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 Gunpowder Plot

Thursday 19th October 2017

Hannah Greig and John Cooper explore the story of the 1605 attempt to blow up the king and parliament

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William Marshal: the greatest knight

Monday 11th September 2017

Thomas Asbridge reflects on the remarkable career of William Marshal in a talk from our 2015 History Weekend event

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The History Hot 100

Thursday 7th September 2017

Historians Greg Jenner and Joanne Paul reflect on the results of our annual survey of the historical figures who interest you most

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Viking Britain

Monday 4th September 2017

Thomas Williams explores the key events and legacies of the Viking era

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A deadly royal favourite?

Thursday 31st August 2017

Benjamin Woolley explores the relationship between James VI and I and his favourite the Duke of Buckingham

 
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Queen Victoria behind closed doors

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Jane Ridley reveals some lesser-known aspects of the 19th-century monarch’s life in a talk from our 2017 Victorians Day event

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Friends or enemies? Anglo-French relations

Thursday 24th August 2017

Historians Fabrice Bensimon and Renaud Morieux consider the complex relationship between France and Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries

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Migrating to Britain

Monday 21st August 2017

Clair Wills explores the lives of people from across the globe who moved to Britain after the Second World War

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The Jarrow March

Thursday 17th August 2017

Stuart Maconie reflects on the iconic 1936 protest against poverty and unemployment and offers comparisons with modern Britain

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Witchcraft through the ages

Monday 14th August 2017

Historian Ronald Hutton reveals how the witch has been a symbol of fear across the globe for more than 2,000 years

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Icelandic murder mystery

Thursday 10th August 2017

Dylan Howitt, director of new BBC Four documentary Out of Thin Air, explores a remarkable criminal investigation from 1970s Iceland

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