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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Britain under Roman rule and the truth about the crusades

Friday 1st July 2011

Tom Asbridge considers the real nature of the Crusades and Manda Scott opines on the Roman occupation of Britain.

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The Duke of Wellington and Alfred the Great

Friday 24th June 2011

On the first of our weekly podcasts we have Peter Snow discussing the merits of the Duke of Wellington and Sarah Foot who explains why Alfred the Great's legacy towers over his grandson Æthelstan's.

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News for the BBC's Domesday Project and the future of the National Archives

Friday 27th May 2011

Michael Wood discusses the BBC's Domesday Project, David Reynolds reflects on Operation Barbarossa, Angus Konstam considers the fate of Captain Kidd and the new CEO of the National Archives comments on the organisation's future plans.

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Mystery and drama with the Romans and the Elizabethans

Thursday 28th April 2011

Miles Russell explores the mystery of the Roman Ninth Legion, Tara Hamling discusses Elizabethan drama and Paul Addison and Jeremy Crang reveal how British morale held up during the Second World War.

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Latin American slavery and historical hair

Friday 1st April 2011

David Edgerton explains why Britain was no underdog in the Second World War, Lucy Worsley looks at how hairstyles reflected political and social change and Chris Evans discusses British involvement in Latin American slavery.

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Old and new - a look at the Merchant Navy and modern-day western supremacy

Friday 4th March 2011

Harry Bennett discusses the role of the Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic, Niall Ferguson considers how much longer western supremacy can last, and Edward Higgs explores the challenges of the Victorian census.

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The plague, Sir Walter Ralegh and Jerusalem

Friday 28th January 2011

Mark Ormrod discusses the Black Death, 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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At sea with the Vikings and Edwardian fishermen

Monday 10th January 2011

Ryan Lavelle discusses Viking warfare, Robb Robinson recalls the lives of Edwardian fishing fleets and David Musgrove visits Avebury with archaeologist Nicola Snashall.

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Christmas quiz

Friday 10th December 2010

The BBC History Magazine team dish up a festive history quiz, with questions set by QI's Justin Pollard.

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Rebellion and terrorism

Wednesday 3rd November 2010

Mark Stoyle explains the 16th-century Prayer Book Rebellion, Clive Bloom discusses Edwardian Terrorism and a selection of eyewitnesses recall momentous events of the 20th century.

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