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History Extra podcast

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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

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Best historical channel ever!

By femmefatal100 - Sep 09 2019
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I love this podcast!!! Aaaand love you bringing historians like Dan Jones... xo

Highly informative but

By StevenEtien - Jul 02 2019
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Audio quality sometimes very poor

iTunes Ratings

1249 Ratings
Average Ratings
835
210
86
56
62

Best historical channel ever!

By femmefatal100 - Sep 09 2019
Read more
I love this podcast!!! Aaaand love you bringing historians like Dan Jones... xo

Highly informative but

By StevenEtien - Jul 02 2019
Read more
Audio quality sometimes very poor
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History Extra podcast

Latest release on Feb 28, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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: The bombing of Dresden

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On the 75th anniversary of the Dresden raid, historical author Sinclair McKay explores one of the most controversial Allied actions of the Second World War. He describes the devastation caused by the bombing and considers whether it constitutes a war crime. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Feb 12 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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.

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Oct 23 2014

43mins

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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: Michael Wood on the Peterloo photograph

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The acclaimed popular historian and broadcaster Michael Wood talks to us about a photograph he discovered that links his family to the infamous Peterloo massacre of 1819. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 14 2020

22mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 02 2017

42mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Charlemagne: medieval empire builder

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Professor Dame Janet L Nelson discusses Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks who became one of medieval Europe’s most important rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast  

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Jul 25 2019

21mins

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Rank #14: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 13 2016

56mins

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Rank #15: 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 #16: The Spanish Flu pandemic

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Catharine Arnold joins us to discuss her new book Pandemic: 1918, which explores the story of the influenza outbreak that caused devastation across the globe a century ago

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Feb 12 2018

30mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 12 2015

55mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: A quick history of France

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Historian and author John Julius Norwich reflects on some of the key moments in France’s history and relates a few of the more unusual and scandalous stories he uncovered while researching his latest book.

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Apr 03 2018

31mins

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