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Chalke Valley History Hit

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We’re raiding the archives of the largest history festival in the world, the Chalke Valley History Festival, which every summer draws in some of the very best and most eminent historians in the UK and beyond. Recorded on location in south-west Wiltshire, each talk is presented by historian and festival director, James Holland, and features an incredible array of subjects and personalities. Join the conversation on Twitter: @CVHISTORYFEST & @HistoryHit. www.cvhf.org.uk

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We’re raiding the archives of the largest history festival in the world, the Chalke Valley History Festival, which every summer draws in some of the very best and most eminent historians in the UK and beyond. Recorded on location in south-west Wiltshire, each talk is presented by historian and festival director, James Holland, and features an incredible array of subjects and personalities. Join the conversation on Twitter: @CVHISTORYFEST & @HistoryHit. www.cvhf.org.uk

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Great show!

By Caesar'sWife - Sep 05 2019
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A variety of interesting topics, presented well by historians with the skill to communicate historical significance and value. Waiting for this years festival to appear as podcasts. Waiting. Still waiting.

An excellent history

By Coadykullen - Aug 02 2019
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As the second reviewer, I'm also wanting more. I don't think they cancelled the festival. The Dan Snow podcast is comparable and he cross promotes this festival

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
32
3
4
0
2

Great show!

By Caesar'sWife - Sep 05 2019
Read more
A variety of interesting topics, presented well by historians with the skill to communicate historical significance and value. Waiting for this years festival to appear as podcasts. Waiting. Still waiting.

An excellent history

By Coadykullen - Aug 02 2019
Read more
As the second reviewer, I'm also wanting more. I don't think they cancelled the festival. The Dan Snow podcast is comparable and he cross promotes this festival
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Chalke Valley History Hit

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We’re raiding the archives of the largest history festival in the world, the Chalke Valley History Festival, which every summer draws in some of the very best and most eminent historians in the UK and beyond. Recorded on location in south-west Wiltshire, each talk is presented by historian and festival director, James Holland, and features an incredible array of subjects and personalities. Join the conversation on Twitter: @CVHISTORYFEST & @HistoryHit. www.cvhf.org.uk

Rank #1: The Plantagenets: Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty with Dan Jones

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The fifteenth century saw the crown change hands seven times as the great Plantagenet families fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule. Dan Jones breathes life into some of the greatest heroes and villains in English history, who tore themselves apart and enabled the Tudors to snatch the throne.

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Jun 15 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #2: The Fifteenth Century with John Julius Norwich

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John Julius Norwich talks with wit and deep knowledge about the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th. For more exclusive history documentaries and interviews subscribe to HistoryHit.TV.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2017.


Producer: Natt Tapley

Audio: Pete Dennis

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Apr 05 2018

52mins

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Rank #3: Band of Brothers with Damian Lewis

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Damian Lewis is an English actor and producer. He is known for portraying U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland (which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award), and U.S. Army Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, which also earned him a Golden Globe nomination. His performance as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall earned him his third Primetime Emmy nomination and fourth Golden Globe nomination. Lewis currently stars as hedge fund manager Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in the Showtime series Billions.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2016.


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Feb 17 2017

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Rank #4: Shipwreck: A History of Disasters at Sea with Dr Sam Willis

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Sam Willis is a maritime historian, archaeologist, and broadcaster. He is the author of a number of books on maritime and naval history, including the Hearts of Oak trilogy and the Fighting Ships series. He has appeared in and presented numerous TV series, including Shipwrecks and Castles for BBC4 and Operation Grand Canyon for BBC2. He is a Visiting Fellow in Maritime and Naval History at the University of Plymouth, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2016.


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Mar 09 2017

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Rank #5: Katrin Himmler, great-niece of Heinrich Himmler

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Katrin Himmler is a German author and political scientist. Her great-uncle was Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, and one of the principle architects of the Holocaust. Katrin has confronted her family legacy with a book, Die Brüder Himmler, translated into English as ‘The Himmler Brothers. A German Family History’. She has also edited, together with the historian Michael Wildt, private letters from Himmler that had been only recently discovered in Israel. The Private Heinrich Himmler: Letters of a Mass Murderer was published in the UK last year. In conversation with James Holland, she discusses Himmler, his brothers, and reveal the burden of this Nazi family legacy.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2017.


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Oct 06 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #6: The Cabinet of World War Two with David Owen

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Join David Owen at the Chalke Valley History Festival. For more exclusive interviews & documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV.


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Producer: Natt Tapley

Audio: Pete Dennis

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Mar 23 2018

57mins

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Rank #7: Dunkirk with James Holland

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James looks at one of the most iconic moments in Britain’s history. He examines the background to the German attack on the West in May 1940, challenging many of our deeply held perceptions, and explains why the British evacuation of Dunkirk was, and remains, such a significant event.


