The History of England

David Crowther

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This is my retelling of the story of England, in a regular, chronological podcast, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day. I’m a bloke in a shed, so this is not a dry retelling of events; I make sure this is...Show More
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271 Most Faithful Subject

36:20 | May 5th

Once Wyatt had been dealt with, Gardiner, Renard,Mary - all could see a greater target in their sights. The surely the Lady Elizabeth had been involved, and here was the chance to remove a thorn.
Intelligent Speech

04:54 | May 3rd

A conference of podcasters New York, 29th June - including Mike Duncan. To find out more go to https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/
270 Wyatt's Doom

32:01 | Apr 21st

Mary faced the biggest challenge to her reign in 1554 as the London Trained Bands, the White Coats, joined Wyatt's army of Kent. She responded like a Tudor appealing to her people at the Guildhall. 
269 Scorn and Ill Will

30:00 | Apr 7th

In 1553, Mary's real religious policy become clear. More worrying for many was the announcement of her choice of husband Philip of Spain. Some blokes met in a pub to figure out how they could stop that happening.
268a Thomas Cranmer with Diarmaid MacCulloch

49:03 | Mar 21st

Cranmer's reputation has run from dishonest, ambitious politician to gentle, moderate Anglican. Prof. Diarmaid MacCulloch shed light on the life and motivations of the man central to the English Reformation.
268 This Hand Offendeth

1:02:11 | Mar 17th

After Mary rode into London in August 1553, Thomas Cranmer must have known he would be in the firing line - and yet at first nothing happened. And it was his own defiance that caused the queen to take action. This is story of Cranmer's defiance.
267 Girt with a Sword

33:26 | Mar 10th

Mary was well aware that it was critical for her to establish her right and authority as equal to that of any king; and she consciously pursued that aim. Which did not stop people worrying about her choice of husband.
266 Mary, Bloody or Otherwise

31:09 | Mar 3rd

After her brave and audacious rebellion, Mary became Queen in 1553. Historians have not been kind to Mary for many centuries. What have they been saying? What are they saying now?
Gold. Praise and Glory

33:00 | Feb 10th

Same Hume introduces English trade and exploration in the Tudor era - the trade companies that spring up after 1550 and the discovery ventures that follow. With a bit of piracy/privateering thrown in for good measure. To listen to Pax Britannica, f...Show More
Joseph Lancaster

32:18 | Feb 4th

Joseph Lancaster is little known today, but on the first half of the 19th century his name was everywhere. He was described as 'the poor child's friend' as he made education available for the first time to thousands and hastened education reform
Elizabeth Chadwick and Eleanor of Aquitaine

38:23 | Jan 20th

Author Elizabeth Chadwick gives her insights into the life and times of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Elizabeth Chadwick and William Marshal

39:44 | Jan 13th

Elizabeth Chadwick is the author of many fine historical novels, and her most recent is on William's life in the Holy Land. Elizabeth was kind enough to share her insights about the Marshal's life
265a Nicola Tallis and the Crown of Blood

58:48 | Dec 23rd, 2018

I chat with historian Nicola Tallis about the life, times and death of Lady Jane Grey. And also there are prizes and things.
265 Live Still to Die

38:55 | Dec 16th, 2018

After Mary's victory, Jane Grey was imprisoned comfortably in the Tower, and spent her time studying - and had a reasonable expectation of long, if a little dull, life. Until in 1554 Thomas Wyatt and her father Henry Grey, raised rebellion.
264g Rebel Queen 8 The Duke

21:47 | Dec 9th, 2018

The game played out, the Mary entered London and the Duke was to die. But Northumberland had one more surprise to spring
264f Rebel Queen 7 Regina

18:18 | Dec 8th, 2018

Whether Jane and Guildford understood the commotion in the city outside the Tower we do not know, but it was the duty of her father, the Duke of Suffolk, to break the news
264e Rebel Queen 6 The Fleet

17:07 | Dec 7th, 2018

Around the 14th July a ship called the Greyhound sailed into Orwell Haven. Its captain was in gaol in Lowestoft, its crew had smashed open the cash box. Meeting with Sir Henry Jermingham may well have changed the course of history.
264d Rebel Queen 5 Resistance

16:20 | Dec 6th, 2018

Northumberland made good speed towards East Anglia and Mary, and his army swelled with troops and artillery. But in London, the mood was ugly, and Mary was having some success too.
264c Rebel Queen 4 War

16:41 | Dec 5th, 2018

Mary's letter of 10th July brought home an uncomfortable truth that Northumberland had expected to avoid - that Jane must fight for her crown. If an army could be found
264b Rebel Queen 3 Rivals

16:52 | Dec 4th, 2018

Mary had a decision to make - submit, fight or flee. She took the decision with her household - and they raised the rafters with their cheers.
264a Rebel Queen 2 Proclamation

18:29 | Dec 3rd, 2018

On the morning of 9th July 1553 the 16 year old Jane was walking in the Grey manor at Chelsea in blissful ignorance. Then the Duke of Northumberland's daughter, Mary Sidney, came to call
264 Rebel Queen 1 Gathering

41:20 | Dec 2nd, 2018

The life of Lady Jane Grey to 1553, and the fate of Edward VI is settled as the vultures gather. The first in our series on the succession crisis of 1553.
263 The Devise

45:12 | Nov 25th, 2018

Edward VI's 'Devise for the Succession' would plunge England into turmoil. Was it his own work, or was it the work of a manipulative and power hungry Northumberland? Here's what happened.
262 Northumberland

41:43 | Nov 18th, 2018

John Dudley, as Duke of Northumberland for a while dominated the King's Council - and was a man with the imagination to change the rules. And the Edwardian Reformation continued, step by step, to transform religious practice. 
261a Professor MacCulloch talks Cromwell

47:58 | Nov 11th, 2018

Diarmaid MacCulloch brings wonderful scholarship, wit and humanity with a delightfully fresh biography of Thomas Cromwell, shot through with new insights. And I got to meet him! Here is what we talked about.
261 The Trouble with Mary

35:49 | Nov 4th, 2018

In 1550 Edward's views on reformation began to harden - and brought him into conflict with his sister. Under pressure from King and Council, Mary decided that she must flee the country for the safety of the firmly Catholic Empire
260 A Double Coup

43:41 | Oct 30th, 2018

Somerset came away from the Commotion Time with a wobbly reputation. Could he survive politically ?
259 The Time of Camps

36:46 | Oct 14th, 2018

1549 was a year of upheaval which led to rebellions which offer a fascinating window into English society. It also saw the publication of the Book of Common Prayer, Cranmer's masterpiece which would form the bedrock of the English church for centurie...Show More
258 Protector Somerset

37:19 | Oct 7th, 2018

Somerset was an effective soldier, and as uncle to the king he seemed like an ideal choice as Protector. Would he prove an effective political? Good Duke, Bad Duke or just Duke? Over the next few episodes, we'll find out.
American Scandal Preview

16:11 | Sep 27th, 2018

American Scandal, is a new podcast from Wondery, which tells the stories of America’s biggest scandals, the who, how and why, to discover what happened, how they changed America - and what lessons we can learn.https://art19.com/shows/american-scandal
257a Elizabeth on the History in Technicolor podcast

30:42 | Sep 23rd, 2018

The 1998 film 'Elizabeth' covers the reign of Queen Mary, and Elizabeth's early years - and her arrival at a critical decision. Wolf and David talk about film, and its historical accuracy. And point out that the Full Monty is much better than Titanic...Show More
257 His Blood Crieth out against Thee

40:47 | Sep 16th, 2018

Within week, Edward Seymour was safely ensconced on the seat of power. But brother Thomas was not impressed, and would involve three women - Catherine Parr, Princess Elizabeth and Jane Grey in his attempt to gain power and influence
256 The Boy King

30:10 | Sep 9th, 2018

Poor Edward's reign tends to be ignored, sandwiched as it is. This week we pay it proper respect - what has history had to say of the lad, what were the controversies of his reign and the players that trod its boards?
255 Europe XI The Spanish Century

45:06 | Sep 2nd, 2018

By 1600, the Spain and her Empire was acknowledged as the richest and most powerful state in Europe. the hardworking Phillip II worked into the night deep in his massive palace of El Escorial to keep the wheels turning. But by his death in 1598, the ...Show More
American Innovations Preview

09:06 | Aug 31st, 2018

A beautifully produced and engaging science podcast - about the technology and the drama of science. This is a preview of a new series on AI.
254 Europe X Chaos and Threat

43:42 | Aug 19th, 2018

Our survey of 16th century Europe moves on to the growth of the Ottoman Empire under Suleyman, and the chaos of the French religious wars.
253 Europe IX Confessionalism Unleashed

51:56 | Aug 12th, 2018

How the rise of Calvinism, the Catholic Reformation and the peace of Augsberg combined with attitudes towards heresy to divide Europe along harsher, confessional lines.
Shedcasters’ Songs, Tudor Medicine And Charity Appeal

33:46 | Aug 7th, 2018

This is an even freer episode of the history of England to persuade you to donate to the History of England charity appeal. There are songs from Davie, Tudor Medicine from me. To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/teams/shedcasters
Roman Bath Museum Worship

37:50 | Aug 5th, 2018

Discussing what the Roman Baths can tell us about Religious worship in the Roman world, and introducing two of the Roman Baths' most illustrious characters - the Goddess, Sulis Minerva, and the Gorgon. Plus results of the Henry VIII debate!
The History of the Vikings by Noah Tetzner

26:51 | Jul 29th, 2018

The History of Vikings features in depth discussions with world-class scholars from Oxford, Harvard, and Yale University, and dives into Norse Mythology and Viking history. From myths and raids, to wooden longboats and the farmstead, Noah Tetzner hel...Show More
252 Henry VIII - Judgement Day

1:13:36 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Alternative views of the Big Man presented in this week's megasode and your chance to vote and be entered into the prize draw for coins kindly donated by Halls Hammered Coins. Thank you Simon.Here's the link to the episode on the website https://theh...Show More
Introducing History in Technicolour

03:04 | Jul 15th, 2018

Announcing a new podcast from Wolf O'Neil and me, David Crowther. This is a superbrief explanation and a few tiny snippets which will hopefully give you a feel for it all, and persuade you to go and download the first episode, available now, on Zodia...Show More
American History Tellers - Revolution Preview

