History Podcasts

Our History Extra podcast comes out every week, featuring interviews with notable historians talking about topics ranging from crusading knights to Tudor monarchs and the D-Day landings. It's free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast, going back to June 2007, are still available online for you to download.

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This week's podcast

Cornwell on Shakespeare

Thursday 14th December 2017

Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, set in the world of Elizabethan theatre

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Eating with Dickens

Monday 11th December 2017

Pen Vogler explores Victorian food through the life and works of the era’s best-known writer

 
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Animals that changed us

Thursday 7th December 2017

Alice Roberts discusses some of the species that have had the most impact on people through history – and vice-versa

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Britain on the edge

Monday 4th December 2017

Simon Heffer explores the state of the country in the years leading up to the First World War

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Black Tudors

Thursday 30th November 2017

Miranda Kaufmann tells the little-known stories of several Africans who resided in 16th-century England

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Victorian medicine

Monday 27th November 2017

Lindsey Fitzharris delves into the terrifying world of 19th-century hospitals and shows how scientific advances transformed the situation

 
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The history of sleep

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Sasha Handley explores the bedtime routines of the early modern period

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Charles II on the run

Monday 20th November 2017

Charles Spencer discusses the king’s desperate flight from parliamentarian forces, on location at Boscobel House where he famously hid

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Demons and shipwrecks

Thursday 16th November 2017

Kasia Szpakowska discusses her research into Ancient Egyptian demonology, while Dan Pascoe reveals some of the insights that have been gained from excavating a sunken 17th-century warship

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Drinking history

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Mark Forsyth draws on examples from across the globe to explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with alcohol

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Britain’s Chinese army

Thursday 9th November 2017

Frances Wood and Spencer Jones reflect on the little-known contribution of more than 100,000 Chinese labourers to the Allied effort in the First World War

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