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History Extra podcast

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Rank #27 in History category

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History
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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

iTunes Ratings

1387 Ratings
Average Ratings
938
229
89
62
69

Audio issues

By TildaJean - May 26 2020
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The quality and volume of the podcast are problematic. Otherwise I would have given a five star rating.

History Extra Thank You

By Gobbly Dragon - May 17 2020
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Love the new everything you wanted to know series. The History Extra podcasts are a ray of sunshine during these dark times. Wonderful to hear top tier historians and interviewers talk about something besides current politics

iTunes Ratings

1387 Ratings
Average Ratings
938
229
89
62
69

Audio issues

By TildaJean - May 26 2020
Read more
The quality and volume of the podcast are problematic. Otherwise I would have given a five star rating.

History Extra Thank You

By Gobbly Dragon - May 17 2020
Read more
Love the new everything you wanted to know series. The History Extra podcasts are a ray of sunshine during these dark times. Wonderful to hear top tier historians and interviewers talk about something besides current politics
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History Extra podcast

Latest release on Aug 08, 2020

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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

Rank #1: The Knights Templar

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In a special extended-length episode popular historian Dan Jones is joined by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb to discuss his new book The Templars, which explores the rise and fall of the medieval military order who became the stuff of legend  

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Sep 14 2017

1hr 38mins

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Rank #2: Stalin’s early years and Mein Kampf

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Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, author of a major new biography of Josef Stalin, describes the Soviet leader’s path to power. Meanwhile, BBC journalist Chris Bowlby gives us the lowdown on his forthcoming Radio 4 documentary about Adolf Hitler’s notorious book, Mein Kampf.

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Jan 01 2015

1hr 2mins

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Rank #3: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Crusades, but were afraid to ask

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In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Rebecca Rist responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Christian campaigns in the middle east. Historyextra.com/podcast

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May 24 2020

59mins

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Rank #4: Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit

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British Museum director Neil MacGregor joins us to talk about his new BBC Radio 4 series Germany: Memories of a Nation, which illustrates the country’s history through a wealth of fascinating objects. Meanwhile, historical author Giles Milton discusses some surprising tales from the past, including the story of Adolf Hitler’s drug addictions.

To read an extract from Milton's book, click here.

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Oct 23 2014

43mins

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Rank #5: Witch trials and feuding queens

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Historian Robert Poole visits Lancaster Castle, scene of the dramatic 1612 trials of the Pendle witches. Meanwhile, we’re joined by Nancy Goldstone whose latest book delves into the turbulent relationship of Catherine de Medici and Marguerite de Valois in the 16th century. 

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Jul 23 2015

1hr 6mins

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Rank #6: The Reformation

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As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Professor Eamon Duffy joins us to discuss some of the big questions about the religious upheavals that altered the course of English and European history.  

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Mar 02 2017

42mins

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Rank #7: Roman emperors and women through the ages

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Tom Holland speaks to us about his new book on the first five Roman emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Meanwhile, we’re joined by historical author Amanda Foreman to discuss her new BBC TV series The Ascent of Woman.

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Sep 10 2015

50mins

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Rank #8: Mary, Queen of Scots’ tragic life

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Historian, author and broadcaster Kate Williams tells the dramatic story of the 16th-century Scottish queen and reflects on her doomed relationship with Elizabeth I of England. As part of the conversation, Williams also discusses the upcoming film of Mary’s life

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Jan 14 2019

33mins

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Rank #9: The Norman Conquest

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As we approach the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings, medieval historian Marc Morris tells the story of William the Conqueror’s dramatic victory of 1066 and explores its profound legacy for England  

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Oct 13 2016

56mins

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Rank #10: Henry VIII and Henry the Young King

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Tudor historian John Guy, author of a new short biography of Henry VIII, discusses the Tudor king’s life and relationships and what he’s learned about Henry over his many years of research. Meanwhile, medievalist Thomas Asbridge tells us about a 12th-century English king who never sat on the throne and his friendship with William Marshal, famed as ‘the greatest knight’.

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Jan 15 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #11: The trials of Joan of Arc

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Historian Helen Castor discusses her new biography of the tragic French heroine Joan of Arc, describing her famous victories and the dramatic trial that condemned her to death. Putting the questions is fellow historian Dan Jones.

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Oct 02 2014

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: The true history of The Favourite

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Historians Amanda Vickery, Hallie Rubenhold and Hannah Greig discuss the acclaimed new historical drama The Favourite and consider how accurately it reflects the reality of Queen Anne’s court in the early 18th century

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Jan 10 2019

53mins

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Rank #13: The Medici

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Historian and author Mary Hollingsworth reflects on the powerful dynasty who dominated the Italian Renaissance but whose tale also includes tyranny, crime and murder

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Oct 26 2017

29mins

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Rank #14: Ancient Rome special

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Classical historian and broadcaster Mary Beard talks to us about her new one-volume history of Rome entitled SPQR. Meanwhile, we speak to the bestselling historical novelist Robert Harris about his latest fictional portrait of the Roman statesman Cicero  

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Nov 12 2015

55mins

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Rank #15: The murder of the Romanovs

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Historical author Helen Rappaport explains why the last Russian tsar and his family met a violent end in 1918 and considers whether Britain could have saved the Romanovs from their fate

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Jul 16 2018

32mins

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Rank #16: Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

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We head to Kensington Palace, once home to the young Victoria, to discuss the queen’s life with the author, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley

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Sep 27 2018

44mins

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Rank #17: The filthy Middle Ages?

