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

Cornwell on Shakespeare

Thursday 14th December 2017

Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, set in the world of Elizabethan theatre

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Starkey on the Reformation

Monday 2nd October 2017

Ahead of his BBC Two documentary to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, David Starkey reflects on Martin Luther, Henry VIII and the religious upheavals of the 16th century

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Tales of war

Thursday 28th September 2017

Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan recount some remarkable stories of ordinary people caught up in conflicts through history

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Victoria the matchmaker

Monday 25th September 2017

Deborah Cadbury shows how Queen Victoria sought to influence the future of Europe through the marriages of her descendants

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Christianity and the classical world

Thursday 21st September 2017

Catherine Nixey and Edith Hall discuss a pivotal moment in religious history, when Christianity became the dominant faith of the Roman empire

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The Ukrainian famine

Monday 18th September 2017

Anne Applebaum explores the story of the catastrophic famine of 1932–33 that led to millions of deaths in Soviet Ukraine

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The Knights Templar

Thursday 14th September 2017

Dan Jones and Suzannah Lipscomb discuss the rise and fall of the medieval military order who became the stuff of legend

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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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