A History of England announcement

Our dear friend and podcaster David has fallen ill and is postponing future episodes of The History of England for the next couple of months. We expect him to return to the microphone and be creating new material come spring.

All features and media will continue to be available to members on the History of England website. Any future media will be immediately made available upon its release.

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71 thoughts on “A History of England announcement

  1. Please pass on my best wishes for a full recovery to David. I hope he is back on his feet again soon. In the mean time I shall miss his cheery voice radiating out to the world from his shed.

  2. That sounds serious. My best wishing to David and David’s family. Get well, be healthy and we’ll be here, of course.

  3. This was a shock to hear. Please get well but don’t push yourself. We’re not going anywhere. All my prayers are with you and your family.

  4. All the best to David. I hope he recovers fully and soon. I love this man. A late adopter, I am still in the 14th Century.

  5. I am very sorry to hear that! David, you have often wished us listeners good luck at the end of you podcast. Please let me return that now, and wish you the very best of luck and a speedy recovery!

  6. I am so sorry to hear that. I sincerely hope he has a full recovery very soon. My very best to the whole family.

  7. All the best David. I have been listening to your podcasts for months now on my commute to work. I love your passion and your humour. Get well soon

  8. I am so sorry to hear that you are poorly. Your podcasts are constant sources of joy for me, and provide so much entertainment for me on my commute! I hope so much that you feel better soon. Best wishes!

  9. Wishing Mr. Crowther a full recovery in as easy, painless, and fast a manner as possible! Fast for his own ease, because as much as new episodes of his joyous and thorough recounting of English history will be missed, I’d happily wait a Very Long Time Indeed for his complete recovery. We’re all rooting for you!
    Love from America (Pittsburgh),

  10. We will all miss you, David. I wish you a speedy recovery. May you find yourself healthy, happy and once again ensconced in your beloved shed.


  11. I’m sorry to hear you are not well, David. I love your podcasts for the history and for your great sense of humor. My thoughts are with you and hope you make a speedy recovery!

  12. So sorry to hear this, David. We’re all pulling for you and wishing you all the best, and asking you to take all the time you need to take care of yourself. As said above, we aren’t going anywhere — we’ll keep you in our hearts and the podcast is our feeds, looking forward to hearing you mangle Welsh names once again in full health.

  13. So sorry to hear you are poorly, David. I think we can call you David, as you are the friendly voice of sanity from the shed for so many of us who are grateful for your splendid histories. God speed your return, and best wishes to you and your family.

  14. Sorry to hear you are unwell, David. Please take care of yourself and we will be here and waiting when you are feeling good once more.

  15. Very sorry to hear you are unwell David. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery and like many of your loyal listeners, I will really miss your cheery voice and excellent podcasts. I will look forward to your return when you are feeling better. Get well soon and have a lovely time with your family over Christmas.

  16. Dear David,
    So sorry to hear that you’re unwell. Wishing you a very speedy recovery.
    With very best wishes from West Chiltington Parish!

  17. David, please feel better soon. But yes, take your time to recover. We will be here when you return. You are a rare gift to history and your voice is a treasure. And it is a joy to listen to someone who hates cucumbers as much as I do! Much love for a healthy recovery!

      1. So pleased to hear you are doing well. As an ex pat history freak, your podcasts bring me home, so I’m missing you greatly. Get well soon: I’ll be patiently waiting for your dulcet tones!

  18. David – I have been listening to you for years. I look forward to your speedy recovery so that i can listen to your wit and commentary once again. Get well soon.

  19. Best wishes from France for a full and speedy recovery David. I look forward to the return of you and your life enhancing podcast.

  20. David – You bring so much joy and leaning to so many people. Thank you for that. You are a treasure. Please take care of yourself. Best wishes to you and your family.

  21. So sorry to hear about David’s illness. I join with the multitude around the world who enjoy his work and wish him every comfort and an early and full recovery.

  22. Oh my, I am so sorry to hear you are under the weather. I am sure that I can say that all of your listeners will miss you, but exhort you to take your time and recover fully.
    Beat wishes to you and your family

  23. Will very much miss listening to your dulcet voice and screamingly funny sense of humor. Hope you recover soon as you have the best podcast.

  24. Get well soon, David. Your podcast is extraordinary and I have learned so much from you, but please take your time and don’t return until you are fully ready. There are more important things….

  25. Wendy and I are so sorry to hear that you’re unwell. We’re very fond of you, and have learned so much, even repeating episodes to get to grips with things. Very best to you and take every care.

  26. Sincere best wishes – not just because I’m still only up to Richard III, but don’t come back until you’re feeling 100% – us fans are happy to wait…and of course re-listen to your brilliant podcasts.

  27. Prayers and good thoughts for David and the Crowther family for peace, healing and comfort. Like so many others I too look forward to hearing from you again when you are well. Godspeed, friend!

  28. Dear David, take the time you need to feel fine again. You are beloved by so many, we all want you to be well. XO, Holland in California

  29. Late to this news, and find that everyone has already said what I wanted to say. Look forward to hearing you back in the shed when you’re better. All the best from Sydney, John.

  30. Wishing a full and speedy recovery to David. The announcement shook me a little as I’m a huge fan of the podcast & Davids impeccable delivery.
    Pure good thoughts to him and his family!

  31. Sending love from California to David, his family, and of course the dog. It’s amazing how much you can miss a bloke you’ve never actually met. I’m picturing a forlorn little shed that wants you back, too. Of course I already know what happens with Elizabeth, but nobody tells it better than you do, David. Can’t wait to hear your take. Get well soon. Hugs.

  32. Blimey David, You have to get better soon. You have people pulling and rooting for you in the comments. Being from Australia I know what this means. You have to recover before damage is done. I really appreciate your efforts.

