Why become a History of England Member ? I can think of four- good reasons

  • You will get, typically, 60-90 minutes worth of new members-only, fantastic fresh shedcasts every month, with no adverts
  • You get immediate access to a catalogue of over 100 hours of history podcasts from me
  • You can get access to the free History of England series – without adverts, on your podcatcher of choice, or the members App.
  • You will be supporting me to keep producing the free History of England podcast

You can download shedcasts to most Apple and Android apps, and listen to it just like to listen to the freebies, though on a separate feed. You can access quizzes, and from time to time we have polls and prizes. You get transcripts too.

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You can join for a £4 monthly recurring subscription, which you can cancel at any time of course.  Or a £40 annual, recurring subscription; which effectively gives you two months free, which is nice, and avoids monthly currency conversion charges. Please note that the subscription renews automatically until you stop it; your provider (Paypal or the card provider) should send you confirmations, and invoices and billing details are always available through this site through your account. You can pay by credit/debit card, or by Paypal. Start by choosing the option which suits you best below.

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Patreon is a third party widget which has some advantages to us little independent podcasters; they maintain the system, the deal with local tax issues. And while you are on Patreon you can look around at a vast number of other content of all types.

If you do sign up, expect a message from me also giving you access to the website – which will give you an alternative way to download podcasts, and a few extra resources such as quizzes and transcripts.

Membership is £4 a month or it’s equivalent (there is no annual option); Patreon charges you in your local currency. You may find the real price a little higher, because Patreon adds local taxes; that is possibly annoying to you, but for podcasters sitting in a shed struggling with tax reporting I have to tell you it’s a godsend.

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What’s available? 

Here’s a quick guide with links to the easiest place to find the series.

1) Shedcasts (See a full listing) – 71 episodes, 55 hours of listening: Shedcasts are topics and biographies, usually in English history which fire my enthusiasm and add depth to the History of England podcast. These include:

  • HT John BlankeTopics: The growth of religious toleration in Europe; Nationalism and its growth in medieval England; the practice of diplomacy; studying wills and what they tell us. English placenames, and Robert Kett and the rebellion in Norfolk in 1549, the growth of Tourism.

There’s a 6 part series on Life and Landscape in Anglo Saxon England (about 5 1/2 hours worth), looking at how England’s topography has shaped the people that live there, and how we have shaped the land

And there’s a roller coaster ride though the British Parliament, Party and Politics from the ‘Rage of parties’ in the late 17th century, to New Labour and 20oo.

  • Biographies: such as John Morton, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale, Thomas Cromwell, Elizabeth Grey, Katharine Howard, The Duke of Norfolk and his poet son, the Earl of Surrey, Financier Thomas Gresham, John Clare, the romantic, ‘Peasant poet’.
  • Historiography: The English Reformation, Anne Boleyn
  • British Constitution and Common Law: 6 part, 5 hour series looking at the development of the British constitution, common law, liberty and comparison to other constitutions across the world.

Then from time to time we have something a bit less worthy; how the language of printing appeared, how Henry VIII started a fashion for beards, the Tudors and poison, The English, Drink, Pubs and beer, the appeaqrance of tourism – stuff like that. It’s a cornu-blessed-copia of goodies.

2) The History of Scotland (See a full listing) – 78 episodes so far, 48 hours of listening: The history of Scotland from the dawn of time to 1900. We follow the same style as the history of England, but faster pace.

3) Britain and the Sea (see a full listing) – 4 episodes, 2.5 hours of listening: An occasional series to add depth and stories to accompany the History of England podcast

4) Extended Biographies – these are designed to be about 25 episodes long, short episodes of about 15 minutes each. Then every month or so there’s an omnibus edition, of about an hour long if you prefer that format

We’ve 4 extended biographies so far:

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine (see full listing) 24 episodes and 6 hours of listening
  • William Marshal series (see full listing): 26 episodes and 7 hours of listening.
  • Margaret Beaufort (see full listing): 21 Episodes and 61/2 hours
  • John Hawkwood – The 14th century Condottere (see full listing): 21 episodes and 8 hours of listening