09:17 | Jul 13th, 2018

A preview of the great new series from American History Tellers - on the Revolutionary War period
Roman Bath Museum Day to Day

35:43 | Jul 8th, 2018

The second episode in our series looks at how the Roman Baths operated day to day, the infrastructure and technology, how they were managed, what went on when visitors entered the precinct.
251a Henry VIII Abroad by Zack Twambley

42:06 | Jul 1st, 2018

Zack returns! Yay! Zack, of the 'When Diplomacy Fails' Podcast, survey's Henry VIII's foreign policy and weighs it up - is the word policy too complimentary? To find out more about Zack and his podcast, go to www.wdfpodcast.com
251 The End of Days

44:43 | Jun 24th, 2018

In 1546, Gardiner and the religious conservatives moved their sights from Cranmer, to the new darling of the evangelical cause - the Queen. Getting evidence from Anne Askew was the key - and they would stop at nothing to get it.
Roman Bath Museum Discovery

43:29 | Jun 10th, 2018

This is the first of three special episodes from the wonderful Roman Bath Museum at Bath. Experts from the museum talk about Bath's history, from before Rome to Georgian Bath to the current day - and the drama of the rediscovery of the Roman Bath and...Show More
250 Catherine and Anne

36:27 | Jun 3rd, 2018

In 1545 the struggle between conservative and evangelical, between mumpsimus and sumpsimus grew more intense as Catherine Parr's household shed an evangelical light over the court. And into this situation came a noblewoman from Lincolnshire, Anne Ask...Show More
249 Knaves I Cannot Rule

34:08 | May 27th, 2018

It's time for a naval encounter, marked by the sinking of the Mary Rose, and then we set the scene for the cut-throat politics of the last years with Richard Rich, Thomas Wriothesley and William Paget.
248 To Arms!

34:29 | May 20th, 2018

In 1544 Henry traveled to France and hauled himself into the saddle for his last chance to emulate Henry V. A little like his predecessor, he was also investing in a royal navy; and this time, it's an investment that would last.
247a Roanoke - England's First Colony by Joel Kindrick

34:39 | May 6th, 2018

In 1585, a colony was established at Roanoke, sponsored by Walter Raleigh. Find out what happens from historian and Birkenstock wearer Joel Kindrick.
247 Queen Catherine the Third

33:11 | Apr 29th, 2018

The arrival of Catherine Parr (and family) and preparations for war in France. And rather a lot of digressions.
246 A Rough Wooing

32:40 | Apr 22nd, 2018

In 1542, Henry's sought war with France; but before that, he must make sure his northern borders were safe. So began the Rough Wooing, as Henry sought to bring a Pro-English part to power in Scotland, and then bully her into a marriage alliance.
245 The Prebendaries Plot

39:42 | Apr 15th, 2018

In 1543 religious conservatives were in the ascendant, dominated the aristocratic Privy Council and a wave of prosecutions for heresy followed. When some of Archbishop Cranmer's own parishioners of Kent sought to discredit him Gardiner saw an opportu...Show More
244 No More Time to Dance

40:45 | Apr 1st, 2018

Catherine had made a decent start of being queen. And it was really in no body's interest to reveal her old life. But dangers and memories were all around - as were temptations
243 A Jewel for Womanhood

33:51 | Mar 25th, 2018

In 1540 a new member at court, Catherine Howard, caught the eye of a king struggling with his marriage to Anne. By July Anne was gone and Catherine had embarked on her new career as queen of England.
242 Anne and Thomas

40:28 | Mar 18th, 2018

Anne arrived in England to be greeted by 6 burly disguised middle aged men. 1540 was a year neither Anne of Cleves nor Thomas Cromwell were to remember - with affection in one case, or at all in another.
241 The Illness of King Henry

34:14 | Mar 11th, 2018

Henry's attitude to illness, and possible medical explanations for his character and events of his realm. And a negotiation starts for a new wife.
240 Henry VIII in Ireland and Wales

39:04 | Feb 25th, 2018

The 1530's saw radical changes in both Ireland and Wales, following Cromwell's same policy as applied to the northern borders. The outcomes though, were to be very different.
239a Robin Hood by Glen Longwell

36:27 | Feb 18th, 2018

I always wanted to look at the legends of Robin Hood and try to sort fact from fiction - and never got round to it. But Luckily here is Glen of the Glen and Dean show, just just that very thing for the history of England!
239 Henry VIII and his Realm

34:55 | Feb 11th, 2018

Henry wanted a different relationship with his nobility - a service, court based nobility. Royal power meanwhile must be extended and enhanced. Today we look at Tudor lordship and royal power in the north of England.
238 The Fight Back

36:01 | Feb 4th, 2018

In 1539, Henry became convinced that religious reform was going too far. Cromwell and Cranmer failed to see the signs and during the 1539 the act of Six Articles shocked evangelists.
237 Dissolution and Destruction

33:11 | Jan 21st, 2018

At the start of 1538, the end of monasticism was widely predicted, and by 1540 the larger monasteries were all gone. Along with an assault on the veneration of relics and saints, the traditional practice of religion was deeply affected.
236 The Burning of Derfel Gadarn

35:41 | Jan 14th, 2018

In 1537 and 1538 the doctrinal debate intensified with the Evangelical cause appeared to advance step by step. Cromwell discredited the monastic movement by attacking the veneration of relics. 
235 Pilgrimage of Grace II

35:13 | Jan 7th, 2018

By December 1536 there were 50,000 rebels camped around Pontefract Castle while inside their leader Robert Aske composed a petition of 24 articles, to re-instate traditional religion and the Pope. No royal army of any size stood between them and Lond...Show More
234 Pilgrimage of Grace I

33:09 | Dec 17th, 2017

It is not true to say that Henry died a Catholic without the Pope. The 1530's were a time of increasing doctrinal confusion which together with the attack on monasticism brought forth a bellow of distress.
233 Obedience

31:53 | Dec 10th, 2017

With Anne's death the traditionalists breathed a heavy sign of relief. now all the bad stuff would stop - evangelical reform would be reversed, Mary would be re-instated. They had a shock coming.
232 Evangelicals

35:00 | Dec 3rd, 2017

From the mid 1520s, the church authorities began to face a more serious challenge from evangelicals like Thomas Bilney and Hugh Latimer. And in 1526 and 1534, Tyndale's New Testament in English transformed the situation
231b Medieval Castles by George of the World of Castles

50:53 | Nov 26th, 2017

George gives a survey of the medieval castle, from its first appearance in Europe to its eventual demise as gunpowder worked its changes.
231 a English Music and the Reformation by Heather Teysko

32:13 | Nov 19th, 2017

Heather Teysko of the Renaissance English history podcast gives a wonderful and musical introduction to the English choral tradition at the time of the Reformation.
Scandal of Christendom results and prizes

15:31 | Nov 12th, 2017

The hooley is all over! It's been good! Find out here what you all decided, and who won what.
231 The Scandal of Christendom Debate

50:03 | Oct 29th, 2017

Some of the arguments about Anne Boleyn's life and career, to help you make you make your choice and vote on the History of England Facebook page http://bit.ly/THoEFBpage before 19th November. 4 Prizes to be won!
230a The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Claire Ridgway

32:53 | Oct 25th, 2017

The fall of Queen Anne Boleyn and who was responsible has, as Claire Ridgway remarks, always divided historians and probably always will. Here Claire discusses some of the theories - and the view she has developed over years of careful study.
230 The Execution of Anne Boleyn

43:27 | Oct 22nd, 2017

On May Day 1536 at Greenwich, Anne and Henry could put their worries aside. Everything was well with the world as they watched the joust. Then Henry left suddenly and was seen arguing with Henry Norris. Find out what happened next.
229a The Progress of the Tudor Court by Natalie Grueninger

35:25 | Oct 18th, 2017

Every year Henry took his court on a progress through the English countryside. Find out why and what he did from Natalie Grueninger and check out her website www.OntheTudortrail.com
229 The Reign of Queen Anne Boleyn

53:15 | Oct 15th, 2017

We discuss what we know about Anne as Queen consort, and chart the progress of the break with a thousand years of tradition in the declaration of royal supremacy.
228 Mistress Anne Boleyn, Scandal of Christendom

40:00 | Oct 8th, 2017

The start of 4 weeks of fun, debate, voting and prizes as we consider the life of Anne Boleyn and decide whether Catherine was being fair in describing Anne as the Scandal of Christendom. This week a summary of the life of Anne to 1532. You can find ...Show More
227 The Reformation Parliament

46:22 | Oct 1st, 2017

After Wolsey's fall was a period of stalemate; but between 1529 and 1532, Henry's thoughts crystalised, Anne became to be openly at his side - and a new weapon joined the king - the exocet that was Thomas Cromwell.
226 The Great Wether

47:11 | Sep 24th, 2017

In 1529 the campaign for the King's great matter, his divorce came to a climax. Wolsey persuaded the Pope to allow a court to be held in England under Cardinals Campeggio and Wolsey. On its success or failure would rest Wolsey's own future.
225a The Reformation by Luke and Otto

49:27 | Sep 21st, 2017

Luke and Otto talk about the Reformation and bottoms from the perspective of the younger listener.
225 Matters Great and Personal

47:21 | Sep 17th, 2017

The king's Great Matter as it was to be called, outraged and divided Christendom, and has been dividing us ever since. What motivated it? Who was responsible? The debate starts here.
224 Deadly Poison

38:28 | Sep 10th, 2017

In 1520 the Pope threatened an obscure Augustinian monk with excommunication. Why ? What happened next? And how did the English react?
223 Venal or Vital?

