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Philip Pullman

10/2/2017
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Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL is an English novelist. He is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and the fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. In 2008, The Times named Pullman one of the "50 greatest British writers since 1945". In a 2004 poll for the BBC, Pullman was named the eleventh most influential person in British culture. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on...

Duration: 00:43:07


Frank Cottrell-Boyce

10/1/2017
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Frank Cottrell-Boyce is an English screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor, known for his children's fiction and for his collaborations with film director Danny Boyle. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook. Producer: Dan Morelle

Duration: 00:31:35


Abbey Life Uncovered

9/22/2017
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Janina takes a break from the usual one on one interview to share a talk she recently gave at the Gloucester History Festival where she serves as President. To celebrate the 900th anniversary of Cirencester’s Abbey of St Mary's Janina asks what was life really like at a Medieval Abbey? How did the monks live? What did they eat? How did they help the townsfolk? Janina lifts the lid on monastic life to show a reality rather different from what we often think. Subscribe, rate and review on...

Duration: 01:02:00


Emma Hamilton by George Romney, with Kate Williams

9/14/2017
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Kate Williams @KateWilliamsme is Professor of History at the University of Reading, is an author, historian and television presenter. George Romney (26 December 1734 – 15 November 1802) was an English portrait painter. He was the most fashionable artist of his day, painting many leading society figures – including his artistic muse, Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson.

Duration: 00:54:10


Victoria & Abdul - Shrabani Basu

8/16/2017
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Shrabani Basu is a journalist and historian. She is the author of For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul: The Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry: The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish. She is also the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and...

Duration: 00:29:58


Talking Art & Science with Professor Alice Roberts - Live at Latitude Festival 2017

8/9/2017
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Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook. Producer: Dan Morelle

Duration: 00:54:43


The Treasures of St. Cuthbert

8/2/2017
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Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook. Producer: Dan Morelle

Duration: 01:00:54


Joanna Marshner

7/26/2017
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Duration: 00:29:32


The Fight Between Carnival and Lent by Pieter Bruegel the Elder - with Johnathan Healy

7/19/2017
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The Fight Between Carnival and Lent is an oil-on-panel work painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1559. This painting depicts a common festival of the period, as celebrated in the Southern Netherlands. It presents the contrast between two sides of contemporary life, as can be seen by the appearance of the inn on the left side - for enjoyment, and the church on the right side - for religious observance. The busy scene depicts well-behaved children near the church and a beer drinking scene...

Duration: 00:28:20


Codex Aureus - Kate Wiles

7/12/2017
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The Stockholm Codex Aureus is a Gospel book written in the mid-eighth century in Southumbria, probably in Canterbury, whose decoration combines Insular and Italian elements. Southumbria produced a number of important illuminated manuscripts during the eighth and early ninth centuries, including the Vespasian Psalter, the Stockholm Codex Aureus, three Mercian prayer books, the Tiberius Bede and the Royal Bible. Kate Wiles is a Medievalist, linguist, and Senior Editor History Today. View...

Duration: 00:31:34


La Belle Iseul by William Morris, with Dr Emma Wells

6/28/2017
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William Morris was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain. View this episode's image here. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes...

Duration: 00:23:48


The Artist's Family by Hans Holbein the Younger, with Jeanne Nuechterlein

6/23/2017
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Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497) – between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German and Swiss artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the...

Duration: 00:32:15


The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo - with Patrick Doorly

6/14/2017
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The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, painted c. 1508–1512. It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man. The fresco is part of a complex iconographic scheme and is chronologically the fourth in the series of panels depicting episodes from Genesis. Patrick Doorly is an art historian specialising in Renaissance Italy. He divides his time...

Duration: 00:35:18


Valois Tapestries and Catherine de Medici - with Stephanie Merritt

6/7/2017
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The Valois Tapestries are a series of eight tapestries depicting festivities or 'magnificences' at the Court of France in the second half of the 16th century. The tapestries were worked in the Spanish Netherlands, probably in Brussels or Antwerp, shortly after 1580. Stephanie Merrit @thestephmerritt is an English critic and feature writer who has contributed to various publications including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, the New Statesman, New Humanist and Die Welt. She was Deputy...

Duration: 00:33:55


Bayeux Tapestry - with Greg Jenner

5/31/2017
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Greg Jenner is the historical consultant to Horrible Histories and is the author of A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life. View this episode's images here. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook. Producer: Dan Morelle View this episode's images here. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow...

Duration: 00:47:04


Bayeux Tapestry - with Joe Whitlock Blundell

5/24/2017
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The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. Joe Whitlock Blundell has been Design and Production Director of The Folio Society for over 20 years, responsible for all aspects of the books’ appearance: typographic design, art...

Duration: 00:14:07


The Kiss - Gustav Klimt

5/17/2017
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The Kiss was painted by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908, the highpoint of his "Golden Period", when he painted a number of works in a similar gilded style. A perfect square, the canvas depicts a couple embracing, their bodies entwined in elaborate robes decorated in a style influenced by both linear constructs of the contemporary Art Nouveau style and the organic forms of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement. The work is composed of oil paint with applied...

Duration: 00:35:47


Greek Vases - Michael Scott

5/10/2017
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Duration: 00:31:09


Miss Ashwanden in Cookham by Stanley Spencer - with Robin Ince

5/3/2017
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Sir Stanley Spencer (30 June 1891 – 14 December 1959) was an English painter.[Shortly after leaving the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. Spencer referred to Cookham as "a village in Heaven" and in his biblical scenes, fellow-villagers are shown as their Gospel counterparts. Spencer was skilled at organising...

Duration: 00:33:40


Bonus Minisode: The Nightwatch by Rembrandt

5/1/2017
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Watch Janina's new 3-part series, An Art Lovers Guide starting on BBC Four from 1st May at 9pm. Watch on iPlayer here. With sumptuous palaces, exquisite artworks and stunning architecture, every great city offers a dizzying multitude of artistic highlights. In the series, Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke take us on three cultural city breaks, hunting for off-the-beaten-track artistic treats - and finding new ways of enjoying some very famous sights. The Night Watch, is a 1642 painting...

Duration: 00:15:37

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