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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

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We’re launching a brand-new premium podcast feed, HistoryExtra Plus – a subscription channel where we take you on a deep dive into the past, with even more on history’s most gripping events. Brought to you by the team behind HistoryExtra and BBC History Magazine, HistoryExtra Plus brings you an in-depth look at history’s most exciting stories and compelling mysteries. Find out more and subscribe at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-extra-plus/id1569637306  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
DH Lawrence’s work – such as The Rainbow, Women in Love and Lady Chatterley’s Lover – broke new ground and appalled censorious literary critics. Biographer Frances Wilson chronicles a pivotal decade in the writer’s turbulent life, characterised by a tempestuous marriage, a constant battle against class prejudice and a bitter backlash against vitriolic criticism. (Ad) Frances Wilson is the author of Burning Man: The Ascent of DH Lawrence (Bloomsbury, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fburning-man%2Ffrances-wilson%2F9781408893623  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the concluding episode of our series on the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, Anthony Seldon joins us to discuss the secrets of being a great leader, and some of the challenges facing those in charge over the last 300 years. (Ad) Anthony Seldon is the author of The Impossible Office?: The History of the British Prime Minister (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Buy it now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08VJMP3D2//?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Broadcaster and academic Alice Roberts joins us to discuss her new book Ancestors: A Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials, which reveals what archaeological discoveries and cutting-edge science can tell us about Britain’s prehistoric past. (Ad) Alice Roberts is the author of Ancestors: A Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials (Simon & Schuster, 2021). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fancestors-a-prehistory-of-britain-in-seven-burials%2F9781471188015  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tim Maltin answers listener questions about the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912 Did the band really play on as the Titanic sank into the icy depths of the Atlantic? And is it true that the liner could have stayed afloat if it had hit the iceberg head on? In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, expert Tim Maltin responds to popular search queries and listener questions about the 1912 maritime disaster. (Ad) Tim Maltin is the author of 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic… But Didn't! (2010). ). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Thought-About-Titanic-Didnt/dp/1862549230/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
From the eruption of Vesuvius to Chernobyl and Covid-19, Niall Ferguson charts how disasters have changed the course of history From the eruption of Vesuvius to Chernobyl and Covid-19, disasters have changed the course of history. Historian Niall Ferguson discusses his new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, which asks what we can learn from historical catastrophes to help us tackle future crises. (Ad) Niall Ferguson is the author of Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fdoom-the-politics-of-catastrophe%2Fniall-ferguson%2F9780241488447  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Women reporters of WW2

Women reporters of WW2

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Judith Mackrell explores the experiences of six women war correspondents who broke some of the key stories of the Second World War From the German invasion of Poland to the liberation of Paris and the discovery of Nazi concentration camps, women journalists reported on some of the pivotal moments of the Second World War. Judith Mackrell, author of Going with the Boys, charts the wartime careers of six female war correspondents who overcame significant obstacles to report from the front lines. (Ad) Judith Mackrell is the author of Going with the Boys: Six Women Writers Who Went to War (2021, Picador). Buy it now at Bookshop.org: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.bookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fgoing-with-the-boys-six-extraordinary-women-writing-from-the-front-line%2F9781509882939  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With their tales of supernatural beasts, death-defying quests and dashing knights that always got the girl, romances were the must-reads of the Middle Ages. Lydia Zeldenrust reveals how – despite concerns that they were corrupting readers – medieval romances became a pan-European literary sensation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the latest episode of our new series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian and author Andrew Roberts nominates Margaret Thatcher, who combined ideological drive with steely determination.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Wolfson History Prize celebrates the very best history books that combine academic rigour with popular appeal. Ahead of the announcement of the winner on 9 June, we speak to some of the shortlisted authors – Helen McCarthy, Sudhir Hazareesingh and Rebecca Clifford, who’ve been nominated for their books on working motherhood, Toussaint Louverture and child Holocaust survivors.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dr Rosalind Crone answers all the key questions on the history of British prisons Just how bad was life in Victorian prisons? How hard was hard labour, and how revolting was the food? In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Dr Rosalind Crone responds to listener queries on the history of British prisons.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Once the capital of the western Roman Empire, the Italian city of Ravenna was claimed in turn by Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Lombards and Franks, turning into both a hub of early Christian art and a prototypical European city. Professor Judith Herrin discusses its long and storied history. (Ad) Judith Herrin is the author of Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now at Waterstones: https://go.skimresources.com?id=71026X1535947&xcust=historyextra-social-hexpod&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waterstones.com%2Fbook%2Fravenna%2Fjudith-herrin%2F9781846144660  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Leah Garrett tells the story of X-troop, a group of Jewish commandos who became one of Britain’s most potent weapons against the Nazis X-troop was a World War Two commando unit with a difference ­– it was made up of German and Austrian Jews who’d fled to Britain and were desperate to take the fight to the Nazis. Historian Leah Garrett tells the story of how X-troop became one of Britain’s most potent weapons in the drive to liberate western Europe. (Ad) Leah Garrett is the author of X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos Who Helped Defeat the Nazis (Vintage, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Troop-Secret-Jewish-Commandos-Helped/dp/1784743119/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Higgs discusses the unconventional life and extraordinary art of poet and painter William Blake. He explains how an eccentric outsider once mocked and dismissed as a madman is now hailed in the pantheon of British art, and reveals how Blake’s work is still misunderstood today. (Ad) John Higgs is the author of William Blake vs the World (Orion, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Blake-World-John-Higgs/dp/1474614353/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the latest episode of our series profiling the prime ministers that experts believe accomplished most during their time in 10 Downing Street, historian and author Andrew Roberts nominates Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, third Marquess of Salisbury, whose three terms in office at the end of the 19th century saw Britain reach the very height of its imperial power.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tom Morcom and Helen Gittos discuss the Cerne Abbas Giant, a huge hill-carving in Dorset which has recently been re-dated to the Anglo-Saxon period The Cerne Abbas Giant, a huge hill-carving in Dorset, has made the news recently for been re-dated to the Anglo-Saxon period. Dr Tom Morcom and Dr Helen Gittos from the University of Oxford reveal what this might mean for our understanding of the giant, and what it can tell us about Anglo-Saxon society more generally.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rebecca Simon responds to your questions on the ‘golden age’ of piracy, when bands of buccaneers menaced the high seas, preying on merchant vessels In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Rebecca Simon responds to your questions on the 17th-century ‘golden age’ of piracy, when bands of buccaneers menaced the high seas and preyed on merchant vessels. Plus, how accurate are pop culture portrayals of pirates? (Ad) Rebecca Simon is the author of Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever (Mango Press, 2020). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-We-Love-Pirates-Captain/dp/1642503371/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Steven Johnson discusses the Extra Life project, which includes a book and new BBC Four series co-presented with David Olusoga. He chronicles a revolution in medicine, and explores the innovations in science and public health that have led to huge increases in life expectancy since 1900.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Having painted the cream of Tudor society, including King Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves and Thomas Cromwell, Hans Holbein the Younger’s work offers an unparalleled view into England’s court at the time. Franny Moyle delves into the famous painter’s work and the events that shaped it, from religious tensions in Europe to the toxic factionalism bubbling over in Henry’s court. (Ad) Franny Moyle is the author of The King’s Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein (Apollo, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kings-Painter-Holbein-Genius-Heart/dp/1788541219/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Barry Cunliffe considers the story of Brittany from prehistory to today, and explores the region’s connections with Britain Why is Brittany called Brittany? What exactly is, or was, a Celt? And did King Arthur have a home in a mystical forest near Rennes? Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe, author of Bretons and Britons: The Fight for Identity discusses the story of Brittany from prehistory to today, and explores the region’s connections with Britain. (Ad) Barry Cunliffe is the author of Bretons and Britons: The Fight for Identity (OUP, 2021). Buy it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bretons-Britons-Identity-Barry-Cunliffe/dp/0198851626/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-hexpod/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (122)

