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The story of the how the Victorians shaped the world.

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The story of the how the Victorians shaped the world.

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By indieperfume - Oct 12 2019
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Excellent podcast, fascinating new information and insights on a topic I thought I knew well. The politics, culture and context given on all parts of society also enrich reading the great novels of the 19th century. Great research and empathy for each subject.

Age of Victoria

By Slartabartafast - Mar 02 2019
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Entertaining show well worth the wait

iTunes Ratings

82 Ratings
Average Ratings
68
8
5
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1

A favorite

By indieperfume - Oct 12 2019
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Excellent podcast, fascinating new information and insights on a topic I thought I knew well. The politics, culture and context given on all parts of society also enrich reading the great novels of the 19th century. Great research and empathy for each subject.

Age of Victoria

By Slartabartafast - Mar 02 2019
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Entertaining show well worth the wait

The Best Episodes of:

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The story of the how the Victorians shaped the world.

Rank #1: Episode 002 Napoleon and the French Army in 1815

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In this episode I indulge my passion for Napoleonic history, and explore my fascination with Napoleon. I cover the great gamble of his return from exile, his struggles, the options available to him, and that magnificent instrument of war…..the French Army.

The transcript for this episode can be found at

http://www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com/transcript-episode-002-napoleon-french-army-1815/

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May 07 2017

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Rank #2: Episode 003 The British Armed Forces in 1815

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This episode covers the British army in 1815, its tactics, weapons and organisation. It also explains how it differs from the other European period. I start with a general explanation of the cost of living and the Royal Navy. I then deal with British Officers, commissions and recruitment. Finally there’s an explanation of how the army worked. Oh and Mr Darcy makes an appearance!

The transcript for the episode is available here

http://www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com/transcript-episode-003-british-armed-forces-1815/

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Jun 01 2017

38mins

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Rank #3: EP019 Queen Victoria’s childhood pt1 “Life can be fragile”

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Join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham for the first part of our series on Queen Victoria’s childhood. She was growing up at a time when life was fragile at best for children; between disease, poverty and murder, reaching adulthood was not guaranteed. Victoria had to face, an uncle who wanted to usurp the throne, a power hungry mother, and a corrupt household advisor called Sir John Conroy who hungered for money and power…..

Love to hear your feed back at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com or leave a comment in the Facebook Group (Age of Victoria).

If you like what you hear, please tell your friends, tweet or spread the word to people who might enjoy the show. 

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Mar 01 2019

59mins

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Rank #4: EP018 Early days

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Join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham and discover how Victoria is dealt the first tragedy in her life. Learn about the perils and power of being a Duchess. Plus we meet the abusive and magnetic John Conroy, a man of ambition and secrets. We also witness the death of a King and Victoria’s slow, unlikely, but inevitable climb towards the throne. But before she got there, she would have to survive the abusive Kensington system and learn that trust is a dangerous luxury for royalty.

Love to hear your feed back at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com or leave a comment in the Facebook Page orGroup (Age of Victoria).

If you like what you hear, please tell your friends, tweet or spread the word to people who might enjoy the show. 

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Feb 01 2019

50mins

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Rank #5: EP011 Congress of Vienna pt 1 “A Brave old world”

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Every European school child should have learnt about the Congress of Vienna. Seriously. It is actually possibly the most important series of events in modern history that no one has ever heard of. 

Honestly, how many of us have heard of it, or know what it was, or what happened? We should and not just because it is important or worthy. It is a fascinating tail in its own right. Who would rule France? Would there be a Poland? What about the Pope or the Prussians? Who would control the Baltic or the Mediterranean? Who would end up in power, and who would end up dead? Politicians and kings squared off. Devious spies, and clever diplomats faced imperial generals or experienced statesmen. Flattery, bribery and corruption vied with high minded principle. Hypocrisy warred with genuine optimism. Had they disposed a tyrant only to create new tyrannies? Clever, ruthless men like Talleyrand destroyed incriminating archives, attempting to shape history itself.

This is part one of the story of how the modern nations of Europe were born, who shaped them and why.

Join me and find out about the brave old world that the old elite of Europe were attempting to build.

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Jun 01 2018

46mins

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Rank #6: Episode 006 Waterloo Pt1: Destiny dawns

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The dawn of the day of Waterloo brings only fear, discomfort and suffering. This is the first in the Waterloo episodes series. It covers

  • The feelings of the men and a most important breakfast.
  • Why Napoleon felt he was onto a sure thing.
  • The weather and terrain.
  • The reasons why Waterloo was chosen, and how it compares to some other historical battles.
  • The mental state of senior commanders.
  • Deployment, tactics, plans and confusion.
  • The last grand review of the Armee Du Nord.

