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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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English


Episodes

Clash of cultures: how interpreters bridged the gap between Britain and China

9/30/2022
Henrietta Harrison discusses her Cundill Prize-shortlisted book on the interpreters who took on the dangerous task of communicating between the British empire and Qing China. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she explores the extraordinary life stories of two key translators, and reveals how their work shaped the course of British-Chinese relations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:34:11

What can one woman reveal about Jewish life in medieval England?

9/29/2022
What can the life of one woman reveal about the experience of Jews in medieval England? Following the unveiling of a statue of Licoricia of Winchester earlier this year, Professor Miri Rubin, Dr Dean Irwin and Dr Toni Griffiths piece together the story of this powerful Jewish businesswoman who was at the heart of medieval England’s financial affairs. Speaking to Emily Briffett, they reveal what Licoricia’s extraordinary story can tell us about religious coexistence in the middle...

Duration:00:41:34

The Napoleon of Fleet Street

9/28/2022
Historian Andrew Roberts discusses his new biography of Lord Northcliffe, the early 20th-century press baron who dominated the British media and had the power to bring down prime ministers. In conversation with Rob Attar, Roberts reveals how Northcliffe forged his media empire and helped Britain triumph in the First World War, while also discussing his many flaws and turbulent private life. (Ad) Andrew Roberts is the author of The Chief: The Life of Lord Northcliffe, Britain's Greatest...

Duration:00:32:55

Should mummies be on display?

9/27/2022
Is it strange that we go to museums to look at dead bodies? Angela Stienne’s book Mummified explores some of the ethical issues around displaying ancient Egyptian human remains. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she explains how many Egyptian mummies ended up in European museums, and delves into current debates over how they should be displayed and treated. (Ad) Angela Stienne is the author of Mummified: The Stories Behind Egyptian Mummies in Museums (Manchester University Press, 2022). Buy it...

Duration:00:37:19

15 minutes of fame: Hannah Humphrey, entrepreneurial Georgian printseller

9/26/2022
It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday, and to celebrate, we’ve asked 15 historians to nominate a figure from history they think deserves their ‘15 minutes of fame’. In this episode, Dr Hannah Greig nominates 18th-century printseller Hannah Humphrey. Speaking with Elinor Evans, she reveals how Humphrey worked with leading caricature artist James Gillray and built a successful business in her own right. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:19:46

The CIA: everything you wanted to know

9/25/2022
Why was the CIA formed? Who were the key players in the agency’s history? And what was its most significant scandal? Seventy five years on since the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency was formed, Professor Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones takes on listener questions on the history of the CIA for our ‘Everything you wanted to know’ series. (Ad) Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is the author of A Question of Standing: The History of the CIA (Oxford University Press, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:...

Duration:00:57:00

The end of Roman Britain: families, ancestors and DNA

9/24/2022
The use of ancient DNA analysis looks set to revolutionise our understanding of the end of Roman Britain. In this episode, we are joined by Professor Duncan Sayer to discuss a major new ancient DNA project and what it can tell us about the origins and family networks of people in post-Roman Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:41:03

Love, marriage & wallpaper: the artistic lives of Jane and William Morris

9/23/2022
Victorian designer William Morris is remembered for his distinctive nature-inspired designs, many of which still grace wallpapers and furniture fabrics today. Less well-known is his wife, Jane – though she had significant artistic influence as a collaborator and artist in her own right. Susanne Fagence Cooper speaks to Elinor Evans about her new joint biography which explores the couple’s creative partnership. (Ad) Suzanne Fagence Cooper is the author of How We Might Live: At Home with...

Duration:00:46:04

Tutankhamun | 7. the contested legacy of an icon

9/22/2022
In the 100 years since his tomb was discovered, Tutankhamun has become the icon of ancient Egypt – a muse for fashionistas and movie-makers, a pop culture staple and a political rallying cry. But what deeper meanings do his glitzy treasures have for us today? In the final episode of our series on the boy king, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Professor Elizabeth Frood and Dr Heba Abd el Gawad to uncover how the way we think about Tutankhamun today exposes thorny issues about the treatment of...

Duration:00:29:08

African and Caribbean people in Britain: a 2,000-year history

9/21/2022
The story of African and Caribbean people in Britain goes back to before the Roman empire. Rhiannon Davies spoke to Professor Hakim Adi to discover how their lives and stories have shaped Britain’s history, from the African Roman emperor Septimius Severus to the abolition of the slave trade and the arrival of HMS Empire Windrush in 1948. (Ad) Hakim Adi is the author of African and Caribbean People in Britain: A History (Penguin, 2022). Buy it now from Amazon:...

