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The British History Podcast

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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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


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 […]
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 […]
15 – Hadrian’s Wall

15 – Hadrian’s Wall


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, […]
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 […]
Comments (159)

Robert Travis

Elliot your a dick

Apr 24th

Dan Jamieson

Whilst listening to this episode today (yeah, I've only just found this podcast!), it reminded me of something which occurred just over a year ago. My friends fiance and her team of archeologists uncovered two Roman statues at a site in the path of HS2. The site appeared to be a Bronze Age burial ground, turned Roman mausoleum, turned Anglo Saxon church, turned Norman church. And they decided to destroy it in the 1960s! It had a lot of media coverage at the time but this is one of the articles: HS2 is very controversial and will probably feature in many British History Podcasts in the next millennium... however the large amounts of excavations being carried out, could be a positive externality to the whole project for historians with hopefully more finds to come.

Feb 24th

Sophy Grattan

j9,4c x

Feb 10th

Karla Pliego

anyone else not able to hear past min 50approx? i get a file error... I even downloaded the episode

Jan 22nd

mick Nse

Can't please everyone, but for myself I think it's a fantastic podcast, my advice for those who aren't really happy with the presentation or the host and or can't help finding mistakes. Dont listen... Hand jobs

Dec 25th

Peter Chaloner

As might be expected, this Yank has no feel for the feudal system. For a contrasting feel, see the works of Julius Evola, tutor to the SS, who criticised the Nazis for being insufficiently right-wing. Blood, honour and fidelity were the essence of feudalism-- loyalty to one's liege-lord-- and this Yank underappreciates the appeal of such qualitiès to a landless, uneducated pleb who, quite understandably, wanted to pledge himself to something higher. The Normans, with their castles and cathedrals, were that Something Higher. Class struggle had nothing to do with it.

Nov 29th

Matthew Hawe

Queens dead. British History in the making.

Sep 10th

Matthew Hawe

excellent stuff as always

Aug 17th

Daniel King

I've been listening for a few years now after finding it and tell everyone about it. You can tell the amount of effort that is put it in and Jamie and Zee do an amazing job. Amusing reading the comments from people that don't like his politics too. Keep up the good work.

Aug 9th


MIA song at the end.. beautiful 👌🏾

Jun 21st



May 13th

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

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

Chaz Lockett

Masterful. Podcasting at its absolute best.

Apr 18th

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

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

Elliot Daly

"Sh*t and p*ss*

Mar 22nd

William Krowl

excellent podcast. Honestly it made me spoiled with other podcasts

Mar 3rd
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