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Absolutely Brilliant!

By Barbjoliecoer - May 26 2020
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One of my new favorite podcasts. I love how he walks me through such complex historical occurrences. Keep them coming!

History of English!

By $unnn - Apr 09 2020
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This is truly an exceptional program!

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3813 Ratings
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3508
153
76
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27

Absolutely Brilliant!

By Barbjoliecoer - May 26 2020
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One of my new favorite podcasts. I love how he walks me through such complex historical occurrences. Keep them coming!

History of English!

By $unnn - Apr 09 2020
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This is truly an exceptional program!
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The History of English Podcast

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Rank #1: Episode 3: The Indo-European Family Tree

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A look at the family tree of Indo-European languages and the relationship of English to those related languages. The closest relatives of English are highlighted, including the Germanic languages, Latin and Greek. We explore the background of English from the … Continue reading →

Jul 02 2012

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Rank #2: Episode 4: A Grimm Brother Resurrects the Dead (…language)

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The famous fairy-tale collector Jacob Grimm formulated the rules which help modern linguists reconstruct the ancient Indo-European language.  In this episode, we look at Grimm’s Law and how the Germanic languages evolved from the original ancestral language.

Jul 11 2012

50mins

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Rank #3: Episode 71: On The Hunt

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In this episode, we explore the events leading to the death of William the Conqueror. And we’ll look at the reign of his son and namesake, William Rufus. The story of William’s succession is also the story of a sibling … Continue reading →

Dec 05 2015

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Rank #4: Episode 132: Food for Thought

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In the midst of the English literary revival of the late 1300s, the household chefs of Richard II compiled the first cookbook in the English language. In the episode, we examine the cookbook known as ‘The Forme of Cury,’ and we explore the nature of food and cooking in medieval England. We also look at how the culinary arts shaped the English language.

Dec 19 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most popular English poems of the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore the language and story of the poem. We also examine how the poem reflects certain changes that were taking place within the English language in the late 1300s.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #6: Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to compose dialogue in regional dialects to reflect the way characters spoke in the different parts of England. In this episode, we explore the dialogue of Chaucer’s northern students in the Reeve’s Tale, and we also examine the Second Shepherd’s Play from the north of England which reflects a similar approach to regional dialects.

Oct 22 2019

55mins

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Rank #7: Episode 5: Centum, Satem and the Letter C

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A look at the early division of the Indo-European languages into the Centum and Satem languages.  The sound shift which marks the division of the Centum and Satem languages is then explored in the context of the modern English letter … Continue reading →

Jul 18 2012

43mins

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Rank #8: Episode 64: Feudalism and Early Normans

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The Normandy of William the Conqueror was a product of the feudal age of Western Europe. In this episode, we explore the history of feudalism, and we examine words associated with feudalism which entered the English language. We also look … Continue reading →

Jul 10 2015

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Rank #9: Episode 66: Broken Promises and the Eve of Conquest

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Many scholars consider the Norman Conquest of England to be the most important event in the history of the English language. The man who directed that conquest was William of Normandy. In this episode, we examine William’s rise from a … Continue reading →

Aug 20 2015

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Rank #10: Episode 44: The Romance of Old French

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The modern French language evolved from a Latin dialect spoken in Gaul during the period of the late Roman Empire. That language ultimately became mixed with Old English after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Approximately half of the words in … Continue reading →

Jun 06 2014

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Rank #11: Episode 67: The Year That Changed English

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In this episode, we look at the events of 1066 – one of the most important dates in the history of English. Of course, this was the year of the Norman Conquest and the beginning of the end of Old … Continue reading →

Sep 18 2015

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Rank #12: Episode 70: Mind Your Manors For Pete’s Sake

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For more than a century following the Norman Conquest, English writing fell out of favor. During that hiatus, French words continued to flow into English. A lot of those words were associated with the manors that dotted the English countryside … Continue reading →

Nov 15 2015

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Rank #13: Episode 105: Suffix Summary

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In this episode, we explore some of the suffixes that were in common use in the early 1200s at the time the Ancrene Wisse was composed. These include traditional Old English suffixes, as well as several new suffixes that were … Continue reading →

