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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

40:54 | Sep 8th

The start of a suite of 7 episodes about social and economic issues charts the changes in population and how the society it affected described itself. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

36:05 | Aug 25th

1558 was a fateful year for England which would have a fundamental impact on its future. Find out why. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
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29:10 | Aug 11th

The return of the King meant demands for the English to enter a war they did not want, and in which none of their interests were really at stake. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

35:39 | Jul 28th

The story of the Marian persecution. And of a Queen's need to have her Prince at her side to help with the alarms and excursions of protestant rebels. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

38:31 | Jul 14th

The plan was that 1555 saw the transformation of England - the birth of an heir for Mary and Philip, the launch of a new Reformation Anglicae to re-invigorate Roman Catholicism in England For information regarding your data privacy, visit More

31:10 | Jun 30th

Once Pole had returned and parliament had re-enacted the heresy legislation after the brief Edwardian holiday, the Marian church could at last exercise the full force of the law against protestants. John Rogers was the first to go. For information r...Show More

36:58 | Jun 16th

When Pole told parliament that he came to build he meant what he said., and would deliver, in part. And join us on Flick Chat

15:17 | Jun 6th

The story of Commander George Lane and his undercover D Day mission 

31:13 | Jun 2nd

In 1554, 300 schoolboys of London played out the divisions of their parents on the fields of Finsbury. It was an instructive backdrop to the return of Papal authority in the form of Cardinal Reginald Pole.

35:06 | May 19th

In July 1554 Philip finally landed in England, and all went very well; Mary and Philip were married, and were kind to each other, there was a great pageant of welcome in London. Join us on Flick Chat

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.

04:54 | May 3rd

A conference of podcasters New York, 29th June - including Mike Duncan. To find out more go to

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. 

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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?
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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
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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
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38:23 | Jan 20th

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 
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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.

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

43:41 | Oct 30th, 2018

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

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

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.
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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.
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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

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

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?

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
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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.

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.

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.
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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
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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!
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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

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
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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
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09:17 | Jul 13th, 2018

A preview of the great new series from American History Tellers - on the Revolutionary War period
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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.
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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

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.
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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

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

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.

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.
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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.

33:11 | Apr 29th, 2018

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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
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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.
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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.
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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.

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 before 19th November. 4 Prizes to be won!
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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.

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.
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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

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.

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

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.

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.
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49:27 | Sep 21st, 2017

Luke and Otto talk about the Reformation and bottoms from the perspective of the younger listener.

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.

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?

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?
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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.

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.

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.
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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

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'
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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

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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
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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

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.

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.

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.
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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...

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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
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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!

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.

34:18 | Oct 30th, 2016

The personality of Henry VII, the story he created of himself, and how history has treated his reputation.

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
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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

05:19 | Aug 7th, 2016

The result of the voting...and the winners of prizes!

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

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?
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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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.
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36:42 | May 29th, 2016

A third guest episode by David McLain. This time about Arthur, King of the Britons...

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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'.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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.
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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.

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

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'.

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
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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

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

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

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
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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,

34:07 | Apr 11th, 2015

Unaccustomed as I am to social and economic 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

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.

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

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

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.

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?
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49:15 | Jan 31st, 2015

That famous figure in English I couldn't think of a good excuse, but here's a return to the History of England by David McLain

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.

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
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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
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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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

28:46 | Jul 6th, 2014

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

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

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.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?
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20:30 | Feb 21st, 2014

This week, a guest episode by Carrie Palmer - on Chaucer and Katherine Swynford

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

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

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

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

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.

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