History Extra podcast

History Extra podcast

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Why treason was so unforgivable in the Middle Ages

Dr Amanda McVitty explains what treason meant in the medieval era, and why its consequences were particularly brutal...

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Formidable dynasties of the Italian Renaissance

Mary Hollingsworth discusses her new book, Princes of the Renaissance, which charts the wars and alliances between...

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Vikings in North America

Gordon Campbell reveals how the Vikings made epic voyages of discovery across the Atlantic a millennium ago ...

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Shipwrecked in the Arctic: a 16th-century survival story

Journalist Andrea Pitzer discusses her latest book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, which...

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The Roman emperors: everything you wanted to know

Shushma Malik discusses some of the most admired and reviled Roman emperors, and considers whether the legends...

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Adventure and archaeology in the golden age of Egyptology

Toby Wilkinson, author of A World Beneath the Sands, gives a lecture on the men and women whose obsession...

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Crafting historical weapons for Wolf Hall and The Witcher

From Roman catapults to medieval daggers, Tod of Tod’s Workshop has made it all. The historical weapon-maker...

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Nefertiti: wife, mother, pharaoh

Following the discovery of her striking bust in 1912, Nefertiti has become one of the best-known women of ancient...

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The women who fought back against Hollywood

Film critic Helen O’Hara talks about her new book Women vs...

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Rivalries and romances: couples that shook up history

When it comes to making a mark in the history books, sometimes two heads are better than one. Broadcaster and author...

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The Vikings’ global connections

Dr Cat Jarman explores the far-reaching trading networks of the Vikings, from the Baltic sea to Asia   Dr Cat...

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The space race: everything you wanted to know

Tom Ellis responds to listener questions on the great Cold War rivalry that saw the US and the Soviet Union battle...

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Sathnam Sanghera on how modern Britain is shaped by empire

Sathnam Sanghera discusses where we can see the legacy of imperialism in Britain today – from politics and...

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The big questions of LGBTQ history

We mark LGBT+ History Month with a panel discussion tackling some of the biggest themes in LGBTQ history  ...

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Chaos & communism: China’s 1949 revolution

Historian and journalist Graham Hutchings discusses his new book China 1949, which explores the events of a...

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning: poet, activist, trailblazer, runaway

Fiona Sampson, author of a new biography, Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett...

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Is “Blitz Spirit” a myth?

Ahead of their new BBC One documentary, Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley, historian and broadcaster Lucy...

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Fatal accidents and violent injuries in the Middle Ages

Dr Jenna Dittmar, who has been studying medieval skeletons, reveals what her findings can tell us about injuries and...

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The Dissolution: everything you wanted to know

Dr Hugh Willmott responds to listener questions on Henry VIII’s suppression of the monasteries in the...

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The forgotten mothers of civil rights leaders

Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and James Baldwin are often remembered as change-makers who came into the world with...

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