England and Douglas Hurd on Disraeli

    Aug 01 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • English Heritage's History Live festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire

    Jul 25 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Spanish Armada and an Iron Age mansion

    Jul 18 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Georgian marriage and food in history

    Jul 11 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • China's Second World War and royal births through the ages

    Jul 04 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Nazi spies and Viking ships

    Jun 27 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Margaret Thatcher's path to power, and the story of the Devonshires

    Jun 21 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Elizabeth I's two bodies

    Jun 13 2013

    Anna Whitelock explores the contradictions of the Virgin Queen's private live in a lecture recorded on our recent Tudors Day  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Richard III vs Henry VII

    Jun 06 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Horrible Histories special

    May 30 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A history of the world and a second Norman Conquest

    May 23 2013

    Arne Westad discusses the challenges of writing global history, while Sean McGlynn describes how a French invasion nearly overthrew King John  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Wolfson History Prize special

    May 16 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient Greek warriors and Neolithic huts

    May 09 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Sick royals and the last year of peace

    May 02 2013

    Lucy Worsley explores the health problems of past British monarchs, while Charles Emmerson explores the world of 1913. Rob Attar presents  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain's last Dambuster

    Apr 25 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The ideas of the First World War

    Apr 18 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Dwarves in the Holocaust and the Vikings' cultural legacy

    Apr 11 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Pompeii comes to London

    Apr 04 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • With Anne Boleyn at the Tower

    Mar 28 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Henry V and Thomas Cromwell – hero and villain

    Mar 21 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • German prisoners and Nelson's navy

    Mar 14 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Papal election special

    Mar 07 2013

    To mark the upcoming papal election, historian Stella Fletcher explores the long tradition of conclaves. Rob Attar presents  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Industrial Revolution and post-war eugenics

    Feb 28 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Georgian banking and medieval royalty

    Feb 21 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Hitler's philosophers, and a Bronze Age boat

    Feb 14 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Richard III special

    Feb 07 2013

    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 developments  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain's European rejection and an intimate view of archaeology

    Jan 31 2013

    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 archaeological past  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Spielberg's Lincoln and a new look at Jane Austen

    Jan 24 2013

    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The history of music and the Knights Templar

    Jan 17 2013

    Tim Blanning discusses how music has shaped history, while Michael Haag explores the history of the Knights Templar in the context of the Crusades  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Tudor accidents and the real Anglo-Saxons

    Jan 10 2013

    Steven Gunn analyses accidental death in Tudor times, while Ryan Lavelle explores the darker side of the Anglo-Saxons.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Royal personality in Tudor and Medieval times

    Jan 03 2013

    Mark Ormrod and John Cooper give a joint lecture on Edward III and Francis Walsingham  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The First World War and Roman shopping

    Dec 27 2012

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra Christmas quiz

    Dec 25 2012

    Test your history knowledge with our festive trivia challenge.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Napoleon and Mussolini

    Dec 13 2012

    Alan Forrest considers how Napoleon used art as propaganda, while Christopher Duggan argues that Mussolini was a popular ruler.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Victorian cadaver trade, and lessons from the past masters

    Dec 06 2012

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Black soldiers in the World War Two, and medical history research

    Nov 29 2012

    Stephen Bourne reflects on the black contribution to Britain's fight against the Axis, while Alun Withey introduces a new medical history project.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Edward I and maps through history

    Nov 22 2012

    Caroline Burt explores the reputation of Edward I and Simon Garfield explains his fascination with historical maps.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Jujitsu suffragettes and the Battle of El Alamein

    Nov 15 2012

    Jonathan Dimbleby considers a momentous Second World War clash, while Emelyne Godfrey reveals the story of suffragette martial artists.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The importance of the Tudors

    Nov 08 2012

    Suzannah Lipscomb explains the impact that Henry VIII, Elizabeth I et al had on English and British history.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Why the Plantagenets matter

    Nov 01 2012

    Dan Jones argues the importance of the Plantagenet dynasty to British history.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The early years of the Iron Curtain and violence on the wane

    Oct 25 2012

    Anne Applebaum discusses her new book on Communist Eastern Europe, while Steven Pinker argues that we've never lived in more peaceful times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • World War Two farming and a new time saver for historians

    Oct 18 2012

    Clare Griffiths considers how the Second World War affected agriculture, while John Morrill introduces an invaluable new resource for historians.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Battle of Poitiers and WWII strategy

    Oct 11 2012

    David Reynolds discusses Britain's World War Two strategy, while Bernard Cornwell considers the Battle of Poitiers, 1356.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History for future generations

    Oct 04 2012

    Catherine Butler discusses history for children, while David Horspool examines rebellious texts of the past.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Letters from the USSR

