History Podcasts

Our History Extra podcast comes out every week, featuring interviews with notable historians talking about topics ranging from crusading knights to Tudor monarchs and the D-Day landings. It’s free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast, going back to June 2007, are still available online for you to download.

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This week's podcast

The history of immigration

Thursday 26th March 2015

Mark Ormrod and Robin Fleming examine the lives of migrants into England during the Anglo-Saxon and medieval eras

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Richard III reburial special

Thursday 19th March 2015

With just a few days to go until the Plantagenet king is reburied, we speak to Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, and historian Alexandra Buckle about this momentous event. 

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Food from the past and the history of illegitimacy

Thursday 12th March 2015

Mary Gwynn describes how Britons used to eat in the postwar years, while Jane Robinson talks to us about her new book In the Family Way.

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Shakespeare and war in the Middle East

Thursday 5th March 2015

Paul Edmondson guides us around the birthplace of England’s foremost playwright, while Eugene Rogan explains how the First World War led to the fall of the Ottoman empire

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The life of Keynes and a trip to Ancient Greece

Thursday 26th February 2015

Richard Davenport-Hines explores the personal life of economist John Maynard Keynes, while Peter Jones talks about his new book on the Greek world

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The Peasants’ Revolt

Thursday 19th February 2015

Juliet Barker discusses the great uprising of 1381 in a lecture from our 2014 History Weekend festival.

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Amazing inventions and London after dark

Thursday 12th February 2015

Steven Johnson explores some of the greatest innovations in history, while Matthew Beaumont describes the nocturnal adventures of some famous Londoners.

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Life in the workhouse and British biographies

Thursday 5th February 2015

Samantha Shave explores the treatment of the poor in the Victorian era, while David Cannadine chats about his new role as editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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Elizabeth I and an unlikely suffragette

Thursday 29th January 2015

Lisa Hilton explores the reign of the Virgin Queen, while Anita Anand describes the life of Queen Victoria’s goddaughter who went on to campaign for women’s rights

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Debating British monarchy

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Experts discuss the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, George V and George VI and consider wider themes around Britain's kings and queens.

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Henry VIII and Henry the Young King

Thursday 15th January 2015

John Guy chats about his new biography of the much-married Tudor monarch, while Thomas Asbridge recalls a forgotten medieval king and his friendship with the knight William Marshal

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