History with Mike Loades

History with Mike Loades

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History with Mike Loades
  • Quicksilver: The Magnificent Mail Coach

    Mike Loades climbs aboard a high-speed transport revolution. 250 years ago the Mail Coach was a sensation, the fastest vehicle on the road - carrying with it the promise of news from afar.

    It was the symbol of a modern, more connected world - at the vanguard of a social revolution.

    For the fi...

  • The True History of Dick Turpin and the Highwaymen

    Mike Loades goes behind the mask to uncover the brutal truth about the myth of the highwayman. Unlike many other criminals, they've been glamorised and idolised, their names enduring as legends. They are considered by many as dashing romantic heroes, courageous adventurers and champions of the un...

  • The Making of Wellington

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    Mike Loades explores Wellington's surprising ascension during the Napoleonic Wars - by tracing his impact in Portugal and immersing himself in the locations that still bear the evidence of efforts to repel Naopleon's invasion.

  • The Battle of Agincourt with Mike Loades

    Legend of popular history Mike Loades provides Dan a detailed run down of Henry V's famous victory at Agincourt on 25 October 1415 and how his men were more a band of brigands than a 'band of brothers'. They discuss the arms, the armour, the tactics and the popular myths today associated with the...

  • 🎧 War Bows with Mike Loades

    Mike Loades talks to Dan about bows of all shapes and sizes. He discusses Mongol fighting tactics, as well as the trope of certain nationalities being prolific with a bow, and whether Edward III really did ban football to force people to practice archery. Producer: Peter Curry. Image Credit: Kim ...

  • 🎧 Horse Archery

    The horse archer was one of the most feared warriors of antiquity. Triumphing mobility and fluidity, these swift skirmishers came to epitomise a feared ‘eastern’ style of warfare. Renowned historical weapons expert and avid horse archer Mike Loades joins me to chat through horse archery's ancient...

  • The Longest Alliance: England and Portugal 650 Years

    On 16th June 1373, England’s King Edward III signed a treaty of alliance with Portugal’s King Ferdinand. It still stands, making it the longest continuing alliance in history. This year, in June 2023, it celebrates its 650th anniversary. In this film, Mike Loades, a Brit living in Portugal, trave...

  • 🎧 Agincourt: Myths Explained

    Agincourt is a name which conjures an image of plucky English archers taking on and defeating the arrogant and aristocratic knights of the French court. But was it really the David and Goliath struggle often depicted on stage and screen?

    In this episode of the podcast, Dan is joined by Mike Loa...