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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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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
Today we’ve got Antoninus, Marcus Aurelias, Russell Crowe… we’ve got it all! And Members, check your email. You should have a link for how to get your Members-Only episode! A bust of Marcus Aurelias from the MET in NYC. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
Ok, this one is pretty heavy on Roman intrigue. But it’s necessary to get us to the all the fun stuff in the next one. And besides, while much of what occurs in this episode is on the continent, it is still heavily influenced by the legions in Britannia. So it still counts as British History, right? (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
The family of Severus brings their own particular brand of family bonding to the shores of our island. Busts of Caracalla, kept at the MET in NYC, where he’s showing his winning personality. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show
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Stiles

Aggressive diplomacy sounds like my marriage.

May 2nd
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Stiles

Rule of thumb, If in doubt about Bede, then Bede is just making this shit up.

Apr 16th
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Aaron Britton

Loving this podcast so far!

Mar 22nd
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Cody Cook

it's episodes like this and boudica's rebellion that really invoke a visceral reaction from me and is the reason that I love this podcast

Feb 15th
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Vicki Hanson

Wow, so much information! Great stuff. The guy is clearly in his element doing this. Thanks for educating me :-) (Oh, and I'm British :-) :-)

Jan 22nd
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Jonathan Petherbridge

we all know the phrase was "what not"

Jan 11th
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Craig Coleman

its saying "the current episode is unavailable due to a broken source"

Jan 7th
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Craig Coleman

I'm from Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire 🙌🏻

Dec 14th
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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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