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

Dragons

Jerry Brotton is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and director of the college's MA in Renaissance Studies. This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World is out now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Islam and the Tudors - Jerry Brotton

Dr. Anna Keay is the Director of the Landmark Trust. The Last Royal Rebel: The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth is out now. www.cvhf.org.uk

Anna Keay - The Duke of Monmouth

Commander Steve Foster relates the extraordinary story of one of the most audacious escape attempts of the Second World War. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Real Great Escape - Commander Steve Foster

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

Monsters

Dr. Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. Peter's book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, is an international bestseller, described by William Dalrymple as a 'historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement' (Observer) View the episode's works: Map of Constantinople here. View the Hereford Mappa Mundi here. 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

Map of Constantinople & The Hereford Mappa Mundi - with Peter Frankopan

Sona Datta is an Art historian and Curator of South Asia at Peabody Essex Museum. Her most recent documentary series for the BBC, 'Treasures of the Indus', tells the story of the Indian sub-continent through the treasures that have shaped the modern Indian world. Tipu's Tiger is an eighteenth-century automaton created for Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India. The carved and painted wood casing represents a tiger savaging a near life-size European man. Mechanisms inside the tiger and man's bodies make one hand of the man move, emit a wailing sound from his mouth and grunts from the tiger. In addition a flap on the side of the tiger folds down to reveal the keyboard of a small pipe organ with 18 notes. View this episode's image here. 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

Tipu's Tiger - with Sona Datta

David Grann @davidgrann is an American journalist, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and a best-selling author. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was published in 2009. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Lost City of Z - David Grann

Ricky Martin is an artist, director, and animator. His is Creative Director at Aardman Animation and presents the popular children's' TV show 'Art Ninja' on CBBC. Enrico Baj was an Italian artist and writer on art. Many of his works show an obsession with nuclear war. He created prints, sculptures but especially collage. He was close to the surrealist and dada movements, and was later associated with CoBrA. As an author he has been described as a leading promoter of the avant-garde. He worked with Umberto Eco among other collaborators. He had a long interest in the pseudo-philosophy 'pataphysics. View this episode's image here. 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

Fire! Fire! by Enrico Baj - with Rickie Martin

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

Tears

Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist and paediatric counsellor. Her new book,

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving - Julia Samuel

This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney. Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex. Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep. Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History. Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

History Hit Live - Part 2 of 2

This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney. Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex. Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep. Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History. Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

History Hit Live - Part 1 of 2

Recorded in March 2016. We're very sad to hear that this National Treasure passed away yesterday. Meeting him was a true highlight. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Captain David Render - Tank Commander

Sam Willis is a maritime historian, archaeologist, and broadcaster. He is the author of a number of books on maritime and naval history, including the Hearts of Oak trilogy and the Fighting Ships series. He has appeared in and presented numerous TV series, including Shipwrecks and Castles for BBC4 and Operation Grand Canyon for BBC2. He is a Visiting Fellow in Maritime and Naval History at the University of Plymouth, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. www.cvhf.org.uk

Dr Sam Willis - Shipwreck: A History of Disasters at Sea

Janina continues to blur the boundaries of Art talking with Phil Selway the drummer for legendary and genre-defying band, Radiohead. Together they peel back the layers of collaboration, performance, self-expression, music, play, and much more. Prepare to have your mind-blown. Again. Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist. Richter has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, and also photographs and glass pieces. His art follows the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single cohesive style. View this episode's image here. 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

The Cage Paintings by Gerhard Richter - with Phil Selway

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

Perfume

Victoria Ingles is the ‎Senior Heritage Officer at National Museum of the Royal Navy and Curator for the new exhibition, 'Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy'. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Women in the Navy - Victoria Ingle

Ian Hislop returned to the Festival to talk about ‘The Satirical Magazine and the History of Private Eye’. He discusses the importance of satire, both in the past and present, and the story behind Private Eye, from its beginnings to its ongoing role in ensuring the absurdities and pomposity in life continue to be exposed. www.cvhf.org.uk

Ian Hislop - The Olden Days

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes), or simply the Knight's Cross (Ritterkreuz), and its variants were the highest awards in the military and paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme battlefield bravery. Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe), as well as the Waffen-SS, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia), along with personnel from other Axis powers. The award was instituted on 1 September 1939, at the onset of the German invasion of Poland. A higher grade, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, was instituted in 1940. In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves were instituted: the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds). At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, was created. Over 7,000 awards were made since its first presentation on 30 September 1939. Analysis of the German Federal Archives revealed evidence for 7,161 officially bestowed recipients. The German Federal Archives substantiate 863 awards of the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, along with the 147 Swords and 27 Diamonds awards. The Golden Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross was verifiably awarded only once, to Hans-Ulrich Rudel on 29 December 1944. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Knight's Cross - Wehrmacht Veterans of WW2

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