40:43 | Sep 3rd, 2017

The traditional story of the English Reformation has been of a rotten, moribund, venal church, just waiting to be toppled by reformers, the pyre ignited by Luther's teachings. But was the late medieval church really in such a rotten state?
222a The Tower of London by James Holdstock

54:07 | Aug 27th, 2017

James Holdstock is a big fan of The Tower of London; he talks about a fortress which has a history as winding, bloody, mysterious and inspiring as England's, and is a must for any visitor to the capital.
222 From Hapsburg to Valois

40:29 | Aug 20th, 2017

The diplomacy of the early 1520s culminated at Pavia, with the ruin of French hopes - and also English as Hapsburg for a while reigned supreme. Domestic politics saw Wolsey discredited for the first time, and the Boleyns arrive at court.
221 The Finest Buck

30:43 | Aug 13th, 2017

Henry had shown a hint of the man he would become in 1510 by the execution of Empson and Dudley. In 1521, the Duke of Buckingham was in his sights, as Europe's Universal Peace sank beneath the waves.
220a An Oasis Discovered

22:48 | Aug 6th, 2017

Here's my story of the church St Bartholomew the Grand and its founder. There are pictures and the text at the website, and become a member at www.thehistoryofengland.co.uk
220 Disguisings

37:32 | Jul 30th, 2017

It is in the reign of Henry VIII that we first hear of the 'masque' - entertainment that drew from Mummers, Mystery plays, and 'disguisings'. We talk about Anne and Mary Boleyn's education - and Shakespeare and the word 'bump'
Tides of History from Wondery by Patrick Wyman

23:39 | Jul 24th, 2017

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cul...Show More
219 Cloth of Gold

35:27 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Enter Thomas Boleyn, courtier, and the realities of being a courtier. And the field of the cloth of Gold; Henry and Wolsey's mission to uphold the treaty of universal peace.
218a Witchcraft in Tudor England by Sam Hume

46:39 | Jul 9th, 2017

The 16th and 17th centuries saw a surge in worry about witchcraft through most of Europe. Sam gives us a survey of how fear of witchcraft affected England.
218 Universal Peace

31:53 | Jul 2nd, 2017

Wolsey had tried war with France, they'd tried war by proxy, they'd tried peace. In 1518 the most remarkable of their plans - the Treaty of Universal peace where 20 states guaranteed the peace of Europe.
217 The Cardinal's Hat

35:27 | Jun 25th, 2017

Being made a Cardinal in 1515 gave Wolsey the perfect opportunity to give the vainglorious side of his nature full reign. He made full use of it.
216 Love and Marriage

30:45 | Jun 11th, 2017

The story of a love affair - probably. In 1514 Henry married off his 18 year old sister to the gouty, siphilitic, toothless 50+ year old Louis and sent her to France., She came back a year later married to someone else entirely
214a The End of Roman Britain by Ed McWatt

24:48 | Jun 4th, 2017

Children's author Ed McWatt and his perspective on how the end of Roman Britain might have felt. And apparently I'm not Spartacus. Darn
215 Hero of War

29:17 | May 28th, 2017

In 1513 there were two English victories. One of them would have a profound effect on English history. The other one was mainly a mad dash in pursuit of a bunch of cavalry eager to escape.
214 The Road to War

31:38 | May 21st, 2017

The path of Renaissance diplomacy was both torturous and without scruple; as Henry finds out as he thirsts for glory.
213 Background to War

30:51 | May 14th, 2017

Historians have identified the 16th and 17th centuries as a time of revolutionary change in Europe, driven by military technology. We talk a bit about that, and about the personalities Henry VIII was up against.
211a The Shakespeare Controversy by David McLain

42:13 | May 7th, 2017

Was Shakespeare really who we think he was? Or maybe it was the polymath Francis Bacon? Or various Earls...or, what about Elizabeth I? She didn't have a lot to do of an evening...
212 Pleasure and Liberty

31:16 | Apr 30th, 2017

Henry VIII was released by this accession to the courtly, chivalric life of the hunt, and masque, and tournaments. In this he was encouraged by by Council - while his father's 'peace party' got on with the business of ruling.
211 Heaven Smiles Earth Rejoices

32:45 | Apr 16th, 2017

The accession of Henry VIII was greeted with a huge sigh of relief and great enthusiasm. His court was to change immediately, and politics for ever. Although the Book of the Courtier would not appear until 1528, it could have been written for the Tud...Show More
210 Bloody Beast

36:23 | Apr 2nd, 2017

How Henry has been assessed by historians through the ages, and the controversies of his reign. And assessments of the man himself.
209 Exploration

37:54 | Mar 26th, 2017

Through the 15th century, Portugal explored the African coast in search of the Indies and the fabulous wealth of the trading networks with the East - such as those of Mansa Musa from Timbuktu. Until the great expeditions of Columbus and Da Gama led t...Show More
208 I Heart Henry

30:29 | Mar 19th, 2017

What happened when Henry was gone. And the report card - was Henry an incompetent tyrant, a fun loving saviour of England's future - or something in between? Should we listen to Francis Bacon or to Henry himself?
207 The Underworld

29:04 | Mar 5th, 2017

While the young prince Henry built a group of aristocratic companions and longed desperately for the joust, his father drove his hatchet men Dudley and Empson ever further into the dark world of extortion and oppression. But in 1509, Henry fell ill a...Show More
206 Descent to the Underworld

29:43 | Feb 26th, 2017

Henry had found two hatchet men to replace Reginald Bray - Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley. They spread their tentacles and contacts through London and England, and used the Council Learned to drive their master's policy to extort every possible fee...Show More
205 Do Not Let Me Perish

33:02 | Feb 19th, 2017

In the early 1500's Henry VII saw many of his closest confidentes and supporters die. Catherine of Aragon was to be one of those who suffered as a result. He also built the rather magnificent palace at Sheen, renaming it Richmond; not knowing that in...Show More
204 Governing the Early Tudor State

35:50 | Feb 5th, 2017

Henry made changes to the English court, administration and legal system. He increased the health of royal finances, and tried to make the justice system work better, based around the JP. But many of his actions would be seen as setting a path to ty...Show More
203 The Spanish Princess

33:30 | Jan 22nd, 2017

After negotiations that would win prizes, it was finally time for Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth's pride and joy Prince Arthur to marry the Spanish Princess, Catherine of Aragon.
202 Scotland, Cornwell and Warbeck

35:37 | Jan 8th, 2017

The travels of Perkin Warbeck take him to Scotland, marriage and war; which leads to taxes, which leads to rebellion. T'was ever thus.
201 Poyning's Law

32:06 | Dec 25th, 2016

Ireland in 1495 was almost 3 societies living side by side. We take a trip to Ireland, hear about the Great Earl, and the law that became known as Poyning's law. Plus, Perkin arrives - will Ireland welcome him as it did Lambert?
200 Printin and Perkin

37:08 | Dec 11th, 2016

The appearance of a new pretender - Perkin Warbeck in Ireland was to distort Henry VII's domestic and foreign policy for the rest of the 1490's.
199 The New Men

32:58 | Nov 27th, 2016

Henry VII's ambitions were to rule in the French style - to better control and increase his income. He gathered around him bureaucrats - new men he could trust and who depended on him rather than the nobility of the court. We also start the story of ...Show More
Members Shedcasts are here!

16:05 | Nov 25th, 2016

The new History of England Members only feed - Shedcasts - is finally here. It's at a bright shiny new website - www.thehistoryofengland.CO.UK. Find out more!
198 Mothers and Wives

35:14 | Nov 13th, 2016

In 1485 and 1486 Henry established the foundations of his reign through parliament, and established his household. The relationship between his wife and his mother would always be a matter of some debate.
197 The Story of Henry VII

34:18 | Oct 30th, 2016

The personality of Henry VII, the story he created of himself, and how history has treated his reputation.
196 England at the Dawn of the Tudor Age

38:08 | Oct 16th, 2016

England in 1485 was at once a deeply traditional medieval society - and yet poised at the edge of change - economic, social, religious and political
Members Podcast

15:17 | Oct 16th, 2016

News about a Members service and podcast I am proposing to launch in a few weeks; and a request for come help from you
195 The History of Europe Part VIII

38:39 | Sep 25th, 2016

15th Century European kingdoms were wracked by internal division as well as international war. By the end of the century, Rome was no more, Christendom was increasingly disunited and new monarchies were on the way.
194 The Wars of the Roses

37:23 | Sep 18th, 2016

1485 was not the end of the Wars of the Roses; the fear of dynastic strife lasts well into Henry VIII's reign. But we draw a close at the battle of Stoke, and ask what the Wars changed - if anything.
193 The Blood of Innocents

50:54 | Sep 4th, 2016

In 1483, the gates of the Tower of London closed on two innocent and defenceless boys; one, Edward, captured and the other Richard, given up by his mother. As far as we know, neither of were seen outside the walls again.
192 Bosworth

38:12 | Aug 28th, 2016

At last in 1485 Richard got to meet his challenger in person at the Battle of Bosworth - a meeting he needed every bit as much as Henry Tudor.
191 The Reign of Richard III

38:15 | Aug 21st, 2016

Unfortunately for Richard he was never able to simply concentrate of governing the realm; the hangover of his accession, the presence of Henry Tudor abroad - these things constantly took his attention away.
190 Good King Richard

37:33 | Aug 14th, 2016

Some argue that in a short time Richard showed that he good have been one of England's best rulers - is there any justification for the idea of Good King Richard?
189 Richard III Prize draw

05:19 | Aug 7th, 2016

The result of the voting...and the winners of prizes!
189 The Most Untrue Creature

37:10 | Jul 31st, 2016

Richard sought to start the reconciliation of the factions in the realm. But despite his triumphant progress through the Kingdom to York, trouble was brewing - including from the most unlikely quarter
188 Richard III - Knave, Fool or Saviour?

51:21 | Jul 24th, 2016

3 interpretations of the events of 1483 to help your all important vote - did Richard plan to usurp the throne; fall into it by mistake; or step into the breach to save the kingdom?
187a Jane Shore by James Boulton

54:46 | Jul 17th, 2016

Jane Shore lives among the list of the most famous mistresses - along with the likes of Roseamund Clifford, Alice Perrers. Like Alice, Jane lives and loved at the very centre of political power for a while - but unlike Alice, left an attractive reput...Show More
187 Edward V

48:30 | Jul 9th, 2016

The reign of Edward V is one of the great controversies of English history. This episode is as uncontroversial - just what happened. Then in 2 weeks time - we have the big debate and prizes, at THoE Facebook Page. It all starts with the death of Edwa...Show More
186 The King is Alive!