Dec 25 2017

48mins

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Rank #14: Episode 83: A Trilingual Nation

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During the reign of Henry II, the speech of England was dominated by three languages – English, French and Latin. In this episode, we examine the relative roles of those three languages, and we also explore how the social barriers … Continue reading →

Sep 05 2016

52mins

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Rank #15: Episode 42: Beowulf and Other Viking Ancestors

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The Viking-era states of Denmark, Sweden and Norway emerged from several North Germanic tribes in Scandinavia.  These tribes also included the Geats who were prominently featured in Beowulf.  In this episode, we explore the early history of these tribes and … Continue reading →

May 07 2014

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Rank #16: Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the few poets of the Middle Ages to explore the vulgar side of English and the connection between the common people and their language. The Miller’s Tale exemplifies this style. In this episode, we explore … Continue reading →

Sep 25 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #17: Episode 43: Anglo-Saxon Monsters and Mythology

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Many Anglo-Saxons believed in a world inhabited by monsters and mythological creatures. They also believed in the power of sorcery and witchcraft. These ideas are reflected in the literature of the Anglo-Saxons, most notably the epic poem Beowulf. In this … Continue reading →

May 21 2014

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Rank #18: Episode 30: The Celtic Legacy

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We explore the linguistic legacy of the native Celtic Britons on Modern English. The historical legacy of the legendary Celtic king named Arthur is also examined.

Sep 06 2013

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Rank #19: Episode 125: The First English Bible

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Many people are familiar with the King James Bible, but over two centuries earlier, an Oxford theologian named John Wycliffe produced the first Bible composed in the English language. Together with a group of close associates, he produced a Bible … Continue reading →

May 28 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #20: Episode 26: Imperial Crisis and the Goths

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Rome is racked by ‘Imperial Crisis’ while strong Germanic tribes gather along the Rhine and Danube. The Alamanni, Franks, Vandals and Goths rise to power and provide us with many words in modern English. The Goths translate the Bible into … Continue reading →

Aug 05 2013

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Episode 138: Family Matters

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In the 1400s, rising literacy rates and access to cheap paper combined to produce the first collections of personal letters in the English language. One of the earliest letter collections was maintained by the Paston family of Norfolk. Their letters reflect the struggles of an upstart family against the traditional landed nobility, and they provide an important perspective on the family dispute that became known as The Wars of the Roses.

Jun 25 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 137: A Rose By Any Other Name

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The rose is one of the most beloved flowers in western Europe, and it has a long association with English royalty.  In this episode, we explore the history of English gardens and the use of the rose as a symbol of various branches of the royal family.  We also examine the oldest guide to gardening composed in the English language and the origins of the conflict that became known as the ‘Wars of the Roses.’

May 23 2020

1hr 6mins

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Episode 136: The Real Robin Hood

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The legend of Robin Hood has its origins in the murky history of England after the Norman Conquest, but the first written examples of Robin Hood ballads don’t appear until the mid-1400s. In this episode, we examine the earliest references to the legend, and we explore the oldest surviving ballads that tell the story of the legendary outlaw. We also look at evidence of the Great Vowel Shift in these early ballads.

Apr 24 2020

1hr 3mins

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Bonus Episode: Stay at Home Edition

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In this bonus ‘stay at home’ episode, we explore several words and phrases that appeared for the first time in the first half of the 15th century, including “turnpike,” “to curry favor,” “budget,” “average,” “peculiar,” “hogwash,” and others.

Apr 06 2020

28mins

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Episode 135: A House of Cards

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In the early 1400s, playing cards made their first appearance in England. Those cards provide evidence of an early form of printing, but it would take another generation for Johannes Gutenberg to invent the printing press. In this episode we explore the history of playing cards and the printing press, and we also look at the end of the Hundred Years’ War. We also examine how these events contributed to the history of English and the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

Mar 24 2020

1hr 16mins

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Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

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In the early 1400s, England welcomed a new king, a new ruling family, and a new role for the English language in the administration of government. In this episode, we explore the rise of the House of Lancaster and the emergence of a standard form of written English for the first time since the Norman Conquest.

