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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A history of Istanbul

Thursday 12th January 2017

Bettany Hughes discusses her new book on the history of Istanbul with fellow historian Peter Frankopan

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The Dissolution and a forgotten colony

Thursday 31st March 2016

Adam Morton describes Henry VIII’s assault on England’s monasteries, while Matthew Parker tells the story of an early imperial experiment in South America

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Democracy and an age of genius

Thursday 24th March 2016

Paul Cartledge looks at the roots of mass participation in politics, while AC Grayling explains why he thinks the 17th century was pivotal to the development of the modern mind

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The Easter Rising and a Victorian heyday

Thursday 17th March 2016
Heather Jones explores the dramatic rebellion of 1916, while Ben Wilson explains why the 1850s was such a transformative decade
 
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Muslims and Jews in the 16th century

Thursday 10th March 2016

Jerry Brotton explores Tudor England’s relationship with the Islamic world and tells the story of Venice’s Jewish ghetto

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The Holy Roman Empire and Capability Brown

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Peter Wilson describes the 1000-year history of this unusual central European entity, while Sarah Rutherford talks about the work of one of Britain’s greatest landscape designers

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Middle East history special

Thursday 25th February 2016

Kanishk Tharoor and Maryam Maruf discuss their new radio series Museum of Lost Objects, while Tom Asbridge explores the Third Crusade

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Verdun and the Renaissance

Thursday 18th February 2016
David Reynolds reflects on a bloody First World War battle that began a century ago, while Waldemar Januszczak challenges some conventional views about Renaissance art
 
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Benjamin Franklin in London

Thursday 11th February 2016

George Goodwin discusses the American Founding Father’s years in the British capital, on location at Benjamin Franklin House

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The battle over Henry VIII’s will

Thursday 4th February 2016

Suzannah Lipscomb talks to fellow historian Dan Jones about her new book on a remarkable – and contested – Tudor document

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The Romanovs and King Arthur

Thursday 28th January 2016

Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses the remarkable Russian ruling dynasty, while Miles Russell visits a castle associated with one of Britain’s most powerful legends

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