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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Ancient thinkers and the history of madness

Thursday 30th July 2015

Bettany Hughes discusses Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha, while Andrew Scull talks about his new book on the cultural history of insanity.

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Georgian gardens and historical fiction

Thursday 16th October 2014

We visit Hampton Court’s new kitchen garden, while Wilbur Smith discusses his latest historical novel

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The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists

Thursday 9th October 2014

Ranulph Fiennes talks about his ancestors’ involvement in the battle of Agincourt, and Paul Preston explores the life of Spanish communist politician Santiago Carrillo

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The trials of Joan of Arc

Thursday 2nd October 2014

Dan Jones speaks to Helen Castor about her new book on the tragic French heroine Joan of Arc.

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The history of humanity

Thursday 25th September 2014

Yuval Harari explains why Homo sapiens came to dominate the world and offers surprising insights into our shared past

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Hunting the regicides and the Chartist movement

Thursday 18th September 2014

Charles Spencer describes the trials of those who executed Charles I, while Charlotte Hodgman visits a cottage connected to the battle for working class suffrage

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Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses

Thursday 11th September 2014

Dan Jones is interviewed by Tudor expert Suzannah Lipscomb about his new book on the Wars of the Roses. The two historians discuss the writing of popular history, the role of medieval kings and the controversial figure of Richard III, among other things.

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Thomas Cromwell’s fall from grace

Thursday 4th September 2014

Tudor historian Tracy Borman discusses the career of Thomas Cromwell, the henchman of Henry VIII who brought down Anne Boleyn only to eventually share the same fate. Meanwhile, our First World War audio series continues as veterans recall September 1914

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George III and the art of anatomy

Thursday 28th August 2014

Janice Hadlow describes the private lives of George III and his family, while Adam Rutherford explores how great artists drew on anatomy

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The long history of the Crusades

Thursday 21st August 2014

Tom Asbridge describes the legacy of the medieval wars in the Holy Land

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James Bond and Vichy France

Thursday 14th August 2014
Matthew Parker describes how Ian Fleming's novels offer a window into Jamaican history, while Caroline Moorehead examines French attempts to defy the Nazis in the Second World War
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