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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Helen Castor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Helen Castor, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Helen Castor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Helen Castor, often where they are interviewed.

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She-Wolves: Medieval Queens with Helen Castor

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From the submissive to the scandalous, medieval queens held a huge amount of influence over the politics of the day. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Dr. Helen Castor about queenship, the challenges of studying even the most prominent medieval women, and how their stories still resonate today.

Apr 24 2019 · 42mins
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Helen Castor and guests discuss the stories that are Making History

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Helen Castor is joined by Dr Jane Hamlett from Royal Holloway University of London and the critic and writer Kate Maltby.

Tom Holland travels to Thetford, the ancient capital of East Anglia, to hear evidence that the Iceni were speaking a form of English in the years before the Romans arrived. Dr Daphne Nash Briggs and Dr Sam Newton have examined coins of the period to reveal that the people of Norfolk had as strong a relationship with the Continent as they did with the rest of Britain - and, as well as speaking the Celtic Brittonic language, would also have conversed with their trading partners in the Germanic languages that would eventually become English. If true, this thesis completely changes our ideas that our language came with the Anglo-Saxons after the Romans left these shores.

We travel to Liverpool to try out some Victorian jokes. Its all part of research being carried out by Dr Bob Nicholson at Edge Hill University. Stand-up comic Iszi Lawrence finds out more.

This week's favourite year is 1453, put forward by Dr Rory Cox from St Andrews University.
Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
Mar 15 2016 · 27mins
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Writer of the month: Helen Castor on Joan of Arc

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Helen Castor in conversation, discussing her new book, Joan of Arc: A history. Find out more about Helen Castor on her website.

This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of historical records and their uses for writers. We apologise for any intermittent reduction in sound quality.

May 22 2015 · 47mins
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Helen Castor Interview: Part 3

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Helen Castor talks about the challenges of writing narrative history based on inevitably fragmented medieval sources.

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Jul 12 2011 · 2mins
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Helen Castor Interview: Part 3

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Helen Castor talks about the challenges of writing narrative history based on inevitably fragmented medieval sources.

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Jul 12 2011 · 2mins
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Helen Castor Interview: Part 2

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In the second of our History Today Book Club podcasts, Helen Castor, discusses Matilda (1102-67) and the claim made by some historians that she was England’s first true female ruler.

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Jul 11 2011 · 3mins
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Helen Castor Interview: Part 2

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In the second of our History Today Book Club podcasts, Helen Castor, discusses Matilda (1102-67) and the claim made by some historians that she was England’s first true female ruler.

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Jul 11 2011 · 3mins
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Helen Castor interview - Part 1

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In our first podcast for the History Today Book Club, History Today Editor Paul Lay talks to Helen Castor, author of our recommended book for July, She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (Faber). In this podcast she discusses one of history’s most important themes – contingency – how the happenstance of Edward VI’s early death in 1553 meant that there were now only women left on the Tudor family tree.

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Jun 27 2011 · 5mins
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Helen Castor interview - Part 1

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In our first podcast for the History Today Book Club, History Today Editor Paul Lay talks to Helen Castor, author of our recommended book for July, She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (Faber). In this podcast she discusses one of history’s most important themes – contingency – how the happenstance of Edward VI’s early death in 1553 meant that there were now only women left on the Tudor family tree.

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Jun 27 2011 · 5mins