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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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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D-Day and the Templar on trial

Friday 5th June 2009

Antony Beevor (pictured) discusses his latest book on D-Day and the Battle for Normandy; Helen J Nicholson explains what happened to the Knights Templar who went on trial in Medieval Britain.

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A Nazi serial killer and a Tudor gentleman

Thursday 21st May 2009

Roger Moorhouse is on the trail of a serial killer in Nazi Berlin, Deborah Youngs discusses the fascinating diary of an ordinary gentleman in Tudor England.

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British History - the turning points

Friday 1st May 2009

The Great Turning Points in British History, Tristram Hunt discusses the life and legacy of Friedrich Engels, Angus Wainwright gives his thoughts on the Anglo Saxons and Sutton Hoo.

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Hampton Court and the Amritsar massacre

Friday 17th April 2009

Brett Dolman considers King Henry VIII and Hampton Court, Nick Lloyd discusses the bloody Amritsar massacre of 1919.

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The Matchgirls strike and back to 1918

Friday 27th March 2009

Louise Raw discusses the 1888 Matchgirls strike, David Stevenson returns to 1918 in our Time Machine.

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The legend of King Arthur and fighter pilots

Friday 13th March 2009

Marc Morris discusses how Edward I appropriated the legend of King Arthur, Peter Hart reflects on the dangerous careers of First World War fighter pilots.

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An adulterous scandal and a grisly end

Friday 27th February 2009

Hallie Rubenhold reveals a remarkable tale of adultery that caused a scandal in the 18th century, David Hipshon speaks about the controversial king Richard III and his violent death at the Battle of Bosworth.

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Attenborough on Darwin

Thursday 12th February 2009

Sir David Attenborough gives his thoughts on Charles Darwin and the impact of his work, Adrian Desmond explains why he believes a passionate hatred of slavery was one of the driving forces behind Darwin's career.

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Zulu wars and American presidents, past and present

Friday 30th January 2009

Saul David talks about the forgotten battles of the Zulu Wars, Jane Hamlett talks about Victorian men and household furnishing, Richard Carwardine discusses US President Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama.

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Robert Burns and Francis Bacon

Friday 16th January 2009

Professor Robert Crawford giving us a taste of the poetry of Robert Burns, Richard Serjeantson talks about the Elizabethan courtier and polymath Francis Bacon.

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