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Does the Medieval era deserve its reputation for poor hygiene and bad odours? Dr Katherine Harvey examines the evidence and reveals some of the unusual techniques that people used to keep clean. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 30 2019

24mins

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Rank #18: A year in medieval England

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Cambridge historian and BBC Making History presenter Helen Castor interviews medieval historian Dan Jones about his new book, Realm Divided, which explores what it was like to live during the tumultuous year of 1215  

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Oct 15 2015

1hr 2mins

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Rank #19: Jane Austen and Tudor London

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Historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley shares her thoughts on the Georgian novelist who is the subject of her new biography. Meanwhile, Professor Stephen Alford reflects on how the English capital was transformed over the course of the 16th century  

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Jun 15 2017

55mins

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Rank #20: The amazing history of Egypt

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In a lecture from our 2015 History Weekend event, Professor Joann Fletcher, presenter of the BBC series Immortal Egypt, explores the story of this remarkable civilisation, from the pyramids to Cleopatra  

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Jan 07 2016

53mins

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Medieval Wonder Women

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In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Janina Ramirez brings to life lesser-known heroines from across the medieval period. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 08 2020

52mins

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Documents that changed the world

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The distinguished journalists and broadcasters Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan talk about their new book, The Treasures of World History, which compiles some of the most important documents to have shaped human civilisations, covering everything from the Rosetta Stone to Apollo 11. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 07 2020

38mins

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Peter Frankopan on global history in 2020

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Five years after the publication of his landmark book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, historian Peter Frankopan explores some of the major themes in global history and how they relate to life in 2020. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 05 2020

30mins

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Medieval dynasties: how to stay on the throne

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Historian Robert Bartlett explores how medieval royal families sought to retain their grip on the throne and explains why some dynasties thrived, while others collapsed. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 03 2020

48mins

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 2)

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In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 1 of this interview aired last Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 02 2020

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Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

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In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Lauren Johnson discusses the tragic life of Henry VI whose catastrophic reign led to the bloodshed of the Wars of the Roses. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 01 2020

47mins

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The Princes in the Tower: History’s Greatest Mysteries

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In today’s episode we reveal the winner in our History’s Greatest Mystery poll: the fate of the princes in the Tower. Historian Nathen Amin considers some of the possible explanations for their disappearance in 1483 and whether Richard III was behind their murder. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 31 2020

21mins

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Stonehenge: History’s Greatest Mysteries

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All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In second place is Stonehenge, and in today’s episode archaeologist Mike Pitts considers how and why the monument was created, more than 4,000 years ago. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 30 2020

28mins

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The fate of Jesus’s body: History’s Greatest Mysteries

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All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian and author Tom Holland explores historical and religious explanations as to what may have happened to Jesus’s body following his crucifixion in the 1st century AD. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 29 2020

22mins

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The lost colony of Roanoke: History’s Greatest Mysteries

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All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Misha Ewen delves into the mysterious disappearance of a group of English settlers in North America in the late 16th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 28 2020

30mins

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The Voynich Manuscript: History’s Greatest Mysteries

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All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Elma Brenner discusses the 500-year-old Voynich Manuscript, whose mysterious text has baffled some of the greatest code-breakers. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 27 2020

20mins

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 1)

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In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 2 of this interview will follow next Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 26 2020

1hr 9mins

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Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Survivor

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In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Nicola Tallis describes the remarkable life of a pivotal figure in the Wars of the Roses and Tudor eras. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 25 2020

53mins

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Unburied treasures

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As the Portable Antiquities Scheme records it’s 1.5 millionth find, we speak to Michael Lewis, who is head of the scheme, about some of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries in its history, and how metal detectorists are contributing to our understanding of Britain’s past. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 24 2020

32mins

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African American abolitionists in Britain

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Historian Hannah-Rose Murray describes how Frederick Douglass and other African American abolitionists toured Britain in the 19th century to campaign against slavery in the United States. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 22 2020

42mins

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A history of magic

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Archaeologist and author Chris Gosden explores delves into the history of magical beliefs and practices from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 20 2020

35mins

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Everything you ever wanted to know about medieval queens, but were afraid to ask

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Dr Elena Woodacre is an expert on medieval and early modern queens and queenship at the University of Winchester. In this podcast, she answers the most popular listener and internet search questions about medieval queens, in our ‘Everything you want to know series’. Who was the most beautiful queen, how much power did queens have, and how did they balance motherhood and royal life, are just some of the questions posed. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 19 2020

59mins

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At home with the medieval aristocracy

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Professor Louise Wilkinson, a medievalist at the University of Lincoln talks about her research into the household accounts of Eleanor de Montfort, a key figure in the mid-13th century civil war. The conversation particularly discusses what these accounts tell us about day-to-day life in an aristocratic household – what people ate and drank, what they wore, and what they did on a daily basis – as well as how they inform us about the ramifications of the political upheavals that occurred at the time. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 18 2020

55mins

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Lionheart of stone: the medieval statue debate

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The past few months have seen vigorous debates about the future of statues to contested historical figures, typically related to the colonial era and the Confederacy. In this episode, historian Simon John considers whether we need to broaden the discussion out to include the medieval era and in particular the violent actions of the 12th-century English king Richard the Lionheart. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 17 2020

41mins

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The Abdication crisis

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Historian and author Alexander Larman is joined by popular historian Dan Jones to discuss his new book, The Crown in Crisis, which explores Edward VIII’s relationship with Wallis Simpson and how it led to the British king’s abdication. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 15 2020

55mins

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iTunes Ratings

1387 Ratings
Average Ratings
938
229
89
62
69

Audio issues

By TildaJean - May 26 2020
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The quality and volume of the podcast are problematic. Otherwise I would have given a five star rating.

History Extra Thank You

By Gobbly Dragon - May 17 2020
Read more
Love the new everything you wanted to know series. The History Extra podcasts are a ray of sunshine during these dark times. Wonderful to hear top tier historians and interviewers talk about something besides current politics