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Jul 25 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: Istanbul with Bettany Hughes

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Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books – Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore And The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and The Search For The Good Life – were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. She is a Research Fellow of King’s College London, a Tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuing Education and a Visiting Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities and has been honoured with numerous awards including the prestigious Norton Medlicott Medal for History. She has made a number of documentaries on history, culture and philosophy for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and The History Channel, including ‘Byzantium Unearthed’ and a recent series for Radio 4 ‘Ancient Ways’ where she tracked the old Roman Road, the Via Egnatia, from Albania to Istanbul.


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Nov 03 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: King Alfred with Michael Wood

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Michael Wood tells the incredible story of King Alfred’s Battle for Wessex. After defeat at Chippenham, Alfred’s kingdom was reduced to a postage stamp of marshland in Somerset, yet he survived and built his army again, leading them to victory at Ethandun. It is unquestionably one of the great moments in English history.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2016.


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May 26 2017

56mins

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Rank #10: Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe with Sarah Gristwood

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Sarah Gristwood has written bestselling biographies of Arbella Stuart, and Elizabeth and Leicester. Blood Sisters was a dramatic portrait of the women whose dynastic ambitions and rivalries fuelled the Wars of the Roses and her latest book is Game of Queens: the Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2017.


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Aug 24 2017

41mins

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Rank #11: Jason and the Argonauts with Tom Holland

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In the great tradition of story-telling, Tom Holland continues his annual recounting of the Greek Myths. This year, he turns to the tale of Jason and the Argonauts, an epic story of honour, adventure, dangerous women and a golden fleece. Told with wit, verve and passion, this magical tale of the first group of super-heroes will be a treat for all, whether young or old.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2016.


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Feb 09 2017

55mins

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Rank #12: The Roman Legionary with Ben Kane

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Ben Kane, author of historical fiction, speaks at the Chalke Valley History Festival, 2017. For more interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2017.


Producer: Natt Tapley

Audio: Pete Dennis

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Apr 15 2018

37mins

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Rank #13: The Dreyfus Affair with Robert Harris

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In this talk, best-selling author Robert Harris turns to one of the key scandals in French history, the Dreyfus Affair. Discussing this infamous miscarriage of justice that rocked France in the years before the first world war, he brings new insights to this world of secret service dealings, cover-ups and betrayal…


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May 04 2017

59mins

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Rank #14: Kissinger 1923-1966: The Idealist with Niall Ferguson

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No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed as the ‘indispensable man,’ he also attracted immense hostility. In this talk, renowned historian, Professor Niall Ferguson revealed an extraordinary panorama of Kissinger the man: from his Jewish upbringing in Germany to his rise as one of America’s most influential politicians and grand strategists.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2016.


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Jan 12 2017

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Rank #15: Lenin on the Train with Catherine Merridale

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Professor Catherine Merridale is an award-winning writer and historian, known for her acclaimed and pioneering books on Russian history. Her latest book, Lenin on the Train, is out now. She is also the author of Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History, which won the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize and the Wolfson History Prize in 2014. Her work has been translated into more than sixteen languages, and previous books have been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and have also won the Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Prize. She also broadcasts about Russian politics, culture and current affairs. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.


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Oct 27 2017

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Rank #16: Britain: Last Hope Island with Lynne Olson

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In the early days of World War II, London became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of occupied Europe. In their struggles against the mightiest military force in history, Britain become known as 'Last Hope Island’. In this episode, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson discusses her book and describes how the British and their European guests joined forces to restore order to a broken continent.


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Sep 23 2017

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Rank #17: The History of the British Garden with Monty Don

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Britain’s favourite gardener, renowned writer and television presenter, Monty Don talks about the evolving history of British gardens from 1600 to the present day and in particular how technology, sometimes of an unexpected kind, has influenced and shaped our landscapes and back gardens and how we use them.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2017.


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Aug 10 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #18: Jung Chang - Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

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In this talk, best-selling author of Wild Swans, Jung Chang gave a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern china and an intimate portrait of the most important woman in Chinese history. One of the emperor’s concubines, she launched a palace coup to become the Empress Dowager Cixi, the absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population who overcame huge obstacles to bring a medieval empire into the modern age.


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Apr 28 2017

56mins

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Rank #19: James Holland interviews Geoffrey Wellum DFC

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Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC is a British Battle of Britain fighter pilot and author. Aged eighteen, he signed up on a short-service commission with the Royal Air Force in August 1939. He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1941 in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy. On 11 August 1942, Wellum led eight Spitfires launched from the carrier HMS Furious to reinforce the fighter complement at Luqa airfield on Malta. He wrote a widely acclaimed book about his experiences during World War II, entitled First Light: The Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies Above Britain.


Recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival 2016.


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Jan 19 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #20: Somme Reflections with Dan Snow

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Having attended the commemorations in France for the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Somme as part of the BBC’s coverage, Dan Snow hurried back to the Chalke Valley to give his own thoughts and perspectives – not only on the battle itself, but also its enduring legacy and his own reflections on what he has witnessed in France two days earlier.


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Jan 30 2017

1hr 1min

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