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Hi! Welcome to the British History Podcast. My name is Jamie, and this show is a chronological retelling of the story of Britain, from its very earliest days when prehistoric man shared the island with Giant Deer and massive earth grinding glaciers… all the way to the dawn of the Second World War. This show focuses upon the people, the drama, and the real life events that shaped and molded this island into a global super power. The stories that you’re going to hear in this podcast continue to shape us today and many of the lessons learned by our ancestors still apply to us. Support the Show
The Music of Erich Zann By H. P. Lovecraft You can read a copy of the story at hplovecraft.com. Happy Halloween!
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Hi! Welcome to the British History Podcast. My name is Jamie, and this show is a chronological retelling of the story of Britain, from its very earliest days when prehistoric man shared the island with Giant Deer and massive earth grinding glaciers… all the way to the dawn of the Second World War. This show focuses upon the people, the drama, and the real life events that shaped and molded this island into a global super power. The stories that you’re going to hear in this podcast continue to shape us today and many of the lessons learned by our ancestors still apply to us. Support the Show
A whirlwind tour of the 70,000 years of the history of Britain, taking us through pre-historic Britain and landing us finally at the eve of Julius Caesar’s invasions of Britannia. You will learn about the early beginnings of England, Scotland, and Wales while also getting a sense of what ice age Britain was like. For example, did you know that we had woolly mammoths and giant deer? (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland) Support the Show
56 BCE to 55 BCE. Julius Caesar is coming to Britain, and he’s bringing his friends. He claimed that he wanted to punish the Celtic warriors from Britain for interferring with his Gallic wars, but modern scholars suspect that he was simply trying to bolster his resume. Whatever the case, one of the most famous generals in Roman history is coming to our island at the edge of the world. And the Britons are waiting for him. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
55 BCE. Julius Caesar with the 7th and 10th Legions are trying to subjugate the Britons. The key word here is “trying.” The celts of Britain aren’t going down without a fight and it seems that the elements are on their side. This episode you’re going to learn about one of the worst days of Caesar’s Gallic wars. Certainly not the worst day of his life, that awful day on the Senate floor has that dubious honor, but it was still pretty bad. The question is, would he be able to turn thing around? (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
54 BCE. Julius Caesar is returning to Britain. And Cassivellaunus isn’t excited about it. However, this time Caesar is bringing over 800 ships with him. This isn’t a minor expedition, Caesar is coming in force. This is a clash of titans and we will see if the Celtic warrior culture and it’s focus on heroic combat can effectively compete with the ordered machine of war that Rome was famous for. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
We are rocking through about 100 years of history… from about 54 BCE to 42 CE, and we will cover the events that eventually lead to the Roman Occupation of Britannia. The major characters of this episode will be…. Octavius Augustus – the First Emperor of Rome Caligula – one of Rome’s more colorful Emperors. Cassius Chaerea – The Commander of the Praetorian Guard Claudius – One of the more underestimated emperors in Roman history Caractacus – Leader of the Catuvellauni, son of Cunobellinus, and all around tough Celt. Verica – Son of Commius, King of the Atrebates, and Roman ally. A lot of time has passed since Caesar left these shores and became a human pin cushion. But despite being distracted by internal troubles, Britannia wasn’t fully forgotten in the Roman halls of power. In this episode we are going to learn about Caligula’s ambitions in Britain, and with the rise of Emperor Claudius the stage is set for another clash of titans between the warrior tribes of Britain and the Roman Empire. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
This episode covers the invasion of Britannia in 42 CE by emperor Claudius. The major characters we’ll be talking about today are… Emperor Claudius – Emperor of Rome and man in need of a serious PR campaign. Aulus Plautius – His General, and the man tasked with invading Britannia. Vespasian – Leader of the Second Legion and future Emperor of Rome (though he didn’t know it yet). Togodomnus – Son of Cunobellinus and leader of the Catuvellauni. Caractucus – Brother of Togodomnus, and other leader of the Catvellauni “Whoever were the first inhabitants of Britain, whether natives or immigrants, has never been answered: don’t forget we are dealing with barbarians.” – Tacitus, Agricola. Emperor Claudius, driven by politics and a need to establish his value, has dispatched the Second, Ninth, Fourteenth, and Twentieth legions to Britannia. The British warriors tribes managed to hold their own against the power of Rome twice before, and against Rome’s most famous General, but will they be able to withstand the sheer destruction that four legions can bring? Only time will tell. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
This episode will cover the years 42 to 54 CE The main characters will be… Caractacus, leader of the British resistance and exiled king of the Catuvellauni. Aulus Plautius, the general who took Britannia for Emperor Claudius Publius Ostorius Scapula, a Roman governor of Britannia Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigante and Venutius, King of the Brigante The Governance of Aulus Plautius is over and a new Governor is brought to command, and subjugate, the Britons. A brutal man named Publius Ostorius Scapula. But the British resistance was not over. Caractacus might have lost the fight against Plautius, but he wasn’t defeated. The fight for Britain continues. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
This episode covers the years 54 CE to 60 CE and the major characters are… Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes and unhappy wife Venutius, King of the Brigantes and unhappy Husband and Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, governor of Britannia… and probably unhappy as well. There is a new Emperor ruling over Rome. What impact will this have upon how Britain, one of the Empire’s newest properties, is administered. Meanwhile, how will the tribes within Britain, such as the Kingdom of the Brigante, cope with the brewing cultural conflict between the Britons and the Romans? This episode will address those questions and will also talk about how Romanization was carried out, and the sheer chaos that would have created among the Britons. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
This episode focuses upon the year 60 and the story of the queen of the Iceni. Rome’s chickens are coming home to roost. After nearly 20 years of conflict and domination, things are hitting a fever pitch in the first of two episodes that will cover one of Britain’s most famous warleaders, the woman who would challenge the might of Rome. Boudica. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
60 CE Having burned several cities to the ground, Boudica and her army of enraged Britons are a seemingly unstoppable force. However, Governor Suetonius has returned from the West, and has marshalled his forces. It was a conflict is so famous that even Tacitus wrote of it… and only one general would come out on top. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
70 CE to 78 CE. This episode we’ll be talking about how awful life under Roman Rule was in the first century, the year of the four emperors, and the events that lead up to Agricola. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
13 – Agricola