  33. David, I hope your recovery is speedy and compete. Your podcasts have meant a lot to me, and I greatly appreciate all the effort you’ve poured into doing what you do. Take care of yourself and your family, and thank you.

  34. David, like so many others who’ve never met you, I, too, feel like a very close friend has been taken ill and I’m worried and saddened by the news. But if there was ever anyone who exuded a joie de vivre and strong character with just his voice, it’s you, and that bodes well for your recovery! I, too, have listened to you for months, even when my other podcasts have been posting new episodes, simply because yours is so clever, witty, droll, exquisitely written, entertaining, informative and educational all at the same time. Your podcast is simply irresistible. So take your time, take care of yourself, and know that countless fans of yours are pulling for you and look forward to your return to health and return to The Shed (is it on the national historical register yet?)! — John (Boston)

    1. John, I blush! How thoroughly lovely of you, thank you. Things are on the mend health-wise, and hopefully I’ll be able to start podcasting again soon – maybe n a bit of a reduced schedule, but man and mic re-united! I’ve come home actually, yesterday, but the shed lies across a very wet cold garden so not had the courage to go there yet…but it’s close!
      Thank you John for taking the trouble to send me such an encouraging message.

  35. David, rest well and recover completely! Like others, your podcasts comfort me like an old friend. I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season.

  36. Dear David, We hope you feel better and are sending you good wishes for a speedy recovery! You are missed and much loved in our household:)

    Happy holidays to you and all of your loved ones:)

  37. Dear David,
    Glad to hear you are home and resting and hopefully on the way to a complete recovery! The shed is not going anywhere, so focus on healing, and you will know when you are up for that trip across your cold, wet English garden. If a reduced schedule works best for you in the near future, that is what you should do. We don’t want you to catch up to the present too quickly anyways!

    Have a Happy English Thanksgiving – here in the US, we are thankful today for the HoE podcast and its author.

  38. I am sorry to hear you have been unwell but delight to read in the comment section that you are home and recovering. Rest in the warm knowing your loyal listeners are sending you healing vibes and encouragement. I found you when my daughter was born just over 12months ago. You have helped me through night feeds, even a scary hospital stay with her. All from your shed. You voice and words bring a smile to my face, and quenched my thirst for history at a deeper level. All I can say is thank you! Take your time and I can’t wait for you to continue The History of England. I need to find out how it ends

  39. I am sorry to hear you are unwell David. Pleased to hear that you are at home as that is the best place to be. Sending you healing vibes and positive thoughts.

  40. Dear David & Family
    Best wishes and speedy recovery from a fan from Calabasas, California. I have so enjoyed the sound of your voice, your witty asides, and most importantly learning about the history of England. I can’t tell you how entertaining your podcast is, especially when navigating the horrors of our LA traffic. All the best to you and good health in the new year. Best… Belle

  41. Dear David, old chum, although we have never met, you have been my constant companion for many many months now and I’m very sorry to hear that you are ill. I am binge listening to the podcast for the second time and am up to Henry VI again which, unless I’m mistaken is over 500 episodes! I have also listened to the History of Anglo Saxon England and obviously I love it.
    Pathetically, it has now got to the stage where I have started to use a lot of what my wife calls ‘Crowfherisms’. Sometimes, when I come out with some odd phrase referring to chocolate teapots or the inside of ping pong balls and someone with us looks bemused, she tells them, ‘oh, that’s just something he got off his friend Dave the podcaster’
    I am a contractor and work with my hands, consequently I am able to listen to you for 8 hours a day, something which I often do. Trust me , there are not many voices I could stand to have wittering in my ear for that long, day after day, but the humor, sense of pace and sheer enthusiasm you bring to your podcasts and the brilliant subject matter combine to make it a rare treat. I certainly couldn’t listen to my wife going on for hours like that, and I married her!
    Get well soon and please use my small donation to buy yourself a couple of medicinal pints on me. Would love to have one (or several) with you one day.
    Best wishes
    John Matthews

    1. John Fantastic thank you so much, can’t tell you how glad I am you enjoy. If you’ve gone round twice I reckon you are definitely over 600, especially since there are guest episodes I have subsequently taken out. Anyway, I can tell you One go round is 1.5m words not necessarily in the right order, but mostly, hopefully) and 260 hours of listening. So you know – you’ve done us proud!
      Thank you!

  42. I have enjoyed your podcasts for years now: the history itself, as well as your approachable and entertaining presentation of it. Yours is perhaps the first history podcast I listened to: now I devour many on a range of historical topics and spend most of my reading time immersed in history. Thank you for helping me to rekindle my love and enthusiasm for the rich and rewarding subject of history.
    I am sad to hear that you have not been well. I hope you make a full recovery and your health is good for a long time to come. As others have already said, please take the time to get better before you worry about returning to the shed. I wish you the best of luck.
    (Another listener from Australia, Melbourne this time: Pete)

  43. David, wishing you well from afar! Despite gallant efforts to catch up, I am currently in the court of Henry VIII, who remains, if not so happily, with wife #1 – back when men were men, women were women and little furry creatures, well you get the point. Hope you get to catch up on rugby, have no idea if this is the season mind you, and think there should be a major hoolie (sp?) when you return. Lucky for you, you are part of the British healthcare system, so I don’t have to worry about you running out of spondoolicks (needed to fit in the word) while getting treated. Despite being an American who often has no idea what you are saying, I hope you can tell I have learned massive amounts of highly useful material from your shedcast. I never thought I could enjoy a one-sided conversation so thoroughly with someone who isn’t museum enthusiast. Wishing you a speedy recovery, preferably before I get to Elizabeth, joking, JOKING, I mean REALLY. Sending healing thoughts and wishes your way.

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