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I have loved and lived with the story of the history of the English for as long as I can remember. This is my retelling of that story, in a regular, chronological podcast, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day. I’m a bloke in a shed, this is not a dry retelling of events; I make sure this is good, properly prepared history, but I fill it with my love and enthusiasm for history, and some of the things that make me laugh. You’ll find the great events and people for sure – but also some of the byways, of how people lived, their language, and the forces that shaped their lives and destinies.

I have loved and lived with the story of the history of the English for as long as I can remember. This is my retelling of that story, in a regular, chronological podcast, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day. I’m a bloke in a shed, this is not a dry retelling of events; I make sure this is good, properly prepared history, but I fill it with my love and enthusiasm for history, and some of the things that make me laugh. You’ll find the great events and people for sure – but also some of the byways, of how people lived, their language, and the forces that shaped their lives and destinies.
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I have loved and lived with the story of the history of the English for as long as I can remember. This is my retelling of that story, in a regular, chronological podcast, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day. I’m a bloke in a shed, this is not a dry retelling of events; I make sure this is good, properly prepared history, but I fill it with my love and enthusiasm for history, and some of the things that make me laugh. You’ll find the great events and people for sure – but also some of the byways, of how people lived, their language, and the forces that shaped their lives and destinies.

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Episodes

251 The End of Days

6/24/2018
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In 1546, Gardiner and the religious conservatives moved their sights from Cranmer, to the new darling of the evangelical cause - the Queen. Getting evidence from Anne Askew was the key - and they would stop at nothing to get it.

Duration:00:44:43

Roman Bath Museum Discovery

6/10/2018
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This is the first of three special episodes from the wonderful Roman Bath Museum at Bath. Experts from the museum talk about Bath's history, from before Rome to Georgian Bath to the current day - and the drama of the rediscovery of the Roman Bath and Temple complex.

Duration:00:43:29

250 Catherine and Anne

6/3/2018
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In 1545 the struggle between conservative and evangelical, between mumpsimus and sumpsimus grew more intense as Catherine Parr's household shed an evangelical light over the court. And into this situation came a noblewoman from Lincolnshire, Anne Askew.

Duration:00:36:27

249 Knaves I Cannot Rule

5/27/2018
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It's time for a naval encounter, marked by the sinking of the Mary Rose, and then we set the scene for the cut-throat politics of the last years with Richard Rich, Thomas Wriothesley and William Paget.

Duration:00:34:08

248 To Arms!

5/20/2018
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In 1544 Henry traveled to France and hauled himself into the saddle for his last chance to emulate Henry V. A little like his predecessor, he was also investing in a royal navy; and this time, it's an investment that would last.

Duration:00:35:02

247a Roanoke - England's First Colony by Joel Kindrick

5/6/2018
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In 1585, a colony was established at Roanoke, sponsored by Walter Raleigh. Find out what happens from historian and Birkenstock wearer Joel Kindrick.

Duration:00:34:39

247 Queen Catherine the Third

4/29/2018
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The arrival of Catherine Parr (and family) and preparations for war in France. And rather a lot of digressions.

Duration:00:33:11

246 A Rough Wooing

4/22/2018
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In 1542, Henry's sought war with France; but before that, he must make sure his northern borders were safe. So began the Rough Wooing, as Henry sought to bring a Pro-English part to power in Scotland, and then bully her into a marriage alliance.

Duration:00:32:40

245 The Prebendaries Plot

4/15/2018
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In 1543 religious conservatives were in the ascendant, dominated the aristocratic Privy Council and a wave of prosecutions for heresy followed. When some of Archbishop Cranmer's own parishioners of Kent sought to discredit him Gardiner saw an opportunity to bring him down.

Duration:00:39:42

244 No More Time to Dance

4/1/2018
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Catherine had made a decent start of being queen. And it was really in no body's interest to reveal her old life. But dangers and memories were all around - as were temptations

Duration:00:41:46

242 Anne and Thomas

3/18/2018
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Anne arrived in England to be greeted by 6 burly disguised middle aged men. 1540 was a year neither Anne of Cleves nor Thomas Cromwell were to remember - with affection in one case, or at all in another.

Duration:00:39:50

241 The Illness of King Henry

3/11/2018
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Henry's attitude to illness, and possible medical explanations for his character and events of his realm. And a negotiation starts for a new wife.

Duration:00:34:14

240 Henry VIII in Ireland and Wales

2/25/2018
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The 1530's saw radical changes in both Ireland and Wales, following Cromwell's same policy as applied to the northern borders. The outcomes though, were to be very different.

Duration:00:39:32

239a Robin Hood by Glen Longwell

2/18/2018
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I always wanted to look at the legends of Robin Hood and try to sort fact from fiction - and never got round to it. But Luckily here is Glen of the Glen and Dean show, just just that very thing for the history of England!

Duration:00:26:56

239 Henry VIII and his Realm

2/11/2018
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Henry wanted a different relationship with his nobility - a service, court based nobility. Royal power meanwhile must be extended and enhanced. Today we look at Tudor lordship and royal power in the north of England.

Duration:00:35:24

238 The Fight Back

2/4/2018
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In 1539, Henry became convinced that religious reform was going too far. Cromwell and Cranmer failed to see the signs and during the 1539 the act of Six Articles shocked evangelists.

Duration:00:36:01

237 Dissolution and Destruction

1/21/2018
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At the start of 1538, the end of monasticism was widely predicted, and by 1540 the larger monasteries were all gone. Along with an assault on the veneration of relics and saints, the traditional practice of religion was deeply affected.

Duration:00:33:11

236 The Burning of Derfel Gadarn

1/14/2018
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In 1537 and 1538 the doctrinal debate intensified with the Evangelical cause appeared to advance step by step. Cromwell discredited the monastic movement by attacking the veneration of relics.

Duration:00:35:41

235 Pilgrimage of Grace II

1/7/2018
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By December 1536 there were 50,000 rebels camped around Pontefract Castle while inside their leader Robert Aske composed a petition of 24 articles, to re-instate traditional religion and the Pope. No royal army of any size stood between them and London.

Duration:00:35:12

234 Pilgrimage of Grace I

12/17/2017
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It is not true to say that Henry died a Catholic without the Pope. The 1530's were a time of increasing doctrinal confusion which together with the attack on monasticism brought forth a bellow of distress.

Duration:00:33:09