35:40 | Jul 3rd, 2016

It was critical that the heir to the throne, the young Edward, was tutored and governed to be brought up to be a successful king - and so Rivers was given the job, in Ludlow on the Welsh borders, and there was time. Then in 1483 the king fell ill.
185 Edward the King

37:16 | Jun 26th, 2016

The 1470's were a marked contrast to the 1460's; a decade of complete calm, of control and authority. How did Edward do it?
184 Edward's Foreign Glory

32:13 | Jun 19th, 2016

Edward IV fancied himself as a latter day Edward III, and with his love of the Garter tradition on the one hand and his determination to gain revenge for French support for Lancaster, a European adventure looked on the cards.
183 The Brothers York

38:01 | Jun 12th, 2016

They had a complicated relationship - Edward, Clarence and Richard; Clarence and Richard had often been left together with Cecily and Margaret while Edward was with his father. In the 1470s, things came to a head.
182 Games and Beasts

38:00 | Jun 5th, 2016

An odd episode, where we talk about games they played in medieval days; and then completely unconnected, some of domesticated animals and where they came from.
181a Arthur

36:42 | May 29th, 2016

A third guest episode by David McLain. This time about Arthur, King of the Britons...
181 The 15th Century Rural Economy

34:05 | May 22nd, 2016

We know that the Magnates and peerage made some cutbacks and prettified fewer of their residences - but what of the Gentry, who by and large would have 1 or 2 manors? And the peasantry and their yardland?
180 Lives and Loves of the Gentry

34:34 | May 14th, 2016

Through the 15th century the Gentry become firmly established as the real rulers of the localities; and an enterprising part of England's economy. So it seems worth finding out a bit more about them.
179 The New Farmers

36:40 | May 8th, 2016

After a period of grace, the 15th Century posed serious challenges for Magnates and the rural economy - prices fell, wages rose, Magnates had to cancel parties. But every cloud has its silvery lining; and trouble for some was opportunity for others -...Show More
178 The 15th C Economy I

35:40 | Apr 24th, 2016

A rest from politics. The population of England remained stagnant or falling throughout 15th century. But that didn't meant there was no opportunity for towns or for commerce. You just had to look for it a bit harder.
177 High Noon at Tewkesbury

34:04 | Apr 17th, 2016

Edward's troubles were not over with the victory at Barnet. He still faced two more invasions - the Queen and Prince, and Fauconberg in the South East. It was the final showdown between Lancaster and York.
176 The Readeption

34:29 | Apr 10th, 2016

In 1470, Henry VIth was released by Warwick from the Tower, and re-established as the rightful king of England. The Usurper Edward IV was banished forever. Sadly for the Lancastrians, Edward IV was determined to reclaim the throne when he landed at R...Show More
175 An Unholy Alliance

36:58 | Apr 2nd, 2016

In 1470 the spin of the wheel of fortune was dizzying. Warwick had won, lost, won...where it ended nobody knew. But the most extraordinary thing of all was an alliance to be made, with the help of Warwick's 14 year old daughter, Anne
174 Warwick's Rubicon

34:26 | Mar 20th, 2016

In 1468, Warwick had a decision to make - as he himself said, 'It is a matter of being either Master or Varlet'.
173 Rivers Rising

31:30 | Mar 13th, 2016

There was a new faction at court - the Woodvilles, and they were there en masse. Were they really so bad? Had Edward boobed? And what did Warwick think - what would he do?
172 A Royal Marriage

34:25 | Feb 21st, 2016

The first three years of Edward's reign were spent dealing stamping on the fires of the Lancastrian resistance. But then, he found time for something much more controversial than dis-embowelling, and he found it under an oak tree.
171 Two Rulers

34:15 | Feb 7th, 2016

In the aftermath of Towton, Edward started his work to restore a broad based regime - crushing the recalcitrant, welcoming the turncoats, re-establishing royal justice. He also had a party. Margaret meanwhile traveled to build support for another ret...Show More
170 This Fair White Rose

31:30 | Jan 31st, 2016

In 1461 the Queen failed to seize London,and retreated to the north. Warwick and Edward walked through London's empty gates and then chased north for the largest, and bloodiest battle of English soil.
169 King without Rule

33:15 | Jan 17th, 2016

After the victory at Northampton and the Act of Accord, it looked as though all Richard of York had to do was wait or the crown to be his. But in the north and west, the Lancastrian opposition was growing.
168 With Horns and Trumpets

39:01 | Jan 10th, 2016

Warwick swashed and buckled his way up and down the channel until the Yorkists were ready to invade England again. But on his return from Ireland with horns and trumpets blowing, Richard of York had a shock for his allies.
167b Hundred Years' War - Formigny and Castillon by Carl Rylett

49:31 | Jan 3rd, 2016

I found it rather difficult to cover the critical events and battles around Formigny and Casttillon in quite the same depth as I covered Agincourt, Crecy and Poitiers. Obviously, I should be more objective.
167a Fall of Constantinople by Paul Vincent

42:16 | Dec 20th, 2015

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 is one of the most momentous events in world history. Sure, the power of the Roman Empire had long since faded; but here at last was the end of the story that had started with Romulus and Remus on the mountainside i...Show More
167 The Triumph of Lancaster

38:12 | Dec 12th, 2015

In 1459 the trigger point was finally reached; after a year of phony war, both sides preparing for war, the call for a great council in 1459 proving the trigger point. By the end of 1459 the fortune of one of the two sides would lie in ruins.
166 The Reign of Queen Margaret

36:35 | Dec 5th, 2015

In 1455 it briefly looked as though York had won; but in fact it solved nothing - the king remained the centre of power, and the king was weak. By 1457, he had lost his status as Protector, and the Queen was effectively the new ruler of England.
165 Bloodshed

37:57 | Nov 28th, 2015

In 1455, the quality and nature of the arguments and disputes about the king's fitness to reign and the need to reform the way England was governed changed very significantly. At St Albans, blood was spilled.
164 Madness

36:44 | Oct 31st, 2015

In 1452 and 1453 Henry enjoyed a brief spell where he was on top of his job after the events at Dartford. But fate had something in mind.
163 The Cousins' War

32:16 | Oct 17th, 2015

How did previous generations view the Wars of the Roses? What are the interpretations of the Wars of the Roses now? This, and an introduction to some key families, are what this week is all about.
162 The Return of York

34:13 | Sep 30th, 2015

It's still 1450. Because it was something of an eventful year. Richard of York, sat in Ireland, was worried - his name had been bandied about by Jack Cade and his rebels. See what happens...
161 Captain of Kent

34:53 | Sep 12th, 2015

1450 was an eventful year. The fall of Suffolk, and now Kent was once again in flames, just as it had been in 1381. This time the leader that emerged was one Jack Cade.
160 The Fall of Suffolk and Normandy

35:41 | Aug 16th, 2015

By 1445, William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk was clearly Henry's most trusted adviser. He faced a difficult task - to steer a bankrupt nation into the harbor of peace. Avoiding the ship of France trying to sink her on the way in. Would they make it?
159 From Arras to Tours

40:48 | Aug 9th, 2015

Through the late 1430's and early 1440's the situation in Normandy got no better, Alice Chaucer until a failed expedition convinced Henry and Suffolk that peace was required at any price. And the result was the Treaty of Tour and a royal marriage.
158 Catastrophe at Arras

35:16 | Aug 2nd, 2015

In December 1431, Henry VIth became the only king of England crowned king of France in France. Which sounds great. But in fact it was a sign of English weakness than English strength. And at Arras things got substantially worse.
157 Joan of Arc

40:07 | Jul 16th, 2015

In 1428, the English were still sweeping all before them. Then came a figure so famous, that she was selected by Bill and Ted for their history project - and what greater recognition can there be than that?
156 Reivers

36:50 | Jul 5th, 2015

There's really often little practical difference between what we call politics and some of what we call crime. Essentially it the history of the struggle for power by a bunch of aristocratic families. And a smidgen of life on the Borders.  <img sr...Show More
155 The Wonder Years

35:32 | Jul 4th, 2015

While Bedford and talented commanders like Salisbury were alive, the cause of the English in France was far from dead. But in 1423, buoyed by the arrival of the Scots, the French launched a fresh campaign into Normandy, and quickly took the mighty to...Show More
154 Henry VIth - A Weak King

34:24 | Jun 27th, 2015

An introduction to a new reign - Henry VIth, a name to make grown men tremble - and to the political leaders that dominated it.
153a Wycliffe, Hus and Bohemia by Dow and Collman

1:08:49 | Jun 21st, 2015

This week a guest episode on Wycliffe, Hus and their influence on the history of Bohemia. With many thanks to Pete Coleman from the Bohemican Podcast, and Travis Dow of the History of Germany podcast.
153 Medieval Working Women

36:42 | Jun 13th, 2015

Only 4% of women remained unmarried in the middle ages, and therefore for Harvestingboth men and women working life was a matter of team work. In towns in particular, women might find their opportunities for specialised work more limited than men, bu...Show More
152 Death of a Conquering Hero

32:45 | May 31st, 2015

Henry's talents ran as much to managing his back yard as it did to war; this week how Henry organised his kingdom for war, and the last days of his life. Plus a guest bonus from Kevin Stroud and 'The History of English'.
151 The Bridge at Montereau

33:45 | May 24th, 2015

In 1420, Henry faced an uphill battle again; his negotiations had failed with both Dauphinists and Burgundians, and instead they'd patched it up. So he faced an alliance - Dauphinist, Armagnac, Orleanist, Burgundian - Scot - against the English. And ...Show More
150a Grace Dieu and Henry Vth's Proto-Royal Navy by Brandon Huebner

49:19 | May 17th, 2015

Henry Vth was the first monarch since Richard the Lion Heart to pay much attention to the English fleet. The experience of putting maybe as many as 1,500 ships onto the water to transport his army of 1415 to France made him realise that he needed a n...Show More
150 Conquering Hero

37:38 | May 17th, 2015

By 1417, Henry had sorted out his support in England, and was able to launch a war of conquest in Normandy. After butchery at Caen, castles and towns fell, and by June 1418 the final and biggest prize stood before Henry - Rouen, second city of France...Show More
149 Sex, Childbirth and Children

31:45 | May 9th, 2015

Medieval understanding of physiology had an impact on attitudes to sex, just as much as did the teachings of the church. Though who knows how much it had an impact on everyday life. And something about how childbirth fitted into community life, and r...Show More
148 Women and 1066, and Marriage

29:19 | Apr 19th, 2015

As far as women were concerned, was 1066 generally a Good Thing, a Bad Thing - or just a Thing?  That's the main item of debate this week, along with a bit about marriage, and a toe-curling piece about how to get out of an unwanted marriage contract ...Show More
147a The Pitfalls of being a Medieval Queen by Melisende

21:27 | Apr 18th, 2015

Being a medieval queen could be a hazardous business - find why, and how, by Melisende of Outremer, and visit Melisende's blog, www.womenofhistory.blogspot.com.
147 Women and Anglo Saxon England

34:07 | Apr 11th, 2015

Unaccustomed as I am to social and economic history...here is the first of a bit of a thread over the next few weeks and months about some social stuff, and indeed with a bit of a focus on women. Due to popular demand. We start of this thread with a ...Show More
146 Agincourt Campaign Part III The Battle

36:47 | Apr 3rd, 2015

And so at last to one of England's most famous battles. Outnumbered and trapped, Henry and his English and Welsh faced the cream of the French warrior class.
145 The Agincourt Campaign Part II

35:54 | Mar 28th, 2015

Henry probably now intended to be King of France or Duke of Normandy as a minimum. So what he planned was a war of conquest, not just the traditional chevaucee. It's likely that he planned to start with Harfleur, take it quickly and then advance to t...Show More
144 The Agincourt Campaigns Part I

36:53 | Mar 15th, 2015

There is little doubt that Henry Vth always intended to fight in France - unless they completely rolled over. Which was unlikely; the French were perfectly ready to fight and on the surface at least united in the face of the English threat, and looki...Show More
143 Champion of Christ

33:09 | Mar 7th, 2015

Last week we wondered about Henry - Monster or Hero...? This week you could look at it either way, as Henry faces the Lollards and his old pal, Sir John Oldcastle.
142 Greatest Man - or Monster?

