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  • 🎧 Who was Joan of Arc?

    Joan of Arc is a name that’s instantly recognisable to most. A controversial figure in her own day, she has remained so ever since, often being adopted as a talisman of French nationalism.

    But how much do we really know—or understand—about the young woman who ignited France’s fightback against ...

  • 🎧 English Steel: A Knight's Armour

    Knights in their armour is one of the most enduring images of the Middle Ages, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind and a role that many of us would have played at as children.

    Yet surprisingly, there are no surviving examples of English armour from this period that we know of in the world...

  • 🎧 Crisis in Ukraine: From the 18th Century to Today

    Since late 2013, Ukraine has been in crisis. But the problems there go much further back. To examine the history of the conflict in Ukraine, we welcome one of our first guests, Professor Chris Bellamy, back to the podcast. Chris takes us right back to the late 18th century to look at the sources ...

  • 🎧 Spinning in the Roman World

    Spinning held an important place in ancient society, and no, we're not talking about ancient exercise classes. A task for women and slaves, it was used to create clothes, ships sails, and ropes, and its products were integral to all parts of society. An unchanging art for centuries and seen acros...

  • 🎧 Was the League of Nations Doomed to Fail?

    102 years ago on the 10th of January 1920, the League of Nations was formed out of the Treaty of Versailles. Its aim was to maintain peace after the First World War. With 58 member states by the 1930s, it had successes e against drug traffickers and slave traders, settling border disputes and ret...

  • 🎧 Obama and Merkel: The Extraordinary Partnership

    U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are two of the world’s most influential leaders, together at the centre of some of the biggest controversies and most impressive advancements of our time. Taking office at the height of the 2008 global recession, Obama was keenly awa...

  • 🎧 B17s and Bullet Holes - A US Airforce Bomber

    Chuck Richardson is a former member of the United States Airforce, serving across Europe in his B17 bomber during World War 2. He, and co-author of their new book Emily Wilson, join James this week to talk about Chuck's remarkable achievements, life, and extraordinary tales from the War. From fly...

  • 🎧 1921 Census: Revealed

    For the first time, the 1921 Census of England & Wales is now publicly available, only online at the family history website, Findmypast.co.uk. More detailed than any previous British census taken up to that point, it provides us with a remarkable, once-in-a-generation snapshot of a country that h...

  • 🎧 1492: The Year the Spanish Monarchy Changed the World

    2022 marks the 530th anniversary of 1492 - the year in which Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille ended centuries of Muslim rule in Spain, expelled the country's Jews, and signed a contract with one Christopher Columbus who set set sail to find the Indies - and the rest is history.

    In th...

  • 🎧 Cannibalism

    It’s a macabre topic to discuss, but also one that has fascinated people for generations. So what has archaeology revealed about cannibalism among prehistoric societies? And if cannibalism does seem to have been practised among certain groups, then why? Appalachian State University’s Dr Marc Kiss...

  • 🎧 Democratic Decline

    The 6th of January marks one year since the United States Capitol attack of 2021, whereby a mob of supporters of Republican President Donald J. Trump stormed the Capitol Building. On today’s anniversary, what can we learn from prehistory to the present, about democratic decay, corruption and cron...

  • 🎧 Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots: Rival Queens

    Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots were cousins who never met - but their fates were intertwined. As their nations were engulfed in religious turmoil and civil wars raged on the continent, these two powerful women struggled for control of the British Isles.

    In this edition of Not Just the Tudo...

  • 🎧 The Laughing Cavalier and the Man who Painted Him

    One of the most famous paintings in London is The Laughing Cavalier of 1624 by Franz Hals, the great portrait artist of the Dutch Golden Age whose fame has been somewhat eclipsed by Vermeer and Rembrandt. In this edition of Not Just the Tudors, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb heads off to the Wallace...

  • 🎧 Alexander The Great vs Julius Caesar

    They’ve both been described as the greatest military commanders in the ancient world, but who really takes the title? Alexander, the undefeated conqueror of the largest empire in the world, or Caesar, a leader who was critical in expanding and creating what later became the Roman Empire? For this...

  • 🎧A Medieval New Year

    In the medieval world, January 1 wasn’t actually New Year’s Day (that was March 25), but the anniversary of Jesus’s circumcision (according to the church). In fact, unlike many Christmas traditions, there’s very little in the way of New Years traditions we still do today that have medieval origin...

  • 🎧 2022: A Year of Major Anniversaries

    Happy New Year from Not Just the Tudors! But what, looking back, can we look forward to in 2022? Our first episode of the year anticipates 12 months filled with fascinating historical exhibitions and important anniversaries - from the raising from the seabed of the Mary Rose 40 years ago in 1982 ...

  • 🎧Christmas Carols: A Musical History

    Traditionally sung at Christmas itself or during the surrounding Christmas holiday season, it is thought that carols existed to keep up people’s spirits, along with dances, plays and feasts since before the fourteenth century. Whether religious or not, the singing of Christmas carols is a traditi...

  • 🎧 Dan Explores Dickensian London!

    Just as Scrooge wandered London's streets on a cold Christmas night, Dan Snow follows the ghosts of Charles Dickens' past to discover the city that inspired his greatest works. With London-born tour guide David Charnick, they slip down hidden alleyways to find the old debtor's prison that the Dic...

  • 🎧 The Cuban Missile Crisis

    A 13-day political and military standoff took place in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba was in fruition. But how did the leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union evade this near-catastro...

  • 🎧Climate Catastrophe in the 17th century

    Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides - the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were both unprecedented and widespread. A global crisis extended from England to Japan, and from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. North and South America, too, suffered turbulence. ...

  • 🎧 Hannibal's Winter War: Death To Rome

    It’s fair to say that winter battles weren’t commonplace in the ancient Mediterranean world. There is, however, one striking exception. A clash that occurred in mid/late December 218 BC, in northern Italy very close to the Po River. This clash was the Battle of the River Trebia, fought between th...

  • 🎧Treasures of Ancient Egypt

    Ramesses the Great, ego in the ancient world and Tutankhamun's sacred underwear. These are all covered in today's episode with Dr Campbell Price about the treasures that will be housed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, set to open later this year.

    Dr Campbell Price is the Chair of Trust...

  • 🎧Sex in the Middle Ages with Katherine Harvey

    Please note that this episode contains conversation about sex that you might not want to listen to in the presence of children.

    What did medieval people really think about sex, and were those thoughts all that different from ours today?

    The medieval humoral system of medicine suggested that i...

  • 🎧 Storytime with the Snows: Boudica

    In a special episode of the podcast, Dan's children join him for a lively retelling of Boudica and the violent uprising that tore Roman Britain apart - a classic bedtime story in the Snow household. Merry Christmas from Dan and his family!