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Histories of the Unexpected

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Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

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Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

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Fascinating, but

By TStewart - Jul 12 2018
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...But the gentlemen seem to constantly forget they're working with an aural medium. "As you can see here" - well, no, alas I cannot. "Look at the color of that!" Well, no, sorry, can't. They do describe the pictures they're looking at, and there are show notes out there - but, really. However: still a very enjoyable stream-of-consciousness exploration of history - reminds me of James Burke's Connections.

Unconventional, engaging history.

By Mishmom - Feb 25 2018
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My favorite history podcast. Daybell and Willis examine history linkages of everyday objects such as chairs, windows, and boxes, in fresh, unusual ways. Fascinating approach to history which the two carry out with enthusiasm and fine scholarship. Not surprisingly, podcast really shines when they talk about their own specialities: for Willis, military, particularly sea-faring, history and early modern England and letters for Daybell.

iTunes Ratings

51 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
7
4
3
2

Fascinating, but

By TStewart - Jul 12 2018
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...But the gentlemen seem to constantly forget they're working with an aural medium. "As you can see here" - well, no, alas I cannot. "Look at the color of that!" Well, no, sorry, can't. They do describe the pictures they're looking at, and there are show notes out there - but, really. However: still a very enjoyable stream-of-consciousness exploration of history - reminds me of James Burke's Connections.

Unconventional, engaging history.

By Mishmom - Feb 25 2018
Read more

My favorite history podcast. Daybell and Willis examine history linkages of everyday objects such as chairs, windows, and boxes, in fresh, unusual ways. Fascinating approach to history which the two carry out with enthusiasm and fine scholarship. Not surprisingly, podcast really shines when they talk about their own specialities: for Willis, military, particularly sea-faring, history and early modern England and letters for Daybell.

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Histories of the Unexpected

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Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

Rank #1: Christmas

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Sam & James dig deep into the Unexpected History of Christmas. For more exclusive interviews and documentaries, signup to HistoryHit,TV, click here to subscribe. Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Pete Dennis Theme tune: Dan Morelle

Dec 21 2017
33 mins
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Rank #2: Cats

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Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

Jul 19 2017
40 mins
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Rank #3: Childhood

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Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell explore the unexpected history of childhood. For more exclusive interviews and documentaries subscribe to HistoryHIt.TV. Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Pete Dennis

Apr 15 2018
35 mins
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Rank #4: Hats

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Dr Sam Willis & Professor James Daybell expore the unexpected history of hats, titfers, chapeaux, and other head-coverings. For more exclusive interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV Producer: Nathaniel Tapley for Hit Network Audio: Pete Dennis Theme: Dan Morelle

Mar 04 2018
32 mins
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Rank #5: The Letter

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Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, ~Shakespeare, Hamlet’s letter to Ophelia But never doubt the unexpected historical links as the lieutenant of lifetimes, Professor James Daybell, and the investigator of intrigue, Dr Sam Willis, take the old post road from London to Dover. With a stop-off on Dartmoor, it’s then across the sea to Jamaica as they chart the material history of the letter. From statecraft to warfare, from love to diplomacy, join James and Sam as they uncover the unexpected history of letters. Need tips on how to hit just the right note with a letter to the mother-in- law? Listen out for how the Elizabethan gentlewoman Maria Thynne wrote to hers. You may well be inspired. History, of course, can only be written if there is evidence on which to base it, and letters provide such rich testimony of the past in so many ways. What would history be, and what tales would remain untold if such vast hoards of letters had not...

Nov 11 2016
34 mins
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Rank #6: Shrinking Pt 2

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Dr Sam Willis & Professor James Daybell continue to discuss the unexpected history of shrinking. For more exclusive history interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Felix Maynard

Aug 06 2018
33 mins
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Rank #7: Recipes

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Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell explore the unexpected history of recipes! For more exclusive interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV. Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Pete Dennis Theme: Dan Morelle

Feb 11 2018
41 mins
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Rank #8: Brainstorm!