Feb 20 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

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In this episode, we explore words associated with mealtime in the Middle Ages. We also examine the important role of bread in medieval meals and impact of bread-related terms on the English language. Finally, we look at the important role of table manners as outlined in an early English etiquette guide called the Boke of Curtasye.

Jan 21 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 132: Food for Thought

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In the midst of the English literary revival of the late 1300s, the household chefs of Richard II compiled the first cookbook in the English language. In the episode, we examine the cookbook known as ‘The Forme of Cury,’ and we explore the nature of food and cooking in medieval England. We also look at how the culinary arts shaped the English language.

Dec 19 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most popular English poems of the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore the language and story of the poem. We also examine how the poem reflects certain changes that were taking place within the English language in the late 1300s.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 16mins

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Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to compose dialogue in regional dialects to reflect the way characters spoke in the different parts of England. In this episode, we explore the dialogue of Chaucer’s northern students in the Reeve’s Tale, and we also examine the Second Shepherd’s Play from the north of England which reflects a similar approach to regional dialects.

Oct 22 2019

55mins

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Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the few poets of the Middle Ages to explore the vulgar side of English and the connection between the common people and their language. The Miller’s Tale exemplifies this style. In this episode, we explore … Continue reading →

Sep 25 2019

1hr 15mins

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Bonus Episode: The Life of Guy – An Interview with Allan Metcalf

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In this bonus episode, Kevin interviews Allan Metcalf about his new book, “The Life of Guy: Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Unlikely History of an Indispensable Word.”

Sep 10 2019

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Episode 128: The Canterbury Tellers

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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories told by pilgrims during their trek to Canterbury Cathedral. The pilgrims represent a cross-section of English society in the late 1300s, and Geoffrey Chaucer paints a vivid picture of each one. He … Continue reading →

Aug 23 2019

59mins

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Episode 127: The Road to Canterbury

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In the mid-1380s, Geoffrey Chaucer gave up his London job and residence and moved to Kent along the pilgrimage route to Canterbury. This move inspired the creation of the Canterbury Tales which remains the most well-known work of Middle English … Continue reading →

Jul 24 2019

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Episode 126: A New Turn of Phrase

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During the Middle English period, English grammar and syntax underwent significant changes. Old inflectional endings continued to erode, and new phrases were introduced in their place. The writings of Geoffrey Chaucer reflect these changes, so we examine Chaucer’s House of … Continue reading →

Jun 26 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 125: The First English Bible

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Many people are familiar with the King James Bible, but over two centuries earlier, an Oxford theologian named John Wycliffe produced the first Bible composed in the English language. Together with a group of close associates, he produced a Bible … Continue reading →

May 28 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 124: Piers Plowman and the Peasant Revolt

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The 14th century poem called Piers Plowman has intrigued and perplexed readers for over six centuries. In the 14th century, it was embraced by peasants who used it as inspiration in their struggle against the upper classes of England. That … Continue reading →

Apr 24 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 123: A Material Change

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In the 1300s, the scribes of England began a gradual shift from the use of animal hides like parchment to a new material made from plant fibers. That new writing material was paper. In this episode, we explore the history … Continue reading →

Mar 27 2019

1hr 6mins

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Episode 122: The Name of the Game

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In 1363, the king of England tried to ban all sports other than archery in order to ensure English supremacy with the longbow. The ban had little effect, however, as the people of England continued to play ball games and … Continue reading →

Feb 28 2019

1hr 4mins

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Episode 121: English Ascent

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In the years immediately following the Black Death, a labor shortage in the countryside led to the rise of yeomen and other rural laborers. The rise of these English-speaking classes led to corresponding rise in the prestige of English. The … Continue reading →

Jan 30 2019

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iTunes Ratings

3813 Ratings
Average Ratings
3508
153
76
49
27

Absolutely Brilliant!

By Barbjoliecoer - May 26 2020
Read more
One of my new favorite podcasts. I love how he walks me through such complex historical occurrences. Keep them coming!

History of English!

By $unnn - Apr 09 2020
Read more
This is truly an exceptional program!