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Welcome to our podcast where we talk about all things history. Together we share facts, opinions and ridiculous deaths all in the name of entertainment. So sit back, relax and enjoy TARBIS After Hours.

Welcome to our podcast where we talk about all things history. Together we share facts, opinions and ridiculous deaths all in the name of entertainment. So sit back, relax and enjoy TARBIS After Hours.
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Welcome to our podcast where we talk about all things history. Together we share facts, opinions and ridiculous deaths all in the name of entertainment. So sit back, relax and enjoy TARBIS After Hours.






Episode 33 - Home Is Where The Witch's Heart Is

This week we keep our discussion close to home by talking about... well home. We take you on a quick tour through the history of King's Lynn, a small town on the Norfolk coast that has a quite a large impact. We round it off, as always, with a ridiculous death and this week we throw in a local legend. As always, here are our...


Episode 32 - Party, Anyone?

This week we discuss the life, loves and reign of the Merry Monarch himself, King Charles II of England, Ireland and Scotland, responsible for the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660. In the ridiculous death, we tell you where not to put your boyfriend when hiding him from your dad. As always, here are our...


Episode 31 - What Xia We Talk About This Week?

This week we travel to Ancient China and discuss the (potentially mythical) Xia Dynasty. Our ridiculous death is a reminder why alcohol and sailing should never go hand in hand on a moonlit night. Let's Get Historical! As always, here are our...


Episode 30 - It's Natural We Would Make This Selection

This week we handle a request to cover Charles Darwin and the theory of Natural Selection, as requested by Autumn Zastre. We've tried to keep it as simple as possible, but we recommend looking into it if you want more in-depth reading. Here are our sources: On the Origin of Species - Charles...


Episode 29 - By George, He's Done It!

Welcome to the new, hopefully improved A Nice Cup Of Histortea. We put up the polls and you, the loving public, answered the call. Thank you for your input, and for the fact that we now have 200 followers on Instagram! Seriously, it means so much to us. On this, the 23rd April 2019, we discuss the man, the myth, the legend... St George. Whilst we know little enough about him, as with many Saints, we try to piece together the fact as well as bring you some of the entertaining fiction. Plus,...


Episode 28 - You No Longer Know Nothing

In honour of the start of the final season of Game of Thrones, we bring you a rundown of the history of Westeros starting from the invasion of the First Men all the way to the events that spark the start of Season/Book 1. Here are our sources: https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Timeline_of_major_events https://www.totallytimelines.com/game-of-thrones-history-of-westeros/ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin At the end of tonight's episode we discuss the fact that we may soon...


Episode 27 - If The Shoe Fits

This week we delve into the realm of fairytales, telling the story of Ashputtel and the origins of the Cinderella story. As always, here are our sources: https://allthatsinteresting.com/cinderella https://www.vox.com/2015/3/15/8214405/cinderella-fairy-tale-history http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Cinderella https://www.dictionary.com/e/cinderella-story/ https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/09/17/cinderella/


Episode 26 - A Rose By Any Other Colour... Means War

This week we take a brief tour of the Wars of the Roses, a series of battles that forever changed the landscape of British History and inspired George R.R. Martin to write A Song of Ice and Fire, the books on which Game of Thrones is based. As always, here are our...


Episode 25 - Going Right To The Brinkmanship

This week we talk about that GCSE History favourite, the Cuban Missile Crisis. What happened in the lead up to it? What happened in those fateful 13 days? Could it happen again? As always, here are our sources: https://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/cuban-missile-crisis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Missile_Crisis https://history.state.gov/milestones/1961-1968/cuban-missile-crisis https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/jfk-in-history/cuban-missile-crisis The combined efforts...


Episode 24 - A Live Episode? We're Rising To The Occasion

This week we come to you not exactly live, but from a location we have visited in our sister blog, Castle Rising, Norfolk. We don't have any sources this week but our Instagram has some pictures to accompany your listening. Disclaimer - it was very windy and we haven't been able to edit out the sound of some of the wind without compromising the dialogue.


Episode 23 - Over A Million In An Hour? We Khan't Believe It

This week we talk about the great warlord Genghis Khan. His life, his battles, his Michael Bolton montage teenage years... and always a ridiculous death. Here are our sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genghis_Khan https://www.history.com/topics/china/genghis-khan https://www.britannica.com/biography/Genghis-Khan https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/genghis-khan-murder.htm And as promised, here is a Michael Bolton song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu6ze1wmSxA


Episode 22 - If You Aske Us, It's All A Bit Pil-Grim

This week we discuss the Pilgrimage of Grace, a northern uprising that occurred during the reign of Henry VIII (control yourself Emily). Was it a peaceful protest? Was it a violent confrontation waiting to happen? Was it just a huge display of naivety vs political savviness? Our Sources: http://www.luminarium.org.encyclopedia/24articles.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrimage_of_Grace https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/tudor-england/the-pilgrimage-of-grace/


Episode 21 - He's Such A Pacha-cutie

This week we talk about Incan Emperor Pachacuti and the impressive legacy he left, as well as the llamas he took with him. I mean seriously... someone save the llamas! We also try, mostly in vain, not to sing the Horrible Histories song... As always, here are our...


Episode 20 - Well It's Valen-time We Sacrificed That Goat

This week we take you on a tour of Valentines Day, discussing the origins of the festival, the man (or men) himself, some of the myths surrounding it and why it's always handy to bring a goat to a party... Here are our...


Episode 19 - Angkor-About... Wat We Doing This Week?

This week we delve into the history and mystery surrounding the largest religious construction on earth, Angkor Wat. What is it? Who built it? Why did they build it? Why did they leave it? We discuss all this and more, as well as answering the question of why Carrie is never again allowed to say "yep". As always, here are our...


Episode 18 - Holocaust Memorial Day

This week we tackle the subject of the Holocaust, a modern example of genocide on a scale that has left a scar on both the physical world and the public consciousness. Here are our...


Episode 17 - You Chose Africa? Pharaoh Enough

This week we were undecided on what to do, we just knew we wanted to go outside of Europe and our comfort zones, so we put it to a vote and you lovely people chose Africa. So we went to the north coast and Ancient Egypt to talk about Hatshepsut; Pharaoh, Queen and political genius. Here are our...


Episode 16 - Unite The Kingdom? Yes She Anne!

This week we have a chat about a monarch that we both didn't actually know much about until now, Queen Anne of England. Have a listen and let us know what you think! blog.royalmint.com/ www.hrp.org.uk www.historyextra.com/


Episode 15 - Back In The St Nick Of Time

We're back after a short break, thank you to you all for your patience. This week we look into the man behind Christmas himself, Saint Nicholas. Who was the man behind the beard? Where did the red outfit actually come from? Do the other reindeer actually even have names? Tune in and find out! Here are our sources: whychristmas.com stnicholaschurchnyc.org stnicholascenter.org


Episode 14 - Yule Love This

This week we take you on a whistle-stop tour through the origins of Christmas, including some well known traditions, some not-so-well known and we look at how Christmas is celebrated around the world. As always, here are our sources - also we apologise in advance for some pronunciations...: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Christmas https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/ https://www.ancient.eu/Mithraic_Mysteries/ https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas Please if...