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The British History Podcast discusses the human drama that changed a small island into a towering empire. The podcast is organized chronologically from Britain's early beginnings to present day.

The British History Podcast discusses the human drama that changed a small island into a towering empire. The podcast is organized chronologically from Britain's early beginnings to present day.
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The British History Podcast discusses the human drama that changed a small island into a towering empire. The podcast is organized chronologically from Britain's early beginnings to present day.

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English


Episodes

299 – The Shape of Power

12/7/2018
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Ealdormen… Thegns… Ceorls. These were the important cogs in the machine of government. They had powerful roles, and held powerful spaces within anglo saxon culture. And it’s time we get to know these roles like the back of our hand. You see, as you might have guessed, we’re on the cusp of a new season […]

Duration:00:50:28

The Achavanich Beaker Burial Project: Ancient DNA with Maya Hoole

12/2/2018
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Links to material referenced in the show. The Achavanich Beaker Burial ‘Ava’: a Beaker-associated woman from a cist at Achavanich, Highland, and the story of her (re-)discovery and subsequent study, Published in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe at Nature.com A summary […]

Duration:00:47:58

298 – Uptown Ceorl

11/16/2018
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Long ago there was a settlement that had been occupied and farmed by the British and the Anglo Saxons for centuries. In fact, by the time that the Scandinavians arrived on the island, this village known as Wharram Percy was already well established, and had been inhabited continually for centuries. And it held strong for […]

Duration:00:42:43

297 – The Hundreds and the Wapentakes

11/9/2018
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We have spoken a lot about the life of a handful of individuals - namely the rulers that have descended from the line of Alfred. There are a couple of reasons for that. The first is the simple fact that by virtue of how limited literacy was during this era, these are the lives we […]

Duration:00:29:51

The Halloween Special

10/26/2018
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I love Halloween. I think it might be my favorite holiday, and it’s not really because I like spooky things. I actually kind of hate horror movies. The reason I love Halloween is because in the pantheon of modern holidays it stands out. Most holidays in the western world have been rebranded and repackaged to […]

Duration:00:28:53

296 – Darkening Skies

10/19/2018
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It begins in France. The struggle for power between King Louis IV and Hugh the Great had been raging for quite some time… When we last visited the continent, , Hugh the Great, King Otto of Germany, Duke William of Normandy, Count Herbert II, and various other supporting characters were allied against King Louis IV, […]

Duration:00:39:17

295 – The Return of England

10/11/2018
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You know the pieces on a chessboard? There’s the knight, and the queen, and the castle….and then there’s the bishop. There’s a reason why a game that simulates medieval power strategy has a piece called the bishop. Bishops had power. And it was a power that didn’t flow from the monarchy. And in britain, it […]

Duration:00:29:46

294 – It All Comes Crashing Down

10/4/2018
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The story of the last few episodes is a story about a lesson that humanity has had to re-learn again and again throughout history. When your society is ordered around a single figure it’s likely to descend into chaos the minute that figure goes away. And finding a new balance in the midst of sudden […]

Duration:00:30:19

293 – The Beacons are Lit

9/23/2018
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When we left off, AEthelstan had recently died, Olaf had returned from Dublin and been crowned King of Jorvik (which meant that the Kingdom of Jorvik was back). The English Fyrd was still recovering from the bloodbath at Brunanburh. And the English Navy were currently sailing up and down the French Coast shouting “Liberte, Fraternite, […]

Duration:00:29:41

292 – King in the North

9/10/2018
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How we understand any event comes down to what angle we are able to view it from. And the story of AEthelstan is no exception. On the one hand, it is easy to see AEthelstan as one of the greatest kings in English history, one to place on our shelf of real-life legends along with […]

Duration:00:25:34

291 – Pandemonium

8/30/2018
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When King Edward died, the plan was that his second son would take the throne. By all indications, neither Edward nor the power structures within Wessex, wanted AEthelstan. The young AEtheling had been discarded and sent to be raised in Mercia far from the halls of power. The throne of Wessex wasn’t for him. It […]

Duration:00:27:07

290 – This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

8/23/2018
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Brunanburh had been a titanic struggle. The Anglo Saxon Chronicle speaks of how the fighting lasted from morning to night, until “the field grew dark with the blood of men.” Blood spilled from warriors of no less than four separate kingdoms. The scribes speak of how the ground was littered with men impaled upon spears. […]

Duration:00:29:00

289 – Brunanburh

8/18/2018
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You can’t just go to war. I mean… I guess you can. But it’s not a good idea. War takes work. It takes planning. It takes preparation. War, to put it simply, is a pain in the ass. You really have to want it. And the workload only increases with the number of people involved. […]

Duration:00:38:30

288 – Extracurricular Activities

8/10/2018
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I wonder if King Rudolph of France resented his crown. I mean, seeking the crown probably seemed like a good idea at the time but the whole thing had been turning out to be an enormous headache. And it all started when Rudolph’s father in law (Robert) rebelled against King Charles and drove him into […]

Duration:00:28:25

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8/2/2018
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Duration:00:02:43

287 – The Conquest of Scotland

7/26/2018
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For the last six years, AEthelstan had been ruling in a manner that hasn’t been seen in Britain for generations. Beyond being a warlord, or even a King… AEthelstan was acting more like an Emperor. All of the Anglo Saxon territories were annexed into his new Kingdom of England, the Kings of Wales were now […]

Duration:00:26:20

286 – Noble Pursuits

7/21/2018
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After generations of devastating war, England has found itself at peace. Which leaves a question we haven’t had to ask in a while. What did the Anglo Saxons actually do during peacetime? For the regular freemen (which was the vast majority of the population), this is a fairly straightforward question with a straightforward answer. Peace […]

Duration:00:35:04

285 – Full Court Press

7/11/2018
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The Era of AEthelstan is one of contradictions. His behavior, his policies, his wars… pretty much everything that is happening during this period seems to have an element of duality. This man was discussed by scholars of his time in terms of his piety and his generosity both with the church and also with his […]

Duration:00:28:46

284 – AEthelstan the Victorious

7/6/2018
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Last week, we ended with King AEthelstan’s aggression towards Kingdoms of Wales and Cornwall. We don’t know precisely what occurred, or why AEthelstan demanded crippling tributes from the Welsh and then violently expelled or executed the Cornish of Exeter. Support the Show

Duration:00:27:14

283 – The Kingdoms of the Foreigners

6/28/2018
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Imagine that you went from being a disfavored bastard with little power, to the most powerful English king that had ever existed, in the space of just a few years. Support the Show

Duration:00:26:31