Waterloo can be a confusing battle, so maps are available on the website.

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Oct 01 2017

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Rank #7: EP010 EXIT NAPOLEON

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Here end the Napoleonic Wars. The revolution is over. France is beaten and it seems Britain is set to take over power in Europe, and perhaps the world. Learn how France fell, how the political battles ousted Napoleon & doomed the Marshals, and the final triumph of the great British Napoleonic Army.

Email any questions to ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com

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May 01 2018

51mins

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Rank #8: Episode 008 Waterloo Pt 3: The climax

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The climax of the Battle of Waterloo. The fate of Napoleon, France and Europe hangs in the balance. The French seem poised for victory. Can a thin line of brave Scotsmen and the dashing British cavalry save the Allies from defeat?

This episode covers

The heroic Scots

The British Heavies and the Charge of the Greys by Lady Butler

The arrival of the Prussians

The massed French cavalry charges

The dire position of the brave 27 (Irish) Inniskillens

The last attack of the Imperial Guard

Total victory & total defeat.

A post script to a pair of brave soldiers.

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Feb 01 2018

47mins

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Rank #9: EP017 A Queen (Victoria) is born

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We meet Queen Victoria at last.

This episode covers George III, the Prince Regent, the royal family tree, the succession, the death of Princess Charlotte, Victoria’s parents – The Duke & Duchess of Kent, her birth and finally her Christening & the origins of her name.

Love to hear from you at

ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com or at the Facebook page/group or on Twitter. If you like the show, subscribe for free, and tell your friends.

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Dec 03 2018

37mins

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Rank #10: MINI011 VICTORIAN GIN – EMPIRE & RUIN

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Roll up your shirt sleeves, push back your top hat, and throw open your coat tails. It’s time to grab a bottle of gin, and seek riches or ruin as you learn about the history of gin in the Victorian era. Truly the drink of Empire…..or your personal ruin.

  1. Intro What is gin?
  2. Bombay Sapphire visit
  3. Manufacturing, propaganda and the British vs Dutch origins debate
  4. Invention is the mother of gin
  5. Ah a night out in London with Dickens
  6. Ruin and Empire.
  7. Gin, Tonics and the growth of the cocktail.
  8. Class matters – first last and always.
  9. What did I make?

Don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends and spread the word out the show.

Visit the website at

http://www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com

Or subscribe on iTunes at

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/age-of-victoria-podcast/id1234105258?mt=2

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Aug 17 2018

48mins

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Rank #11: AOV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2018 “Of traditions and ghosts”

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Merry Christmas, join your host Chris Fernandez-Packham in learning about Victorian Traditions of the Earthly and Ghostly kind. Let me take you on a trip through history, busting myths about Christmas Trees, explaining how traditions came to be, some great events at Christmas, and of course a fireside story…..if you are brave enough.

Love to hear from you either at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com or via Twitter @ageofvictoria, or on the Age of Victoria Facebook group. Subscribe for free on iTunes. Don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes and tell your friends to tune in.

You can listen on iTunes, via the website, or on Google, or your favourite podcast app.

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Dec 25 2018

1hr 38mins

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Rank #12: MINI009 “A Victorian Scandal?”

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Join me and decide who, if anyone was the truly scandalous one. The aristocrat? The banker? The Sporting Superstar? 

This is a minisode that is a stand alone episode on a scandal involving Beatrice Sumner and Charles Hoare in the very late Victorian period, plus why framing a narrative is dangerous when studying history.  What would you do to protect your daughter? What would you do to be with the man you loved?

Available on iTunes at

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-age-of-victoria-podcast/id1234105258?mt=2

Or on Google Podcasts if you have a Android phone at

https://www.google.com/podcasts…

If you click this on an Android phone, it’ll open The Age of Victoria. Automatically, in Google Podcasts – which EVERY Android user has already installed.

Don’t forget to email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com

Or message me on twitter.

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Jun 20 2018

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Rank #13: EP009 GOD, SAVE ME FROM THE SURGEON’S KNIFE

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After the bloody day of Waterloo, many soldiers found themselves in need of a doctor.

Learn how the wounded were recovered, treated and operated on in the aftermath of one of the great battles of European history. The pain and near butchery would be horrific, but the lessons learned would lead to ground breaking advances that would save many lives.

Join me to find out about how an amputation was carried out in the age before pain killers or infection control.

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Mar 01 2018

43mins

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Rank #14: Episode 004 Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte marches to war!

