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James Hawes @jameshawes2 is a former professional archaeologist and university lecturer in German, Doctor of German literature in the lead-up to WW1, novelist and Kafka biographer. The Shortest History of Germany is out in now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Shortest History of Germany - James Hawes

Shrabani Basu @shrabanibasu_ is a journalist and historian. She is the author of For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul: The Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry: The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish. She is also the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust. Victoria & Abdul: The Extraordinary True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant is out in now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Shrabani Basu - Victoria & Abdul

Kate Williams @KateWilliamsme is Professor of History at the University of Reading, is an author, historian and television presenter. George Romney (26 December 1734 – 15 November 1802) was an English portrait painter. He was the most fashionable artist of his day, painting many leading society figures – including his artistic muse, Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson.

Emma Hamilton by George Romney, with Kate Williams

Stephen Frears is an Oscar winning film director. Frears has directed British films since the 1980s including My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins. His most recent film, Victoria and Abdul depicts the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stephen Frears - Directing the Past

Dan Jones @dgjones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His internationally bestselling works include The Plantagenets, Magna Carta and The Templars. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series 'Secrets of Great British Castles'. He writes a weekly column for the London Evening Standard and his writing also appears in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, GQ and The Spectator. The Templars: The Rise and Fall of Gods Holy Warriors is out in now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Dan Jones - The Templars

Lyn Macdonald remains revered as the great chronicler of the human experience of the Western Front and has recorded interviews with more veterans of the First World War than any other. In this talk she will return to the subject of her first book, the Battle of Passchendaele, fought a hundred years ago in 1917, bringing rare insights and perspectives to this bloody, muddy and brutal battle. www.cvhf.org.uk

They Called it Passchendaele - Lyn MacDonald

Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

How to be a historian - Episode 3

Carolyn A. Day is Assistant Professor at Furman University where she teaches British History and the History of Medicine. She received a BA in History and a BSc in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, US, an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University, UK, and a PhD from Tulane University, US, in British history. Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion and Disease is out in October. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Consumptive Chic - Carolyn Day

Dan is joined by historians Alexandra Churchill, Dr Fern Riddell, and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb. Recorded live at the Chalke Valley History Festival in June, 2017. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Live from Chalke Valley History Festival

Al Murray brought his immense knowledge to bear in defence of Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein, discussing the life, career, great victories and controversies of Britain’s most famous wartime general. www.cvhf.org.uk

Al Murray on Field Marshal Montegomery of Alamein

Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

How to be a historian - Episode 2

Simon Verdegem @SimonVerdege ‏ is a battlefield archaeologist specialising in WW1. He is head archaeologist for the forthcoming @hill80arch Project Whitesheet. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

WW1 Battlefield Archaeology - Simon Verdegem

Philippa Gregory @PhilippaGBooks, the author who re-invented the historical novel, joined Dan love in front of an audience at Soho Hotel in May 2017 to, explore her writing career and body of work. Since the publication of her first novel, 30 years ago, Philippa Gregory has reinvigorated the appetite and fascination for historical fiction and given a voice to the most prominent women in British history. Philippa's new book is called The Last Tudor and is out now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

In Conversation with Philippa Gregory

Sarah Gristwood has written bestselling biographies of Arbella Stuart, and Elizabeth and Leicester. Blood Sisters was a dramatic portrait of the women whose dynastic ambitions and rivalries fuelled the Wars of the Roses and her latest book is Game of Queens: the Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe. www.cvhf.org.uk

Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe - Sarah Gristwood

Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

Signature - Part 2

Shiraz Maher @ShirazMaher is a British writer and analyst, and a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's College London. He also teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea is out now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea - Shiraz Maher

We live in troubling times and with people comparing the Age of Trump with some of the most disturbing periods in history, an understanding of the past has never been more relevant. In this closing festival talk, Dan Snow brought his deep passion for the subject and wide-ranging knowledge together in a polemic on the importance of history and why we should all study the extraordinary story of our past. www.cvhf.org.uk

The Importance of History - Dan Snow

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and historian. She is the author of For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul: The Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry: The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish. She is also the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook. Producer: Dan Morelle

Victoria & Abdul - Shrabani Basu

Dr. Yasmin Khan @yasmin_khan is a British historian and writer, and University Lecturer in British History (18th to early 20th century). Her research focuses on the history of the British in India, the British Empire, South Asian decolonization, refugees and the aftermath of empire. She has also written about the Second World War and the imperial dimensions of the conflict. The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan is out now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan - Yasmin Khan

Recorded live at Powderham castle in May 2017. Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle

The Material World of Powderham: a castle, a horn, a bookcase and a chair

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