36:29 | Mar 1st, 2015

Henry Vth is a man who has a reasonable claim to be the greatest of English kings. But what did contemporaries think of him? Successful he was no doubt - but in his rigid piety and ruthlessness was he also a monster?
141b Christopher Colombus by David McLain

49:15 | Jan 31st, 2015

That famous figure in English history...so I couldn't think of a good excuse, but here's a return to the History of England by David McLain
141c The Romans in Britain Pt 2 by Richard Norton

32:38 | Jan 10th, 2015

And here we are with the second installment of the Romans in Britain, taking us to the fall of the western Empire.
141b The Romans in Britain Pt1 by Richard Norton

27:35 | Jan 4th, 2015

For some reason, don't know why, my interest in English and British history starts with the Anglo Saxons. Not before. Don't ask me why - no idea. I love Ancient Greece, Rome etc etc  - but no interest in the British stuff. Sorry.  Fortunately, Richar...Show More
141a Alternative View of Heresy by David Ford

37:47 | Dec 21st, 2014

This is a personal view by David Ford (though spoken by me), prompted by the episode on Heresy. David talks about some of the impacts the church had in the medieval world, why heresy arose, and some of the myths that appeared over the church's respon...Show More
The Pilot of Miura by Isaac Meyers

36:09 | Dec 14th, 2014

Hello everyone, this is David here, from what is laughingly being referred to as holiday…although hopefully with the approach of Christmas really will become holiday! I just wanted to say Hi, and say that I’m still not sure when I am going to come ba...Show More
141 De Heretico Comburendo

38:38 | Nov 9th, 2014

With John Wycliffe and the Lollards in the 14th century, heresy finally came to England. Up to this point, rural England had been notable for avoiding the religious turmoils that sprung up from time to time through the continent.  <img src="http:/...Show More
140 Fathers and Sons

32:42 | Nov 2nd, 2014

In his final years, Henry faced a new challenge - from his ambitious son Henry. Ill and tired, For a while he loses control to the young bucks, the new generation, the men of his son.
139 The Fall of Glyn Dwr

35:07 | Oct 18th, 2014

The younger Henry enters our story full time as he leads to fight to Glyn Dwr. And for the alternative Prince of Wales after the failure of the French invasion the light went out of his rebellion. It wasn't all over yet - Harlech and Abersytwyth stil...Show More
138 Glyn Dwr and the Showdown

32:14 | Oct 12th, 2014

In 1405, yet more rebellion in England, this time from the north led by an Archbishop; and the crowning glory of Glyn Dwr's diplomacy led to the arrival of the French on the shores to wipe the English out in Wales
137 The Battle of Shrewsbury

29:48 | Oct 4th, 2014

The battle of Shrewsbury of 1403 is one of those battles that deserves to be more remembered  than it is - along with Lincoln in 1217 for example. The issue at Shrewsbury was who would rule England - Henry IVth or the Mortimers and Percies.  <img ...Show More
136 Glyn Dwr Ascendant

31:59 | Sep 14th, 2014

In 1402 and 1403 Glyn Dwr's power and influence grew. As Glyn Dwr looked for foreign allies, Henry was forced to look north, and look closely at the loyalty of those around this.
135 Glyn Dwr Rising

32:05 | Sep 6th, 2014

As he looked around after dust of the Epiphany Rising had settled, Henry began to realise that he had problems that would make his life difficult; a mega fall in royal revenue, a restricted group of magnates to call on. Plus, things were stirring in ...Show More
134 The Golden Child Made King

29:48 | Aug 23rd, 2014

The reputation of Henry IVth has changed through history - where he's remembered at all! So we look at that - we are left with those that think Henry was inadequate, and those that he did the best job possible in the circumstances. And then we deal w...Show More
133 The History of Europe Part VII

33:19 | Aug 15th, 2014

This week we finish off our survey of Europe, bringing us up to date with Byzantium, and the threat from the East. But we'll also bring you up to date with Scandinanvia, Russia and France.
132 The History of Europe Part VI

34:00 | Aug 10th, 2014

The growth of Aragon and its mediterranean empire, consolidation and political change in Northern Italy, fragmentation in Germany; Jan Hus, heresy and the Council of Constance.
131 The History of Europe Part V

28:26 | Jul 26th, 2014

Ths episode is the first of 3 to bring us up to date with the history of Europe to the time of Henry IVth. This week it's all about the Economic development of Europe, and about some of the technological change that impacts on it <img src="http://...Show More
130 Usurpation

28:46 | Jul 6th, 2014

In 1399 Bolingbroke and Richard were locked in a struggle - who would rule England and how.
129 Dominion

33:37 | Jun 29th, 2014

At last in 1397 Richard would have felt that he had put his past humiliation from the Appellants behind him. But he was no happier or secure. He gathered his private army of Cheshire Archers around him and looked out at the world outside the court wi...Show More
128 The Narcisist

34:11 | Jun 21st, 2014

In 1397, Richard finally saw the chance to try to get his revenge on the Appellants - Gloucester, Arundel and Warwick. So the parliament  of September 1397 was momentus.
127a How Jamaica conquered the world - Britain in the 70s

21:36 | Jun 14th, 2014

A bit of a change of pace for our guest episode this week - here's Roifield Brown, author of the 'How Jamaica conquered the world' podcast, with an episode about Britain in the 70s and the impact Jamaica had on us all. The music is great, by the way!...Show More
127 A Model of Chivalry

33:47 | Jun 7th, 2014

Henry Bolingbroke, Earl of Derby, son of the most powerful magnate in England, was a golden child blessed with every advantage. While Richard tried to get his royal feet under the throne, Bolingbroke left the wife to bring up the children and headed ...Show More
126 An Uneasy Calm

36:23 | Jun 1st, 2014

Between the Appellants crisis of 1388 and 1397, Richard ruled with increasingly confidence. He was hardly the most impressive English king but he appeared to have cast off the wildness of his early days, and accepted the need to rule together with hi...Show More
125 Accusatio

36:43 | May 24th, 2014

By 1387, it was becoming clear that the Wonderful Parliament of 1385 had not solved the problem. Pressure had been building, and Gloucester, Warwick and Arundel were far from satisfied - and felt far from safe. The showdown came at the Merciless Parl...Show More
124 The Character of a King

39:14 | May 4th, 2014

From the end of the Peasant's Revolt in 1381, England continues to be managed by the Council, but the young Richard began to have more and more influence. And despite his youth and lack of sole control, what he does manages to raise concern rather th...Show More
123 Wycliffe and the Lollards

39:44 | Apr 22nd, 2014

Wycliffe's views finally began to attract the enmity of the church; and the crown, in the form of Richard, was no longer prepared to protect him - though unexcited about suppression. By 1384, open discussion at Oxford University of Wycliffe's ideas w...Show More
122 Wycliffe and a University Education

38:52 | Apr 19th, 2014

Wycliffe's writings were to prove controversial and proved an interesting early echo of the Reformation. They heavily influenced the view of Jan Hus and the movement in Bohemia. And his ability to develop and present those views owed a lot to Oxford ...Show More
121 Counter Revolution

35:34 | Apr 12th, 2014

After Richard had broken the revolt in London at Smithfield it was time to tackle the chaos outside London. The Counter Revolution took something between 1,500-7,000 judicial executions, and did nothing to solve the breaches in a divided society. Als...Show More
120 ...Who was then the Gentleman?

34:54 | Mar 29th, 2014

In June 1381 the revolt came to London. Before long, London was in flames, and the qualities of the young king Richard, and his advisors, were tested to the limit as they were made prisoners in their own castle.
119 When Adam Delved and Eve Span...

