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The History of England

Please note that because iTunes limits the number of episodes displayed to 300, to start at the beginning of my retelling of the story of England, you need to SUBSCRIBE. You'll then find a regular, chronological podcast, starting from from the end of Roman Britain. I’m a bloke in a shed, but I make sure this is good, properly prepared history, and then fill it with my enthusiasm. You’ll find the great events and people for sure – but also some of the byways, of how people lived, their language, and the forces that shaped their lives and destinies. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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266 Mary, Bloody or Otherwise

After her brave and audacious rebellion, Mary became Queen in 1553. Historians have not been kind to Mary for many centuries. What have they been saying? What are they saying now? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

3 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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120 ...Who was then the Gentleman?

In June 1381 the revolt came to London. Before long, London was in flames, and the qualities of the young king Richard, and his advisors, were tested to the limit as they were made prisoners in their own castle.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

29 Mar 2014

Rank #2

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203 The Spanish Princess

After negotiations that would win prizes, it was finally time for Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth's pride and joy Prince Arthur to marry the Spanish Princess, Catherine of Aragon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

22 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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272 The Spanish Marriage

In July 1554 Philip finally landed in England, and all went very well; Mary and Philip were married, and were kind to each other, there was a great pageant of welcome in London. Join us on Flick Chat https://www.flickapp.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

19 May 2019

Rank #4

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268 This Hand Offendeth

After Mary rode into London in August 1553, Thomas Cranmer must have known he would be in the firing line - and yet at first nothing happened. And it was his own defiance that caused the queen to take action. This is story of Cranmer's defiance. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

17 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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252 Henry VIII - Judgement Day

Alternative views of the Big Man presented in this week's megasode and your chance to vote and be entered into the prize draw for coins kindly donated by Halls Hammered Coins. Thank you Simon.Here's the link to the episode on the website https://thehistoryofengland.co.uk/2018/07/19/252-henry-viii-judgement-day/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 13mins

22 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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264 Rebel Queen 1 Gathering

The life of Lady Jane Grey to 1553, and the fate of Edward VI is settled as the vultures gather. The first in our series on the succession crisis of 1553. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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229 The Reign of Queen Anne Boleyn

We discuss what we know about Anne as Queen consort, and chart the progress of the break with a thousand years of tradition in the declaration of royal supremacy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

15 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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256 The Boy King

Poor Edward's reign tends to be ignored, sandwiched as it is. This week we pay it proper respect - what has history had to say of the lad, what were the controversies of his reign and the players that trod its boards? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

9 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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228 Mistress Anne Boleyn, Scandal of Christendom

The start of 4 weeks of fun, debate, voting and prizes as we consider the life of Anne Boleyn and decide whether Catherine was being fair in describing Anne as the Scandal of Christendom. This week a summary of the life of Anne to 1532. You can find out more here http://bit.ly/ABDebate See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

8 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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2: The Rise of Mercia

Pretty much a century in just one, fun-filled episode - 650 ish to 750 is. It's Mercia's turn - an increasingly integrated Mercia, growing in power. With yer Wulfhere's and Æthelbalds, Mercia's hegemony was held back only by Ine of Wessex and Wihtred of Kent. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

12 Jan 2011

Rank #11

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183 The Brothers York

They had a complicated relationship - Edward, Clarence and Richard; Clarence and Richard had often been left together with Cecily and Margaret while Edward was with his father. In the 1470s, things came to a head. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

12 Jun 2016

Rank #12

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3 The Mercian Supremacy

After Wulfhere, Aethelred and Aethelbald laid the foundations, a prince from the Hwicce, Offa, took Mercia to its greatest achievements. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

13 Jan 2011

Rank #13

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172 A Royal Marriage

The first three years of Edward's reign were spent dealing stamping on the fires of the Lancastrian resistance. But then, he found time for something much more controversial than dis-embowelling, and he found it under an oak tree. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

21 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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194 The Wars of the Roses

1485 was not the end of the Wars of the Roses; the fear of dynastic strife lasts well into Henry VIII's reign. But we draw a close at the battle of Stoke, and ask what the Wars changed - if anything. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

18 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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230 The Execution of Anne Boleyn

On May Day 1536 at Greenwich, Anne and Henry could put their worries aside. Everything was well with the world as they watched the joust. Then Henry left suddenly and was seen arguing with Henry Norris. Find out what happened next. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

22 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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216 Love and Marriage

The story of a love affair - probably. In 1514 Henry married off his 18 year old sister to the gouty, siphilitic, toothless 50+ year old Louis and sent her to France., She came back a year later married to someone else entirely See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

11 Jun 2017

Rank #17

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55 The History of Medieval Europe Part 1

From Charles Martel and the battle of Tours in 732, through Charlemagne and Otto the Great, the first installment concentrates on France, Germany and Italy and takes us to the shores of Gregory VIIth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

25 Mar 2012

Rank #18

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22 1066 and Goodbye to all That

1066 was a year that changed a lot of things - though not as much as you might think. 3 experienced war leaders fought for control of England - and we all know who won, so no need to worry about plot spoilers. The History of England podcast takes us... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

5 Jun 2011

Rank #19