Podcasting is so much fun that I have been rather breeding them, so here is a brief guide. You may select the series you want from the drop down, or see them all after this message.
Members: There are over 22 hours of Shedcasts. They cover all sorts of things usually in English history which fire my enthusiasm. There are topics like Nationalism and its growth in medieval England; lots of biographies, some historiography, and then from time to time we have something a bit less worthy; such as how Henry VIII started a fashion for beards.
Then there’s The History of Scotland 18 hours of listening so far, the history of Scotland from the dawn of time to 1900. And then Britain and the Sea, an occasional series which add depth and stories to accompany the History of England podcast. And of course new episodes join all the series all the time!
Free podcasts: There is the History of England of course. But why not also try History in Technicolor where Wolf and I talk about history films, or the Things that made England – where Roifield and I talk about the cultural and historical habits and history that male England as she is.
Ridley Scott’s long awaited latest epic; a ‘character study’ of one of the most influential figures of European history, who reshaped a continent. It has been accompanied by furious debate,Read More
The Solemn League and Covenant will bring a Scottish army to Parliament – and an ocean of trouble
In July 1643 all looked set fair for the royalist cause after a string of victories
Prof Oakes talks to me about Margaret Cavendish – poet, natural philosopher, duchess and 17th century celebrity
July 1643 would see two critical contests at Bath and in Yorkshire. And the death of The Patriot
Early 1643 was not a good idea for peace. By April, both the Scots and English parliament had tired of Charles’ negotiating style and started talking to each otherRead More
The deaths of Bedfod and Strafford started the countdown to a violent to the issues at stake
Despite multiplying armies, the search for peace goes on
The King and people of London face off at Turnham Green
Charles’ situation in August looked dire. But at Shrewsbury, soldiers came to his call, arms reached him from Henrietta Maria, and in October he had an army, and set ofRead More
How people made choices for king or parliament, and whether they cared
Both sides lay out their stalls. And Henry Parker lays out some underlying foundations of English political thought
Big, ambitious and absorbing portrait of a genius who helped change the world
British reactions to the French Revolution through the eyes of Burke and Paine
Six days in January 1642 which changed the course of English history
A revolt and massacres in Ireland, and the struggle over the Grand Remonstrance.
The Royal fightback begins. A party to control parliament for the king
In a time of national danger and an explosion of print and debate, the Protestation Oath of 1641 was a remarkable act of nation building
Charles looks for friends in Scotland
Will Charles be willing to pay the price to restore his authority?
Martin and Eleanor from The Three Ravens Podcast explore the history and folklore of Yorkshire.
The dramatic story of the trial and judgement of the Earl of Strafford
Charles’ response to the Scottish Declaration was severe; but it also caused a division in the Junto, and among MPs. Meanwhile, as poublic religious debate exploded, divisions also grew betweenRead More
After hard negotiation, by February 1641 a workable compromise was in sight
How the Duchess of Aquitaine’s choices created a western Empire
A new settlement would be formed between King, parliament and people
Strafford would have no backing down. Bring the rebels to heel!
At last, the 11 year wait is over. Parliament is back.
‘I expect not anything can reduce that people to obedience but force only’ Charles wrote in 1638. The following year that would be put to the test. in the First Bishops War (Bishops not included).
Charles was determined to bring Scottish and English churches into harmony. There’ll be trouble.
English place names are a direct window in into the lives of our ancestors – an insight into the origins or remarkable features of ancient settlements. Here’s a brief survey of how to decode some of them.
11 years of peace, prosperity – and tyranny?
In 1633 Thomas Wentworth arrived in Ireland – and despite great administrative efficiency, managed to separately outrage each of the components of Irish Society Meanwhile in London, William Prynne and John Lillburne stood form against tyranny.
The colonists that traveled to New England were very different to the Chesapeake, and the society they established also very different. For the indigenous peoples, the shock would be every bit as severe.
Colonisation of the Chesapeake would be driven by its climate and its most successful crop – tobacco, defining the social structure of the colonists and the society they would form, and the impact they would have on the indigenous peoples.
‘By what right?’ In this episode we think about how the early English colonisers viewed their Westward Enterprise, and legitimised their activities. And then turn to the region Eric Williams described as ‘The Hub of Empire’. The Caribbean.