34:14 | Mar 22nd, 2014

On a hill outside Blackheath, just to the south of London, a hedge priest called John Ball is preaching to a massive crowd of pesants. When Adam delved and Eve span, he asked, who was then the Gentleman? What a great question. So why are there thousa...Show More
118 Introducing Richard II

34:18 | Mar 16th, 2014

Richard arrived with the expectation of a nation on his shoulders - the son of the illustrious hero Edward the Black Prince. So what was Richard like, and how has history treated him?
117a The Poet and the Mistress by Carrie Palmer

20:30 | Feb 21st, 2014

This week, a guest episode by Carrie Palmer - on Chaucer and Katherine Swynford
117 The Medieval Year

30:23 | Feb 16th, 2014

The rythmn of the year would have been far more important to most medieval people that the goings on at Westminster and the court of the king. The stream of Christian festivals, the odd old survival from days pagan, the demands of the natural world -...Show More
116 The Good Parliament and a Bad Death

38:43 | Feb 9th, 2014

There were now unusual expecations for the parliament of 1376. But in fact a revolt from the Commons was brewing, dismayed by the failures of the war. The Good Parliament set a number of precedents but John of Gaunt did not allow it to stand for long...Show More
115 The Rotten Apple

31:47 | Feb 2nd, 2014

From 1371 to 1375 the army went from bad to worse. An English fleet was destroyed at La Rochelle and Poitou and the Saintonge fell to the French. The great counter attack by Gaunt in 1373 was a disaster. And in 1374 the end of English rule in Gascony...Show More
114 The Worm in the Apple

33:31 | Jan 18th, 2014

On the face of it, the 1360's were a continuation and celebration of the great victories of the 40's and 50's. In 1364, Charles of Blois was defeated and killed at Auray. In 1364 John II died, to be replaced by Charles Vth, and in 1367 the Black Prin...Show More
113 Fashion in the 14th Century

31:38 | Jan 11th, 2014

Fashion finally comes to town in the 14th Century. At the start of the century people are wearing what they've been wearing for centuries. By the end of it there are a wide variety of styles people may choose.
112 On the Crest of a Wave

32:00 | Dec 31st, 2013

After the victory at Poitiers and capture of the French King, the English seemed to hold all the cards, and the Treaty of Bretigny in 1360 for a while maintained this illusion. Edward basked in his glories, and made sure he had provided for his thre ...Show More
111 Poitiers 1356

41:05 | Dec 1st, 2013

1356 saw one of the greatest exchange of arms of the war. Early in the year, the Duke of Lancaster attacked into Normandy and with lightening marches ran rings round the French King. Then in the south the Black Prince attacked into the Poitou, seekin...Show More
110a Shakespeare by David McLain

1:06:26 | Dec 1st, 2013

I agree that it's a bit out of phase but you don't loo a gift horse in the mouth. David McClain here gives us all a fascinating hour on some hack called William Shakespeare who wrote some plays in the 16th/17th Century.
A short announcement

11:41 | Nov 23rd, 2013

Sorry no podcast this week; next week, a wonderful guest episode on Shakespeare by David McClain, the week after the battle of Poitiers - and that could well be it for the rest of the year. If so, ooops, sorry about that. Anyway, we'll see - and enjo...Show More
110 Fire and Sword

36:45 | Nov 17th, 2013

In 1354 - 1355 Edward and his court wavered between optimism that a negotiated settlement was within their grasp - and determination to continue to prosecute the war. The Treaty of Guines looked to have given Edward more than he could have hoped for ...Show More
109 War between the Wars

32:12 | Nov 10th, 2013

The period between 1347 and 1353 was one of low level war and violence; punctuated by more or less effective truces. But even the truces don't stop the low level local violence that saw a creeping chaos in areas of France. Meanwhile at home, Edward's...Show More
108 What has the Black Death ever done for you?

37:09 | Nov 3rd, 2013

The theory runs that the Black Death transformed medieval society. With a dramatic shortage of labour, the English peasant was able to demand whatever wages and terms they wanted - liberating hte English from serfdom. Is this true? And what other imp...Show More
107 The Death of Joan

31:37 | Oct 19th, 2013

In 1348 a 14 year old royal princess, Joan, set out from Portsmouth to marry Pedro of Castile. Her route went by Bordeaux, and with the massive trousseau she carried - enough to fill an entire ship - she would have expected a comfortable journey. But...Show More
106 Neville's Cross, Calais and Roche Derrien

32:52 | Oct 13th, 2013

By the end of the march across Normandy in 1346, Edward had accepted that he was not going to be able to hold French territory. But he had a clear objective - Calais. Philip meanwhile now hoped that the Scots would invade an empty, defenceless Englan...Show More
105 Crecy

36:46 | Oct 5th, 2013

In 1346 Edward invaded finally launched the invasion he had hoped to lead in 1345. The target was Normandy a devastating raid through northern France, a glorious victory in battle followed by - well who knows. There followed a tense camapign that tet...Show More
104 Lancaster and the battle of Auberoche

37:42 | Sep 27th, 2013

Edward had little intention of keeping the truce for long. After a brief period of reconstruction, he repudiated the truce a year early. And so enters one of the most attractive figures of the hundred years war - Henry of Grosmont, the Earl of Derby,...Show More
103 The War in Brittany

35:43 | Sep 1st, 2013

1341 saw a serious political crisis - Edward returned home determined to put his English administration, parliament and particularly Archbishop in their places. In fact it's Edward who is forced to back down and accept a punitive legislative programm...Show More
102 Highs and Lows

33:25 | Aug 31st, 2013

In 1340 against all the odds - of numbers and quality - Edward defeated Philip VIth's Great Army of the Sea at Sluys. The impact on morale, English and French was dramatic. But none the less Edward's campaign still failed at the walls of Tournai, and...Show More
101 King of France and England

32:13 | Aug 17th, 2013

Edward faced a weary time, a weary time. His allies demanded money, he had none to give them. So they refused to fight, while the French closed in on Gascony and  raided the south coast of England. Edward handed out impossible orders, sacked perfectl...Show More
100 Theatres of War

41:38 | Aug 11th, 2013

This week, a bit of a scene setter; Edward and the develpment of consent from the commons in his parliaments, the theatres of the 100 years war ahead - and the revolt in Flanders led by Jacques Artevelde.
99a Stephen Guerra The Avignon Papacy

36:15 | Jul 7th, 2013

The Story of the early 14th Century papacy and their exile in Avignon - a guest episode from Stephen Guerra
100 Theatres of War

28:35 | Jul 4th, 2013

Edward had traditionally received much of the blame before the start of the Hundred Years War. But in fact there were many reasons why France and England ended up going to war, and many of them relate to French aggression and support for the Scots. A...Show More
99 Year One of a Hundred

36:54 | Jul 2nd, 2013

There were many reasons why France and England went to war, relate to French aggression. The trigger was the declaration by Philip VI that he has removed the Duke of Aquitaine (Edward) from his lands. A pretty clear declaration of war.
98 The Disinherited

29:53 | Jun 30th, 2013

In the early 1330's, Edward was a hero searching for a way to undo the humiliations visited on him by Mortimer and by the French. And Edward Balliol, son of the ex king of Scotland John Balliol, gave him his chance. At the battle of Dupplin Moor, Bal...Show More
97 Above all Princes of his Age

32:15 | Jun 23rd, 2013

In 1330 a group of Edward's friends gathered together at the foot of the rock on which Nottingham castle stands. They had learnt of a secret passage that led to Mortimer's private chambers, and were looking to free their lord from Mortimer's fierce g...Show More
96a Sharyn Eastaugh The Templar Knights

30:33 | Jun 14th, 2013

The Templar Knights are endlessly fascinating; a glamorous and powerful order of warrior monks, with all kinds of mystique. In a guest episode, Sharyn Eastaugh gives a potted history.
96 A History of Medieval Europe Part IV

36:15 | Jun 8th, 2013

With the defeat of the Hohenstaufen, surely the Papacy had finally won it's battle for supremacy? Actually not. A new challenge rode into town in the form of Phillip IVth of France. And meanwhile the very success of the struggle against the Emperor w...Show More
95 The History of Medieval Europe - Part III

32:14 | May 26th, 2013

Frederick II renewed the argument that had been going on since the time of Otto the Great - Emperor or Pope? This time there would be a solution one way or t'other. Meanwhile the unity of Christendom itself was under threat - ironically from one of i...Show More
94a The Mysterious Death of Edward II

33:05 | May 24th, 2013

Listen, think and vote at www.thehistoryofengland.com or The History of England Podcast facebook group Now, traditionally, Edward II is supposed to have died after an unfortunate meeting with a red hot poker. Which has always been my firmly and fondl...Show More
94 The Reign of Isabella and Mortimer

30:53 | May 11th, 2013

After Edward II's abdication in January 1327, England was ruled on behalf of the new King Edward III by Queen Isabella. But while Isabella probably wanted a life of respect, comfort and personal wealth Mortimer was hungry for power. This wasn't to be...Show More
93 The Wages of Tyranny

28:37 | May 4th, 2013

With the fall of Lancaster, the Despencers were off the leash, and able to vent the full force of their avarice on England. Their power and Edward's inability to control them even came between the king and Isabella - so that after a diplomatic missio...Show More
92a The Cult of Thomas of Lancaster

48:06 | Apr 28th, 2013

Medieval man loved their saints. Remember the Anglo Saxons? Saints popping up all over the place. The Martyrdom of Thomas Beckett I suppose is reasonable,  but cult of Simon de Montfort and bit more odd. Edward II, unpopular though he is, also had a ...Show More
92 The Fall of Lancaster

33:46 | Apr 20th, 2013

In 1322, things finally came to a head, and rebellion was out in the open. Lancaster must have had a fighting chance, but it all goes to show that the reign of Edward is essentially about a struggle between mediocrities.
91 The New Favourites

28:55 | Apr 1st, 2013

In the 1310's, Robert Bruce's ambitions grew - not simply content with throwing the English out of Scotland, or burning the north of England - he now wanted to establish his own Empire. And so his brother Edward was sent to invade Ireland, where he w...Show More
90 How to hold a parliament

31:38 | Mar 30th, 2013

The modus tenendi parliamentum is a very unusual document from around this time. It describes how parliaments should be held, but also includes a number of very interesting claims about the primacy of the commons. It's interesting for the procedures ...Show More
89 The Great Famine

27:35 | Mar 23rd, 2013

For a long time we have been having a ball, economy wise - the medieval warm period, towns springing up all over the place, prices gently rising, population growing. So the Great Famine of 1315-1317 came as a terrible shock. Over 500-750,000 people d...Show More
88 Politics, scandal, intrigue and turmoil

31:28 | Feb 23rd, 2013

The period between 1308 and 1311 was dominated by the attempts of the barons to resolve the issues left unsolved from Edward I's reign; and by the scandal and disruption caused by the king's favourite, Piers Gaveston. The conflict and turmoil led to ...Show More
87 Scandal was brought upon the People

30:04 | Feb 16th, 2013

This week, and introduction to Edward II, quite probably the most reviled king in English history. So this week he have a bit of a survey of how history has treated the lad, and the chroniclers that have given him his reputation. And then we kick of ...Show More
86 Handing over

30:51 | Feb 10th, 2013

In 1305 two Scottish lords had a fall out next to the altar of a church in Dumfries. One them, Robert Bruce, resolved the argument by sticking a knife in the other, John the Red Comyn. Robert then raised the standard of rebellion and with the support...Show More
85 Crime and Punishment

36:13 | Feb 3rd, 2013

A digression this week - the state of the crime and punishment in 14th century, and the story of the theft of the crown jewels in 1303. We also get the final and rather gruesome end of William Wallace in 1305.
84 War, Tournaments and Victory

