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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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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

2019-09-0800:35:582

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
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
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
And we are back! Thank you all for being patient while the BHP went on a brief parental leave. And speaking of things that are back…The Dowager Queen AElfthryth has returned to the King’s inner council following what looks like a political coup against AElfic of Hampshire and his faction.And just because it was political doesn’t mean it was bloodless. All of AElfric’s allies were dead.  Only AElfric himself, who appears to have been too big to fail, remained as the sole surviving member of the faction.Support the Show
PSA: Are We Dead?

PSA: Are We Dead?

2019-08-0300:01:51

(We aren’t)
Ealdorman AElfirc of Hampshire was out… and Ealdorman AEthelweard the Chronicler was in.He would now be the King’s chief councillor… and he would be supported by his son, AEthelmaer… the King’s uncle, High Reeve Ordwulf of Devon, and the King’s mother, AEthelthryth.And as for the King’s old council.  Well, with the exception of AElfric (who appears to have been too big to fail), they were all dead.It was the most hostile of hostile takeovers.
992 was a bad year.There was treason, Vikings, the King’s closest advisor absconded with half the navy, and tipped off an enemy invasion with just enough time to let them escape.
The Battle of Maldon was a catastrophe. The brave last stand of Ealdorman Byrhtnoth was never going to change that fact. He was the leading man of Essex and the second most powerful Ealdorman in England and now he was dead. And his Fyrd was defeated.To top it off, there are indications that, facing the strength of the Viking fleet  (and likely in response to the failures of English leadership) some were looking to switch sides.  We know of at least one Noble who attempted to defect… AEthelric of Bocking… but we can’t be certain that he was alone. There may have been many nobles like AEthelric, who just went unrecorded.Things in England were bad.
319 – The Battle of Maldon

319 – The Battle of Maldon

2019-06-2100:31:412

Battles don’t appear out of thin air, not even in honor cultures. There’s a reason, a context, that develops long before soldiers or warriors enter a field prepared to do violence. And the Battle of Maldon comes with a lot of context.We left off in 988… and on that year, Archbishop Dunstan, who had been on the forefront of some pretty momentous changes in both ecclesiastical and secular English life, had died.
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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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Ilona White

Masoud Es'haghpour nah

Jul 5th
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Masoud Es'haghpour

Ilona White please write me back your answer to my question ( part 2)

Jul 5th
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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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Donna Keffer

Cody Cook Hear hear! 🍻

Aug 8th
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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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Lizzie Sullivan

Juhana Valtonen agreed

Jul 17th
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Ire Lambchop

Juhana Valtonen yes please!

Jul 10th
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Katie Louise Tyers

I am looking up the place names in this episode but one of the places I can't find is a place that sounded like 'Great Radding' what is the proper name for this place?

Feb 12th
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British History Podcast

Katie Louise Tyers The confusion might have been caused by my accent. Sorry about that. It's "Great Wratting."

Mar 8th
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