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 long history of the Crusades" here.

The long history of the Crusades

21st Aug 2014

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

Podcast archive

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You can download "Margaret Thatcher's path to power, and the story of the Devonshires" here.

Margaret Thatcher's path to power, and the story of the Devonshires

20th June 2013

Matt Elton speaks to Charles Moore about the first volume of his authorised Margaret Thatcher biography, while Roy Hattersley explores the history of one of Britain's most influential dynasties. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Elizabeth I's two bodies" here.

Elizabeth I's two bodies

13th June 2013

Anna Whitelock explores the contradictions of the Virgin Queen's private life in a lecture recorded at our recent Tudors Day in Bristol.

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You can download "Richard III vs Henry VII" here.

Richard III vs Henry VII

6th June 2013

Chris Skidmore describes how the first Tudor king seized the crown from Richard III at Bosworth, while Brendan Simms examines Europe's past, present and future. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "Horrible Histories special" here.

Horrible Histories special

30th May 2013

Charlotte Hodgman pays a visit to the set of the award-winning Horrible Histories TV series to find out the secrets of the show's success. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "A history of the world and a second Norman Conquest" here.

A history of the world and a second Norman Conquest

23rd May 2013

Arne Westad discusses the challenges of writing global history, while Sean McGlynn describes how a French invasion nearly overthrew King John

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You can download "Wolfson History Prize special" here.

Wolfson History Prize special

16th May 2013

The winners of this year's Wolfson History Prize, Christopher Duggan and Susan Brigden, join Rob Attar for a discussion about their books and the importance of popular history

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You can download "Ancient Greek warriors and Neolithic huts" here.

Ancient Greek warriors and Neolithic huts

9th May 2013

Jason Crowley discusses some of Athens' fiercest fighters, while Charlotte Hodgman heads to Wiltshire to meet the reconstructors of some Neolithic buildings. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Sick royals and the last year of peace" here.

Sick royals and the last year of peace

2nd May 2013

Lucy Worsley explores the health problems of past British monarchs, while Charles Emmerson explores the world of 1913. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Britain's last Dambuster" here.

Britain's last Dambuster

25th April 2013

Britain's last surviving member of the Dambusters raid, 'Johnny' Johnson, recalls his adventures. Plus Sam Willis reveals how Antigua became Nelson's Caribbean hellhole. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "The ideas of the First World War" here.

The ideas of the First World War

18th April 2013

Professor Hew Strachan considers the ideologies that propelled combatants in the 1914-18 war, in a lecture delivered at BBC History Magazine's First World War day event. Rob Attar presents