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The British History Podcast

Author: Jamie Jeffers

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The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won't find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you'll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.



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334 – No Cnut November

334 – No Cnut November

2019-11-1400:32:371

There are worse things than spending a holiday in Normandy.And one of those things is spending a holiday in Normandy because you just lost your entire Kingdom to the Danes.Support the Show
Teig O’Kane and the Corpse

Teig O’Kane and the Corpse

2019-10-3100:23:101

Happy Halloween
332 – The Jomsvikings

332 – The Jomsvikings

2019-10-2500:29:02

So here we are.  With two full companies of Jomsvikings laying waste to southern England… and in response, the nobility… the people tasked with defending the population and the Kingdom… decided that this was an excellent chance to fight among themselves, do a bit of pirating, and arrange a political marriage.And at the same time, King AEthelred was seizing Wulfnoth Cild’s lands for himself.  Because of course he was.Support the Show
AEthelred, for the first time in quite a while, had a chance for a breather.  King Sweyn Forkbeard, having been paid a king’s ransom, had withdrawn his forces with a promise never to return.Support the Show
330 – The Purge

330 – The Purge

2019-10-0700:27:011

The Court of AEthelred had turned over three times during his reign. First, there was his regency council.  Then, when he took full power he replaced his regency council with his young friends and corrupt enablers. Then the old guard reasserted itself, along with the powerful Wulf dynasty of the midlands in the 990s.  And now, at 1006 it was turning over for a forth time. The old guard, having returned in what looks like an attempt to get the kingdom back on track, was now …legitimately really old. Queen AElfthryth’s faction was now dying out, and Uncle Ordwulf, Cousin AEthelweard, even Wulfric Spot are now dead and gone. Support the Show
The year 1002 was still 64 years away from 1066, but The House of Normandy had already begun a coup upon the Kingdom of England. The dynasty held only a minor Duchy, and for a fairly short amount of time, as it was only Duke Richard’s great grandfather Rollo who had established it. And in that time, there had been multiple points where it looked like the family would be ousted from even these comparatively minor holdings. Over the generations, the dynasty faced off with numerous powerful enemies: Flanders, England, and even the throne of France beefed with the Dukes of Normandy. And with such formidable enemies, it wouldn’t have been surprising if the Normans had faded into a footnote in history. But they didn’t. And part of the reason for that is that they didn’t just have powerful enemies. They also had powerful allies. Scandinavain allies. And the Dukes knew how to wield them. Support the Show
Now that we’ve checked in with the rest of the world, let’s get back to our story…which lately hasn’t been going so well. In the space of 70 years the Kingdom went from a preeminent power in the West to little more than a viking hunting preserve.By the year 1000, things had become so bad that the Viking armies were now just wintering on the island. The English nobles, unable to oust them, were essentially paying for the invader’s room and board via danegelds. Which were pulled from local peasantry. Essentially, the English rulers were so incompetent, they were pillaging their own countryside. Support the Show
326 – The Year 1000

326 – The Year 1000

2019-09-0800:35:585

It’s so easy to lose the forest for the trees. This show is a show about one small island which, even at this part of the story, is still at the edge of civilization. It is very easy to forget that there is a whole other world out there… and, it is a world that keeps turning and the events that are happening at this point in history all over the world shaped who we are today.It’s the year 1000. And before we return to our story, we are going to check in briefly with the rest of the world. What follows isn’t comprehensive, but it is intended to help place the events of our story in the context of the bigger, human, story.Sign in as a Member to view the full transcript Username Password Remember Me    Forgot PasswordSupport the Show
325 – From Bad to Worse

325 – From Bad to Worse

2019-08-2400:21:31

When we left off, England was reforming its legal structure.Now, law isn’t known for being a sexy subject…neither are lawyers for that matter. But law shapes our societies in ways that are so fundamental that they are often invisible to us. And these reforms are no exception. These codes go on to transform English life. Support the Show
324 – Law and Lawlessness

324 – Law and Lawlessness

2019-08-2100:21:561

With the Scandinavian raiders gone, and with AElfric of Hampshire defanged, England was free to get back to work. And, as we saw last episode, this meant that the King was once again redistributing wealth from the have-a-lots to the have-even-mores.Which meant that the dynasty of Wulfrun, the upteen cousin AEthelbrads, and Mom, were doing pretty damn well. Support the Show
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Comments (73)

Anil Palan

I'll be honest, the American accent threw me off at first. But it pales in comparison to the awesomeness of your podcast. I sincerely enjoy it. Sorry for all the people out there criticising your accent.

Nov 16th
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Arpan Gupta

wat is going on with the speed of this

Sep 19th
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Corey Dougherty

Celtic from the West?

Sep 14th
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Amy Christine

Best, in-depth, history podcast I have heard to date. Keep it up!

Aug 31st
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Leanne Defty

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Aug 15th
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R J

loving it so far. I hate the way history is taught in schools focussing on short periods or just the main people with nothing to link it together. I couldn't get used to the date system of bce/CE as I had never heard of it. Must be an American thing. I thought there would have been more on skara brae or the dark ages, I also thought the Vikings pre dated the Roman Era. I do like the episode format though, which is perfect length for those committing to work. Also no cheesy advertisement or product endorsements.

Aug 5th
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J Coker

congratulations

Aug 4th
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Adèle l

I'm French and I'm trying to improve my English and learn more about British history! I think it'll help me a lot! Thank you!

Aug 3rd
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Ilona White

i take it back . listerned to an English accented person talking about English history 😴😴😴💤💤💤

Jul 3rd
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Ilona White

Im sorry but just cant listen to an American tell me about English history . doesnt feel right . i know thats mental but there we are

Jul 3rd
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Matthew Schmidt

The whole bc/ad v bce/ce decision you've made was super condescending, and honestly just struck me as Anti-Christian/anti-western. I love the podcast, but would rather you leave the cultural Marxism for your private life

Jun 30th
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Bluepixie44

Thank you for the substance (magnificent) and style if this podcast. I prefer a British accent, but I like your American accent. Your voice is not too light or too deep, you emote properly, and you stay away from those irritating filler words and vocal fry. THANK YOU! Please keep up the great work!!!

Jun 15th
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Dave Lockyer

Hi Jamie. You could come from Mars for all I care. The episodes are well researched, expertly delivered and thoroughly enjoyable. Just one wee gripe and I accept this might be wholly out of your control. I use an app called Castbox to listen to the BHP. Over the last couple of days, it will not list the episodes: says there might be a connection problem with my phone, which I know there isn't. Thought you should know.

Jun 11th
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Sean Danes

I liked the forest Gump music 😉

May 29th
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Jhonny Rodrigues

Hi. My name is Jhonny, I'm Brazilian. I'm using your podcast to learn more about English language and the British countrys. Thanks for that.

May 25th
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Rob Clarke

day leash lolol

May 17th
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Shawn Durand

the lupus/sarcoidosis comment had me laughing

Apr 12th
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Cody Cook

you gotta love how Jamie shits on any listener who comes at him with some preconceived notion or tries to steer his podcast intro what they want to hear.

Apr 1st
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Cody Cook

this episode deserves a frankly drinking game

Mar 23rd
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Juhana Valtonen

It would be amazing if the episode descriptions would tell which timespan the episode covers!

Mar 17th
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