34:32 | Jan 19th, 2013

We spend a bit of time in this episode having a bit of a catchup up - about arms, armour and armies, and about warfare for real and for pretend. Despite that we also find time to talk about the seeming final surrender of the Scots in 1305  - so how a...Show More
83 Crisis

34:02 | Jan 12th, 2013

From 1297, things became harder for Edward. The relentless pressure of external wars led to increased taxation. This continuous pressure on the magnates, church and people eventually led to a resistance. Edward's personality didn't help; up to now, h...Show More
82 The Sucker Punch

34:00 | Dec 30th, 2012

Since the Treaty of Paris in 1259, England and France had been friends, united by a monarchy with close ties and relationships. So when in 1293 a dispute blew up over a sea fight in the Channel, Edward clearly didn't expect it to become a problem.  B...Show More
81 The Great Cause

32:29 | Dec 22nd, 2012

Through a stunning piece of bad luck, Alexander III left no heirs. And now there was no clear successor to his throne of Scotland. For the search for the right successor, the Scottish Guardians of the Realm turned to Scotland's friend - England. But ...Show More
80 In which we Dawdle

30:34 | Dec 2nd, 2012

When Edward I arrived back in 1289 from Gascony, he was in many ways at the height of his awesomeness. A chivalric monarch, a leading stateman in Christendom, and at least partly responsible for legal reforms, that will cause a historian to call him ...Show More
79 Conqueror and Statesman

31:58 | Nov 24th, 2012

The second Anglo Welsh war was very different in character to the first. Here was a genuinely national uprising against rule by the English. Here was a war with no compromise - where Edward clearly decided from the start that the only long term issue...Show More
78 The Crisis in Wales

31:16 | Nov 17th, 2012

In 1270, you would have been more likely to pick Alexander, king of Scotland or Llewellyn of Wales as the leader most likely to breach the peace. Edward looked more like a candidate for a peace prize. And, Wales was more united than ever; at the Trea...Show More
77 Reconstruction

33:51 | Nov 10th, 2012

The country Edward came back to in 1274 wasn't in particularly good nick. Crime was on the rise, with a general disaffection with the regime as the benzedrine of de Montfort's years continued to race through the nation's veins. The magnates were used...Show More
76 The Personal Rule of Henry III Part 2

28:53 | Oct 21st, 2012

The last 5 years of Henry's rule were pretty eventful. The Statute of Marlborough confirmed the changes of the Provisions of Westminster, but royal power remained based on the pre-Provisions of Oxford basis. Edward whiled away his time by going on cr...Show More
75 Nemesis

27:40 | Oct 13th, 2012

In April 1265 Gilbert de Clare had left court in something of a huff. De Montfort was well aware that if he lost de Clare, his whole hold on power would be threatened.
74 The Wheel of Fortune

32:14 | Oct 13th, 2012

In 1264 when De Montfort set out from London he would have been conscious that this was a last throw; after losses to the Royalists in the midlands his only chance was a decisive victory. Lewes gave him that victory, and opened a remarkable period in...Show More
73 Return of the Jedi

31:05 | Oct 6th, 2012

In 1262, it looked for all the world as though the royal party was back in control and the whole struggle for reform was over. But that was before you take into account the ability of Henry, Eleanor and their son to get up the collective English nose...Show More
72a Result of the Silver Penny Prize Draw

13:07 | Sep 30th, 2012

Here it is...the news you've all been aiting for...
72 The Empire Strikes Back

26:27 | Sep 22nd, 2012

Things looked pretty good for the reformers in 1259; but at the heart of the reform movement were faultlines that weakened them, and made them vulnerable. The differing aims of the magnates; the avarice of de Montfort; and the fact that would pague t...Show More
71 Enter the Leopard

29:01 | Sep 15th, 2012

We sort of get back to the political narrative this week, but only sort of. We discuss the young prince, Edward, who will be one of England's most famous kings at some point and is already an important political player, and we bring oursleves back up...Show More
70 13 C Lords, Knights and Gentry

31:17 | Sep 8th, 2012

The 13th Century sees the start of changes that will come to full fruit in the 14th Century - the development of the role of the knight in the shires, the appearance of the 'Gentleman', Bastard Feudalism.
69 13th C Life - Merchants and Magnates

34:38 | Sep 2nd, 2012

Wool was the wealth of England, the great trade that brought wealth and prosperity to England. The people who really made the money were the big ticket Italian Merchants. This week we also look at the life of Magnates, the super-rich during the perio...Show More
68 13 C Life - Peasants fighting back...and Towns

27:31 | Aug 5th, 2012

Being a Peasant was no doubt a pretty hard existance. But they were not without their methods of fighting back, and protecting their rights. This week also we look at the history of towns in the 13th century, as the economy continues to grow.  <im...Show More
67 13th Century Life - Peasants

30:09 | Aug 5th, 2012

Over the 13th century, economic growth continued. For the Peasantry, this gave some opportunities; more chance to sell their produce and get involved in a wider range of money making ventures. It meant that population growth continued, since cottager...Show More
66 The Road to Revolution

32:41 | Jul 15th, 2012

In 1258, the resentments all came together and the pot boiled over. The pope Alexander did his vassal no favours what so ever by pushing so hard that Henry had to ask his great men for more money.Together with some blazing rows between the Lusignans ...Show More
65 Why was Henry III so unpopular?

31:26 | Jul 7th, 2012

It seems strange. Henry III was a likeable enough chap, who did his best to keep a harmonious court, and gave England an extended period of peace. And yet it's all going to go up in flames around him. So the question is, why was he so unpopular?  ...Show More
64 The Personal Rule of Henry III - Part 1

28:43 | Jun 27th, 2012

Henry III brushed off his great officers of state and the priod of 1234 to 1258 is a period of personal rule. Henry finds himself a wife, a new personal favourite in the form of Simon de Montfort, and makes one last attempt to regain Poitou.  <img...Show More
63 The Last Great Justiciar

28:22 | Jun 23rd, 2012

From 1227 to 1234 we are sort of in betweeners - the minority has ended, but Henry's government in still dominated by the old guard, people like Hubert de Burgh. But it doesn't go well - money is still tight, Henry's campaigns in France aren't great,...Show More
62 The Minority Abroad

29:42 | Jun 2nd, 2012

Harmony with Scotland, the career of Llewellyn the Great, the loss of Poitou. During the minority of Henry, English prestige and power was at something of a low point - with the one exception of Gascony, where a supreme effort brought one success. An...Show More
61a Bannockburn by Zack Twamley

40:28 | May 19th, 2012

Bannockburn was a landmark defeat for the English, which signalled a long term change to the strategy Edward I had started. Zack talks about the events that led up to the battle, how the battle itself unfolded, and how England reacted to defeat.  Let...Show More
61 The minority of Henry III

33:19 | May 19th, 2012

The years between 1219 and 1227 saw the gradual resumption of royal power. It also saw a power struggle between Peter des Roches, the Bishop of Winchester, and Hubert de Burgh the Justiciar. By January 1227 when Henry took control of the royal seal, ...Show More
60 The Regency of William the Marshal

31:15 | May 7th, 2012

A man was needed to guide England through a civil war and minority. So who do you think they picked? The answer was of course William the Marshal who was now a very old man by the standards of the time. The Earl of Chester was politely asked, given t...Show More
59 Magna Carta and the Death of a Tyrant

38:02 | May 5th, 2012

Bouvines wasn't the cause of the Baronial revolt, but it probably was John's last chance to avoid it. In 1215 at Runymede Magna Carta was signed. It's extremely unlikely that John ever intended to allow the treaty to survive - and his untimely death ...Show More
58 Tyranny and Death

30:42 | Apr 21st, 2012

From 1213 to 1214, John seemed to have got his problems more under control, and had built an alliance that looked to be capable of taking on Philip. There was trouble in the background caused by the tyranny of his rule and relationship with his baron...Show More
57 The Excommunicate

30:14 | Apr 6th, 2012

John took a detailed interest in administration, and made effective changes to the way things worked. Partly his interest was motivated by the need to raise money - as inflation ate away at his earnings, and his desire to reconquer France magnified h...Show More
56 The History of Medieval Europe Part 2

35:24 | Mar 31st, 2012

The Holy Roman Empire to the death of Barbarossa, the briefest of histories of Norway, Denmark and Spain, and the 4th Crusade. It's action packed.
55 The History of Medieval Europe Part 1

27:39 | Mar 25th, 2012

From Charles Martel and the battle of Tours in 732, through Charlemagne and Otto the Great, the first installment concentrates on France, Germany and Italy and takes us to the shores of Gregory VIIth.
54 Fighting Back - A Bit

25:32 | Mar 17th, 2012

John immediately launched attempts to get his lands back - and ran into the Barons. He does run up a pretty good Navy though. And we hear of Roland the Farter.
53 Torn Apart - the Loss of an Empire

31:29 | Mar 11th, 2012

After the defection of William des Roches the military situation was poor for John but not irretrievable. Unfortunately, John failed to provide the leadership needed.  He distrusted his barons; he panicked and had no coherent strategy. When he killed...Show More
52a Eleanor of Aquitaine by Melisende

28:41 | Feb 26th, 2012

Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the great names of the Middle Ages. Her life spanned almost all of the Angevin Empire, and her court at Poitiers became famous as the centre of courtly love. Much of her life was spent in conflict with her two husbands,...Show More
52 John Softsword

28:24 | Feb 18th, 2012

As a younger man, John had been given the nickname Lackland because unlike his brothers he didn't have his own appanage. At the Treaty of Le Goulet in May 1200 he acquired the name Softsword - people couldn't understand why he'd signed away Gisors, p...Show More
51 The Fouler Presence of John?