    Sep 27 2012

    Orlando Figes describes some remarkable letters from the Soviet Union, while Charlotte Hodgman investigates the history of gas in Britain.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Victorian cohabitation and the Libor scandal

    Sep 20 2012

    Rebecca Probert explores cohabitation in Victorian times, while Tony Moore seeks out historical parallels to the Libor scandal.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Disability through the ages

    Sep 13 2012

    Simon Jarrett discusses disability through history, while David Priestland talks about how occupational groups have fought for power over the centuries.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The battle for Madagascar and The Wars of the Roses

    Sep 06 2012

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Spanish Civil War

    Aug 30 2012

    Helen Graham reflects on the Spanish Civil War and Sam Willis comments on a remarkable naval discovery.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Historical geography and cookery

    Aug 23 2012

    Jerry Brotton introduces the father of geography, while David Musgrove investigates some historical recipe books.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • American religions

    Aug 16 2012

    Richard Carwardine explores religion in the USA and David Lees considers Vichy France's role in the Holocaust.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Royal Navy

    Aug 09 2012

    Sam Willis explores the history of the Royal Navy in the concluding half of our Tower of London lecture.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The British Army

    Aug 02 2012

    Saul David describes the role of the British army in propelling the country to global-power status.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Cold War Olympic boycott

    Jul 26 2012

    Matthew Roberts talks about the Luddite uprisings and Kevin Jefferys recalls a Cold War Olympic boycott.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Medieval travel and anti-suffrage postcards

    Jul 19 2012

    Paul Oldfield details the medieval travelling experience, while June Purvis analyses anti-Suffragette postcards.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Smuggling and sport

    Jul 12 2012

    Evan Jones explores smuggling in the Tudor era, and Alistair Dougall tells us why sport became a battleground in the 17th century.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Historic healthcare

    Jul 05 2012

    Peter Caddick Adams revisits the battle of Monte Cassino and George Goslings talks us through the history of healthcare.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • British queens

    Jun 28 2012

    Anna Whitelock and Kate Williams discuss Queens Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II in a special episode recorded at the Tower of London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient Egypt and Trafalgar

    Jun 21 2012

    John Romer considers ancient Egypt, while Sean McGlynn delves into the story of England's medieval battle of Trafalgar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Scottish military

    Jun 14 2012

    Edward Spiers explores Scotland's military history, while Malcolm Chase tells us why 1820 was a year of great importance.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The subcontinent

    Jun 07 2012

    Antony Beevor talks to us about his new history of the Second World War and Sarah Ansari discusses the subcontinent since partition.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Napoleon in Russia

    May 31 2012

    Dominic Lieven reviews Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812, while Llewelyn Morgan considers the story of the Bamiyan Buddhas.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Thomas Beckett and WWII relived

    May 24 2012

    John Guy tackles the story of Thomas Becket, and a Second World War veteran recalls his experiences.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Viking sagas and royal pageants

    May 17 2012

    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/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The War of Independence

    May 09 2012

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Shakespeare's Richard III

    May 03 2012

    Paulina Kewes considers Shakespeare's treatment of Richard III, and Michael Wood tells us why he's championing ordinary Britons.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Norman Conquest

    Apr 26 2012

    Marc Morris explores the Norman Conquest, and Anna Whitelock discusses public history.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History in our schools

    Apr 19 2012

    Mary Beard describes life for ordinary people in ancient Rome, while Richard Evans considers the state of school history teaching.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Shakespeare's Richard II

    Apr 12 2012

    Gillian Hovell explores the Roman invasion of Britain and Dan Jones considers Shakespeare’s treatment of Richard II.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Falklands War

    Apr 05 2012

    Max Hastings looks back on the Falklands War, and Helen Parr considers the impact of that conflict on veterans.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The FBI

    Mar 29 2012

    Tim Weiner explores the murky history of the FBI, while James Robinson explains why some countries became rich as others remained poor.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Letters from the front line

    Mar 22 2012

    Diarmaid MacCulloch considers religion and Englishness, while Sian Price explores soldiers' letters from the front.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Tudor courtiers and the Great Bed of Ware

    Mar 15 2012

    Suzannah Lipscomb talks about Tudor courtiers, while Kate Hay introduces the Great Bed of Ware.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Fleeing nuns and sinking ships

    Mar 08 2012

    James Kelly on early modern nuns on the run, and Patrick Bishop on the sinking of the Tirpitz.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain's enemies

    Mar 01 2012

    Ian Mortimer explores the sensations of Elizabethan England, and Julian Farrance introduces some of Britain’s toughest military opponents.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Jeremy Paxman on the empire

    Feb 23 2012

    Jeremy Paxman considers the British empire, and Peter Thompson looks at the American Revolution.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Foxe's Book of Martyrs

    Feb 16 2012

    Mark Greengrass examines Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Chris Woolgar discusses the highlights of the Broadlands Archives, and Oliver Creighton introduces ‘polite’ landscapes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • 100th episode special