Duration:00:30:45

Dangerous ideas & scandalous lives: Germany’s first Romantics

9/20/2022
At the turn of the 19th century, a small university town in Germany became the beating heart of an intellectual revolution. From philosophers and poets to scientists and playwrights, Jena attracted some of Europe’s brightest minds. Andrea Wulf tells Ellie Cawthorne about how the scandalous lives of these thinkers were as controversial as their ground-breaking ideas. (Ad) Andrea Wulf is the author of Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self (John Murray, 2022)....

Duration:00:35:56

15 minutes of fame: Kleisthenes, father of Athenian democracy

9/19/2022
It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday, and to celebrate, we’ve asked 15 historians to nominate a figure from history they think deserves their ‘15 minutes of fame’. In this episode, Professor Michael Scott nominates Kleisthenes. He tells Kev Lochun about how this sixth-century BC aristocrat came to be regarded as the father of Athenian democracy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:23:54

Royal funerals: everything you wanted to know

9/18/2022
Where did traditional royal funerary practices come from? When did lying in state begin? And will the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II set any new precedents? In this special edition of our ‘Everything you wanted to know’ series, Tracy Borman answers questions on the history of royal funerals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:26:30

Dan Jones on writing historical fiction

9/16/2022
After making his name as a medieval historian, Dan Jones has turned his hand to historical fiction. His debut novel, Essex Dogs, follows ten hardened mercenaries through the 1346 Crecy campaign. In this episode, Dan speaks to Rhiannon Davies about the secrets of writing great battle scenes, the challenges of relying on medieval sources, and how a dinner with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin inspired him to pick up the pen. (Ad) Dan Jones is the author of Essex Dogs (Head of Zeus,...

Duration:00:32:58

Tutankhamun | 6. secrets of the pharaoh's mummy

9/15/2022
There’s no more instantly recognisable symbol of ancient Egypt than a mummy. And, of course, the mummy of Tutankhamun is the most famous of all. But what can we learn from looking at the mummified body of an ancient boy king? In episode 6 of our series on Tutankhamun, Ellie Cawthorne and Dr Chris Naunton explore what the ancient Egyptians believed happened after death, delve into ancient mummification processes and follow Tutankhamun’s mummy on his somewhat unexpected adventures in the...

Duration:00:37:30

Escape from Colditz

9/14/2022
Bestselling author and historian Ben Macintyre joins us to discuss one of the most infamous German prisoner of war camps of the Second World War. In conversation with Rob Attar he describes some of the most ingenious escape attempts from the hilltop castle, but also reveals how the prisoner experience encompassed boredom, racism and class conflict. (Ad) Ben Macintyre is the author of Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle (Peguin Books, 2022). Buy it now from Waterstones:...

Duration:00:37:04

Winter is coming: the Anglo-Saxon year

9/13/2022
How did the Anglo-Saxons think about changing seasons? Did they have the same months and use the same calendar as we do? What were the main festivals they celebrated, and why was winter such an important period for Anglo-Saxon poets? Eleanor Parker, author of Winters in the World: A Journey through the Anglo-Saxon Year, reveals more in conversation with David Musgrove. (Ad) Eleanor Parker is the author of Winters in the World: A Journey Through the Anglo-Saxon Year (Reaktion, 2022). Buy...

Duration:00:39:39

15 minutes of fame: Aina Forbes Bonetta, Queen Victoria’s Yoruba goddaughter

9/12/2022
It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday, and to celebrate, we’ve asked 15 historians to nominate a figure from history they think deserves their ‘15 minutes of fame’. In this episode, Hannah Cusworth nominates Aina Forbes Bonetta, also known as Sara. A Yoruba girl transported from West Africa, Aina became a goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Hannah speaks to Elinor Evans about what her story tells us much about the connections between West Africa and Britain during the Victorian...

Duration:00:16:25

Roman women: everything you wanted to know

9/11/2022
Could a Roman woman lead an army? What was it like to give birth in the ancient world? And how could women gain financial independence in the Roman empire? In our latest ‘Everything you wanted to know’ episode, Professor Kate Cooper answers your questions on the experiences of women in the Roman world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:47:44

The Mary Rose | TRAILER

9/10/2022
What can a long-lost shipwreck reveal about Tudor England? In our new HistoryExtra podcast series, we’ll be marking the fortieth anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose by delving back into its fascinating history, and uncovering the secrets this Tudor shipwreck has hidden out of reach for more than four centuries. We’ll reveal why the discovery of the Mary Rose has been so influential in shaping – and challenging – our understanding of the Tudor era, from the heat of naval battle to the...

Duration:00:02:32