Top 10 Plantagenet podcasts – from the Black Death to Richard III

Edward III, the Wars of the Roses and the reputation of Henry V all feature in our list of top 10 Plantagenet podcasts

Battle of Bosworth, 1485 (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

The Black Death

John Hatcher visits a village devastated by the Black Death, in this podcast recorded in December 2013.

Also in this episode: James Evans describes the doomed search for the north-east passage in the 16th century.

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The Wars of the Roses

In May this year, historian and author Sarah Gristwood paid a visit to Tewkesbury Abbey, which was a pivotal location in the 15th-century Wars of the Roses.

Also in this episode: ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, military historian James Holland challenges some popular assumptions about the 1944 Normandy campaign, and recounts his experiences of meeting veterans.

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Edward III

Mark Ormrod examines the reign of Edward III, in this podcast recorded in October 2011.

Also in this episode: Sam Willis takes us back to a major naval battle in the French Revolutionary Wars.

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The plague

Mark Ormrod discusses the Black Death in this podcast recorded in February 2011.

Also in this episode: Mark Nicholls explores the life of Sir Walter Ralegh, and Simon Sebag Montefiore explains the challenges involved in writing a history of Jerusalem.

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A fresh look at Edward III

In this August 2013 podcast Richard Barber describes the life and career of one of England's most successful medieval kings, based on new research for his book.

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Henry V

Anne Curry explores Henry V's disreputable youth, in this podcast recorded in March 2013.

Also in this episode: Diarmaid Macculloch offers a robust defence of Wolf Hall star Thomas Cromwell.

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The Wars of the Roses

In this September 2012 podcast, Sarah Gristwood reflects on the role of women in the Wars of the Roses.

Also in this episode: Tim Benbow describes the Second World War battle for Madagascar.

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The cruelty of Henry V

Ian Mortimer explains why he thinks Henry V was a cruel king who doesn’t deserve his heroic reputation, in this October 2009 podcast.

Also in this episode: Amanda Vickery talks about her radio series that delves into the history of private lives in Britain.

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Richard III

In this July 2014 podcast Chris Skidmore, who is writing a new biography of Richard III, talks to us about how his research is presenting a different picture of the controversial 15th-century king.

Also in this episode: we speak to Pamela Hartshorne about the challenges people faced in Tudor England when trying to keep their cities clean and hygienic.

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A grisly end

David Hipshon speaks about the controversial king Richard III and his violent death at the battle of Bosworth, in this podcast recorded in March 2009.

Also in this episode: Hallie Rubenhold reveals a remarkable tale of adultery that caused a scandal in the 18th century.

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