    Feb 09 2012

    For our 100th podcast episode we put your questions on the Crusades to historian Tom Asbridge.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Homosexuals in the armed forces

    Feb 02 2012

    Saul David talks military logistics and Stephen Bourne explores the role of homosexuals in the armed services during the Second World War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Civilisations old and new and the M Shed museum

    Jan 26 2012

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Antarctic expedition special

    Jan 19 2012

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ancient Egypt through Victorian eyes

    Jan 12 2012

    Sheilagh Ogilvie discusses unusual consumption regulations in early modern Germany and David Gange examines Victorian notions of Ancient Egypt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • King George VI and stories from Africa

    Jan 05 2012

    Denis Judd explains the appeal of King George VI and Gus Casely-Hayford tells the remarkable story of a golden African kingdom.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • How is history relevant to us?

    Dec 29 2011

    Roman Krznaric explains how history can guide our lives today, while Bill Cash MP lauds the statesman John Bright.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Hidden tunnels in Exeter

    Dec 22 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Religion and war

    Dec 15 2011

    Michael Snape considers the role of religion in war, and Julie Gottlieb reviews how female voters were seen in the interwar period.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Peter Englund's new book

    Dec 08 2011

    Peter Englund speaks about his new book on the First World War and we interview Michael Hunter about the scientist Robert Boyle.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • How to escape the tower

    Dec 01 2011

    David Cannadine examines the history of teaching history and Nigel Jones reveals the best methods for escaping from the Tower of London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The mourning of Queen Victoria

    Nov 24 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Voices of veterans and the debate on sugar

    Nov 17 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Second World War arctic convoys

    Nov 10 2011

    Quintin Colville explores the World War Two Arctic convoys, and Steven Rippon considers medieval wetlands.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Dambusters

    Nov 03 2011

    James Holland explores the iconic Dambusters raid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Edward III and a naval battle

    Oct 28 2011

    Mark Ormrod examines the reign of Edward III and Sam Willis takes us back to a major naval battle in the French Revolutionary Wars.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Misconceptions of WWII

    Oct 21 2011

    Max Hastings explores Second World War misconceptions and Justin Meggitt discusses pirates.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A new history of England and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

    Oct 14 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Queen Matilda

    Oct 07 2011

    Tracy Borman considers the life and times of Queen Matilda, while Jon Henderson takes us underwater to the lost prehistoric city of Pavlopetri.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Bernard Cornwell on his novels

    Sep 30 2011

    Gary Sheffield describes Douglas Haig’s post-war career and Bernard Cornwell chats about his work as a historical novelist.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The East India Company and Nelson

    Sep 23 2011

    Professor Andrew Lambert considers the career of Horatio Nelson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The spies of Queen Elizabeth I

    Sep 16 2011

    Dr John Cooper of York University explores the murky world of secret agents in the reign of Elizabeth I.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Being a British Missionary and troubles in Ireland

    Sep 09 2011

    Emily Manktelow considers how British missionaries interacted with native peoples and Claire Fitzpatrick explores a site of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The end of slavery and headaches in history

    Sep 02 2011

    James Walvin explores the abolition of the slave trade, Katherine Foxhall examines the history of migraines and Dan Snow heads to Erddig.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Greek slavery, Victorian heroism and Dan Snow on cars

    Aug 26 2011

    Paul Cartledge comments on slavery in Ancient Greece, John Price describes Victorian heroism and Dan Snow is enthused by classic cars.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Germany's defeat

    Aug 19 2011

    Ian Kershaw explains why Nazi Germany fought to the end and Dan Snow previews the next episode of National Treasures Live.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Victorian telegraph and Dan Snow on his new series

    Aug 12 2011

    Susan Doran describes the reign of Elizabeth I, Dan Snow talks about his new TV series and Richard Noakes highlights the Victorian telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The conquest of Wales and Mary I

    Aug 05 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Summer holidays and Edward VI

    Jul 29 2011

    John K Walton explores the British seaside holiday while Ralph Houlbrooke delves into the reign of Edward VI.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The career of one of England's most well-known kings

    Jul 22 2011

    George Bernard describes the reign of Henry VIII and Justin Champion talks Thomas Hobbes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The origins of the Tudors

    Jul 15 2011

    Steven Gunn explains the importance of the first Tudor king and David Carpenter delves into some fascinating medieval documents.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Back to school and Hitler's schemes for war

    Jul 08 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain under Roman rule and the truth about the crusades

    Jul 01 2011

    Tom Asbridge considers the real nature of the Crusades and Manda Scott opines on the Roman occupation of Britain.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Duke of Wellington and Alfred the Great

    Jun 24 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • News for the BBC's Doomsday Project and the future of the National Archive