13 – Agricola

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We’re going to talk about the governorship of Agricola, the Scots, the Irish, and I’m going to say “isthmus” an unreasonable number of times! Here’s a map of Agricola’s advance. HOWEVER the dates listed are the later of the two dates I mention in the podcast. Many historians think that these dates should be one year earlier. (That will make more sense to you after you listen to the podcast). NOTE: I made a comment that the legions raided on their way to Eboracum in the podcast. I meant to say that they raided once they got PAST Eboracum. Eboracum and Deva were, of course, Roman towns. At least they were at this point in time. So I think it’s safe to assume they didn’t raid their own people. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
Ok, I’ll be the first to admit this one is a little confusing. After all, the whole mystery is more than a little confusing. So here is a list of the bits of evidence we’re talking about. * The Ninth was nearly destroyed in a night assault by the Caledonians during Agricola’s northern campaign. * The last known battle the Ninth was in was Mons Graupius. * 108 AD, The Ninth built a gate at Eboracum (York). * Post 117 AD (probably 119 to 121) there was a major rebellion in Britannia. * 80’s AD or 121 AD, there were tiles at Nijmegen (Holland) stamped by the Ninth. * Tiles similar to those were also found at Carlisle. * A tombstone at Ferentinum references an emergency in Britannia that required 3,000 reinforcements. * 122 AD, Hadrian traveled to Britannia to “correct many faults” and he brought with him the Sixth Legion. * The Sixth legion took the post of Eboracum, which was the Ninth’s post. No mention is made of where the Ninth went. * 142 AD, Governor Carus, who served with the Ninth, became the Governor of Arabia. * Frontinus writes to Emperor Aurelius reminding him how his grandfather (Hadrian) suffered a major loss of troops to the Jews and the Britons. * 162 AD, the Aurelian columns don’t list the Ninth or Twenty Second legions. * The Twenty Second probably served in the Jewish wars and the Ninth was stationed in Britannia. That should just about cover it. Oh, and The Eagle is not a good film. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
15 – Hadrian’s Wall

15 – Hadrian’s Wall

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Have you ever wanted to know about Hadrian’s Wall? Have you ever wondered what life was like there, how it was constructed, or even just the basic question of “what exactly is Hadrian’s Wall?” Then this is the podcast for you! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
So it’s my birthday this weekend, and so I’m not doing one of my gigantic episodes. However, I thought I’d give you all a present (especially since we now have 500 members on the facebook page) and give you a sneak peak at the members-only content I’m putting together. So here’s the first part of the Early Origins – Celts. I hope you enjoy it! Support the Show
Rome is going to start expanding her borders. Why? Because why not? Well, it’s actually a little more complicated than that, and we’re going to get into it in this episode. Consequently, Emperor Antoninus will build his own wall in Britain far beyond Emperor Hadrian’s Wall. These Romans were nothing if not competitive. We will have to see what the people of Britain think of this. A bust of Antoninus Pius from the MET in NYC. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
Comments (146)

David

Wow!

