The Thing that Made England Where does the flag of St George come from and why is it England’s national flag? Is it a symbol of unity or division, whyRead More
Dunkirk is of course very famous…but what was its impact? It was just the escape from a series of hideous defeats wasn’t it, best forgotten… The Battle of Dunkirk was a military operationRead More
Are English accents a joy and delight, a sign of rich diversity or irritating and divisive? And what is it about the Midlands that makes everyone think they can ignoreRead More
Roifield presents the proposition that Ska is not just important because it’s the one musical form everyone can dance to. Hi all…and welcome to Episode 2, where Roifield usesRead More
Was 1066 and iconic event that made England as she is. Was it a good thing a bad thing – or just a thing?
Things that made England is a podcast, an affectionate meandering through the high ways and by ways of England and the English, the country that, despite all temptations, we bothRead More
The Shedcasts are episodes for my Members of the History of England. The topics will vary over the weeks and months, but I promise will always be topics that fire my enthusiasmRead More
I’ve loved and lived with the story of the history of the English for as long as I can remember. This is my retelling of that story, in a regular,Read More
The History of Scotland podcast follows Maria’s advice, and starts at the very beginning, with northern Britain in prehistoric times. And then we sweep all the way through Scotland’s glorious history – theRead More
The history of England would be impossible without the sea. This podcast is an occasional series – a chance for me to cover the some of the outrageous stories of derring-do,Read More
Wolf and David explore the history films we love or (or sometimes, films we’d loved just a little less but find interesting). Turns out we like different things…anyway, then weRead More
This is the first of three special episodes from the wonderful Roman Bath Museum at Bath. Experts from the museum talk about Bath’s history, from before Rome to Georgian Bath toRead More
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Britain, the sea and folktales through the story of Eustace the Monk
In 1545 the struggle between conservative and evangelical, between mumpsimus and sumpsimus grew more intense as Catherine Parr’s household shed an evangelical light over the court. And into this situation cameRead More
In 1544 Henry traveled to France and hauled himself into the saddle for his last chance to emulate Henry V. A little like his predecessor, he was also investing in a royal Read More
It’s time for a naval encounter, marked by the sinking of the Mary Rose, and then we set the scene for the cut-throat politics of the last years with Richard Rich,Read More
In 1585, a colony was established at Roanoke, sponsored by Walter Raleigh. Find out what happens from historian and Birkenstock wearer Joel Kindrick.
A great way to learn the books that changed history – and a 25% discount for History of England listeners
The arrival of Catherine Parr (and family) and preparations for war in France. And rather a lot of digressions. Transcript Last week I mentioned that after his despair at CatherineRead More
The Things that Made England considers the claims of Ska top go in the cabinet; maybe one step beyond?
In 1542, Henry’s sought war with France; but before that, he must make sure his northern borders were safe. So began the Rough Wooing, as Henry sought to bring a Pro-EnglishRead More
In 1543 religious conservatives were in the ascendant, dominated the aristocratic Privy Council and a wave of prosecutions for heresy followed. When some of Archbishop Cranmer’s own parishioners of Kent soughtRead More
The Treaty of Falaise would later be by English kings to assert overlordship over Scotland
The letter that suggests Catherine Howard really was in love with Culpepper – and her two surviving confessions
Catherine had made a decent start of being queen. And it was really in no body’s interest to reveal her old life. But dangers and memories were all around –Read More
Book Review: Drama, pathos and all the gossip and intrigue of the atmosphere air of court, with the reality of Catherine’s upbringing-all in a rigorous work of history
In 1540 a new member at court, Catherine Howard, caught the eye of a king struggling with his marriage to Anne. By July Anne was gone and Catherine had embarkedRead More
Anne arrived in England to be greeted by 6 burly disguised middle aged men. 1540 was a year neither Anne of Cleves nor Thomas Cromwell were to remember – with affectionRead More
Last time then, we looked at how David finally establish his authority by 1134, by hook, crook and a little help from his enemies; and we looked at one ofRead More
A contemporary assessment of Henry VIII’s 19 peers in 1538, with a helpful RAG rating
Henry’s attitude to illness, and possible medical explanations for his character and events of his realm. And a negotiation starts for a new wife. A royal marriage proposal: Amelia andRead More
Rebellion, divorce, conspiracy, the Tower and treason – all in a life