    Jun 01 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - May 2011

    May 01 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - April 2011

    Apr 01 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - March 2011

    Mar 01 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - February 2011

    Feb 01 2011

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - January 2011

    Jan 01 2011

    Ryan Lavelle discusses Viking warfare, Robb Robinson recalls the lives of Edwardian fishing fleets and David Musgrove visits Avebury with archaeologist Nicola Snashall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - Christmas 2010

    Dec 25 2010

    The BBC History Magazine team dish up a festive history quiz, with questions set by QI’s Justin Pollard.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - December 2010

    Dec 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - November 2010

    Nov 01 2010

    Karen Allen reveals the Yorkshire origins of trick or treat and Richard Carwardine explains the importance of Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 election victory.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - October 2010

    Oct 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - September 2010

    Sep 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - August 2010

    Aug 01 2010

    Max Jones on the decline of British heroes, Robert Bartlett talking Normans and Hugh Lunghi recalls his time with Stalin.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - July 2010

    Jul 01 2010

    Claire Jowitt talks about Elizabeth I’s pirates, Kay Chadwick introduces a Vichy propagandist and John Spurr discusses swearing in history.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - June 2010

    Jun 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - May 2010

    May 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - April 2010

    Apr 01 2010

    Jenny Uglow gives us the lowdown on Charles II and the Restoration. Plus Emma Robertson explores the origins of chocolate in the British Empire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - March 2010

    Mar 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - February 2010

    Feb 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - January 2010

    Jan 01 2010

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - December 2009 - Part 2

    Dec 15 2009

    Robert Ferguson considers what drove the Vikings to launch their seaborne attacks, while Peter Martin reviews the life and personality of Dr Johnson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - December 2009 - Part 1

    Dec 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - November 2009 - Part 2

    Nov 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - November 2009 - Part 1

    Nov 01 2009

    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 Remembrance.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - October 2009 - Part 2

    Oct 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - October 2009 - Part 1

    Oct 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - September 2009 - Part 2

    Sep 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - September 2009 - Part 1

    Sep 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - August 2009 - Part 2

    Aug 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - August 2009 - Part 1

    Aug 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - July 2009 - Part 2

    Jul 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - July 2009 - Part 1

    Jul 01 2009

    Christine MacLeod challenges popular perceptions of the Industrial Revolution; Mark Collins talks about the history of Big Ben on its 150th anniversary.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - June 2009 - Part 2

    Jun 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - June 2009 - Part 1

    Jun 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - May 2009 - Part 2

    May 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - May 2009 - Part 1

    May 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - April 2009 - Part 2

    Apr 15 2009

    Brett Dolman considers King Henry VIII and Hampton Court, Nick Lloyd discusses the bloody Amritsar massacre of 1919.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - April 2009 - Part 1

    Apr 01 2009

    Louise Raw discusses the 1888 Matchgirls strike, David Stevenson returns to 1918 in our Time Machine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - March 2009 - Part 2

    Mar 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - March 2009 - Part 1

    Mar 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - February 2009 - Part 2

    Feb 15 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - February 2009 - Part 1

    Feb 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - January 2009 - Part 2

    Jan 15 2009

    Professor Robert Crawford giving us a taste of the poetry of Robert Burns, Richard Serjeantson talks about the Elizabethan courtier and polymath Francis Bacon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - January 2009 - Part 1

    Jan 01 2009

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - December 2008 - Part 2

    Dec 25 2008

    BBC History Magazine's Christmas Quiz with QI quizmaster Justin Pollard.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - December 2008 - Part 1

    Dec 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - November 2008 - Part 2

    Nov 15 2008

    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'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - November 2008 - Part 1

    Nov 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - October 2008 - Part 2

    Oct 15 2008

    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?".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - October 2008 - Part 1

    Oct 01 2008

    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'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - September 2008

    Sep 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - August 2008

    Aug 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - July 2008

    Jul 01 2008

    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 the opera.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - June 2008

    Jun 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - May 2008

    May 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - April 2008

    Apr 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - March 2008

    Mar 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - February 2008

    Feb 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - January 2008

    Jan 01 2008

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - Christmas Quiz

    Dec 25 2007

    Popular historian Justin Pollard and David Musgrove take charge of our history pub quiz.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - December 2007

    Dec 01 2007

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - November 2007

    Nov 01 2007

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - October 2007

    Oct 01 2007

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - September 2007

    Sep 01 2007

    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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - August 2007

    Aug 01 2007

    Professor Jonathan Phillips talks about the Second Crusade, A live report from a recreated Viking voyage, TV presenter Nicholas Crane discusses historic travellers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - July 2007

    Jul 01 2007

    Professor Gary Sheffield describes the political talents of the Duke of Wellington.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • History Extra podcast - June 2007

    Jun 01 2007

    Professor Ian Kershaw discusses the major decisions and turning points of the Second World War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.