May 13th
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Alison Worsley

Loved it. Had me hoping Harry might pull it off this time. Over 3 hours of masterful storytelling. The ending was *chefs kiss*.

Apr 24th
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James Griffin

trying to listen but there is music in the background. It makes it hard to follow. Just speech would be better.

Apr 24th
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Elliot Daly

The goose is loose. "391 - The Battle of Hastings" Exceeds 3 hours. Exceptionally formidable.

Apr 23rd
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Stephanie Cunningham

This episode was gripping. I honestly got upset, knowing what the outcome for England is. Amazing storytelling, just phenomenal.

Apr 21st
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Chaz Lockett

Masterful. Podcasting at its absolute best.

Apr 18th
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John Thorpe

This is an exciting narration of the build up and battle of Stamford Bridge. It's told from both sides which adds depth to the understanding of what happened. The use of music adds to the action. This episode is wonderful and should be put up for an award.

Apr 11th
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B Weigand

Why the negativity in the comments? Do these people comment on every podcast that they don't listen to? Seems like an exhausting hobby. I love Jamie's style and accent!

Apr 7th
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Elliot Daly

"Sh*t and p*ss*

Mar 22nd
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William Krowl

excellent podcast. Honestly it made me spoiled with other podcasts

Mar 3rd
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ID22928933

I absolutely love this Podcast and typically listen to each episode multiple times as it is both entertaining and packed with information. I appreciate Jamie’s commitment to sharing history that is frequently overlooked and disregarded. Definitely worth a listen for anyone interested in history or just some good stories! P.S. The members’ only feed is also great.

Jan 20th
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Sian Winter

What an amazing interview! such an intelligent and engaging person not to mention a very interesting subject.. Thank you

Nov 20th
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Stewart Grant

An excellent podcast. I highly recommend it. Jamie does a great job.

Nov 17th
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Sian Winter

So happy Judith got her happily ever after, even if it was only for a few years. This really made me smile! Thank you

Nov 3rd
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Sian Winter

What an awesome episode!!!

Oct 10th
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ID16835797

Amazing podcast! I love the content and with being a Brit who’s managed to trace my ancestry down to 1600’s using Ancestry then historical documents, accounts, etc. to Anglo Saxon, Irish, Scottish, Norman, Celtic and Scandanavian to a Roman Senator (earliest relative born but certainly not verified! Which I traced through external documented sources and historic literature) However listening to this wonderfully crafted, perfect audio and unbiased account of my history, allows me to not just listen but feel the many life stories of the many countless souls that made me what I am, full of mostly unwise decisions speckled with a few moments of glory (in my head only! ☺️). This podcast allows me to enjoy my own romantic view of my ancestors, respecting, learning and admiring the majority, whilst the minority has me hiding behind my outstretched fingers as if watching a particular ly gruesome episode of GOT!! Amazing! Keep doing what you are doing…., please 🙏🏻😁😁😁

Sep 10th
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George Scott

Enjoying the podcast and all your hard work Jamie. You mentioned how the Chinese might interpret stories/myth of George Washington. Here's an example: Japanese prints from 1861 on American heros including George Washinton punching a tiger. https://twitter.com/nick_kapur/status/1062823813338091520.

Jul 3rd
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Nomad Heart

I appreciate the description of how the Moai were moved--no aliens needed!

Jun 28th
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British History Podcast

To the folks writing kind comments, I just found this page and thank you so much! To the folks writing negative reviews because I'm from Portland and live a few blocks from where all the ruckus took place and /accurately described what happened/... guys, get a grip and spend less time on Facebook. It's rotting your brain.

Jun 21st
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Bridget Dragunas

This is the first podcast I have listened to (still my favorite) and I absolutely love it. It is incredibly informative and very easy to listen to. It is also wonderful to not have commercial interruptions!Obviously Jamie knows his subject well and always manages to get a chuckle out of me with his irreverent sense of humor. Keep doing what you are doing Jamie, you are great and so is the show.

May 21st
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