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

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You can download "The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War " here.

The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War

30th Oct 2014

Clare Jackson discusses the dramatic events of November 1605, while Jay Winter shares his thoughts on the First World War

Podcast archive

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You can download "A fresh look at Edward III" here.

A fresh look at Edward III

29th August 2013

Richard Barber describes the life and career of one of England's most successful medieval kings, based on new research for his book. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "England and Scotland go to war" here.

England and Scotland go to war

22nd August 2013

George Goodwin describes the Anglo-Scottish battle of Flodden as the 500th anniversary approaches. Plus Gary Sheffield considers how First World War commanders coped with the peculiar challenges of that conflict. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "The history behind the White Queen" here.

The history behind the White Queen

15th August 2013

Sarah Gristwood considers how the BBC series The White Queen matches up to the history of the period, while Nick Rennison explains how he wrote his debut historical novel. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "The downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots and a British civil rights struggle" here.

The downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots and a British civil rights struggle

8th August 2013

Linda Porter explores the Scottish queen's turbulent life, while Paul Stephenson recounts his experiences as a leader of the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Early Christianity in England and Douglas Hurd on Disraeli" here.

Early Christianity in England and Douglas Hurd on Disraeli

1st August 2013

Historian Sarah Foot explores the rise of Christianity in England, while former home secretary Douglas Hurd discusses his new book about Benjamin Disraeli. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "English Heritage's History Live festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire" here.

English Heritage's History Live festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire

25th July 2013

Anna Whitelock, Chris Skidmore MP, English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley and other leading historians discuss the value of heritage in a special report from the History Live! festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "The Spanish Armada and an Iron Age mansion" here.

The Spanish Armada and an Iron Age mansion

18th July 2013

Robert Hutchinson explores the reality of the Spanish Armada campaign of 1588, while Professor Michael Fulford discusses the discovery of a huge Iron Age mansion at Silchester. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "Georgian marriage and food in history" here.

Georgian marriage and food in history

11th July 2013

Lesley Adkins discusses the realities of marriage in Georgian Britain, while Sara Pennell explores changing attitudes to food in the early modern period. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "China's Second World War and royal births through the ages" here.

China's Second World War and royal births through the ages

4th July 2013

Rana Mitter explores China's little-known contribution to Allied effort in World War Two, while Kate Williams explains how royal babies have been treated through history. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Nazi spies and Viking ships" here.

Nazi spies and Viking ships

27th June 2013

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones tells the story of an unlikely German spy, while Giles Kristian recalls his adventures on a recreated Viking ship. Rob Attar presents