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Of what would you like to hear the unexpected history? Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell explore various histories of the things they could talk about in future podcasts. For more exclusive history interviews & documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Pete Dennis

Jul 01 2018
24 mins
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Rank #9: End of Summer Catch Up

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Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell bring you up to speed with what's been going on at Unexpected Towers. For more exclusive interviews and documentaries visit HistoryHit.TV! Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Felix Maynard

Sep 15 2018
23 mins
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Rank #10: Graffiti

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Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

Jan 24 2017
30 mins
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Rank #11: Chairs

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Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell explore the unexpected history of chairs. For more exclusive interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV. Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Pete Dennis Theme: Dan Morelle

Feb 25 2018
42 mins
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Rank #12: Dust

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In a special live episode, Sam Willis & James Daybell explore the Unexpected History of Dust.For more exclusive history documentaries and interviews, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV here. Producer: Dan Morelle Audio: Pete Dennis Theme Tune: Dan Morelle

Dec 17 2017
35 mins
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Rank #13: Oranges

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Find out about the unexpected history of the orange, how it's linked to the the Gunpowder Plot, and other extraordinary historical connections. Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPdcst HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

Sep 30 2016
19 mins
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Rank #14: Bubble

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Like a well-spring of historical facts, bubbling over with unexpected links, Dr Sam Willis, the maitre’d of museums, and Professor James Daybell, the inspector of eons, take you on another intoxicating ride through history. From Oliver Cromwell’s Navigation Act of 1651, the American Boys Handy Book and the culture of childhood, South American colonies, and early cancer cures, (and with a little help from Lady Luck) they’ll make the links for the history of the bubble. How did the need to halt deforestation in the early seventeenth-century spur new technological developments which allowed the British to enjoy their cider fizzy? What does the price of tulip bulbs, which in the mid-1600s reached the equivalent of a modest house, and England’s war debt in the 1700s, have to do with the bubble? If you have a sore throat listen carefully – for we may have a cure for that! ‘Fire burn and cauldron bubble…’ Dr Sam Willis - a...

Nov 01 2016
22 mins
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Rank #15: Hair

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“There’s many a man hath more hair than wit” But worry not for this is no Comedy of Errors and there’s certainly more to this unexpected history. Let us join our host with the Cranium full of Chronicles, Professor James Daybell, and the Authority of the Archives, Dr Sam Willis as they bob and weave their way through the unexpected history of hair. From the Duke of Wellington and theories of Great Men in history, tonsures and ritual practices, to the political implications of French provocation at sea. “Like quills upon the fretful porpentine”, they make the hair-raising links via the Bodleian Library, Romsey Abbey, and French ballrooms. It’s enough to turn one’s hair grey; for which P.G. Wodehouse suggests there is only one cure, the guillotine. Too drastic, how about this: Roman ladies were supposed to use pigeon poo to lighten their hair, or there’s always the sixteenth century cure for baldness to consider … boiled slugs and honey anyone? Dr Sam Willis - a...

Oct 28 2016
22 mins
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Rank #16: Trafalgar

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Dr Sam Willis & Professor James Daybell discuss the unexpected history of Trafalgar for the 218th anniversary of the battle. For more exclusive history interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV. Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Felix Maynard

Oct 20 2018
25 mins
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Rank #17: Dragons

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Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - TwitterFacebook Producer - Dan Morelle

Apr 04 2017
18 mins
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Rank #18: Perfume

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Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

Mar 07 2017
27 mins
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Rank #19: Bells

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Dr Sam Willis & Professor James Daybell explore the unexpected history of bells. For more exclusive history documentaries & interviews, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV. Producer: Natt Tapley Audio: Pete Dennis

Jun 17 2018
34 mins
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Rank #20: Zombies

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Jan 31 2017
28 mins
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