35 Episodes

At History Indoors, we bring history… indoors! We host online talks from some of the best historical experts so you can enjoy some of the newest historical ideas from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Remembering Mary I: The Role of Memory in the Creation of Mary’s Legacy

    Episode 25

    By virtue of being England’s first crowned queen regnant – a queen in her own right – Mary I set a precedent for English regnant queenship. She struggled to establish her reign amidst the religious, nationalist, and gendered contexts of sixteenth-century England. Focusing particularly at the mome...

  • Remembering Remembrance: The Origins of our Commemorative Day

    Episode 26

    On the 11th of November at 11am in 1918, the guns fell silent on the western front. Exactly a year later, commemorative events took place across what was then the British Empire to remember those who had fallen during the First World War – however, not all events were looked upon favourably by co...

  • Wicked Witches and Honourable Men: The Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612

    Episode 27

    In 1612, Lancashire witnessed what could arguably be the most notorious witch trial of early modern England. In 1613, court clerk Thomas Potts published a lengthy pamphlet outlining the events leading to and during these trials. It is a text full of suspicion, heresy, curses, and murder, and who ...

  • Bloody Chocolate: Contraband and Violence in 18th Century Costa Rica

    Episode 29

    Dr. Ben Fuggle examines the 18th century Costa Rican Chocolate trade and use it to discuss the connections between trade and violence and how indigenous groups and European empires struggled to cooperate even when their goals seemed to align.

  • Operation Margin: The Augsburg Raid

    Episode 28

    In April 1942 the Second World War hung in the balance. Nazi Germany had occupied most of Europe and its seemingly unstoppable armed forces were driving deeper and deeper into Russia and North Africa. To add to Allied worries, German U-Boats were threatening to cut off Britain’s supply lines in t...

  • The Life and Legacy of: Christina of Sweden

    Episode 30

    Christina of Sweden (1626-1689), a queen, a Catholic convert, an LGBTQ icon, and one of only three women to be buried in the Vatican. Who was she? And what impact did she have on culture and society? At best she has been described as clever and ‘unconventional’ and at worst as over-emotional, as ...

  • Murder or Not: How the Early 20th Century Police were Poorly Prepared

    Episode 31

    In 1919, when a Hitchin shopkeeper and her dog were found bludgeoned to death in her corner shop, it triggered a bizarre sequence of events which resulted in two separate investigations with two quite different outcomes. Historian and criminologist Paul Stickler focuses on how murder investigatio...

  • The First World War: A Visual Tour Through Paintings

    Episode 32

    When we think of the First World War so often it is images that come to our minds. Whether these are of trenches, mud, or rows of crosses in fields of poppies they somehow encapsulate the whole collective memory of the conflict. In this talk, Louise Rodwell and James Jefferies will look at the in...

  • Appeasement in Asia: Britain, Japan and the Path to War

    Episode 33

    Throughout the 1930s, British foreign policy in Asia was directed towards reducing tensions with Japan. Seeking to avoid war in Asia, Britain attempted to appease the Japanese through various political, military, and economic acts. Liam Redfern will discuss the little-known attempt by the British...

  • Queens on Screen: Victims, Villains, or Rebels?

    Episode 34

    Join Amy and Johanna as they delve into the world of cinematic queens. Examining how Mary Queen of Scots and Christina of Sweden are portrayed in film, Johanna and Amy will explore how these depictions affect modern popular perceptions of these royal women. Perhaps the most tense early modern rel...

  • Magic and Monarchy: Women in Historical Fiction

    Episode 35

    The voices of early modern women have long been silenced by historical record, but historical fiction gives us new ways of understanding and even relating to these colourful characters from centuries past! This discussion will examine literary representations of women in a patriarchal period; wom...