30:34 | Feb 11th, 2012

In 1199, Richard the Lion Heart died after being shot by a cook outside the castle of Chalus in the Limousin. The Empire was split between supporters of Arthur and supporters of John. Philip was for himself, with a bit for Arthur. That year was one o...Show More
50 Defence of the Empire

34:28 | Feb 4th, 2012

The war between Richard and Phillip went on from 1194-1198 in fits and starts; usually there was no more than 3 months of fighting before a truce came along. But the general flow was steadily in Richard's favour when in 1198 they agreed to make peace...Show More
49 Travel Chaos

29:51 | Jan 22nd, 2012

Richard set off from Outremer right at the end of the sailing season - October. He knew the Duke of Austria, the Holy Roman Emperor, Count of Toulouse and King of France were out to get him, so very sensibly tried to slip across their lands in disgui...Show More
48 Richard and the Third Crusade

32:12 | Jan 15th, 2012

Was the Third Crusade a success or a failure? While it failed to achieve its objective, it was the most successful after the First Crusade. It rescued Outremer from an eradication that looked all too likely in 1190. The Crusade was controversial even...Show More
47 The Fall of Jerusalem

32:40 | Jan 15th, 2012

For 50 or so years after the capture of Jerusalem, Outremer was a part of the political and military dance between Christian and Muslim states. Then in 1144, signs of Muslim unity begin to appear through Nur ed Din when Edessa falls, and by 1150 one ...Show More
46 Richard and the Road to Outremer

30:54 | Jan 8th, 2012

Richard set off from Sicily probably intending to go straight to the Holy Land. But a chance storm enforced a landing at Cyprus, where the locals were not friendly. Which meant that Richard ended up conquering the place in it's entirety, putting it's...Show More
45 Packing the Bags

30:25 | Dec 17th, 2011

Richard came into the lands of his father and was crowned at Westminster in 1189.  For the next 6 months he was packing his bags,  cleaning the fridge and getting ready to go. He sets up his administration, makes sure his borders are safe and sets of...Show More
44 The Lionheart

25:59 | Dec 17th, 2011

To most contemporaries, Richard I was a hero. Since then his reputation has suffered badly, until even Winston Churchill describes him as the worst of our Richards - which given the other two is going some. So we look at how history has treated the g...Show More
43a Aelfthryth by Melisende of Outremer

26:55 | Dec 12th, 2011

Aelfthryth was a controversial figure. Wife of King Edgar,  mother of Aethelred the Unready - and possibly murderer of her step son, Edward? Melisende of Outremer looks at the life of a remarkable person.  <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/...Show More
42 English Justice and the Invasion of Ireland

27:57 | Nov 19th, 2011

So here are two completely unconnected subjects then! Henry is responsible for reforms to the process of English justice that had a long lasting impact on English Justice - including the development of Common law and the Jury system. OK, so he wasn't...Show More
41 Murder in the Cathedral

29:27 | Nov 10th, 2011

After Thomas recanted from his signature of the Constitutions of Clarendon, things got really nasty. Before long, Thomas was in exile, and Henry couldn't care less. But by 1167 the political situation had changed - Henry wanted to crown his son, and ...Show More
40 Bishop Trouble

28:53 | Nov 6th, 2011

The 1160's. A time of consolidation of the Angevin Empire, still ruled by a dynamic, young and aggressive Henry. But mainly remembered for the start of the struggle between church and state - or more accurately, the struggle between Henry and Thomas ...Show More
39 Ruling the Angevin Empire

25:07 | Oct 30th, 2011

Bear in mind at all times that Henry, while being a Good King, was a tyrant. Still, he was a tyrant who ran a mean administrative system for the time. This week, the nature of the Angevin empire, how it was ruled, and a bit about travel and economy. ...Show More
38 Born of the Devil - the Angevins

26:42 | Oct 16th, 2011

Geniuses, devils, spoilt brats, villains, heroes; war, sex, violence, bravery, treachery, peace, reform... the Angevins that founded the Plantagenet dynasty have it all, in spades. Not so much history, as soap opera. This week we kick things off with...Show More
37 12th Century Life - Village, Town and Trade

29:39 | Oct 9th, 2011

12th Century England was envied for it's fertility and yes it's climate. Any during the 12th century, the population of England and its towns and villages expand. But by and large, this is expansion without growth, and for many average income falls. ...Show More
36 Magnates and Churchmen

28:06 | Oct 1st, 2011

After joining Henry II's household, William's rise was steady - but with the arrival of Richard the Lion Heart it really took off. By the time of his death he was one of the most powerful men of the realm. We also look at the church - the village pri...Show More
35 12th Century Life - A Knight's Tale

29:12 | Sep 25th, 2011

Medieval England thought of it's people in 3 estates - those who fight (nobles), those who pray (churchmen) and those who work (peasants). This week in the history of England we look at the life of the nobility, through the life of William the Marsha...Show More
34 Anarchy III - Resolution

27:37 | Sep 18th, 2011

Stephen and Matilda fought themselves to a standstill, until the Empress tires of the struggle, and essentially leaves the stage around 1149. Many of her key supporters die - Miles of Gloucester and Robert of Gloucester - weakening her resolve and st...Show More
33 Anarchy II - Matilda's Big Chance

26:43 | Sep 11th, 2011

1141 was a turbulent year in England's history. The Civil war had reached an early deadlock, dramatically broken by the capture of the king at the Battle of Lincoln, and the defeat of the Empress at Winchester. 33 Anarchy II - Matilda's big chance Do...Show More
32 When Christ and his Saints Slept

30:40 | Sep 4th, 2011

'...they said openly that christ and his saints slept'. This stunning phrase gives us an image of devastation hat led to the period being called 'The Anarchy'. In this episode, we look at how the Stephen came to power and how the whole thing started....Show More
31a Anglo Saxon Questions - Church Conversion and Economy

37:27 | Aug 28th, 2011

Chris and Matt sent some interesting questions that take us back to Anglo Saxon England. So here's a free, supplementary episode. We talk about: How much did daily life really change when Anglo Saxon kingdoms converted to Christianity? What differenc...Show More
31 Henry I - Normandy and the Succession

29:17 | Aug 14th, 2011

Henry was a Norman king like any other - Normandy was in his blood. For 30 years, he controlled the diplomatic game to keep Normandy in the Empire. The one thing he couldn't control was the succession. When William the Atheling died in the disaster o...Show More
30 Henry I - Barons, Warfare and Wales

27:36 | Aug 7th, 2011

The fight with Robert gave Henry a great chance to replace the old conquest families with his own men, and particularly in the Welsh Marches. And this week we also do a catch up on what’s changed in warfare since Anglo Saxon times, and look at the si...Show More
29 England in the reign of Henry I

27:32 | Jul 31st, 2011

After the initial struggle for succession and baronial revolt, England itself was pretty peaceful during Henry’s reign. The church & state debate needed fixing. And Normandy was a constant battle, and so big taxes were needed to pay for war. Henry wa...Show More
28 The Lion of Justice

26:30 | Jul 24th, 2011

The youngest of William the Conqueror’s sons, Henry, wasted no time shedding tears for his brother Rufus. He got himself crowned, anointed and blessed. The next 6 years were to be dominated by the struggle with his other brother for control. Download...Show More
27 Hateful to his People and Odious to God

25:13 | Jul 18th, 2011

Rufus fell out big time with Anselm, his Archbishop of Canterbury. Unusually for Medieval Man he was impious and irreverent. Meanwhile, the Welsh struggled for independence against Norman tyranny, and make a better fist of it than the English. This w...Show More
26 William Rufus, Normandy and the First Crusade

30:14 | Jul 11th, 2011

William Rufus was a flamboyant, red faced, pudgy and irreverant bloke, but none the less his father's favourite son. So Dad tipped him the wink and he left the death bed to take the throne of England from his older brother. And spent his reign trying...Show More
25 Death of a Conqueror

24:07 | Jul 3rd, 2011

The last years of William the Conqueror's reign were mainly the meat and drink of the Norman King - beating off other feudal lords, keeping your nobles down, trying not to let your sons eat you. But plus there was, of course, the super-famous Domesda...Show More
24a The Anglo Saxon view of the outside world

16:18 | Jun 26th, 2011

The Ango Saxons seem a very insular bunch - what was their view of the outside world, how much interaction did they have? A good deal more than we might suppose. Thanks to Thomas H for asking the question - and for the folk on Historum for helping me...Show More
24 Revolt of the Earls

27:04 | Jun 19th, 2011

It took William the Conqueror a few more years until he felt safe from the English. But when the Revolt of the Earls collapsed in 1075, English revolution was over - and we are into the continual cycle of feudal rebellion. This week in the History of...Show More
23 William the Conqueror and the subjugation of England

27:01 | Jun 11th, 2011

After 1066 William the Conqueror set about ruling his new kingdom. The impression we get is that England rolls over rather easily - where was the heroic struggle we might have expected? This isn't the full story; the Conqueror spent the first years s...Show More
22a Questions about Marriage, Law, Trade and Language

23:54 | Jun 5th, 2011

Here's a supplementary episode to answer some questions sent in - they were hard but fun, so keep the quesions coming! Sadly, my brother was over so we did it in a different format. It rambles somewhat. But hope it at least answers the questions. 22a...Show More
22 1066 and Goodbye to all That

33:05 | Jun 5th, 2011

1066 was a year that changed a lot of things - though not as much as you might think. 3 experienced war leaders fought for control of England - and we all know who won, so no need to worry about plot spoilers. The History of England podcast takes us....Show More
21 The Normans - a race unbridled

24:50 | May 22nd, 2011

The Normans made a massive impact on Europe, not just England. They went on to establish a kingdom in Southern Italy, and lead the Crusades and the resulting state of Outremer. So the History of England looks at where they came from, with a brief his...Show More
20 Anglo Saxon England in the 11th Century

25:36 | May 19th, 2011

Anglo Saxon England has been seen by some commentators as a bit of a basket case by 1066 - out of date and ready to be conquered. But actually England had its great strengths that would have been the envy of continental monrach, if they'd spent any t...Show More
19 Edward the Confessor

25:02 | May 15th, 2011

Edward enjoyed one year of indpendendance in 1051-2, before the retun of Godwin forced him into humiliating submission. But after Godwin's death the following year, the rest of his reign was broadly peaceful and prosperous, with the odd local difficu...Show More
18 The End of the Danish Dynasty, Edward the Confessor and the Rise of the Great men

29:50 | May 8th, 2011

Cnut's dynasty survived him by only 7 years, and in 1042 the house of Cerdic returned in the form of Edward the Confessor. Edward is an enigma - weak man or determined survivor? This week the History of England podcast looks at how he came to the thr...Show More
17 Cnut the Conqueror

27:36 | Apr 28th, 2011

Cnut was pretty much the complete king. Conqueror of the English, ruler of a Scandinavian empire that spanned 4 countries. And a man who knew how to win the peace as well as the war. The History of England podcast this week looks at his reign. Cnut w...Show More