Josie Van Embden

This is an ex fbi agent, who is claiming that the stasi have not really gone away but have somehow gone on to influence the modern European left. Bizarre. Don't vote Labour what ever you do 🙈He's not a historian. I wish the interviewer had challenged him a little bit more on his views. Such a pity because a book by an actual historian on the subject would be interesting.

May 24th
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Kayl matthew

do more research. those so called attempts on castro were from redacted files which never happened

May 8th
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Mark Power

This was an excellent overview.

May 2nd
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Joe Traill

I remember my history teacher referring to Henry VII as the most boring Tudor. As someone who is fascinated more by politics than theatrics, I've always found him to be certainly to most interesting Tudor, and one of the most fascinating British monarchs.

Apr 25th
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Maria Grazia Cazzaniga

QUITE interesting BUT the title is misleading. the interview is only 10% about the middle ages, so why call it medieval-style...why?

Apr 16th
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Jock MacLaurin

"1000 years of British history" - But what you actually talk about is 1000 years of ENGLISH history!! Typical English propaganda...

Apr 13th
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Daniel Silva Lopes

C'mon... really?! Call it pure and simple propaganda. It bares the absurd. Seriously. How can anyone buy this flat narrative so naively? I'm far from being a pro Soviet, but this is just pure stupidity disguised as historical account.

Apr 9th
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Kate Babbage

That was wonderful, so interesting!

Mar 4th
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Wahoo Wahoo

Thank you for an understandable synopsis of Norse gods.

Jan 30th
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David Soulsby

wow the Vikings, Greeks, Carthaginians etc didn't understand the oceans until the late 1800s... or the Portuguese Dutch, British, Spanish, during the 1400s, sail around the world. The West apparently didn't get "it" ....... Knowing facts and understanding them are two different things when you have an agenda.

Jan 21st
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Maria Grazia Cazzaniga

this episode was quite disappointing. i agree that we should go beyond the idea of middle ages being the dark ages of history. but listening to this podcast it appears to be more of a golden age. no no no, thank you.

Jan 20th
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Mark Power

This guy was very good.

Dec 6th
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Margaret Wood

Thank you Neil. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Your insights, and your ability to articulate them so clearly, are very timely.

Nov 20th
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Karen Mosley

is it possible to link threads? I enjoy the variety of this podcast, but it is very frustrating having to wade through twenty odd programmes to find episodes. I was listening to Princes in the Tower part 2 but initially couldn't find part 1. Part 3 is presumably out in another month, and it would be good to relisten before Dec without scrolling madly between programmes.

Nov 9th
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Nellie Fly

yeah. Christ

Oct 25th
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DL Moir

OMG this started off really interesting but I just couldn't get past the woman's voice and had to turn it off - nasal & affected. better to read her material then listen to her,, for sure.

Oct 25th
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IndianLibrandu

I just ordered this book! A fascinating and scholarly view of this really contentious period of Indian history by Professor Eaton.

Oct 21st
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Nellie Fly

cheers, ta, thanks alot

Oct 21st
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Movie Moghul

OK so if you were white you were in 1 group, but I doubt Italians, Jews and Irish in 1890s New York considered themselves equal to the Wasps who had been controlling the American "democracy" and business for 150 yrs. Granted they were one rung up from those who didn't look white but...

Sep 11th
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Alfie

I can't believe they would invite this racist onto the show.

Sep 10th
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