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In the trouble world of 1815, there can be no peace in Europe. Napoleon must go to war. Join me in discovering how the storm clouds of war that had gathered over Europe finally broke.

This episode covers

An introduction to the position of the forces on 14 June 1815

How the armies began their open moves and the views of the key players.

A description of how the chaos of war was both tamed and unleashed.

Why Napoleon was making the best moves of the war and Wellington was making the worst.

The start of the battles, and confusion in command

Finally the crucial meeting on the eve of 16 June 1815, and how French gold opportunities were lost.

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Jul 01 2017

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Rank #15: MINI010 VICTORIAN FISH AND CHIPS

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Summer heat wave is here, so it’s time for Fish & Chips. You love em. I love em. The Victorians invented them. Don’t scoff, instead join me for a gallop through the history of Victorian fish and chips. Learn why Dickens was the key as always, and how fish and chips fuelled the industrial revolution. Listen to one of Queen Victoria’s daily menu’s – not for the faint of heart or the approval of Prince Albert.

Subscribe for free on iTunes so you can learn on the go at the gym or on the commute, or listen via the website.

Love to hear your feed back at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com or leave a comment in the Facebook Group (Age of Victoria).

If you like what you hear, please tell your friends, tweet or spread the word to people who might enjoy the show. 

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Jul 19 2018

31mins

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Rank #16: EP013 THE VOLCANO’S WRATH: THE YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER PT1

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No one in 1815 thought the world was about to change, but a cataclysmic volcanic eruption was about to change the course of history. The affairs of men seemed so important, yet in the tranquil Pacific, nature was about to shake the world and civilisations to their foundations. Join me for part 1 of the series on 1816 The Year without Summer as we learn about one of the greatest volcanoes in history. The world would never be the same again.

Love to hear from you either at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com or via Twitter @ageofvictoria, or on the Age of Victoria Facebook group. Don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes and tell your friends to listen.

You can listen on iTunes, via the website, or on Google.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-age-of-victoria-podcast/id1234105258?mt=2

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Aug 01 2018

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Rank #17: Episode 007 Waterloo Pt 2: Into the cannon’s mouth

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This episode covers the early stages of the battle, including the desperate struggle for Hougoumont which has been immortalised in art, film and British Army legend. It goes on to cover the huge opening roar of the cannons of the Grand Battery. Covers the great strain on the defenders, the preparations for the main French attack of the day, and the arrival of the Prussians.

Episode Outline
What was Hougoumont and why was it important?
Who were the defenders?
Who was attacking and how did it go?
Where was the Grand Battery?
What could it do?
How was it used?
Was it effective?
D’Erlon getting into formation.
D’Erlon moving forwards.
Prussians sighted.
The assault reaches the hedge
The fight for La Hay Sainte
Dubois and the French cavalry
Can the Scotts save the Allies?

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Nov 12 2017

47mins

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Rank #18: EP012 CONGRESS OF VIENNA PT 2 “TURNING BACK THE CLOCK”

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As Napoleons downfall and Frances defeat become inevitable, the hard work and hard partying of the great diplomats and statesmen of Europe reached a fever pitch. In a whirl of balls and banquets the shape of Europe for the next 100 years would be decided.

So much hung in the balance, but the great men of the time seemed to be more interested in the parties and the women to notice. Would there be a lasting peace, and a better world for all? Or would the old order simply be putting a lid on a pressure cooker…..

Join me as we establish the shape of the Europe after Napoleon, and see the stage being set that the Victorians would inherit a few years later.

Transcript available at http://www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com/transcript-congress-of-vienna-in-1814-pt-2-turning-back-the-clock/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-age-of-victoria-podcast/id1234105258?mt=2

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Jul 01 2018

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Rank #19: Episode 005 Quatre Bras – the chance to change history

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Europe was at war. The fate of nations and armies hung in the balance. As people made hard choices, Napoleon began his attack. He planned to beat the Prussians, but that meant Marshal Ney had to face the British and their allies. Here was a chance for swift and decisive victory, but was Ney the man to seize it?

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Implications of being in the war zone

Position of the armies

Why Ligny and Quatre Bras were key battles

Detailed analysis of pre-battle events and orders

The Battle of Quatre Bras and a background on Marshal Ney

Consequences and the missing day.

Speculation on psychology of Marshal Ney.

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Aug 01 2017

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Rank #20: 1ST BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

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The podcast is one year old today. Celebrate with listener questions (who should be on the Victorian Mount Rushmore?), poetry, trivia and many thank you’s to all my listeners and podcast buddies.

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May 04 2018

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